About

About

William M. Schiff, MD is a board certified Ophthalmologist, specializing in the medical and surgical management of vitreous and retinal diseases. He is the Director of Ophthalmic Surgery at Manhattan Eye Ear and Throat Hospital (MEETH) and serves an educational role as the Co-Director of the Vitreoretinal Fellowship Program.

Dr. Schiff s practice encompasses the management of medical and surgical diseases of the vitreous, retina, and macula including macular degeneration, macular hole, epiretinal membrane, diabetic retinopathy and retinal detachment.

Dr. Schiff was previously Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. He has lectured widely, has authored or coauthored more than 50 publications, and is an active member of numerous professional societies and organizations including The American Academy of Ophthalmology, The Retina Society, The American Society of Retinal Specialists and the New York Ophthalmologic Society.

Dr. Schiff has earned the Achievement Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the Honor s Award from the American Society of Retina Specialists. He has been named in New York Magazine s Best Doctors, Castle Connolly s America s Top Doctors and Castle Connolly s Top Doctors in the New York Metro Area.

Credentials

Credentials

  • Board certifications

    • Ophthalmology - American Board of Ophthalmology

  • Academic titles

    • Professor, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell

  • Medical school

    • New York University School of Medicine

  • Residencies

    • Mount Sinai St Lukes-Roosevelt Hospital Center

    • New York Eye and Ear Infirmary

  • Fellowships

    • New York Eye and Ear Infirmary

    • New York Hospital Weill Cornell Medical Center

    • Mt Sinai West

  • Affiliations

    • Lenox Hill Hospital

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Most recent comments

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08/30/2018
"Dr. Schiff was very pleasant & caring. Explained any questions I had. Made me feel so much more relaxed. Gave me as much time as needed and put "sunshine" in my day. Some of the stories I heard about this procedure before my visit with him made me wonder if I should just skip the whole thing!"
08/10/2018
"I am blessed to have the following care providers: Dr. William Schiff, Dr. Jules Winokur, Dr. Sean ParkI include them all because their combined expertise and collaboration has saved the vision in my left eye and I highly recommend them all."
07/23/2018
"Dr Schiff is fabulous. I trust everything he says."
07/23/2018
"can't get any better"
07/21/2018
"best eye doctor ever! Wish he did all things involving eyes!"
07/19/2018
"I've known this provider for over 20 yrs., he's excellent!"
07/19/2018
"Dr. Schiff has an awesome!! bedside manner. He's caring & very informative. He is genuinely concerned, patient, and takes time to address any concerns. "
07/16/2018
"Doctor spent a very brief time with me, which was OK since it was just a check up and I didn't have any questions."
07/16/2018
"Dr. Schiff is an outstanding doctor. In addition to his brilliant skills which saved my eyesight, he's also kind, approachable, and always willing to discuss progress/options for care. A super person as well as doctor!"
07/02/2018
"Dr Schiff will have a new patient, our friend, next week!"
06/29/2018
"Dr. Schiff has an infectious upbeat personality and great skill in getting the patient to feel cared for - he exudes competence."
06/27/2018
"I have recommended Dr. Schiff to others."
06/11/2018
"I always feel like the doctor is rushed and needs to get to the next patient. Still, he is thorough and kind and helpful. But I feel rushed."
05/30/2018
"Excellent."
05/29/2018
"He is superb doctor"
05/24/2018
"Yes - V. G."
04/30/2018
"Dr. William Schiff is everything one wants, and expects, in a physician."
04/26/2018
"Excellent!"
04/19/2018
"Dr. Schiff is the only ophthalmologist I trust to deal with my problematic eye condition since his operation seven years ago. "
04/19/2018
"I was recommended to Dr. Schiff - Excellent recommendation."
03/23/2018
"Doctor took me as an emergency case on 1 day's notice. Very grateful and he will now remain my doctor. Extremely skilled."
03/23/2018
"Dr. Schiff is first rate. No medications involved."
03/17/2018
"Dr. William Schiff is one of the very best doctors I've encountered. He and his staff were very thorough. His practice is well-run, organized and clean. I will see him again for sure."
03/05/2018
"In fact, I already have recommended Dr. Schiff to others. He's terrific--smart, thoughtful, compassionate, skilled. A great practitioner with a wonderful bedside manner. I can't praise him highly enough."
02/23/2018
"Dr. Schiff was warm & caring."
01/21/2018
"Dr. Schiff is a world class professional as well as a truly decent man. I'm blessed to have him looking after me."
12/30/2017
"Dr. Schiff has given excellent advice."
12/30/2017
"Dr. Schiff is a superb physician at the top of his field. I have total confidence in his judgment and abilities. I followed him & his current practice form his previous group and have recommend him to a number of people including my _____."
12/22/2017
"An excellent caring doctor who knows his stuff & explains any question you have. Highly recommend him."
12/15/2017
"I am very happy with the care I received. Dr. Schiff did a great job on my surgery. I can't thank him enough."
11/22/2017
"Excellent!"
11/01/2017
"I cannot fully express how grateful and thankful I am that I was referred to Dr. Schiff. He is a caring & dedicated physician who inspires confidence."
11/01/2017
"SUPERB on all counts. I can tell I am in good care and I appreciate it. "
10/20/2017
"I have great respect for the expertise, professionalism and care demonstrated by Dr. Schiff and his staff. "
10/18/2017
"I have already recommended Dr. Schiff to others."
10/18/2017
"I cannot state it better than I have total confidence in Dr. Schiff. He is not only a great doctor, but a VERY nice person."
10/09/2017
"Dr. Schiff is outstanding. I have already recommended Dr. Staff to others and will continue to do so. I had total confidence in him."
09/22/2017
"Dr. Schiff is a very caring, compassionate physician and skillful!"
08/29/2017
"1. Dr. William Schiff "
08/29/2017
"Dr. Schiff is a true treasure. As a physician myself, I can see that he appreciates my profession, but keeps the relationship at a physician/patient level, so that roles are maintained and no information is lost. He is informative, informed, respected by those around him, and he has one of the best & encouraging bedside manners that I can imagine. Bravo."
08/25/2017
"The care was first quality - Professional & detailed."
08/15/2017
"fine, intelligent, compassionate professional"
07/31/2017
"Excellent care and concern."
07/17/2017
"There is no doubt that Dr. Schiff is an excellent doctor, and I am -- and feel -- in great hands. His bedside manner can be brusque, however."
07/15/2017
"excellent"
05/18/2017
"Dr. Schiff is a kind and compassionate physician and educator."
04/24/2017
"Pleasant, clear and efficient use of time. I appreciate that!"
04/17/2017
"I was very impressed w/Dr. Schiff, in ALL ways. Total trust in him."
04/17/2017
"Dr. schiff provides the most comprehensive and careful retinal exam I have ever experienced. This inspires trust in his technical skills and findings."
04/14/2017
"I love to have Dr. Schiff as my provider - I am confident he will do everything to see that my vision is good."
03/22/2017
"Dr. Schiff provides excellent care."
03/20/2017
"Dr. Schiff is warm, attentive, clear & thoughtful."
03/15/2017
"The best! Don't let him get away!"
03/07/2017
"Dr. Schiff is not an alarmist. He is a competent & considerate person."
02/06/2017
"excellent doctor in every aspect."
01/31/2017
"Patient is mentally handicapped & everyone is very patient & understanding."
11/10/2016
"Satisfactory visit."
10/03/2016
"Always a good experience."
09/27/2016
"Simply the best! Courteous, kind, respectful, professional - have all the confidence in the world in him."
09/26/2016
"I would highly recommend Dr. Schiff to anyone who asked me."
08/31/2016
"I have never felt more comfortable with a physician. Dr. Schiff is outstanding! You are lucky to have him."
08/23/2016
"Good."
08/23/2016
"dr. Schiff is "positively amazing and so friendly. he's awesome!"
07/14/2016
"Cannot say enough good things in regard to Dr. Schiff - Extremely likeable and made me feel totally at ease."
07/02/2016
"very good"
06/30/2016
"The best doctor."
06/27/2016
"On a scale of 1 to 10, he's an 11 - personable, professional, technically and medically superior, easy to converse with, encouraging, etc."
06/18/2016
"they simply do not get any better than Dr. Schiff. I actually recommended him to others at the hospital when I visited just because I know if there is anyone who can help it is him"
04/09/2016
"I have friends at work who went to other providers and are envious of the care that I have received from Dr. Schiff. He saved and improved my vision."
04/06/2016
"Even though I come frequently and NYC can be a pain, I have absolutely no interest in changing practitioners as this doctor and his staff have tried their very best to help me with the highest degree of compassion & professionalism."
03/31/2016
"The best!"
03/28/2016
"There no issue with Dr. Schiff or the treatment."
03/07/2016
"Dr. Schiff is an excellent practitioner!"
01/29/2016
"Dr. Schiff consistently goes out of his way to give the best possible care & treatment, even if it inconveniences himself. He met me at his office on the Sat. after Christmas to give me a shot in my eye prior to my eye surgery 3 days later because it would not have been as effective if we waited until Mon."
01/25/2016
"Good."
01/23/2016
"I recommended Dr Schiff to my wife when she needed his type of medical speciality, and she has had a visit."
01/04/2016
"Excellent experience! Impressive physician!"
12/19/2015
"Dr Schiff is simply fantastic. Easy to dialogue with, friendly, informed and likeable as a person as well as professional. He is the best"
11/11/2015
"Dr. Schiff and medical staff are outstanding office process has improved over year - Previous appointments and surgery were not scheduled well and was not informed when cancelled (Nov. 2015)."
06/03/2015
"Dr. Schiff is one of the best physicians I have ever had kind, and understanding."
05/06/2015
"All excellent."
02/04/2015
"A bit abrupt."
01/28/2015
"This is - an excellent provider."
01/26/2015
"Outstanding! Clearly explains issues (pro's & con's) builds trust a confidence. I feel blessed to have found him."
10/28/2014
"My experience with Dr. Schiff is always a pleasure."
09/22/2014
"Very friendly, concern, encouragement of outcome."
09/04/2014
"I feel extraordinary lucky to be able to have Dr. Schiff as my doctor."
08/22/2014
"Dr. Schiff was great - caring, informative, competent & confidence inspiring."
08/14/2014
"Dr. Schiff is very thorough, reassuring & saw me immediately each time I had a problem."
08/13/2014
"Contact was professional and caring."
07/23/2014
"I love Dr. Schiff for saving my eye and being a gem of a person."
07/18/2014
"The best professional."
06/18/2014
"My care provider Dr. Schiff is an extremely competent provider."
06/13/2014
"Excellent."
06/11/2014
"Dr. Schiff was very friendly & easy to talk to."
04/28/2014
"Very caring & friendly (warm)."
03/24/2014
"Good."
03/14/2014
"Extra professional care."
03/07/2014
"I felt confident I was receiving the very best medical care & attention."
03/03/2014
"I have been under Dr. Schiff's care for over 6 years. He is a wonderful skilled doctor & a compassionate individual."
02/27/2014
"Dr. Schiff is a physician par excellence."
01/07/2014
"An ongoing, thoroughly excellent experience."

In the news

In the news

In the news
A total of 70 physicians affiliated with Lenox Hill Hospital and Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital (MEETH) were listed in the 2017 edition of New York magazine's annual "New York's Best Doctors" issue...
A total of 75 physicians affiliated with Lenox Hill Hospital and Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat (MEETH) Hospital were listed in the 19th edition of New York magazine’s annual “New York’s Best Doctors” issue...