Peter Hersh
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Phone: (201) 883-0505
The Cornea & Laser Eye Institute
Glenpointe Center East
300 Frank W Burr Blvd, Ste 71
Teaneck, NJ 07666-6704

About This Physician
A Princeton University graduate, Dr. Hersh received his medical degree from Johns Hopkins. He completed his ophthalmology residency at Harvard Medical School and  the Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary,  where afterwards he received additional specialized fellowship training in corneal surgery. Dr. Hersh remained on the full-time faculty at Harvard until 1990. In 1995 he founded the Cornea and Laser Eye Institute  -Hersh Vision Group, dedicated to clinical care and research in LASIK and corneal surgery. Currently, in addition to directing the Cornea and Laser Eye Institute, he is a Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology and Director of the Cornea and Refractive Surgery Division at UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School, and Visiting Research Collaborator at Princeton University.

Dr. Hersh's interests are devoted exclusively to LASIK, custom LASIK, Intralase, LASEK, PRK, CK, Intacs, Keratoconus, corneal transplantation and other corneal and refractive surgery procedures. At Princeton, he works with a group investigating laser applications to eye surgery and corneal biomechanics. He has participated in many multicenter FDA clinical trials of excimer laser LASIK and other surgical corrections of nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and keratoconus. Most prominently, he was lead author of the clinical study that led to first FDA approval of laser vision correction for the treatment of nearsightedness in the United States. He was one of 2 investigators to present the Conductive Keratoplasty procedure to the FDA device panel and, currently, is U.S. medical monitor of a new technique to treat nearsightedness and keratoconus.  Recently, Dr. Hersh was elected to the American Ophthalmological Society, the oldest and most prestigious eye surgery association in the country. He has also been awarded the Senior Honor Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology, an honor bestowed on fewer than 1% of eye surgeons.

As a result of his extensive clinical and research work, Dr. Hersh has published four textbooks and more than 100 research articles and book chapters. The second edition of his textbook Ophthalmic Surgical Procedures, first published in 1988, was released just this year.  His other books include Excimer Laser Surgery for Corneal Disorders,  Refractive Surgery, and Eye Trauma.  In addition, Dr. Hersh has designed a number of refractive surgery instruments in current use, most recently the HershIntralase LASIK Flap Spatula.

Dr. Hersh has trained over a thousand eye surgeons in excimer laser refractive surgery techniques, and is past recipient of the Teacher of the Year award bestowed by the Harvard Medical School Department of Ophthalmology. His extensive lecture schedule has taken him throughout the United States and to countries such as France, the Netherlands, China, Taiwan, India, Vietnam, Brazil, Chile, Venezuela, Portugal, Switzerland, Italy, Canada, and Korea. Moreover, he is actively involved in a number of international projects to bring education and eye care to developing countries.

Gender Male
Type of Specialist Ophthalmologist

Special Expertise • Cornea Transplant
• Keratoconus
• LASIK-Refractive Surgery
Admitting Hospital(s) UMDNJ-University Hospital
High performing in 3 Specialties
Board Certification(s)
Latest Certification Date(s) Ophthalmology
Obtained Medical Degree From Johns Hopkins University
Residency(ies) Internal Medicine
Lenox Hill Hospital
New York, NY
1982 - 1983
Mass Eye & Ear Infirmary
Boston, MA
1983 - 1986
Fellowship(s) Cornea & External Eye Disease
Mass Eye & Ear Infirmary
Boston, MA
1986 - 1987
Faculty Appointment Professor
UMDNJ-NJ Med Sch, Newark

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