Sarah Van Tassel, M.D.
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Sarah Van Tassel, M.D.


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Accepts New Patients
Gender: Female
Language: English


Personal Statement

Welcome! During your visit to the Department of Ophthalmology at Weill Cornell, our team is dedicated to providing you with outstanding eye care. Many of my patients have glaucoma or are at risk for glaucoma. In addition, I care for patients with general eye conditions such as cataracts. My greatest goal is to preserve and restore vision while providing personalized and compassionate eye care. I look forward to meeting with you.

Specialties and Expertise


  • Glaucoma
  • Cataract Surgery
  • Laser Trabeculoplasty
  • Laser Iridotomy
  • Surgery For Glaucoma
  • Minimally Invasive Glaucoma Surgery (MIGS)
  • Glaucoma Suspect
  • Clinical Research


Sarah H. Van Tassel, M.D. is a fellowship-trained glaucoma specialist and Director of the Glaucoma Service and Glaucoma Fellowship at Weill Cornell Medicine Ophthalmology.  Dr. Van Tassel specializes in glaucoma evaluation and treatment, including medical management, laser, and surgical procedures. She also performs cataract surgery and is up-to-date on the latest advances in minimally invasive glaucoma surgery (MIGS).

A native of Missouri, Dr. Van Tassel graduated summa cum laude from Duke University.  She attended Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City, where she also completed her residency in ophthalmology. Dr. Van Tassel then returned to Duke for a fellowship in glaucoma where she received specialized training in trabeculectomy, glaucoma drainage device implantation, laser trabeculoplasty and iridotomy, complex cataract extraction, laser-assisted cataract extraction, implantation of astigmatic (toric) and multi-focal intraocular lenses, and microinvasive glaucoma surgery (MIGS).

Dr. Van Tassel’s research focuses on the latest advances in ocular imaging and their applications to personalized diagnosis and management of glaucoma.  Her research has been published in peer-reviewed journals and presented at national conferences, and she has received several academic awards including the Heed Ophthalmic Foundation Fellowship.

Dr. Van Tassel is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Glaucoma Society, Women in Ophthalmology, and additional societies.  She is a founding member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s Resident Self-Assessment Committee, through which she develops educational materials for ophthalmologists-in-training.

She is committed to providing personalized glaucoma and cataract care supplemented by the newest technologies, instruments, and techniques.  She is happy to provide second opinions for glaucoma and asks that all available records be obtained by the patient and brought to the consultation appointment. 

Dr. Van Tassel is currently accepting new patients.  Appointments can be made by calling 646-962-2020.


Honors and Awards

Honors and Awards

Mentoring for the Advancement of Physician Scientists (MAPS) Award, American Glaucoma Society 

Heed Ophthalmic Foundation Fellow

Resident Research Award, Weill Cornell Medical College Department of Ophthalmology

Distinguished Housestaff Award, Weill Cornell Medical Center Alumni Council

Resident Achievement Award, Weill Cornell Medical College Department of Ophthalmology 

EyeWiki Residents and Fellows in Training Contest Winner, American Academy of Ophthalmology 

Edward Norton Prize in Ophthalmology, Weill Cornell Medical College 

G. Thomas Shires II Prize in Surgery, Weill Cornell Medical College 

Henry Adelman Memorial Award for Excellence in Geriatric Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College 

Distinguished Honors Thesis, Duke University 

Jim Bernstein Health Policy Scholar, Duke University

Phi Beta Kappa 


Clinical and Academic Positions

  • Assistant Attending Ophthalmologist - NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
  • Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology - Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University

Education and Training

  • M.D., Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University, 2012
  • A.B., Duke University, 2008


Insurance Plans Accepted

The following represents most of the managed care plans accepted by this doctor. If your insurance carrier does not appear here please contact the doctor’s office as they may have individual contracts not included on this site.

* indicates this doctor is no longer accepting new patients with this insurance plan.

  • AETNA - Medicare
  • Aetna - Weill Cornell - POS
  • Aetna-NYP - EPO/POS
  • Affinity Access
  • Affinity Health Plan
  • Emblem (HIP) Medicare Essential Network
  • Emblem Select Care
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - Blue Access
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - EPO
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - HMO
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - Mediblue (Senior)
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - PPO
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield HealthPlus
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield HealthPlus - CHP
  • Fidelis Care
  • GHI - CBP
  • Health First
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP)
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) - Medicaid
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) - Medicare
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Oxford Health Plans - Freedom
  • Oxford Health Plans - Liberty
  • Oxford Health Plans - Medicare Advantage
  • Oxford Health Plans - Metro/Core/Charter
  • Rockefeller University - Trustmark
  • United Empire
  • United Healthcare
  • United Healthcare - Community Plan
  • United Healthcare - Medicare
  • United Healthcare Compass
  • WellCare of NY
  • WorldWide Medical

Locations and Appointments