The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary is one of the world’s leading facilities for the diagnosis and treatment of all diseases of the eyes, ears, nose, and throat, and related conditions. Founded in 1820, NYEE is the first and most historic specialty hospital in the nation, as well as one of the busiest.
With a rich heritage and a mission of providing highest quality patient care, graduate and continuing medical education, scientific research, and community outreach, The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary has built upon its strengths to maintain a leadership position in the fields of Ophthalmology, Otolaryngology/ Head & Neck Surgery, and Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery.
Commitment to excellence has earned The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary ranking as one of US News and World Report's "Best Hospitals in America,” and a number of its medical staff are included in nationwide “Top Doctor” directories. The hospital has been awarded Magnet status for excellence in nursing care.
As a specialty hospital, The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary is uniquely qualified to handle the most complicated cases, as well as a high volume of the most commonly needed procedures, and it is well documented that excellence in clinical outcome is strongly correlated with experience. Performing more than 30,000 surgical cases and 225,000 outpatient visits per year, The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary is the region’s most comprehensive center for the delivery of primary through tertiary eye and ear-nose-throat care.
At NYEE is the New York Eye Trauma Center, a highly specialized service dedicated to repair of all aspects the eye, including oculoplastics to help assure good aesthetic outcomes. Patients are referred from the tri-state area when time is of the essence in treating the injured eye, as well as around the world for primary and secondary repair of complex ocular injuries. NYEE’s Eye Trauma Service is home to the Eye Injury Registry of the State of New York and is a member of the United States Eye Injury Registry.
The Medical Staff is comprised of more than 600 board-certified attending physicians and surgeons practicing throughout the tri-state area, many renowned for breakthrough research and introducing widely-practiced techniques.
A voluntary, not-for-profit institution, NYEE is a member of Continuum Health Partners, Inc., one of the largest hospital systems in the metropolitan area, and is an affiliated teaching hospital of New York Medical College. NYEE has highly regarded highly competitive residency programs in Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology, plus dozens of post-graduate fellowship positions, thereby carrying a tradition of excellence into future generations of the medical profession.
The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary serves as a nationwide referral center with a commitment to teaching, research, and high-technology based care. Cutting edge ocular imaging instrumentation provides highest resolution to diagnose diseases of the cornea, retina, optic nerve and glaucoma. Multi-disciplinary teams specialize in acute and chronic ear disease, cochlear implantation, intra cranial tumors, facial nerve disorders, and a dedicated thyroid center. In all forms of aesthetic and reconstructive surgery, microsurgical capabilities and minimal incision techniques produce a natural, youthful appearance with rapid recovery.
Highly experienced staff in state-of-the-art surgical facilities have made NYEE’s 19 operating rooms a benchmark of efficiency. Less invasive surgical procedures and technologies, many developed and refined in the ORs and labs of The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, have improved treatment success rates and shortened hospital stays in all core specialties.
With comprehensive services in a convenient campus, NYEE provides high-tech treatment in a caring and friendly environment. The Ambulatory Surgery Unit is specially designed to expedite all aspects of same-day surgery for patients and families in comfort, while the uniquely quiet and personal inpatient unit accommodates those who must stay overnight or longer in more intensive cases.
In addition to its main hospital facility in the vibrant Union Square area, NYEE has an established and growing network of satellite offices and is developing free-standing ambulatory surgery centers throughout the area. Currently there are 15 offices in high density business districts and select residential neighborhoods staffed with NYEE physicians and equipped with latest diagnostic equipment, making access to specialty care more convenient to people where they live or work. Soon patients will also be able to have many same-day surgical procedures in New York Eye and Ear Infirmary Ambulatory Surgery Centers in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and Long Island, another means of extending unmatched expertise with increased efficiency and convenience for the entire family.
Almost a quarter of the hospital’s patients are children, so the services of eye and ear-nose-throat specialists are coordinated with support staff especially sensitive to the youngest patients and families.
The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary has also been a leader in working within the systems of health care insurance providers and managed care. Over 85% of the medical staff are involved in one or more managed care plans. The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary currently has over 40 contracts with HMOs and PPOs, and maintains strong relationships with a vast number of primary care physicians in the tri-state region.
With costs among the lowest and patient volume among the highest in New York City, NYEE is a preferred institution among physicians, patients and payers alike.
Approaching its milestone bicentennial in the year 2020, The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary will continue to pursue applied clinical and basic research to further enhance patient care through scientific advancement, and improve the patient experience with ongoing modernization and expansion programs in all clinical and diagnostic areas.
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