Szilard Kiss, M.D.
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Szilard Kiss, M.D.


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Accepts New Patients
Gender: Male
Language: English


Personal Statement

The gift of sight is one of the most cherished and treasured of all our senses. Whether it’s macular degeneration, diabetic eye disease, retinal detachment, retinal vein occlusion or ocular inflammation, I offer a caring and nurturing environment for patients and their families during such a vulnerable and uncertain time. I strive to deliver the most compassionate medical and surgical care using the latest state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment technology to provide an individualized treatment regimen based on a strong scientific and evidenced-based foundation.  My patients come from all walks of life and from every corner of the world. Some patients and families come for a single visit seeking a second opinion, others have been coming practically monthly for nearly ten years.  I look forward to meeting you and meeting the challenges of caring for your eyesight.

Specialties and Expertise


  • Ophthalmology


  • Macular Degeneration
  • Vitreoretinal Surgery
  • Retinal Detachment
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Vitreoretinal Disorder
  • Retinal Surgery
  • Macular Disorder
  • Retinal Vascular Disorders
  • Clinical Research
  • Uveitis
  • Vasculitis


Dr. Kiss’s training began in New York City where he received his undergraduate degree with honors from Columbia College and medical school training at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons. He then moved to Boston to complete his ophthalmology residency and surgical vitreoretinal fellowship, both at Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary. At Harvard, Dr. Kiss was select by the faculty to serve as the Chief Retina Fellow.  Dr. Kiss was then recruited back to New York City to join the vitreoretinal faculty at Weill Cornell Medical College and assume the role of Director of Clinical Research in the Department of Ophthalmology.

Dr. Kiss's clinical interests include complex vitreoretinal surgery and treatment of age‐related macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy. His clinical and translational research focuses on four broad areas: retinal imaging, ocular gene therapy, novel therapeutic targets for ocular neovascularization, and genetic markers for retinal diseases. Dr. Kiss has participated as a principal investigator in over two-dozen prospective clinical trials and laboratory investigations. He has authored over 200 scientific publications, given over 100 invited lectureships worldwide, and serves on the Editorial Board and as a Scientific Reviewer to a number of major journals. Dr. Kiss has won numerous academic and scientific awards including the Heed Ophthalmic Foundation Fellowship, the Ronald G. Michels Foundation Fellowship, the Paul Kayser International Fellowship, and the Research to Prevent Blindness Physician-Scientists Award. Dr. Kiss has been named to several regional and national Top Doctors lists, including The Ophthalmologist worldwide Top 40 Under 40, Castle Connolly’s Top Doctors in America, and New York Super Doctors Rising Stars.


Honors and Awards

Honors and Awards


America's Top Ophthalmologists, Consumers' Research Council of America (2010, 2011, 2012)

Named to Marquis Who's Who in America list (2012)

American Society of Retina Specialists Rhett Buckler Award (2009)

Pan American Association of Ophthalmology Paul Kayser International Scholar (2008) 

Ronald G. Michels Foundation Fellowship (2007)

New England Ophthalmological Society Sanford D. Hecht Research Award (2007)

Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary and The Schepens Eye Research Institute Joint Clinical Research Center Pilot Project Grant (2006 - 2008)

The Heed Ophthalmic Foundation Fellowship (2006 - 2007)

American Academy of Ophthalmology Advocacy Ambassador (2006)

NIH T-35 Short-term Research Training Grant (2001)

Dr. Alfred Steiner/Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons Dean's Award for Outstanding Medical Student Research (2000)

New York Academy of Medicine Glorney-Raisbeck Medical Student Grant in Cardiovascular Research (2000)

Merck/American Federation of Ageing Research Scholarship in Geriatric Pharmacology (2000)

American Heart Association Student Scholarship in Cerebrovascular Disease (2000)

Edward B. Schlesinger Fellowship in Neurological Surgery (1999 - 2000)

Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons Dean’s Research Fellowship (1998)

Columbia College Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowship (1996 & 1997)

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Undergraduate Research Fellowship (1995 & 1996)

The Rockefeller University Undergraduate Research Fellowship (1995 - 1996)


New York Medical License

Massachusetts Medical License

Diplomate, American Board of Ophthalmology


Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO), 2003-present 

American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), 2003-present

Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology, 2007-present

American Society of Retina Specialists (ASRS), 2006-present

Society of Heed Fellows, 2006-present

Manhattan Retina Club, 2008-present

Vitrectomy-Buckle Society, 2009-present

The Ophthalmic Laser Surgical Society (OLSS), 2009-present

The New York Clinical Society, 2010-present

Retina CONNECT, 2010-present 

European Society of Retina Specialists, 2010-present

American Society of Gene and Cell Therapy, 2011-present

Macula Society, Member of the Bylaws Committee, 2012-present 

Retina Society, 2012-present

Top Doctors
Szilard Kiss, M.D. has been named one of America's Top Doctors by Castle Connolly. Across 65 medical specialties, 404 Weill Cornell Medicine physicians have been awarded this designation.

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Board Certifications

  • American Board of Ophthalmology

Clinical and Academic Positions

  • Attending Ophthalmologist - NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
  • Professor of Ophthalmology - Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University
  • Bob and Dolores Hope - Robert M. Ellsworth, M.D. Distinguished Professor in Ophthalmology - Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University
  • Professor of Ophthalmology in Genetic Medicine - Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University

Education and Training

  • M.D., Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, 2002


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 Employee Managed Care Plan
  • Aetna Weill Cornell Employee PPO Plan
  • Aetna-NYP - EPO/POS
  • Affinity Access
  • Affinity Health Plan
  • AgeWell New York
  • * Amida Care
  • 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) - Medicaid
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) - Medicare
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP)
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Oxford Health Plans - Medicare Advantage
  • Oxford Health Plans - Metro/Core/Charter
  • Oxford Health Plans - Liberty
  • Oxford Health Plans - Freedom
  • Rockefeller University - Trustmark
  • United Empire
  • United Healthcare
  • United Healthcare - Community Plan
  • United Healthcare - Medicare
  • United Healthcare Compass
  • * VNSNY CHOICE - Medicare
  • WorldWide Medical

Locations and Appointments

External Relationships

External Relationships

Relationships and collaborations with for-profit and not-for profit organizations are of vital importance to our faculty because these exchanges of scientific information foster innovation. As experts in their fields, WCM physicians and scientists are sought after by many organizations to consult and educate. WCM and its faculty make this information available to the public, thus creating a transparent environment.

Adverum Biotechnologies; Alcon Research Institute; Genentech, Inc.; Neurogene Inc.; Optos, Inc.; Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; REGENX Bio, Inc.