Aisha S. Traish, M.D.

Research Summary

Dr. Traish’s research interests reflect her two passions: resident education and pediatric cornea. She has been committed to resident cataract surgery education since 2010. At the University of Illinois, she was instrumental in starting a surgical video lecture series for residents. She was appointed to a small group within the residency education committee charged with organizing a new surgical curriculum and designing a state-of-the-art ophthalmic surgery wet lab, which was unveiled in the summer of 2015. At Mass. Eye and Ear, she plans to collaborate with the residency education leadership on projects relating to surgical education. 

Her interest in pediatric cornea comes from the need to improve clinical outcomes and provide more effective treatments, especially for the population of infants born with congenital corneal disease. These diseases are often visually debilitating and lifelong. The ability to intervene with effective therapies, or sometimes simply appropriate diagnosis and referrals for supportive services, can have a significant impact on their quality of life and future opportunities. At Mass. Eye and Ear and Boston Children’s Hospital, Dr. Traish will collaborate with colleagues to evaluate this population via clinical research projects.

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2002: B.A., summa cum laude, Accelerated B.A./M.D. Program, Boston University

2005: M.D., magna cum laude, Boston University School of Medicine

Postgraduate Training

2009: Residency, Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School

2010: Clinical Fellowship (Chief Cornea Fellow), Cornea, External Disease, Refractive Surgery Service, Massachusetts Eye and Ear


2015-2018: Best Doctors in America Award

2011 and 2012: Golden Apple Teaching Award Department of Ophthalmology, University of Illinois

2005: Dean Eleanor Tyler Memorial Award, Boston University School of Medicine

2005: Glasgow-Rubin Achievement Citation, American Medical Women’s Association

2004: Junior Alpha Omega Alpha, National Medical Honor Society


Selected Publications

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Chen J, Leiderman Y, Traish A. Traumatic Cataract and Heterochromia Iridis. JAMA Ophthalmol. 2016 Nov 1;134(11):1323-1324.

Pittner A, Nolan M, Traish A, Farooq A, Feder R, Hill G, Dwarakanathan S, McGaghie W, Bouchard C.    Standardized approach to training for cataract surgery skill evaluation. J Cataract Refract Surg. 2016 Jun;42(6):855-63.

Ali MH, Traish AS. Elevated Intraocular Pressure and Endothelial Cell Loss Following Iris Color Change. JAMA Ophthalmol. 2016 Aug 1;134(8):939-40.

Zhou M, Farooq AV, Andreoli MT, Ali M, Traish AS. Bilateral Rhizopus keratitis in a cocaine user. Can J Ophthalmol. 2016 Feb;51(1):e21-3.

Feinstein E, Farooq AV, Lin AY, Traish AS. Bilateral conjunctival tuberculosis presenting as mass lesions. Can J Ophthalmol. 2015 Feb;50(1):e11-3.