The Power List 2015
Besirli’s basic research program on neuroprotection, which he directs in tandem with a busy fellowship, has already received several awards and honors. His interests lie in disease and surgery of the retina and vitreous, including diabetic retinopathy, AMD, retinal vascular disease and complex retinal detachment. His current research focus is on molecular mechanisms of photoreceptor cell death and survival during periods of retinal stress.
A nominator said: “Besirli has received nearly every honor a vitreoretinal fellow can achieve, including: Fellowship Awards from the Heed Foundation, Michels Foundation, and the Retina Society. At the Kellogg Eye Center, Besirli won awards for resident teaching and, two times, for resident research. His publication record is outstanding, and he has already served as a reviewer for several journals.”