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Dr. Harry M. Engel
Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology
Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Dr. Engel, a nationally respected leader in ophthalmology and ophthalmic surgery for twenty-five years, has excelled in measurable domains of scientific investigation, clinical activity and teaching. His expertise spans medical and surgical retina, ophthalmic pathology and oncology, and the rehabilitation of traumatized eyes. An author of over 30 papers and manuscripts, Dr. Engel has been a pioneer in the use of bioadhesives to repair ocular injures, the cytological analysis of vitreo-retinal disorders, and the investigation of macular holes and retinal degeneration.


After graduating the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and New York Medical College, Dr. Engel interned at the State University of New York at Stony Brook and completed residency training in ophthalmology at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He then served as a research fellow in ophthalmic pathology at Johns Hopkins University and as a clinical fellow in vitreo-retinal surgery at Barnes Hospital of Washington University.

Following the post-graduate fellowships, Dr. Engel was appointed Chairman of Ophthalmology at the University Hospital in Jacksonville Florida, a satellite graduate medical education program of the University of Florida (1982-1984). After 18 months, he moved to Gainesville, Florida, to direct the retina service at the University of Florida and serve as Chief of Ophthalmology at the Gainesville Veterans Hospital. He was recruited to Montefiore and Albert Einstein in 1988. Dr. Engel served as Director of Residency Training in Ophthalmology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine from 1989 to 2007.

As Interim Chairman of Ophthalmology and Director of the Retina Service at the Montefiore Medical Center and Albert Einstein College of Medicine from 2000-2007, Dr. Engel carried the responsibility for the Department's highly-regarded clinical, educational and research programs. Over the years, he has trained some of the country's most highly respected retinal surgeons and ophthalmologists.

National Recognition

Dr. Engel has participated in regional and national seminars sponsored by the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the Retina Society, the New York Society of Clinical Ophthalmology, and the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO). He has been an Associate Examiner for the American Board of Ophthalmology since 1990 and has served as a scientific reviewer for the journals Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Ophthalmology, Archives of Ophthalmology, and Retinal Cases and Brief Reports. Dr. Engel has been listed as one of the Best Doctors in America.

Surgical Experience

Dr. Engel brings considerable experience in ophthalmic surgery to the West Side Retinal & Ophthalmic Surgery Center.  He is often called in to assist or perform the most complicated procedures to repair and rehabilitate eyes that have failed procedures with their original surgeons.

Dr. Engel's expertise extends beyond retinal disease, and includes surgery of the lens and the repair of traumatic lacerations of the eyelids, lacrimal system and globe. This breadth of experience is rarely found in today's world of ophthalmic specialization. In his role as Chief of Ophthalmology at the Montefiore Medical Center and Weiler Hospital, he supported and assisted junior faculty in all manner of ophthalmic surgery.

Dr. Engel has pioneered repair of scleral lacerations with imbricated closure and tissue adhesives. Two recent manuscripts (one in print in Retina) and one under review, underscore his major contributions in the field of scleral wound repair.

Dr. Engel remains a clinical resource for the entire faculty of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, with extraordinary knowledge of retinal conditions and the diagnosis and management of ocular disease, infection and trauma.


Dr. Engel has made substantial contributions to the fund of ophthalmic knowledge. As a research fellow in ophthalmic pathology, he advanced the field of diagnostic vitrectomy, the diagnosis of disease through the application of cytological techniques to vitreous specimens. His publications in cytology and macular holes remain landmark contributions. At the University of Florida, he investigated the development of macular degeneration in the rhesus monkey as part of a core grant to the University of Puerto Rico, in an attempt to establish and evaluate an animal model for this condition. Dr. Engel was a principal site investigator for the study of LucentsŪ, the drug of choice for age-related macular degeneration.

In recent years, Dr. Engel launched several research initiatives: 1) the evaluation of visual memory in patients with impaired vision, 2) the repair of scleral lacerations with tissue adhesive and imbricated suture, 3) the treatment of external ocular infection with bacteriophages, 4) the evaluation of the vitreo-retinal interface by ophthalmic computed tomography, 5) the evaluation of the ophthalmic competence of medical house-officers, 6) the quality assurance project as a method to promote and evaluate resident competencies and 7) the study of manpower considerations in pediatric ophthalmology. The scientific out-put has been formidable: Dr. Engel submitted or made significant contributions to ten projects and manuscripts in 2007. Four are in print, five are under review at major journals and one is nearing submission. Much of this work was presented in part at the spring Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology meeting (ARVO) in May 2007.