Iris Kassem, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Assistant Professor of Cell Biology, Neurobiology, and Anatomy
Medical College of Wisconsin Eye Institute
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MD, PhD – Stony Brook University Medical Center – Stony Brook, NY (2006)
Internship in Internal Medicine – Stony Brook University Medical Center – Stony Brook, NY (2007)
Residency in Ophthalmology – North Shore University Hospital – Great Neck, NY (2010)
Fellowship in Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus – University of Illinois at Chicago – Chicago, IL (2011)
- Inflammation and Scarring After Pediatric Intraocular Surgery
- Ocular Findings of Fabry Disease
- Retinopathy of Prematurity
In children, achieving optimal visual potential after intraocular surgery is more difficult than adults because there is a higher incidence of complications from inflammation and scarring. Postoperative complications in children increase the risk of irreversible decreased vision from amblyopia. As a clinician-scientist, my long-term goal is to improve visual outcomes in children after intraocular surgery. Improving postoperative care in patients, especially children who are at risk of permanently reduced vision from amblyopia, can have a lifelong impact of improved visual outcomes.
The central hypothesis is that children have intrinsic differences in the response to intraocular surgery that result in more inflammation and scarring compared to adults. We are currently investigating age-related changes in aqueous humor and investigating the efficacy of pharmacologic intervention on reduction of inflammation and scarring after eye surgery. This information enables us to identify and evaluate novel and therapeutic options that will potentially improve surgical outcomes.
Funding for this research:
NIH/NEI K08 Mentored Clinical Scientist Development Award 2014-2019