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Trusted LASIK Surgeons
Dimitri Azar, M.D.
Dr. Dimitri Azar is Dean of the University of Illinois College of Medicine, Professor of Ophthalmology, Cornea Service, and B.A. Field Endowed Chair of Ophthalmologic Research at the University of Illinois.
Dr. Azar is an internationally acclaimed refractive surgeon, author, instructor, and cornea researcher whose work has influenced numerous innovations in refractive and laser vision correction.
To contact Dr. Azar’s office at the Millennium Park Eye Center of the Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary please visit:
Direct: (312) 996-2020
Toll Free: (800) MyVision
Millennium Park Eye Center of the Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary
30 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 410,
Chicago IL, 60602
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Dr. Dimitri Azar has extensive qualifications that Trusted LASIK Surgeons estimates place him among the top 1% of LASIK, refractive and cataract surgeons in the United States.
For your convenience, these credentials and criteria have been grouped by Experience, Patient Care and Credentials. In addition, Dr. Azar has included some additional career highlights that while not used by Trusted LASIK Surgeons in our screening process, clearly supplement his highly distinguished career.
Dr. Azar’s qualifications and credentials as one of the top LASIK and cataract surgeons include:
Dr.Azar is an internationally acclaimed refractive surgeon and cornea researcher whose work has influenced numerous innovations in laser vision correction. Dr. Azar brings expertise from Harvard and Hopkins to Chicago. He completed his residency and fellowship at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Harvard Medical School, and later joined the Wilmer Eye Institute at John Hopkins Hospital where he established and directed the Refractive Surgery Service (1991-1996). Dr. Azar returned to the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary in 1996 as Director of Cornea, External Disease, and Refractive Surgery Services and Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School. Over the next 10 years, Dr. Azar became Professor of Ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School and senior scientist at the Schepens Eye Research Institute. His research activities have focused on two main areas: (i) corneal wound healing, and role of Matrix Metalloproteinases in the cornea and (ii) Mathematical modeling and optics in refractive surgery and presbyopic treatments.
His clinical activities focus on the management of corneal, anterior segment, and refractive surgical conditions. He has contributed novel surgical techniques in the fields of penetrating keratoplasty, refractive surgery, and sutured posterior chamber intraocular lenses. He has also introduced several surgical procedures to Refractive Surgeries Services (including Laser in Situ Keratomileusis, laser epithelial keratomileusis, intracorneal ring segment surgery, and refractive intraocular lenses).
Dr. Azar organizes and conducts the monthly corneal rounds, a two-hour conference preceded by patient examination (by residents, fellows and staff) providing in-depth discussion of interesting cases. He has also lectured at the Harvard Intensive Review Course of Ophthalmology and the Lancaster Course in Ophthalmology since 1996. He has lectured at several national and international meetings including the “Current Concepts in Ophthalmology” lecture series (organized by the staff of the Wilmer Ophthalmological Institute) and the American Academy of Ophthalmology meeting (as course director and/or instructor). He has been an invited speaker to several symposia, named lectures, and lecture series. His lectures have covered various aspects of clinical corneal diseases, management of topographical abnormalities after refractive surgery, corneal angiogenic privilege, and corneal wound healing after refractive surgery.
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