Boston, Mass. — Hajirah Saeed, M.D., has joined Mass. Eye and Ear as a clinician-scientist in the Cornea and Refractive Surgery Service. Her clinical specialties include corneal transplantation, ocular burns, keratoprosthesis, ocular surface tumors and pediatric cornea.
“Improving patients’ quality of life is what drove me to pursue a career in ophthalmology and specifically in cornea,” said Dr. Saeed. “There is constant research and innovation in the field of cornea, refining and inventing ways to improve vision and comfort. I am lucky to be at an institution that has the resources to allow me to help my patients in the most meaningful ways.”
Dr. Saeed conducts research on corneal diseases. As the inaugural Gliklich Innovation Scholar at Mass. Eye and Ear, she is working under the mentorship of James Chodosh, M.D., MPH, to develop a Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS)/toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN) registry and bio-repository to investigate the immunopathogenesis and genetics of the disease. SJS/TEN is a rare, immune-mediated mucocutaneous disease with the potential for severe vision complications.
Dr. Saeed began seeing patients in September at Mass. Eye and Ear’s main campus (243 Charles St., Boston) and East Bridgewater (400 N. Bedford St., E. Bridgewater) locations. She also sees patients at Boston Children’s Hospital in Waltham.
Dr. Saeed was promoted to her current position following completion of a Clinical Fellowship in Cornea and Refractive Surgery at Mass. Eye and Ear, where she served as Chief Fellow in her second year. She obtained her undergraduate degree from Benedictine University, going on to attend the Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine and completing an ophthalmology residency at the Loyola University Medical Center. Dr. Saeed’s contributions to patient care and research have been recognized through several awards, including an American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery Foundation Resident Excellence Award, the Chicago Ophthalmological Society’s Beem Fisher Award and two Illinois Society for the Prevention of Blindness grants.
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