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Ahmad Aref

The Power List 2017


Ahmad Aref

Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Illinois at CHICAGO (UIC), IL, USA


As well as being Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at UIC, Aref directs their Residency Training Program. He is also an attending physician at the Glaucoma and Cataract Consultation Service at the Illinois Eye & Ear Infirmary. Aref is interested in the development of novel glaucoma surgical techniques, the management of dry eye and ocular surface disease related to glaucoma medication toxicity, and the improvement of glaucoma diagnosis using computerized imaging methods. He has authored over 40 scientific publications and book chapters and serves as an active peer-reviewer for several ophthalmic medical journals. He has also published a textbook, “Advanced Glaucoma Surgery.” Aref maximizes his time outdoors during the short Chicago summers by jogging, swimming and cycling along the Lake Michigan bike path.


A nominator said: “Aref has taken on several leadership roles in ophthalmology and has written several high-impact papers as well as a textbook, and given several important lectures at national and international meetings as well. In 2018, Aref will be completing an MBA in economics and strategic management from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.”


Part of the Power List 2017

Top 50 rising stars

Thanks to the demographics of the developed world, the future of eyecare looks like it will be one of limited resources and rising patient burden.

So who will lead ophthalmology over the next few decades and shape its future? To find out, we asked you, our readers, to vote for ophthalmology’s Top 50 rising stars… and here they are.

Welcome to the 2017 Power List.

In 2018, The Ophthalmologist will be recognising the Top 100 pioneers and game-changers in the field of ophthalmology.

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