Richard S. Koplin, MD
Innovation as a Career Model

As early as high school Dr. Koplin began his quest for innovation. As a record setting athlete in high school and as a student at Lafayette College he researched innovative techniques and technologies to improve his performance. An ultra-lightweight latex track shoe was one such innovation.

In college Dr. Koplin discovered a new species of a fish parasite and won awards for his publications in this area.  While in medical school Dr. Koplin was the first physicians to demonstrate the use of pituitary replacement hormonal therapy in postpartum pituitary necrosis --- a complication of child birth.


Dr Koplin’s earliest professional collaborative efforts with Martin Gersten concluded with the first solid state pc-based ophthalmic ultrasound a-scan device.  It was specifically designed to provide cataract surgeons with efficient and accurate intraocular lens calculations. The instrument was sold with the first personal computer --- a Commodore Pet ---- developed in the United States.

At the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, Dr. Koplin founded the Department of Bioengineering and Computer Science which Mr. Gersten directed. Seeing a need for improved care in the area of traumatic eye injuries, Dr. Koplin founded the New York Eye Trauma Center --- the East’s only active eye trauma facility.

Along with Dr. Dennis Gormley, Dr. Koplin and Martin Gersten commercialized the first digital mapping device for cornea evaluation; an event that made Lasik refractive surgery a safe and effective surgical procedure. Computed Anatomy, Inc., their commercial enterprise, was sold to the Tomey Corporation of Nagoya, Japan.

Recently Dr. Koplin and Mr. Gersten developed a novel high frequency diagnostic ultrasonic bio-microscope (UBM) commercialized for Sonomed Medical, Inc. The device incorporates patented deconvolution software which vastly improves the diagnostic quality of the ocular images.

Dr. Koplin has developed a number of surgical procedure’s and tools associated with cataract and refractive procedures (1,2) and along with Martin Gersten has multiple patents pending. Recently Dr. Koplin innovated a surgical adhesive to be used in cataract surgery. (3,4)

Dr. Koplin is the director of the Cataract Section and Teaching Forum at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary and lectures extensively both domestically and internationally.

In Situ nuclear disassembly: Efficient phacoemulsification without nuclear rotation using lateral sweep sculpting and in-situ cracking techniques. Koplin et al. J Cataract Refract Surg 2009;35:1487-1491

Flap lift and repair of post operative laser in situ keratomileusis complications at the slit lamp. Koplin et al, J Cataract Refract (JCRS manuscript no. 09-921R1;2010)

Liquid Bandage (2-Octyl Cyanoacrylate) as a Temporary Wound Barrier in Clear Corneal Cataract Surgery. Koplin et al. Ophthalmology 2005; 112:2015-2022

Laboratory Model of Tissue Adhesive (2-Octyl Cyanoacrylate) in Sealing Clear Corneal Cataract Wounds. Koplin et al. Am J Ophthalmol. 2005 Dec;140(6):1039-1043

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