Thierry Hufnagel MD

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Where are you originally from?

I hail from Paris (France, not Texas!)

What is your favorite memory from your years at Johns Hopkins?

My fondest memory about Hopkins? People were referred there from all over the world for advice and treatment. I once examined this very famous Chicago lawyer who came in for cataract surgery. He was referred to me by my mentor, Dr. Walter Stark. After the lawyer came in for surgery, I told Dr. Stark that I thought he shouldn’t operate on the patient. I didn’t think that patient had a cataract! After further testing, we found that the patient’s visual loss was actually from a brain tumor, not a cataract. From that day on, they all thought I was pretty smart…very funny!

How many years have you been practicing laser surgery?

I opened my first LASIK center in New York City at the Trump Tower in 1995 called Insight Vision.

What made you pick ophthalmology, particularly LASIK, as a specialty?

When you ask patients about LASIK, most of them will tell you it’s the best thing they ever did! Not getting married, not having children, but having LASIK done! Lots of people see their need for glasses or contacts as a serious disability. Providing people with the gift of sight is very rewarding.

My first rotation in medical school was in a hospice with end-of-life cancer patients. I couldn’t do anything to help except pushing the morphine. I felt pretty useless. I looked for the field where I thought I could be the most helpful. Obstetrics and bringing babies to life or ophthalmology and providing the gift of sight were the two options I looked into. Then by chance, I landed in the eye business, not the maternity ward!

Where do you teach LASIK to other surgeons?

We do all of the teaching in our office where we have a state-of-the-art facility.

Your favorite thing about New York?

Melting pot, for sure.

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Doctor Details
Board Certified
Yes
Primary Specialty
LASIK
Secondary Specialty
Comprehensive Ophthalmology
Title
Ophthalmologist (MD)
S. Wong
16 out of 38 people found this review helpful
Summary: Thanks so much
October 19th, 2016
I would like to say Thanks Dr. Thierry Hufnagel Md, because in 1999 I got laser surgery from You to correct my poor vision and today 10-19-16 after my eyes examination my Dr. told me I have 20/20 on my vision.

God Bless You Dr. Hufnagel

S. Wong
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Richard Murphy
75 out of 141 people found this review helpful
Summary: Patient since 1995
May 19th, 2016
Dr Hufnagel took care of my multiple vision needs. His knowledge of various problems and treatment of vision is endless. He spent numerous hours testing and confirming diagnosis in order to give me the best results that I could ever imagined. His billing is more than fair and I am very grateful for all he has done for me.
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