Dr. Coad

Laser Vision Correction LASIK Cataract Glaucoma
Christopher Coad, MD, FACS

Christopher T. Coad, MD, F.A.C.S.

Surgical Director of Eye Care

Dr. Coad of Chelsea Eye & Cosmetic Surgery Associates is Board Certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology, is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons (F.A.C.S.), and is a top LASIK doctor in NYC. He is an attending physician at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary and part of Continuum Health Partners. He continues to travel the world exchanging ophthalmic skills as a member of the ORBIS team and lectures on his areas of expertise including all laser iLASIK and advanced cataract surgery.

Dr. Coad graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of California, San Diego and was awarded his MD from the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. He interned at St. Vincent's Hospital and Medical Center in New York City and completed his postgraduate training in Ophthalmology at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary in New York City. Dr. Coad was chosen for an international ophthalmology fellowship with ORBIS, the only international flying eye institute. ORBIS is based on board a jet fully equipped with examination rooms, operating facilities and teaching capabilities.

Dr. Coad has been certified on several laser platforms including the technologically advanced VISX, and Intralase lasers for correction of nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. He’s been performing LASIK, PRK and LASEK since approved by the FDA in the early 1990’s. In addition to the thousands of ophthalmic surgeries and laser procedures he has performed, he has performed laser vision correction on his associate, Dr. Eviatar, many other physicians, as well as multiple staff members at Chelsea Eye.


Dr. Coad, one of the only ophthalmologists in New York City who offers Visian ICL for the correction of mild to severe myopia (nearsightedness), is also a leader in refractive cataract surgery offering multifocal lens implants such as ReSTOR and Tecnis, accommodative implants like Crystalens and astigmatic correcting Toric implants. He is the director of all general ophthalmic care from contact lenses to glaucoma at Chelsea Eye.

Patient Testimonials

"Dr. Coad of Chelsea Eye is exceptional. He is thorough, warm, genuine, well experienced and with a stellar reputation."
Sam Cheow, LASIK Patient
“I’m so happy I chose Dr. Coad as my physician for LASIK. I have been his patient for many years and we both felt the time was right for me to have the surgery.”
Tracie Max Sachs, 5x World Cup
Champion Speed Skier, LASIK Patient
“I have had no problems, I see perfectly and I wish I had done this years ago…Dr. Coad is the best!!”
Mario Cantone, Actor, LASIK Patient

CURRICULUM VITAE

  • University of California, San Diego - School of Medicine
    • Research Assistant - Department of Pharmacology, 1979 - 1980
    • Teaching Assistant - Department of Science, Technology and Public Affairs, 1980
    • Teaching Assistant - Department of Biology, 1979
  • Baylor College of Medicine, Cullen Eye Institute, Houston, Texas Research Fellow in Ocular Microbiology, 1983 - 1984
  • The Mackool Eye Institute, Astoria, New York Associate Ophthalmologist, 1989 - present
  • Cabrini Medical Center, New York, New York Attending Staff – Department of Ophthalmology, 1989 – 2008
  • St. Vincent’s Hospital and Medical Center, New York, New York Attending Staff - Department of Ophthalmology, 1989 – 2010
  • New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, New York, New York Associate Adjunct - Department of Ophthalmology, 1989 - present
  • Chelsea Eye & Cosmetic Surgery Associates - New York, New York Founding Partner, Private Practice - 1989 - present

Education

  • Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire – Exchange Program, 1978
  • University of California, San Diego - Revelle College, La Jolla, California - Bachelor of Arts - Magna Cum Laude, 1980
  • Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas - Doctor of Medicine, 1983
  • St. Vincent’s Hospital and Medical Center, New York, New York - Transitional Internship, 1984 - 1985
  • New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, New York, New York - Ophthalmology Residency, 1985 - 1988
  • Project ORBIS, New York, New York - Staff Ophthalmologist and Fellow in International Ophthalmology, 1988 – 1989

Educational Honors

  • Provost’s Honor List - University of California, San Diego – Revelle College, all quarters, 1976-1980
  • Citation of Distinguished Merit in Chemistry - Dartmouth College, 1978
  • Phi Beta Kappa, 1979
  • Provost’s Scholarship for Outstanding Achievement - University of California, San Diego - Revelle College, 1980
  • Scholastic Honors - Baylor College of Medicine, 1980-1983

Employment

  • Chelsea Eye & Cosmetic Surgery Associates - New York, New York Founding Partner, Private Practice - 1989 – present

PREVIOUS AFFILIATIONS

  • New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, New York, New York Associate Adjunct - Department of Ophthalmology, 1989 - present
  • University of California, San Diego - School of Medicine
    • Research Assistant - Department of Pharmacology, 1979 - 1980
    • Teaching Assistant - Department of Science, Technology and Public Affairs, 1980
    • Teaching Assistant - Department of Biology, 1979
  • Baylor College of Medicine, Cullen Eye Institute, Houston, Texas Research Fellow in Ocular Microbiology, 1983 - 1984
  • The Mackool Eye Institute, Astoria, New York Associate Ophthalmologist, 1989 - present
  • Cabrini Medical Center, New York, New York Attending Staff – Department of Ophthalmology, 1989 – 2008
  • St. Vincent’s Hospital and Medical Center, New York, New York Attending Staff - Department of Ophthalmology, 1989 – 2010

Professional Affiliations

  • American Medical Association - Member, 1981 - present 
  • Medical Society of the State of New York - Member, 1984 - present
  • New York County Medical Society - Member, 1984 – present
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology - Fellow, 1985 - present
  • American College of Surgeons – Fellow, 1995- present
  • American Society of Refractive Surgery - Member, 1996 - present
  • New York State Ophthalmological Society, Inc. Member, 1996 - present
  • Physician’s Research Network - Notebook Editorial Faculty, 1997 - present
  • International Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, 1999- Present
  • NY Keratorefractive Society - President, 2007- 2009 - Member, 2003-present
  • Pan American Association of Ophthalmology - Member, 2008 – present

Board Certification

  • Board Certified, American Board of Ophthalmology, 1997

Other Certifications

  • Infection Control #H29925, 1994
  • Summit Excimer Laser, 1996
  • VISX Excimer Laser, 1997
  • Chiron LASIK Microkeratome, 1998
  • Nidek Excimer Laser, 1999
  • Intralase, 2003

Foreign Language

  • Fluent in verbal and written Spanish

LICENSURES

  • State of New York Physician License, 1984 - present
  • State of Texas Physician License, 1984 - present
  • US Drug Enforcement Administration, 1984 - present
  • State of California Physician License, 1988 - present
  • State of New Jersey Physician License, 1989 - present
  • NJ Controlled Dangerous Substances, 1996 - present
  • Diplomate, American Board of Ophthalmology, May 1997 – present

Scientific Papers

  • “Bacterial Contamination of Eye Drop Dispensers,” American Journal of Ophthalmology, 98:548-551, 1984
  • “Antifungal Sensitivity Testing for Equine Keratomycosis,” American Journal of Veterinary Research, 46 (3):676-678, 1985
  • “A Case-control Study of Risk Factors for Intraoperative Suprachoroidal Expulsive Hemorrhage,” Ophthalmology, 98 (2):202-209, 1991
  • “Endoscopic Cyclophotocoagulation and Cataract Extraction,” WB Saunders, 1999
  • “Valganciclovir for Induction Treatment of Newly Diagnosed Cytomegalovirus Retinitis: A Randomized, Controlled Trial,” New England Journal of Medicine, 2001

Lectures

  • Intra-Operative Choroidal Hemorrhage: A Case Control Study, American Academy of Ophthalmology, October 1988
  • Ophthalmology 1993: An Update for Ophthalmic Registered Nurses, Hosted by American Society of Ophthalmic Registered Nurses, New York, New York, June 1993
  • “ Aspectos Oftalmologicos del SIDA”, Instituto de Oftalmologia, Lima, Peru, June 1994
  • “ HIV and Its Manifestations” and “International Ophthalmology,” Juneau, Alaska, August 1994
  • CMV Infection Training Course, National Skills Building Conference, Hosted by Roche Laboratories, Los Angeles, California, October 1995
  • Cytovene Prophylaxis Launch, Hosted by Roche Laboratories, Orlando, Florida, December 1995
  • CMV Retinitis Screening: Your Vision is Our Vision, Hosted by Roche Laboratories - Iris House, New York, New York, February 1996
  • CMV Infection Seminar: Skills Necessary for Early Detection, Treatment and Management, Hosted by the Visiting Nurse Association of Texas, Dallas, Texas, June 1996
  • CMV Infection Seminar: Skills Necessary for Early Detection, Treatment and Management, Hosted by the Visiting Nurse Association of South Jersey, Runnemede, New Jersey, September 1996
  • CMV Infection Seminar: Skills Necessary for Early Detection, Treatment and Management, Hosted by the Visiting Nurse Association of Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, October 1996
  • Combined Endoscopic Cyclophotocoagulation and Phacoemulsification for Cataract and Medically Controlled Glaucoma Treatment Hosted by the International Society of Ophthalmic Endoscopy, Inc., Chicago, Illinois, October 1996
  • CMV Infection Seminar: Skills Necessary for Early Detection, Treatment and Management, Hosted by the Visiting Nurse Association of South East Michigan, Detroit, Michigan, January 1997
  • CMV Infection Seminar: Skills Necessary for Early Detection, Treatment and Management, Hosted by the Visiting Nurse, Association of Cleveland, Cleveland, Ohio, January 1997
  • Combined Endoscopic Cyclophotocoagulation and Phacoemulsification for Cataract and Medically Controlled Glaucoma Treatment, Sponsored by the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, Boston, Massachusetts, April 1997
  • CMV Infection Seminar: Skills Necessary for Early Detection, Treatment and Management, Hosted by the Visiting Nurse Association of Texas Gulf Coast, Houston, Texas, May 1997
  • Combined Endoscopic Cyclophotocoagulation and Phacoemulsification for Cataract and Medically Controlled Glaucoma Treatment, Sponsored by the American Academy of Ophthalmology, San Francisco, California, October 1997
  • Diabetes and Retinopathy, St. Vincent’s Hospital, Department of Ophthalmology, February 18, 1998
  • CMV Infection Seminar: Skills Necessary for Early Detection, Treatment and Management, Hosted by Hoffman-La Roche, Inc., Puerto Rico Department of Health, Carolina, Puerto Rico, March 15, 1998
  • “Glaucoma,” St. Vincent’s Hospital, Department of Medicine, Section of Geriatrics, New York, New York, March 27, 1998
  • CMV Infection Seminar: Skills Necessary for Early Detection, Treatment and Management, Las Vegas, Nevada, April 17, 1998
  • “Prismatic IOL for Macular Degeneration,” American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, San Diego, California, April 18, 1998
  • “Combined Phacoemulsification, IOL Implantation, and Endocyclophotocoagulation in Patients with Controlled POAG: Long-term Results,” American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, San Diego, California, April 20, 1998
  • “Prismatic IOL for Macular Disease” Grand Rounds, Department of Ophthalmology, St. Vincent’s Hospital, New York, NY , October 7, 1998
  • “CMV Retinitis: Detection, Treatment and Management” School of Optometry, University of Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico, October 25, 1998
“The Global AIDS Epidemic” Vision’99, International Conference on Low Vision, Lighthouse International, New York, New York July 14, 1999

Professional Courses/Meetings

  • Review, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, March 1987 
  • Clinical Advances in Ophthalmology, Cullen Eye Institute, Houston, TX, March 1987
  • Diagnostic Ocular Ultrasound and Biometry, New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, New York, NY, June 1988
  • Phacoemulsification and Small Incision Lens Implantation, New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, New York, NY, June 1990
  • Phacoemulsification Workshop, Storz Faculty, Melville, NY, September 1990
  • Risk Management Conference, Medical Liability Mutual Insurance Company, New York, NY, November 1990
  • Postgraduate Ophthalmology Course, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, March 1991
  • Phacoemulsification and Small Incision Lens Implantation, New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, New York, NY, May 1991
  • Phacoemulsification and Small Incision Lens Implantation, New York Eye and Ear Infirmary (Faculty), New York, NY, May 1992
  • Radial Keratotomy and Advanced Phaco Combined Course, New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, New York, NY, May 1993
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology Annual Meeting, Chicago 1993
  • Ophthalmology Review Course, Wills Eye Hospital, Philadelphia, PA, March 1994
  • Ocular Complications of HIV Infection, New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, New York, NY, May 1994
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology, San Francisco 1994
  • Ophthalmology Review Course, Wills Eye Hospital, Philadelphia, PA, March 1995
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA, November 1995
  • 175th Anniversary Ophthalmology Conference, New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, New York, NY, December 1995
  • Excimer Laser Photorefractive Keratectomy , George Washington University Medical Center, Washington, DC, February 1996
  • Photorefractive Keratectomy in-Vitro Lab, Crystal Vision Associates, LP, New York, NY, February 1996
  • Ophthalmology Review Course, Wills Eye Hospital, Philadelphia, PA, March 1996
  • Treatment of CMV Retinitis: A Comprehensive Overview and Vitrasert Wet Lab, New York, NY, May 1996
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, October 1996
  • Ophthalmology Review Course, Wills Eye Hospital, Philadelphia, PA, March 1997
  • American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery Annual Meeting Boston, MA, April 1997
  • VISX Excimer Laser System and PRK Training Course New York, NY, September 1997
  • Reshaping the Future, Refractive Surgery Specialty Days, American Academy of Ophthalmology, San Francisco, CA, October 1997
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, October 1997
  • C-LASIK: Lamellar Refractive Surgery, Chiron Vision, Boston, MA, January 1998
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology, New Orleans, LA, November 1998
  • Refractive Surgery, Subspecialty Day, American Academy of Ophthalmology, San Francisco, CA, November 1998
  • Refractive Surgery, Subspecialty Day, American Academy of Ophthalmology, Orlando, FL, October, 1999
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL, October, 1999
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, October, 2000
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, October, 2001
  • International Society of Refractive Surgery / American Academy of Ophthalmology Joint Meeting, Orlando, FL, November, 2002
  • Department of Ophthalmology Grand Rounds, September, 2003 
  • Refractive Surgery Subspecialty Day, Anaheim , CA November, 2003 
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology Annual Meeting, Anaheim, CA, November, 2003
  • The Ethics of Research and New Technology, May, 2004
  • Refractive Surgery 2004: Science and Practice, New Orleans, LA, October, 2004 
  • Corneal and External Disease, October 2004
  • Taking Wavefront to the Next Level, October, 2004 
  • Better Quality of Vision with New Technology, October, 2004 
  • International Society of Refractive Surgery / American Academy of Ophthalmology Joint Meeting, New Orleans, LA, November, 2004
  • Dulaney Foundation Educational Activity, February, 2005 
  • Refractive Surgery 2005: Simply the Best, Chicago, IL, November, 2005
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, November, 2005
  • Refractive Surgery 2006: The Times are Changing, Las Vegas, NV, November, 2006
  • International Society of Refractive Surgery / American Academy of Ophthalmology Joint Meeting, Las Vegas, NV, November, 2006
  • www.Healthology.com Innovations in LASIK Surgery; November, 2006
  • Evaluating risk, Judging Progression: Best Bets for Success in Glaucoma Management, November, 2006
  • Continuing Medical Education Resource Educational Activity #9727, May, 2007 
  • Ocular Surgery News - Realizing Optimal Results in C, July, 2007
  • Annual Meeting Subspecialty Day: Refractive Surgery, New Orleans, LA, November, 2007
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, November, 2007
  • Physician Billing Compliance Seminar, November, 2007 
  • American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery / American Society of Ophthalmic Administrators Annual Symposium & Congress, April, 2008 
  • Refractive Subspecialty Day 2008, Atlanta, GA, November, 2008
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA, November, 2008
  • Proactive Risk Management Follow-up Program III, April, 2009 
  • American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery / American Society of Ophthalmic Administrators Annual Symposium & Congress, April, 2009 
  • Guide to Culturally Competent Care, May, 2009 
  • Refractive Subspecialty Day 2009, San Francisco, CA, October 2009
  • International Society of Refractive Surgery / American Academy of Ophthalmology Joint Meeting, San Francisco, CA, October 2009
  • The Ethics of Doctor Patient Relationships, January, 2010
  • The Ethics of Commercial Relationships, January, 2010
  • New York City Department of Health\"HIV Prevention & Care", January, 2010 
  • American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery / American Society of Ophthalmic Administrators Annual Symposium & Congress, April, 2010
  • Refractive Subspecialty Day, Chicago, IL, October, 2010
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, October, 2010
  • Management of Macular Edema: An Evidence-Based Approach, October, 2010 
  • Proactive Risk Management, New York, NY, June, 2011
  • Topics in Ocular Anti-infectives Issue 18, University of Florida College of Medicine, June, 2011 
  • Refractive Subspecialty Day, Orlando, FL, October, 2011
  • International Society of Refractive Surgery / American Academy of Ophthalmology Joint Meeting, Orlando, FL, October, 2011
  • American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery / American Society of Ophthalmic Administrators Annual Symposium & Congress, Chicago, April 2012
  • International Society of Refractive Surgery / American Academy of Ophthalmology Joint Meeting, Chicago, November 2012