I am currently Associate Professor of Ophthalmology in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore. I received my Medical Degree from the American University of Beirut in Lebanon in 1984. This was followed by a 3 year Ophthalmology Residency at the American University of Beirut Medical Center. I next completed 2 years of Uveitis and Ocular Immunology fellowship and another 2 years of Cornea and Anterior Segment fellowship at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Harvard School of Medicine, Boston, MA. I joined the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD in June 1991 as an Instructor. I was promoted to Assistant Professor in 1992 and to Associate Professor in 1998. I was Chief of the Ocular Consultation Service, from 1991 to 1997; Chief of Ophthalmology at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Baltimore from 1993 to 2006; Program Director of the Ophthalmology Residency Training Program from 1997 to 2007; and Acting Chair of the Department from 2006-2011.
I am lead author or co-author on 35 peer reviewed publications, 10 book chapters, and 31 published abstracts. I have also been involved in 15 clinical trials, have given 15 invited speeches, and have been involved in 20 CME courses. My major clinical interests include state of the art anterior segment surgical procedures and immunosuppression of ocular immune and inflammatory diseases. I have extensive interest and experience in Ophthalmic Medical Missions and have led trips to the Turks and Caicos Islands, Ecuador, Thailand, Guyana, the Marshall Islands, Anguilla and Lebanon.
I have performed thousands of cataract procedures, and have extensive experience with different types of corneal transplantation and pterygium excisions, among other anterior segment procedures.
My research interests include anterior segment infections including HSV, ocular immunosuppression.
I specialize in diseases and surgery of the cornea and anterior segment, ocular inflammatory and immune diseases.
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