Columbia University Medical Center

Leaders Cut the Ribbon To Officially Launch FPO’s Expanded Third Avenue Multispecialty Practice

At our new ColumbiaDoctors Third Avenue multispecialty location, we offer a rare collaboration among eye, dermatology, and head and neck specialists. Cutting the ribbon at the new location are (from left) ColumbiaDoctors president and ophthalmology chair George A. “Jack” Cioffi, MD; dermatology chair David R. Bickers, MD; otolaryngology chair Lawrence R. Lustig, MD, and Columbia University Medical Center Dean Lee Goldman.

A June 12 ribbon-cutting was held to celebrate the launch of the new ColumbiaDoctors Third Avenue multispecialty practice at 880 Third Avenue.

“This facility represents our emphasis on better serving New Yorkers by bringing more of New York’s leading specialists to their neighborhood,” ColumbiaDoctors president George A. “Jack” Cioffi, MD, told the audience of about 60 attendees.

Ceremonies included in a champagne toast and ribbon cutting, and the audience also was addressed by Lee Goldman, MD, Harold and Margaret Hatch Professor of the University and executive vice president and dean of the Faculties of Health Sciences and Medicine, and chief executive, Columbia University Medical Center; David Bickers, MD, chair, Dermatology; Lawrence Lustig, MD, chair, Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery; and Mark McDougle, MPH, senior vice president, chief operating officer, CUMC, and chief executive officer, ColumbiaDoctors.

The expanded ColumbiaDoctors location, which initially was launched as an ophthalmology practice, now features some of the newest services offered by the faculty practice, including:  

  • The Columbia Center for Facial Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery, a new collaboration among otolaryngology, ophthalmology, and dermatology, which offers a multidisciplinary approach to facial aesthetics and restoration
  • Mohs micrographic surgery, a specialized surgical procedure used to remove many types of skin cancer under local anesthesia
  • Ophthalmic oncology, providing diagnosis and treatment of ocular melanoma and other malignant and benign tumors of the eye, eyelid, orbit, and conjunctiva in adults, children, and infants
  • The Columbia University Laser Vision Center, treating a range of refractive errors, such as nearsightedness and astigmatism
  • The Specialty Contact Lens service, offering lenses for conditions including corneal disease and irregularities, high refractive error, post-ocular surgery, severe dry eye, and trauma
  • The ColumbiaDoctors Voice & Swallowing Institute, which caters to professional singers and others with vocal or swallowing dysfunction

A listing of the departments’ services, along with appointment numbers, is below.


Appointments: 212-305-5293

Mohs Micrographic Surgery appointments: 212-305-3625

Dermatology services include general dermatology, management of hair and scalp disorders, cutaneous oncology, skin cancer screening, and cosmetic and laser surgery. Mohs micrographic surgery is offered under the leadership of Faramarz Samie, MD, PhD, an expert in the field and the department’s vice-chair for clinical affairs and associate professor of dermatology and his colleague Jesse Lewin, MD, assistant professor of dermatology.


Appointments: 212-305-9535

At ColumbiaDoctors Ophthalmology, our team of expertly trained doctors offers our patients the full range of general and subspecialty care in ophthalmology. We provide the most advanced and comprehensive medical and surgical treatments in retinal diseases, glaucoma, corneal conditions, cataract and refractive surgery, ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgery, and ophthalmic oncology, among others.

Our newest services to this location include ophthalmic oncology, led by Brian Marr, MD, an internationally renowned surgeon and researcher with comprehensive experience in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of ocular tumors including intraocular tumor resection, laser, radiation, and chemotherapy procedures.

Leejee Suh, MD, director of the cornea service, also heads our newly renovated Laser Vision Correction Center. Our physicians pioneered the development of lasers for vision correction and are recognized for continued excellence in laser vision surgery and research. Today, we continue to offer a full spectrum of vision correction technology to allow the most appropriate treatments for our patients.  


Appointments: 212-305-8555

Otolaryngology services include facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, head and neck surgical oncology, management of obstructive sleep apnea, facial reanimation for disorders of the facial nerve, minimally invasive management of salivary gland disorders, and the Columbia Voice and Swallowing Institute.

Led by Wais Rahmati, MD, and Scott Troob, MD, the Columbia Head and Neck Cancer team offers the most advanced and comprehensive treatment available for benign and malignant tumors of the head and neck region, including robotic surgery, laser microsurgery, and advanced reconstructive techniques.

The ColumbiaDoctors Voice & Swallowing Institute offers comprehensive services for the professional voice, and treatment for all patients with voice, swallowing and airway disorders, led by Michael Pitman, MD, a nationally renowned laryngologist.  This team also includes assistant director Carly Cantor, CCC-SLP and Kimberly Duncan, CCC-SLP, both voice and swallowing therapists and singing voice specialists who treat the full spectrum of voice and swallowing disorders as well as rehabilitate injured professional performers.

Columbia Center for Facial Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery

A new collaboration between dermatology, ophthalmology, and otolaryngology, the center offers a comprehensive multidisciplinary approach to facial aesthetics and restoration.

The center is led by Jason Moche, MD, who has extensive experience in all aspects of facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, and offers a wide array of services, including rhinoplasty, facial rejuvenation, eye and brow lifting, correction of adult and pediatric ear deformities, use of injectable neurotoxin and facial fillers, scar revisions and hair restoration.

Scott Troob, MD, offers microvascular free flap reconstruction of complex deformities of the scalp, face, and neck, and, in conjunction with Dr. Moche, performs a full range of facial reanimation surgery and rehabilitation for patients with facial paralysis.