Dr. Abramson is Chief of the Ophthalmic Oncology Service at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) in New York City. This service is new joining the community of cancer professionals at MSKCC, but follows a long tradition in serving the needs of individuals and families with retinoblastoma. Started by Dr. Algernon Reese (Memorial Hospital and Columbia Presbyterian Hospital) and Dr. Robert Ellsworth (New York Presbyterian Hospital), the current retinoblastoma program has come full circle and has evolved over the last century with some of its participating physicians being the first to develop new approaches to the treatment of retinoblastoma. The retinoblastoma program has the largest patient registry in the United States.
Dr. Abramson is Professor of Ophthalmology at New York Presbyterian Hospital and a faculty member of The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary and of the Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital in New York.
Dr. Abramson began his sub-specialization in eye cancers more than 25 years ago at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center. Dr. Abramson has been on the faculty of Harvard University and Columbia University and is frequently asked to be a visiting professor at many institutions, including the Mayo Clinics, Yale University, Georgetown University, and the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Abramson has lectured and published extensively. He has delivered more than 350 lectures around the world including lectures in France, Italy, Israel, Switzerland, Venezuela, Argentina, Peru, Brazil, Hong Kong, and China. He has published more than 325 scientific articles including his text Tumors of the Eye and Adnexae. In 1992, he received the Honor Award for "distinguished service to the American Academy of Ophthalmology" and in 1993, he received the prestigious Senior Honor Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology.
In 1991, 1996, 1998, 1999, and 2001-2004 Dr. Abramson was named as one of the "Best Doctors in New York" by New York Magazine. In 1993, 1997, and 2001-04, he was listed by the Castle Connolly Guide as one of the "Best Doctors in the New York Metro Area" and as one of the "Best Doctors in America."
Dr. Abramson received his medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York and completed a medical internship there. He then performed a year of medical research at the Edward S. Harkness Eye Institute of Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, followed by a three-year residency in ophthalmology at Columbia. He was then awarded a Heed Fellowship and studied ophthalmic oncology at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center with Robert M. Ellsworth, M.D.
Dr. Abramson attended Harvard College where he was elected First Class Marchall (class president), a position he has held for more than 25 years. Dr. Abramson was the captain of the Harvard swimming team, a national collegiate record holder, and a representative of the United States at the Fifth Maccabiah Games, where he won three gold medals. In 1993, he was elected to the Harvard Varsity Club hall of Fame for his accomplishments in swimming.
Dr. Abramson is the recipient of the Franceschetti medal from the Swiss Ophthalmological Society, an award given every other year to the ophthalmologist who has made the most significant contribution to Eye Genetics. He has also received the Honoree award for outstanding contributions in ophthalmology from the Manhattan League of Helen Keller Services for the Blind. In 2001, Dr. Abramson received the New York State Ophthalmological Society's Hobie Award, awarded to one ophthalmologist yearly in New York State for outstanding service. He has delivered the following named lectures: the Dunnington Lecture at the 2002 Columbia-Cornell Alumni Meeting (NY), the Charles May Lecture at the New York Academy of Medicine (1999, NY), and the Phillip E.P. Ellis Lecture at the University of Colorado (2003, CO). He is a recipient of the Eugene Chalfin Award from SUNY Downstate (2004, NY) and the 2004 Mildred Weisenfeld Award for Excellence in Ophthalmology.
Dr. Abramson is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, a fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine, and Chairman of the Lewis Rudin Glaucoma Prize Committee. He has been certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology since 1976.
Dr. Abramson's contact information:
Retinoblastoma and pediatric ophthalmic oncology: 212-639-7232
Adult ophthalmic oncology services: 212-I-CANCER