Dr. Barash is a New York Eye and Ear trained vitreoretinal surgeon. He was born in Ukraine and raised in Brooklyn, NY. His father is an electrical engineer, and his mother was a computer programmer for the financial industry in New York. Dr. Barash completed Cornell University Magna Cum Laude with a distinction in research and went on to medical school at Mount Sinai in New York City. At Mount Sinai, he was awarded a prestigious year-long Doris Duke clinical research fellowship during which he studied corneal stem cells’ ability to cure blindness. He went on to study Ophthalmology in Stony Brook, Long Island, before his vitreoretinal fellowship at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary. Dr. Barash has been on six surgical missions to Mongolia and has also traveled to Peru, where he was director of eye clinic services for a surgical mission. In medical school, he was the clinic manager for a student-run eye clinic providing free eye care to residents of East Harlem. He also enjoys research and has been published in numerous medical journals and book chapters. He has given presentations at medical meetings around the USA and won several awards for these presentations. He is fluent in Russian and English, and proficient in Spanish and Italian.