Amir Hossein Kashani, M.D., Ph.D.

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  • Boone Pickens Professor of Ophthalmology
  • Associate Professor of Ophthalmology


Diabetic Retinopathy, High Blood Pressure (Hypertension), Macular Degeneration, Macular Puckers, Ophthalmology, Retinal Artery Occlusion, Retinal Detachment, Retinal Vein Occlusion more

Research Interests

Diabetic Retinopathy; Retinal Vascular Disease; Stem Cell Therapy of Retinal Disease; OCT Angiography; Vascular Cognitive Impairment and Dementia more

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The Johns Hopkins Hospital

Appointment Phone: 410-955-3518
600 N. Wolfe Street
Wilmer Eye Institute
Baltimore, MD 21287 map

Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute - Columbia

Appointment Phone: 410-910-2330
10710 Charter Drive
Medical Pavilion at Howard County, Suite 310
Columbia, MD 21044 map


Amir H. Kashani, M.D., Ph.D. is a retina specialist and surgeon and the Boone Pickens Professor in Ophthalmology, treating patients at Wilmer Eye Institute’s East Baltimore and Columbia locations. Dr. Kashani specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of medical and surgical retinal diseases including diabetic retinopathy, retinal vein occlusions, age-related macular degeneration, epiretinal membranes and retinal detachments as well as other common retinal diseases. 

Dr. Kashani is an NIH-funded clinician-scientist studying the pathophysiology of retinal vascular diseases, such as diabetic retinopathy, vascular cognitive impairment and dementia in human patients using cutting-edge, noninvasive imaging methods such as optical coherence tomography angiography. He has co-authored more than 50 peer-reviewed articles in the scientific literature, several subject reviews, and an ophthalmology handbook titled Optical Coherence Tomography and OCT Angiography: Clinical Reference and Case Studies. more


  • Boone Pickens Professor of Ophthalmology
  • Associate Professor of Ophthalmology
  • Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Departments / Divisions



  • MD PhD; Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (2006)


  • Ophthalmology; LAC + USC Medical Center (2010)


  • Retina; Beaumont Hospital - Royal Oak (2013)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Ophthalmology (Ophthalmology) (2012)

Research & Publications

Research Summary

Retinal vascular diseases are among the leading cause of vision loss in the working age and older population. Over decades of life, diseases such as diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration can lead to dysfunction and abnormal growth of blood vessels.

The earliest pathologic changes in these diseases occur at the level capillaries within and around the retina, but they are undetectable to the naked eye or to the doctor in the clinic until significant damage has been done.

Learn more about Dr. Kashani's research.

Activities & Honors


  • ARVO Foundation for Research/Retina Research Foundation grant, ARVO, 2006
  • Medical Scientist Training Program fellowship, 1999 - 2006
  • Research Travel Grant, ARVO, 2007
  • Resident Research Award, Department of Ophthalmology, University of Southern California, 2008
  • Henry and Lilian Nesburn Award, 2009
  • Heed Resident Research Symposium (Rank #4)
  • Ron G. Michel’s fellowship, 2012
  • Heed Ophthalmic Foundation fellow (Society of Heed Scholars), 2012
  • Nominated to 150 leading innovators in medical and surgical retina, Ocular Surgery News, 2016
  • Nominated to The Ophthalmologist’s Rising Stars Power List of ophthalmologists in the world, 2017
  • Pasadena Top Doctors, Pasadena Magazine (Pasadena CA, USA), 2017 - 2019
  • Honor Award, American Society of Retinal Specialists (ASRS), 2018
  • XVII International Symposium on Retina Degeneration Travel Scholarship, BrightFocus Foundation, 2018
  • Rotary Society Humanitarian Star Award Nominee, Pasadena Rotary Club, 2019


  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
  • American Society of Retina Specialists
  • American Academy for the Advancement of Science
  • Society of Heed Scholars
  • American Board of Ophthalmology


  • Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), 2016
  • International Ocular Circulation Society (Founding Member), 2019
  • International Ocular Circulation Society (Research Committee Member), 2021
  • Sigma Xi Scientific Honor Society, 2020

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Recent News Articles and Media Coverage

Earlier Insight into Alzheimer’s Disease - Wilmer (Fall 2021)

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