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Baseer Ahmad, MD

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Clinical Instructor, Ophthalmology, CWRU School of Medicine

(216)272-1888

Gender: Male

Bio

Dr. Baseer Ahmad joined University Hospitals Eye Institute in 2014 as a medical and surgical vitreoretinal specialist.

Dr. Ahmad was born in Cleveland, but grew up in Erie, Pennsylvania. During high school, his family moved to Pakistan and he spent two years there as a teenager. He returned to the United States to attend college at the University of Texas at Dallas at the age of 16 and with a full scholarship. He studied electrical engineering there and interned at Siemens during his final year. After graduation he was hired as an engineer there, during which time he designed telecommunications hardware and wrote numerous software applications to automate human tasks.

While working at Siemens over the next three years, he finished pre-medical studies and was accepted to the University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. Rather than leaving his engineering position at that point, he continued to work 30 hours weekly for another couple years while attending medical school. Ultimately, he resigned from his engineering work when clinical rotations began in the third year of medical school and it became unmanageable to do both things.

After finishing medical school, Dr. Ahmad completed an internship at Sinai-Grace hospital in Detroit, Michigan. He then moved back to his hometown of Cleveland to complete ophthalmology residency at the Cole Eye Institute of the Cleveland Clinic. Surgical fellowship training next took him to St. Louis where he trained at the Retina Institute of St. Louis (formerly Barnes Retina Institute). After completion of training, Dr. Ahmad’s desire to return to his hometown and to be involved in an academic/teaching environment brought him to Case Western Reserve University.

Clinical Interests

Dr. Ahmad attends to both adult and pediatric retinal disorders. He has an interest in surgical treatment of retinal detachments, proliferative retinopathies such as those in sickle cell disease and diabetes, macular holes, epiretinal membranes, and repair of complications from anterior segment surgery.

From a medical standpoint, Dr. Ahmad sees and manages retinal vascular disorders, macular degeneration, hereditary retinal dystrophies, and posterior uveitis.

Expertise

Macular Degeneration Care, Retinal Vascular Disease, Retinal Dystrophies, Diabetic Retinopathy

Board Certifications

American Board of Ophthalmology - Ophthalmology

Education & Training

Undergraduate:
2002, University of Texas at Dallas

Medical / Professional School(s):
2008, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

Internship:
2009, Transitional Year - DMC Sinai Grace Hospital

Residency:
2012, Ophthalmology - Cleveland Clinic

Fellowship:
2014, Vitreo-Retinal Surgery and Disease - The Retina Institute

Research Interests

In addition to his main interest of caring for patients, Dr. Ahmad also participates in a number of clinical research endeavors, including the nationwide DRCR (Diabetic Retinopathy Clinical Research) network. He also participates in translational research involving animal models of diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration. Additionally, Dr. Ahmad is actively involved with the retina image reading center at University Hospitals and serves as the primary adjudicator for fluorescein and tomographic studies conducted in several national clinical trials.

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As of December 31, 2015, Baseer Ahmad, MD did not disclose any Outside Relationships with Industry.


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