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SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University

Department of Ophthalmology


photo of John Danias

John Danias, MD, PhD

Chairman Department of Ophthalmology

Professor of Ophthalmology and Cell Biology

Tel: (718) 780-1530, (212) 288-0905, (718) 238-2336 • Fax: (718) 780-1258, (718) 238-9013



Appointed in 2019 as Chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology at SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University, Dr. Danias is an internationally known glaucoma specialist who completed his residency and fellowship training at Mt. Sinai Medical Center.  He then served on the faculty of Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, NY prior to joining SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University.  He has been the recipient of multiple NIH/National Eye Institute research grants as well as grants from the Research to Prevent Blindness and the Bright Focus Foundations. His work has been presented nationally and internationally, and he is a very sought after invited speaker for both the basic and clinical aspects of glaucoma.

Research Interests
  • Neuroprotection
  • Gene expression in glaucoma
  • Gene therapy in glaucoma
  • Role of microbiome in neuroregeneration

Medical School: University of Athens Medical School, Athens Greece

Residency: Mount Sinai Medical Center, NY

Fellowship: Mount Sinai Medical Center, NY