Glaucoma Specialist Joins University of Rochester Eye Institute

September 13, 2005

Shakeel R. Shareef, M.D., has joined the University of Rochester Eye Institute faculty as a glaucoma specialist and an associate professor in the Department of Ophthalmology. The clinician-researcher began Sept. 6.

For the past seven years, Shareef has practiced at the prestigious Geisinger Medical Center in Pennsylvania.

In addition to his clinical work, Shareef’s research interests include glaucoma drug studies and neural stem cells. He has received numerous research awards, including the New York Academy of Sciences certificate of merit; the Merck Index Award; a Medical Student Research Forum prize from New York Medical College; and the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology/Retina Research Foundation Travel Fellowship Grant.

Shareef earned his medical degree from New York Medical College. He completed graduate work in biochemistry and undergraduate work in chemistry, both at Queens College, City University of New York. He fulfilled an internship at Winthrop University Hospital, Stony Brook School of Medicine, and an ophthalmology residency at New York Medical College, followed by a glaucoma research fellowship and glaucoma clinical fellowship at Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis.

Shareef is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology. He also serves as a peer-reviewer for the Journal Ophthalmology and an ad hoc reviewer for Current Eye Research. Additionally, he is on the scientific advisory board for the Sight-Loss Support Group of Central Pennsylvania.

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