Nazlee Zebardast, M.D., M.Sc.





Board Certification

  • Pending

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Dr. Zebardast is a clinician scientist and full-time member of the Glaucoma Service at Mass Eye and Ear. She specializes in the treatment of adult glaucoma and combined glaucoma and cataracts, with a particular interest in minimally invasive glaucoma surgeries (MIGS).

She has received numerous awards and honors for her academic and research accomplishments and has published in top ophthalmology journals. With a focus on global health and epidemiology research, she has worked with researchers at Aravind Eye Institute in India to study angle-closure glaucoma, a blinding eye disease. Among other findings, this study determined that siblings of individuals with known angle closure have a greater than 1 in 3 risk of developing the condition. Additionally, she has worked with a many large datasets to understand prevalence of eye disease and its impact.  She plans to use imaging to better understand glaucoma progression in angle-closure eyes and to use big data and machine learning methodologies to detect glaucoma and characterize its progression.

Clinical Interests

Adult glaucoma, adult cataract, MIGS

Research Interests

Angle-closure glaucoma, anterior segment imaging, epidemiology, big data, machine learning, global health


View her publications on PubMed or Google Scholar.

Srinivasan K, Zebardast N, Krishnamurthy P, Abdul Kader M, Raman GV, Rajendrababu S, Venkatesh R, Ramulu PY. Comparison of New Visual Disturbances after Superior versus Nasal/Temporal Laser Peripheral Iridotomy: A Prospective Randomized Trial. Ophthalmology. 2017 Oct 30.

Zebardast N, Friedman DS, Vitale S. The Prevalence and Demographic Associations of Presenting Near-Vision Impairment Among Adults Living in the United States. Am J Ophthalmol. 2017 Feb;174:134-144.

Zebardast N, Kavitha S, Krishnamurthy P, Friedman DS, Nongpiur ME, Aung T, Quigley HA, Ramulu PY, Venkatesh R. Changes in Anterior Segment Morphology and Predictors of Angle Widening after Laser Iridotomy in South Indian Eyes. Ophthalmology. 2016 Dec;123(12):2519-2526.

Zebardast N, Kavitha S, Palaniswamy K, Sengupta S, Kader MA, Raman G, Reddy S, Ramulu PY, Venkatesh R. Angle Closure Phenotypes in Siblings of Patients at Different Stages of Angle Closure. Ophthalmology. 2016 Jul;123(7):1622-4.

Zebardast N, Swenor BK, van Landingham SW, Massof RW, Munoz B, West SK, Ramulu PY. Comparing the Impact of Refractive and Nonrefractive Vision Loss on Functioning and Disability: The Salisbury Eye Evaluation. Ophthalmology. 2015 Jun;122(6):1102-10.

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  • Engineering Science Biomedical Track, University of Toronto, BASc
  • Tissue Engineering, University of Toronto, MSc
  • Yale School of Medicine, M.D.


  • Ophthalmology, Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins University


  • Glaucoma, Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins University