Sangita Patel

Sangita P. Patel

Sangita P. Patel MD, PhD

UBMD Ophthalmology at the Ross Eye Institute


Cornea & External Eye Disease; Ophthalmology; Vision science

Accepting new patients

Professional Summary:

As a clinician-scientist, I provide care for patients with medical and surgical problems of the cornea and perform clinical and laboratory research on corneal diseases. My goal is to discover treatments and preventive strategies for diseases causing corneal swelling (such as Fuchs endothelial corneal dystrophy and bullous keratopathy) that currently can only be treated by corneal transplantation.

As a specialist in cornea and external diseases of the eye, I treat a wide range of eye problems and perform a variety of surgical procedures including corneal transplantation, cataract surgery, conjunctival tumor surgery, and transplantation of the artificial cornea when standard corneal transplantation has failed.

One of the most common reasons for corneal transplantation is corneal edema. Edema of the cornea develops from loss of corneal endothelial cells and causes irreversible vision loss in thousands of people yearly. Beyond surgical transplantation of the endothelial cell layer with human donor corneal tissue, no vision-restoring treatments are available.

The most common reason for corneal edema in the United States is Fuchs’ endothelial corneal dystrophy. My current research focuses on understanding why Fuchs endothelial corneal dystrophy is more common in women than men. We are using techniques in clinical epidemiology to study the distribution of Fuchs dystrophy in the population and to identify risk factors for Fuchs dystrophy. In the laboratory, we use techniques in molecular biology and cell physiology to investigate the physiology of the corneal endothelium and to elucidate the roles of estradiol in corneal endothelial health and disease.


Cornea & External Eye Disease, Ophthalmology, Vision science

Patients Treated:

Adults, Seniors/Elderly

Physician Gender:



VA Medical Center
Building 20, Room 250
3495 Bailey Avenue
Buffalo, New York 14215

Insurance Accepted:
  • Veterans Administration

UBMD Ophthalmology: Ross Eye Institute
Ross Eye Institute, Buffalo
1176 Main Street
Buffalo, New York 14209
Office Hours: Monday 8am-11am; Wednesday 12:30pm-3:30pm
Phone: (716) 881-7900
Fax: 716-881-4349
Accepting new patients

Insurance Accepted:
  • Aetna U.S. Healthcare
  • Blue Cross & Blue Shield of WNY Inc
  • CIGNA HealthCare
  • Fidelis
  • Independent Health Association (HMO)
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Nofault
  • Nova
  • United Healthcare
  • Workers Comp

Board Certifications:

  • Board Certification, American Board of Ophthalmology

Education and Training:

  • Fellowship, Cornea, Refractive Surgery and External Diseases, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Harvard Medical School (2009)
  • Residency, Ophthalmology, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine (2008)
  • Internship, Internal Medicine, Winthrop University Hospital (2005)
  • MD, Medicine, University at Buffalo, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Cum Laude (2004)
  • PhD, Physiology, University at Buffalo, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Cum Laude (2004)
  • BA, Biology, New York University, Magna Cum Laude (1997)

Awards and Honors:

  • Early Career Reviewer (2021)
  • Alcon Research Institute Young Investigator Award (2012)
  • Buswell Fellow, 2010-2013 (2010)
  • John Dyer Award (2008)
  • Heed Ophthalmic Foundation Residents Retreat (2007)
  • E.J. Weisenheimer Award (2004)
  • Alpha Omega Alpha (2003)
  • Dean's Letter of Commendation (1999)
  • Gilbert D. Moore Fellowship, 1997-1999 (1997)
  • New York University Honors Scholar (1996)
  • Phi Beta Kappa (1996)
  • Dean's Honor List, 1994-1996 (1994)
  • Trustee Scholarship, 1994-1996 (1994)
  • Valedictorian (1994)

Research Profile:

This UBMD physician is also a member of the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo, teaching the next generation of doctors and researching to advance care in WNY and beyond. Learn more about this physician's research and teaching activities, as well as view credentials, publications, professional involvement and more below.

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