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Ahmed Omar, MD

Specialty: Ophthalmology-Cornea Disease and External Refractive Surgery

Ahmed Omar, MD
  • Clinical Assistant Professor, CWRU School of Medicine

Contact

216-844-3601

Biography

Dr. Omar joined the cornea service at University Hospitals Eye Institute in May 2019. Dr. Omar was born in Egypt and raised in Germany until he was 7 years old. He graduated the Egyptian Certificate for Secondary Education as one of the top 30 students in Egypt. He then joined Assiut Medical School in 1997, one of the largest and oldest medical schools in Egypt. He graduated medical school ranking 2nd among his class of over 600 students. He then did his internship and ophthalmology residency in Assiut University Hospitals, which is the largest University Hospital Group in Upper Egypt, serving a population of over 40 million. After completing his residency in 2008, Dr. Omar was selected to be among the faculty in the ophthalmology department of Assiut University Hospitals.

In 2010, Dr. Omar was awarded a scholarship from the Egyptian Government to conduct his PhD research in the United States. He joined the Mayo Clinic in 2011, where he worked on his PhD project. During the same year, Dr. Omar became Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) certified and matched to a medical retina fellowship at Harvard Medical School in Boston. In 2013, he moved back to Egypt for one year to finish his PhD.

In 2014, Dr. Omar started a cornea, refractive and external disease fellowship at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas for two years. During the fellowship, Dr. Omar trained on the latest techniques of corneal transplantation and lamellar corneal surgery, as well as refractive surgery and implanting intraocular lenses for patients who had complicated cataract surgeries. After finishing the fellowship in 2016, Dr. Omar moved back to Egypt for two years because he felt he needed to transfer the knowledge and experience he developed during his cornea fellowship to his patients and colleagues in Egypt.

In 2017, Dr. Omar was able to start, for the first time in Upper Egypt, an Egyptian government-sponsored program to do corneal transplants for underprivileged people in Egypt at Assiut University Hospitals. Through that program, Dr. Omar and his colleagues at the Department of Ophthalmology, Assiut University Hospitals, were able to do corneal transplants to patients that would have otherwise waited for five years or more to have their surgeries done in Cairo University Hospitals, at no expense to the patients or their families. From 2017 to 2019, Dr. Omar performed over 120 corneal transplants at Assiut University Hospitals, in addition to about 100 other transplants in his private practice as well. With the experience he built over those years, he also taught many of his colleagues to do corneal transplants individually at Assiut University Hospitals, hoping that they will continue to provide the same level of care after he moved back to the U.S. to join University Hospitals.

Clinical Interests

Dr. Omar is interested in management of simple and complex corneal conditions. Among his areas of expertise are: keratoconus management, Fuch's endothelial dystrophy, corneal scars and dystrophies. Dr. Omar also is experienced in the management of patients with extensive corneal ulcers and severe dry eye. He has performed very complex corneal transplant surgeries in the United States and Egypt as well as refractive surgeries and implanting intraocular lenses for patients who had complicated cataract surgeries.

Other Notable Achievements

Dr. Omar has published numerous articles for top ophthalmology journals. He served as the ophthalmology residency program director at Assiut University Hospitals from 2016-2018. He also was selected to be Vice Chief of Assiut University Hospitals from June 2017 to April 2019.

Education

Fellowship | Cornea and External Disease, Refractive
Cornea and External Disease, Refractive - University Of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (2014 - 2016)

Fellowship | Medical Retina
Medical Retina - Joslin Diabetes Center (2012 - 2013)

Research Fellowship | Ophthalmology
Ophthalmology - Mayo Clinic (2011 - 2012)

Other Education
American University Of Cairo (2018)

Other Education
Assiut University Hospitals (2014)

Medical Education
Assiut University Faculty Of Medicine (2003)

Languages Spoken

Arabic, English

Industry Relationships

University Hospitals is committed to transparency in our interactions with industry partners, such as pharmaceutical, biotech, or medical device companies. At UH, we disclose practitioner and their family members’ ownership and intellectual property rights that are or in the process of being commercialized. In addition, we disclose payments to employed practitioners of $5,000 or more from companies with which the practitioners interact as part of their professional activities. These practitioner-industry relationships assist in developing new drugs, devices and therapies and in providing medical education aimed at improving quality of care and enhancing clinical outcomes. At the same time, UH understands that these relationships may create a conflict of interest. In providing this information, UH desires to assist patients in talking with their practitioners about industry relationships and how those relationships may impact their medical care.

UH practitioners seek advance approval for certain new industry relationships. In addition, practitioners report their industry relationships and activities, as well as those of their immediate family members, to the UH Office of Outside Interests annually. We review these reports and implement management plans, as appropriate, to address conflicts of interest that may arise in connection with medical research, clinical care and purchasing decisions.

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As of December 31, 2016, Ahmed Omar did not disclose any Outside Relationships with Industry.