Nicola Ghazi, MD
Chair, Department of Ophthalmology
Co-Clerkship Director of Ophthalmology
Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University, USA
Dr. Nicola George Ghazi is an American Board-certified ophthalmologist who subspecializes in ophthalmic pathology and vitreo-retinal diseases and surgery. He is currently Professor and Chair of Ophthalmology at the Lebanese American University.
Dr. Ghazi graduated from the American University of Beirut (AUB) Faculty of Medicine in 1996. He subsequently had extensive training wherein he completed two residency programs in ophthalmology, first at AUB, with a second residency at the University of Virginia (UVA), USA. He also undertook three years of subspecialty training in eye pathology and retinal diseases and surgery, one year at UVA and the other two years at the Wilmer Eye Institute at the Johns Hopkins University Hospital.
After completing his specialty and subspecialty training in the United States, he worked there for several years, and became Acting Residency Program Director and Associate Professor Of Ophthalmology at the University of Virginia. He was then recruited to help build the new department of ophthalmology at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine, where he became the Vice-Chair for Clinical Affairs. Following his experience in the United States, Dr. Ghazi was recruited to Saudi Arabia to the King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital (KKESH), where he worked for four years and was awarded the rank of a Senior Academic Consultant. He then joined the Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi (CCAD) in 2014 prior to its opening; there he contributed to the build-up and development of its eye institute and served as a Consultant for retinal diseases and surgery, as well as a CCAD medical education advisory board member. During his tenure at CCAD, Dr. Ghazi was awarded the rank of Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of the Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland Ohio, U.S.A.
Dr. Ghazi has many years of experience in eye and retinal surgery as well as the treatment of eye cancers. He also has extensive experience in research and education.
Dr. Ghazi is the author of more than 125 published research articles, abstracts, and book chapters including a full book section on retinal diseases. He has delivered 190 presentations, among which were 64 invited lectures, at regional, national and international meetings across the world.
Dr. Ghazi has served on numerous institutional, national and international advisory boards and committees including educational, research and administrative committees. He is a member of 12 national and international organizations dedicated to opththalmology.
Dr. Ghazi is a reviewer for 16 journals including the world’s most prestigious ophthalmologiic publications such as Ophthalmology, American Journal of Ophthalmology, JAMA Ophthalmology, British Journal of Ophthalmology, Retina, and Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science. He also serves as an editorial board member of the Journal of Clinical & Experimental Ophthalmology, the Saudi Journal of Ophthalmology, the Austin Journal of Clinical Ophthalmology, and the Journal of Ophthalmology and Visual Science.
His dedication to clinical excellence, patient experience, research and medical education have led to his recognition through many honors and awards.
Professional and Research Interests
- Vitreoretinal diseases such as diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration and retinal vascular occlusions among many others
- Vitreoretinal surgery such as retinal detachment, macular hole, epiretinal membrane and vitreous bleeding among many others
- Ocular oncology such as uveal melanoma and retinoblastoma among many others
- Ocular pathology
- Retinal imaging
Education and Training
- B.S. degree, American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon,1992
- M.D. degree, American University of Beirut, 1996
- Internship 1: American University of Beirut Medical Center, Department of Surgery, 1997
- Residency 1: American University of Beirut Medical Center, Department of Ophthalmology, 2000
- Fellowship 1, Ocular Pathology: The Wilmer Eye Institute, The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.A., 2001
- Fellowship 2, Vitreoretinal Surgery: University of Virginia Health System, Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S.A., 2002
- Fellowship 3, Medical Retina: The Wilmer Eye Institute, The Johns Hopkins Hospital, 2003
- Internship 2: University of Virginia Health System, Department of Surgery, Charlottesville, 2004
- Residency 2: University of Virginia Health System, Department of Ophthalmology, Charlottesville, 2007
- Certification, American Board of Ophthalmology, 2009
Professional Memberships, Organisations and Awards
- Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO)
- American Academy of Ophthalmology
- American Association of Ophthalmic Pathologists
- International Society of Ophthalmic Pathologists
- Honorary member of the South African Vitreoretinal Society, South Africa
- Resident and Fellow Teaching Award for excellence and dedication in resident teaching, the University of Virginia, 2007
- Thomas Frey Resident Award for outstanding research and presentation, Virginia Society of Ophthalmology, 2007
- The University of Virginia School of Medicine Honors; Leadership in Academic Medicine, Fellow; In conjunction with the Darden School of Business, University of Virginia, 2008
- Teacher of the Year Award, Department of Ophthalmology, University of Virginia, 2009
- 2010 Compassionate Doctor Recognition
- 2010 Patients’ Choice Award
- 2011 Patients’ Choice Award
- 2012 Selected for Marquis Who’s Who in the World
- 2014 The Resident Research Award at the Saudi Ophthalmology annual meeting, Riyadh
- American University of Beirut Alumni Honor, Abu Dhabi Chapter, Abu Dhabi, UAE, 2017
Dr. Ghazi has participated in research grants totaling over USD 900 thousand. In addition he has received various honors and awards for his research projects.