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

Harvard Medical School

Instructor in Ophthalmology

Research Summary


Dr. Zebardast’s research focuses on epidemiology and global health. Working with international colleagues, she established a multicenter trial to study angle-closure glaucoma. Additionally, she has used large datasets and statistical methods to understand the prevalence of eye disease and its functional impact.

Currently, she aims to use anterior segment imaging, in particular swept source OCT technology, to better understand angle-closure glaucoma progression. Additionally, she plans to use big data and machine learning methodologies for glaucoma detection and characterization of progression. She hopes that this work will not only optimize glaucoma diagnosis, and but also help establish care in under-served regions, thereby decreasing the global burden of this disease.

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2007: BASc, with honors, Engineering Science Biomedical Track, University of Toronto
2008: MSc, Tissue Engineering, University of Toronto
2013: MD, Yale School of Medicine

Postgraduate Training

2014: Transitional Year Internship, Yale New Haven Hospital
2017: Residency, Ophthalmology, Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins University
2018: Fellowship, Glaucoma, Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins University


2014 and 2015: Wilmer Research Grant Award
2015 and 2016: Wilmer Mitchell Prize for best research by a Wilmer resident
2016: American Glaucoma Society Bernard Schwartz Memorial Award for best poster or paper presentation
2017: Paul S. Lietman Global Travel Fellowship


Selected Publications

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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.