Aakriti Garg Shukla, MD

Ophthalmology, Glaucoma, Cataract Surgery
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Dr. Aakriti Shukla is Leonard A. Lauder Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at CUMC and Attending Ophthalmologist at the New York Presbyterian Hospital. Dr. Shukla is a board-certified ophthalmologist and specializes in the medical and surgical management of glaucoma and cataracts. Her surgical expertise includes minimally invasive glaucoma surgery, traditional glaucoma surgery, glaucoma laser surgery, and cataract surgery.

Dr. Shukla completed her undergraduate studies as a Trustee and Renaissance Scholar at the University of Southern California. She received her medical degree at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City, where she was awarded a Doris Duke Clinical Research Fellowship and earned the Edith and Denton McKane Memorial Award for Outstanding Research in Ophthalmology. She completed her training as an ophthalmology resident and served as chief resident at Columbia University’s Harkness Eye Institute. She pursued further glaucoma subspecialty training at the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. Prior to her appointment at Columbia University, she served as glaucoma faculty at the Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia, PA.

Dr. Shukla has published numerous peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and has been invited to speak nationally and internationally on her patient care and research. She serves on the Editorial Board of Ophthalmology Glaucoma. Her work has earned several awards and research grants including the American Glaucoma Society (AGS) Mentoring for Advancement of Physician Scientists Grant and the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) Best Paper Award. She was awarded the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) International Service Grant for her involvement in global health initiatives in India, Guatemala, Mexico, Honduras, and other countries. Her main research interests include early detection of glaucoma, glaucoma progression, surgical outcomes, and healthcare disparities in glaucoma. She is continually inspired by her patients and aims to improve their quality of life while treating their glaucoma.

Areas of Expertise / Conditions Treated

  • Anterior Segment Surgery
  • Cataract
  • Glaucoma
  • Glaucoma Laser Surgery
  • Glaucoma Surgery

Academic Appointments

  • Leonard A. Lauder Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at CUMC

Hospital Affiliations

  • NewYork-Presbyterian / Columbia University Irving Medical Center
  • NewYork-Presbyterian / Weill Cornell Medical Center


  • Female

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635 West 165th Street
New York, NY 10032
880 Third Avenue
Floor 2
New York, NY 10022

Insurance Accepted


  • Aetna Signature Administrators
  • EPO
  • NYP Employee Plan
  • NY Signature
  • PPO
  • Student Health


  • EPO
  • Great West (National)
  • HMO
  • POS
  • PPO


  • Medicare Managed Care
  • PPO


  • ConnectiCare
  • EPO
  • Essential Plan
  • HMO
  • Medicaid Managed Care
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • POS
  • PPO
  • Select Care (Exchange)
  • Vytra

Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield

  • HMO

Local 1199

  • Local 1199

MagnaCare (National)

  • MagnaCare


  • Railroad
  • Traditional Medicare


  • Multiplan

Oxford Health Plans

  • Freedom
  • Liberty


  • Special Needs


  • Compass (Exchange)
  • Empire Plan
  • HMO
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • POS
  • PPO

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Credentials & Experience

Honors & Awards

2022 – ASCRS Young Eye Surgeons International Service Grant

2021 - American Academy of Ophthalmology Secretariat Award    

2021 - ARVO Women’s Leadership Development Program

2020 - Ophthalmology Glaucoma – Editorial Board Member          

2020 - American Glaucoma Society Mentoring for Future Leaders Travel Grant                

2019 – American Glaucoma Society Mentoring for Advancement of Physician Scientists Grant
2017 – World Glaucoma Congress: Best of 2017 American Glaucoma Society Meeting
2017 – American Glaucoma Society Bernard Schwartz Memorial Award
2017 – American Academy of Ophthalmology Annual Meeting: Best Paper Award
2016 – ASCRS/YES Legislative Fly-In Scholarship Award
2016 – AAO Mid-Year Forum Advocacy Ambassador Award
2015 – Albert Einstein Medical Center Outstanding Intern Award
2015 – Edith and Denton McKane Memorial Award for Outstanding Research in Ophthalmology
2014 – ARVO Annual Meeting Travel Grant Award
2012-2013 – Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Clinical Research Fellowship
2010- National Institutes of Health T35 Institutional Research Training Grant
2008 – University of Southern California Renaissance Scholar

2005-2009 – University of Southern California Trustee Scholar