Marc J. Dinkin, M.D.


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Personal Statement

It is my goal to give patients with neurological visual disorders the finest and most compassionate care possible. Whether they suffer from loss of vision, double vision, unstable eye movements or problems with the lids and pupils, I recognize that my patients' whole lives may be affected. They deserve a careful diagnosis, state of the art treatment and caring, clear communication from me. I believe that even the most complicated of concepts can be explained in a straightforward fashion to my patients, alleviating the anxiety that can be associated with neurological problems.

The field of neuro-ophthalmology poses great therapeutic challenges, but through clinical research, these challenges can be overcome one step at a time. The care of patients is similarly enhanced through the teaching and mentorship of the next generation of physicians, and I am passionate about making neuro-ophthalmology accessible to neurologists, ophthalmologists and students alike. Together, we can do our best to make our patients' vision and lives as good as possible.

Biographical Info

Dr. Dinkin is an Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at Weill Cornell Medicine and a member of the Weill Cornell Ophthalmology Department who specializes in Neuro-Ophthalmology.

After graduating from Harvard University and Weill Cornell Medical College, he completed his neurology residency at New York Presbyterian Hospital where he was also chief resident.  Following that, he completed a clinical fellowship in Neuro-ophthalmology at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary in Boston, MA. Before returning to New York, Dr. Dinkin spent two years as a neuro-ophthalmologist at Harvard Medical School and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where he helped develop a neuro-ophthalmology fellowship at the hospital and was Associate Director of the Neurology Clerkship.

Dr. Dinkin specializes in treating patients with vision problems originating from the nervous system, such as optic neuritis, ischemic optic neuropathy, optic disc edema, brain tumors, stroke, idiopathic intracranial hypertension (pseudotumor cerebri) and double vision as may occur with cranial nerve palsies, thyroid eye disease, ocular myasthenia gravis. He also sees patients with disorders of the lids including ptosis (droopy lid) and blepharospasm, disorders of the pupils, visual hallucinations and unexplained visual loss. 

Dr. Dinkin has published numerous papers and chapters on topics in his fields including neuromyelitis optica, nystagmus, ischemic optic neuropathy and diagnostic imaging. He has presented abstracts at local, regional and national conferences in neuro-ophthalmology and neurology. He also serves as an ad hoc reviewer for several major journals in the field. Dr. Dinkin is also an invited lecturer at the Lancaster Course in Ophthalmology, the Greater New York Ophthalmology Clinical Lecture Series, the New England Ophthalmological Society and has been awarded numerous awards for teaching and clinical care as well as the Rabkin Fellowship in Medical Education at Harvard Medical School.  

Dr. Dinkin is currently accepting new patients. Appointments can be made by calling (646)962-2020, or by visiting


Honors and Awards

Award for Teaching Excellence. “In recognition of outstanding contributions as an educator in Brain and Mind.” (2015)

Award for Excellence in Teaching. “In recognition of outstanding contributions to the education of WCMC-Q students.” (2015)

Castle Connolly's Top Doctors™: New York Metro Area (2014)

Castle Connolly's Top Doctors™  (2012 - 2013)

Ophthalmology Teaching Award. “For outstanding patient care and education of medical students and residents.” (6/2012)

Neurology Teaching Award. “For outstanding instruction of students, interns and residents.” (6/2011) 

Rabkin Medical Education Fellowship.  (2008-09)

House Staff Teaching Award.   Awarded by graduating medical students to one resident across all departments for “the house staff member who best demonstrates clinical excellence and dedication to teaching, as chosen by the graduating class.” (2006)

Class of 1952 Resident Physician Prize. Awarded “for excellence and dedication in the instruction of medical students by vote of the graduating class.” (2006)

Distinguished House Staff Award.  New York Presbyterian Hospital.  (2005)

John Metcalf Polk Prize. Awarded to “the four medical students who place at the top of their class for scholastic performance during all four years.”  (2002)

Richard N. Kohl Prize for Excellence in Psychiatry.  Awarded to “a member of the graduating class who has demonstrated the most proficiency in psychiatry.” (2002)

Alpha Omega Alpha Weill Cornell Medical College. (2001)

Junior Alpha Omega Alpha. Weill Cornell Medical College. (2000)

David P. Barr Summer Research Fellowship (1999)

Harvard University Scholarship (1994)

Board Certifications
American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology
American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology
Clinical Expertise
Optic Neuropathy
Temporal Arteritis
Optic Neuritis
Pseudotumor Cerebri
Neuromyelitis Optica
Visual Hallucinations
Giant Cell Arteritis
Visual Field Loss
  • M.D.
    Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University
  • B.A.
    Harvard College
  • Associate Attending Ophthalmologist
    NewYork Presbyterian Lower Manhattan Hospital
  • Associate Professor of Ophthalmology
    Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University
  • Associate Professor of Ophthalmology in Neurology
    Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University

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Professional Services: 
MLMIC Insurance Company
Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company
Other Interest: 
Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company