“Ophthalmology is one of those fields that can encompass all of medicine,” said the Berrie Center’s Dan Casper, in a new video interview published online by the Department of Ophthalmology at Columbia University Medical Center. “There are many effects that can be seen on the eye from systemic diseases, like diabetes, hypertension, rheumatologic conditions like lupus. Many diseases will have a direct or indirect effect on the eye and frequently, we will be the first person to see the patient, so it makes the field seem much broader than one little tiny organ—or two little tiny organs.”
Listen to the rest of Dr. Casper’s interview and read what the Ophthalmology Department had to say about one of their own:
Meet Dr. Daniel S. Casper who practices general, medical ophthalmology full-time at Columbia University Center, dividing his time between the Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center and the Harkness Eye Institute Faculty Practice.
His ophthalmology training, including residency and fellowship, has all been done at Columbia, and he has been affiliated with the university in various capacities since 1986.
After completing his residency, Dr. Casper was a fellow in orbital and oculoplastic Surgery with Dr. Stephen Trokel at Columbia, and along with Dr. Linda Chi of the Radiology department, they authored a textbook on orbital diseases and imaging, on which Dr. Casper served as senior editor and illustrator.
Although Dr. Casper practices comprehensive, non-surgical ophthalmology, he specializes in diabetic eye disease, and is Director of Ophthalmology at the Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center at Columbia University Medical Center. He is currently a Professor of Ophthalmology at CUMC, and in addition to his patient care responsibilities, he regularly teaches medical students enrolled at the College of Physicians and Surgeons, as well as residents in ophthalmology, internal medicine and family practice medicine, and fellows training in endocrinology.