About The Glaucoma Care Center of New Jersey
The Glaucoma Care Center of New Jersey was founded by Amir Cohen MD., MBA. to provide top quality glaucoma care. Dr. Cohen was raised in the Bronx. As a son of a physician and teacher, he developed an interest in medicine at a young age. He graduated from the Bronx High School of Science and competed in the Westinghouse mathematics competition.
Dr. Cohen graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with magna cum laude honors. As a college student he witnessed his maternal grandmother lose her vision to glaucoma and macular degeneration. The young Dr. Cohen saw his grandmother lose not only her ability to see but also her identity, independence and sense of self-worth. Without the ability to cook, she lost a favorite form of self-expression as well as the ability to nourish others. “Grandma Hannah’s” s blindness had a strong impact on his outlook on life and motivated him to attend medical school and pursue ophthalmology.
Dr. Cohen was awarded an academic merit full tuition scholarship to attend Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and Rutgers University Business School joint MD/MBA program. At Rutgers he was awarded The New Jersey Academic Achievement Award scholarship. He was also awarded the Dean’s Housing Subsidy Scholarship by the Dean of Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Dr. Cohen completed his internship year at Cornell University’s Transitional Year Surgery and Internal Medicine Internship program. He completed his residency at New York Medical College where he served as chief resident.
Dr. Cohen completed his glaucoma fellowship at Yale University. Under the tutelage of Drs. Bruce Shields and James Tsai, he honed his surgical skills. At Yale University he developed a patent on implanting intraocular pressure sensors into the eye and participated in glaucoma screening program for low-income patients throughout the state of Connecticut.
After completing his fellowship at Yale, Dr. Cohen took a position at Rutgers Univserity/New Jersey Medical school where he served as the Associate Director of the Glaucoma division for over 10 years. At Rutgers he performed almost 5,000 glaucoma surgeries and taught residents how to perform surgery. He was awarded resident teaching awards two years in a row for teaching glaucoma surgery. Dr. Cohen was awarded the Zul-Latifatu Zahiratu African Culture Humanitarian Award for his service to the Newark community. Dr. Cohen also participated in the St. George’s University Humanitarian mission where he performed glaucoma and cataract surgery in the Caribbean island of Grenada.
Dr. Cohen is married to Miriam Cohen. They have two young children together. The mission of the Glaucoma Care Center is to prevent morbidity and vision loss from glaucoma. Dr. Cohen is inspired to treat every patient with the same level of care and compassion as he would his own Grandma Hanna.