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Dr. Maryam Tahvildari Joins Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Science as an Assistant Professor as of April 1st, 2024

February 12, 2024

We are excited to announce that Dr. Maryam Tahvildari will be joining the Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Science as an Assistant Professor starting April 1st, 2024.

Dr. Maryam Tahvildari received her medical degree from Tehran University of Medical Sciences following which she moved to the United States to join Schepens Eye Research Institute, Harvard Medical School as a postdoctoral fellow. During her tenure at Schepens, Dr. Tahvildari studied the immunobiology of corneal transplantation under the mentorship of Dr. Reza Dana, MD, MPH, MSC. Her efforts resulted in 10 peer reviewed articles, multiple national and international presentations and travel grants from the National Eye Institute, and the Tear Film Ocular Surface Society. She then moved on to pursue an ophthalmology residency at the Kresge Eye Institute (KEI) in Detroit, MI. During residency, Dr. Tahvildari pursued her research interests focusing on the immunopathogenesis of autoimmune uveitis. She received the David Barsky, MD Research Award at the Kresge Eye Institute Annual Clinical Conference two years in a row. She was also awarded the Kresge Eye Institute Lawrence Stocker, M.D. Award, recognizing the most compassionate resident physician. Having found her deep interests in cornea and anterior segment pathologies and surgeries, Dr. Tahvildari then completed a cornea and refractive surgery fellowship at Massachusetts Eye and Ear, Harvard Medical School, where she also served as the chief fellow. She was then recruited to KEI and Wayne State University as a clinician-scholar and served as a faculty member at Kresge for two years before relocating to the Northeast with family. During her time as faculty, Dr. Tahvildari served the population of Detroit metropolitan area; she also enjoyed teaching and mentoring ophthalmology residents and started multiple lines of research including studying the role of the regulatory immune system in ocular surface homeostasis and corneal epithelial healing, molecular diagnosis of infectious keratitis, and investigating new treatment strategies for preservation of corneal endothelium. She will be joining Yale School of Medicine, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences as faculty. Her goal is to provide high quality care for our patients while teaching residents and continuing her research interests.

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Tahvildari to our department!

Submitted by Paige Mickolyzck on February 13, 2024