Grace Sun, M.D.
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Grace Sun, M.D.


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Accepts New Patients
Gender: Female
Language: English, Spanish, Chinese (Mandarin)


Specialties and Expertise


  • Ophthalmology


  • Comprehensive Eye Exam
  • Cataract
  • Cataract Surgery
  • Glaucoma


Dr. Grace Sun is the Director of the Ophthalmology Clinical Practice at Weill Cornell Medicine - Lower Manhattan, an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at Weill Cornell Medicine and Assistant Attending Ophthalmologist at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medicine.

Dr. Sun graduated from Stanford University, with Honors. She later received her M.D. from Weill Medical College of Cornell University, where she was awarded the Edward Norton Prize in Ophthalmology. She completed her ophthalmology residency at the New York-Presbyterian Hospital/ Weill Medical College of Cornell University.

As the Program Director for the Ophthalmology Residency at Weill Cornell Medicine, Dr. Sun provides direct supervision and teaching of residents and medical students. She serves as president of the New York State Ophthalmological Society (NYSOS) and is President-Elect of Women in Ophthalmology (WIO). Dr. Sun has also been named one of "New York Super Doctors Rising Stars" by the New York Times Magazine and as Castle Connolly’s Top Doctors in the New York Metro Area.

Dr. Sun has a strong interest in global health. She served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Nicaragua from 1999-2001. She recently served as an associate staff ophthalmologist with ORBIS International, a non-profit organization whose mission is to eliminate avoidable blindness in developing countries. She was a 2009 Paul Kayser International Scholar awardee. Currently, Dr. Sun served on the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s Global Ophthalmology Committee and is involved in establishing international clinical, teaching, and research collaborations.

Dr. Sun works in conjunction with Weill Cornell Medicine Ophthalmology to offer a range of ophthalmic services at 156 William Street, 36 Worth Street, and 1305 York Avenue, including cataract, cornea and external disease, retinal and vitreous disorders, glaucoma, pediatric ophthalmology, oculoplastics, and neuro-ophthalmology. Furthermore, these services cover the entire range of complexity, from accurate eyeglass and contact lens prescriptions to the most complex intraocular surgeries, such as keratoprosthesis (artificial corneal replacement) and vitreoretinal surgery for diabetic retinopathy or complicated retinal detachment.

Specialties: Comprehensive/General Eye Care Cataract, Cataract Surgery (sutureless surgery, accommodating and multifocal intraocular lens), Corneal Disease, Clinical Research/Clinical Trial, Blurry Vision/Decreased Vision, Dry Eyes, Tearing Eye/Watery Eye, Red Eye, Conjunctivitis.

Dr. Sun is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and Spanish.

Weill Cornell Eye - Lower Manhattan Location: Weill Cornell Eye - Lower Manhattan 156 William Street 12th Floor New York, NY 10038

For appointments, please call (646)-962-2020, or visit


Honors and Awards

Honors and Awards

Work in Global Health

Community Health Promoter, Peace Corps, Nicaragua, January 1999- April 2001

ORBIS International, Nairobi, Kenya - Associate Ophthalmologist

Paul Kayser International Fellowship, Trujillo, Peru

Himalayan Cataract Project, Kathmandu, Nepal

» Small Incision Cataract Surgery

Millennium Villages Project (MVP), Tabora, Tanzania, August 2011 - Lead Ophthalmologist

» Collaboration between the United Nations MVP, Himalayan Cataract Project, and Weill Cornell Medical College/Weill Bugando Medical College


Millennium Villages Project (MVP), Tabora, Tanzania, February 2012

» Lead Ophthalmologist – Follow up assessment of post-operative patients


Awards & Honors

  1. Paul Kayser International Scholar Fellowship Recipient, February 2010, Trujillo, Peru
  2. ORBIS International, Associate Ophthalmologist, June 2009, Nairobi, Kenya
  3. National Eye Institute Travel Grant, ARVO 2008
  4. Edward Norton Prize in Ophthalmology, Weill Medical College of Cornell University, 2005
  5. Soros Service Program for Community Health, Open Society Institute, Pre-Clinical Fellow, 2002, Weill Cornell Medical College


Appointments & Committees

New York State Ophthalmological Society, 2012 to Present

» Leadership Development Program

» Board Member

» Alternate Councilor


American Academy of Ophthalmology Young Ophthalmologist (YO) Subcommittee on International Ophthalmology, 2010 to Present

» Member


Women in Ophthalmology, New York Chapter

» Co-Chair, 2012 to Present

» Steering committee, 2010 to Present


Chinese American Ophthalmological Society, 2010 to Present

» Mentoring Committee


Kress Vision Foundation, 2009 to Present

» Advisor



Board Certifications

  • American Board of Ophthalmology

Clinical and Academic Positions

  • Assistant Attending Ophthalmologist - NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
  • Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology - Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University

Education and Training

  • M.D., Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University, 2005
  • B.A., Stanford University, 1997


Insurance Plans Accepted

The following represents most of the managed care plans accepted by this doctor. If your insurance carrier does not appear here please contact the doctor’s office as they may have individual contracts not included on this site.

* indicates this doctor is no longer accepting new patients with this insurance plan.

  • AETNA - Medicare
  • Aetna - Weill Cornell - POS
  • Aetna-NYP - EPO/POS
  • Affinity Access
  • Affinity Health Plan
  • Emblem Select Care
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - Mediblue (Senior)
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - PPO
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - Blue Access
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - EPO
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - HMO
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield HealthPlus
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield HealthPlus - CHP
  • Fidelis Care
  • GHI - CBP
  • Health First
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP)
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) - Medicaid
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) - Medicare
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Oxford Health Plans - Freedom
  • Oxford Health Plans - Liberty
  • Oxford Health Plans - Medicare Advantage
  • Oxford Health Plans - Metro/Core/Charter
  • Rockefeller University - Trustmark
  • United Empire
  • United Healthcare
  • United Healthcare - Community Plan
  • United Healthcare - Medicare
  • United Healthcare Compass
  • WellCare of NY
  • WorldWide Medical

Locations and Appointments

External Relationships

External Relationships

Relationships and collaborations with for-profit and not-for profit organizations are of vital importance to our faculty because these exchanges of scientific information foster innovation. As experts in their fields, WCM physicians and scientists are sought after by many organizations to consult and educate. WCM and its faculty make this information available to the public, thus creating a transparent environment.

No External Relationships Reported