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Dr. Steven Kane is Associate Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at Columbia University Medical Center of New York Presbyterian Hospital and at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons.  He co-directs the Pediatric Glaucoma Clinic at The Edward S. Harkness Eye Institute where he participates in the training of medical students, ophthalmology, neurology, and pediatrics residents, and glaucoma fellows and directs the Pediatric Glaucoma Clinic at The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai where he also teaches residents.  He maintains a busy private practice largely devoted to the care of children with glaucoma and neurological diseases that affect vision and participates in research through Columbia University.  More information about his private practice can be found at

He took graduate degrees in medicine and neural science through the Medical Scientist Training Program at Washington University in St. Louis and took residency training in ophthalmology and fellowship training as a Heed Fellow in pediatric and neuro-ophthalmology both at The Edward S. Harkness Eye Institute of Columbia University.  He subsequently took private fellowship training in the care of children affected by glaucoma with Dr. David Walton in Boston.

Dr. Kane has received numerous best doctor awards and was the recipient of The Children’s Glaucoma Foundation Physician of the Year Award in 2013.  He routinely lectures on topics related to the childhood glaucomas, childhood cataracts, and pediatric neuro-ophthalmology.

He lives on the Upper West Side in Manhattan with his wife Phyllis.  When he is not trying to keep up with their three children he studies piano performance and chamber music through the Juilliard School.

Vascular conditions treated:

  • Glaucoma associated with the Sturge-Weber syndrome
  • Amblyopia such as associated with capillary hemangioma

Board certification:

  • Ophthalmology

Areas of expertise:

  • Childhood glaucoma
  • Childhood cataract
  • Complex anterior segment surgery
  • Genetic and metabolic diseases
  • Strabismus
  • Pediatric neuro-ophthalmology

Graduate education:

  • Masters in Physics from Miami University, Oxford OH
  • MD/PhD in neural science from Washington University in St. Louis.
  • Internship at Barnes/Jewish Hospital in St. Louis
  • Residency in ophthalmology at The Edward S. Harkness Eye Institute of Columbia University
  • Fellowship in pediatric ophthalmology and neuro-ophthalmology at The Edward S. Harkness Eye Institute of Columbia University
  • Private fellowship training in pediatric glaucoma care in Boston


The Edward S. Harkness Eye Institute
635 West 165th Street, Room 372
New York, NY  10032
(212) 305-5400
facsimile (917) 677-7172

Current research:

Lead ophthalmologist, Jewel-Fish: An open-label study to investigate the safety, tolerability, and pharmacokinetics/pharmacodynamics of RO7034067 in adult and pediatric patients with spinal muscular atrophy (BP39054).  IRB-AAAR1270.

Principal investigator, Detection of amblyopia by retinal rivalry: A prospective study to determine the specificity and sensitivity of vision screening using a video game format on an iPad compared to standard methods of screening children used in primary care settings and in schools.  IRB-AAAC0020.

Select publications:

Pearson, T.S., Pons, R., Engelstad, K., Kane, S.A., Goldberg, M.E., and De Vivo, D.C. 2017 Paroxysmal eye-head movements in GLUT1 deficiency syndrome.  Neurology, in press.

Yeung, H.H., Kane, S.A., Nzuna, J.S., Walton, D.S. 2017 Failure of goniosurgery for glaucoma associated with the Sturge-Weber Syndrome.  Ophthalmology, in press.

Walton, D.S., Nagao, K., Yeung, H.H., Kane, S.A. 2013 Late-recognized primary congenital glaucoma.  J. Ped. Ophthalmol. Strabismus. 50(4)234-8.

Williams, S.L., Wang, L., Kane, S.A., Lee, T.C., Weissgold, D.J., Berrocal, A.M., Rabinowitz, D., Starren, J., Flynn, J.T., Chiang, M.F.  2010 Telemedical diagnosis of retinopathy of prematurity: accuracy of expert versus non-expert graders.  Br. J. Ophthalmol. 94 (3):351-6.

Kane, S.A. and Thach, W.T. 1989 Palatal myoclonus and function of the inferior olive: are they related?  Ed. P. Strata. The Olivocerebellar System in Motor Control, Springer Verlag, Berlin. 427-460.

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