Rudrani Banik, MD, is Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and a member of the Ophthalmology Faculty Practice at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai. She is a Board-certified Ophthalmologist specializing in Neuro-Ophthalmology and Comprehensive Ophthalmology. She manages the entire spectrum of diseases affecting vision which arise from the nervous system including: optic neuritis, optic neuropathy (abnormality of optic nerve), optic disc edema (swelling of the optic nerve), ocular myasthenia gravis, brain tumors or stroke affecting vision, idiopathic intracranial hypertension or pseudotumor cerebri, unexplained visual loss, headaches (migraines), double vision, blepharospasm, and hemifacial spasm. She is fully trained in the use of Botulinum toxin (Botox) for facial spasms as well as cosmetic indications. She also performs cataract surgery, pterygium surgery and adult strabismus.
Dr. Banik is a graduate of the Brown University’s School of Medicine in Providence, RI and graduated with a B.A with Honors and M.D. She completed her residency training in Ophthalmology at the University of California, Irvine. She went on to pursue fellowship training in Neuro-Ophthalmology at the prestigious Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins University. She served on the full-time faculty of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center for over 3 years. Subsequently she served as Residency Program Director for Ophthalmology at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center for two years prior to joining the Faculty Practice at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai.
Dr. Banik is currently the Associate Director of the Neuro-Ophthalmology Service at New York Eye & Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai and is the Director of the Fellowship program in Neuro-Ophthalmology. Dr. Banik’s academic position combines her clinical activities with teaching and research. She is heavily involved in the supervision of residents and fellows. Her dedication to teaching future generations of ophthalmologists has won her the Attending of the Year Resident Teaching Award in 2005, 2010 and 2014. She is currently the principal investigator for several clinical trials in Neuro-Ophthalmology in idiopathic intracranial hypertension, non-arteritic anterior ischemic optic neuropathy, Leber Hereditary Optic Neuropathy and neuromyelitis optica. She has authored numerous articles in the field and has presented at national as well as international meetings. She has served as a reviewer for medical journals.
Dr. Banik is a fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) as well as the North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society (NANOS). She serves on numerous committees, including the American Board of Ophthalmology Exam Development Committee, NANOS AAO Committee, NANOS Patient Information Committee, NANOS Abstract Committee, NYEE’s Ophthalmology PC Advisory Board, and ResidentCurriculum Committee and the Residency Selection Committee. Dr. Banik also specializes in Cataract Evaluation and Cataract Surgery.Training:
- Medical School: Brown University
- Internship: Mount Sinai Medical Center - Internal Medicine
University of California Irvine Medical Center - Ophthalmology
Johns Hopkins University - Neuro-Ophthalmology
American Board of Ophthalmology