Dr. David Perlmutter, MD, is a board certified ophthalmologist who joined his father in practice in 2015. After graduating cum laude from Harvard College, he was awarded a Hoffman Scholarship to the University of Rochester School of Medicine, where he completed his M.D. degree with a distinction in research. As a medical student, he was inducted into the national medical student honor society Alpha Omega Alpha and was the sole recipient of the Deans Award for academic excellence.  Dr. Perlmutter was awarded a research fellowship with the prestigious Howard Hughes Medical Institute as one of only a few dozen awarded annually in the United States.

Following medical school, Dr. Perlmutter completed his internship at Albert Einstein Medical Center before moving on to his residency at the internationally recognized Wills Eye Hospital, consistently ranked as one of the top two ophthalmology training programs in the world. After a year of specialist fellowship training in medical retina diseases at Geisinger Medical Center and a staff position training residents in ophthalmology, he returned to Albany to join his father in practice.


Dr. Perlmutter has published numerous papers both in ophthalmology and the neurosciences, and he has given presentations at national and international ophthalmology meetings.  He has also written book chapters in some of the landmark textbooks read by ophthalmologists nationwide.  The World Ophthalmology Congress included him as a “Rising Star in Ophthalmology” in their 2016 meeting.  In a 2021 national survey, Dr. Perlmutter was ranked by Newsweek Magazine as one of the top 150 ophthalmologists in the United States, higher than any ophthalmologist in the Capital Region.

Dr. Perlmutter specializes in customized cataract surgery, glaucoma treatment, and retinal diseases. He performs laser and surgical treatment of cataracts and glaucoma, and he performs laser and intravitreal injections to treat medical diseases of the retina. He has an interest in global economics and the training of ophthalmology residents, and he enjoys hiking, tennis, and soccer. Most of all, he enjoys spending time with his wife, dermatologist Dr. Alexis Perlmutter, and their children Henry, Anne, and Catherine.

Dr. Perlmutter has affiliations with Albany Medical College, St Peters Medical Center, and Wills Eye Hospital.