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Dimitri Azar

Senior Director of Ophthalmic Innovations

Verily Life Sciences

Distinguished Prof. & BA Field Chair/ Ophthalmology; Former Dean of Medicine Univ. of Illinois; Senior Director Verily

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Ophthalmology Bioengineering Pharmacology

Biography

Dr. Dimitri Azar, M.D., MBA, in 2017, joined Alphabet Verily Life Sciences as Senior Director of Ophthalmic Innovations (including diagnostic, therapeutic, drug delivery and surgical innovations). He is Distinguished Professor of Ophthalmology, and served as Dean of the University Of Illinois College Of Medicine from 2011 to 2018. Previously he was Professor of Ophthalmology and Director of the Cornea and Refractive Surgery Services at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and Harvard Medical School. Dr. Azar has been an Independent Non-Executive Director of Novartis AG Since February 2012. He serves as a Member of Verily Advisory Board at Verily Life Sciences LLC.

He is an internationally recognized ophthalmic surgeon and prolific researcher. He has been named one of The Best Doctors in America and one of the Castle Connolly Top Doctors in America annually since 1994. He has held multiple committee positions with the American Academy of Ophthalmology, and was board member and Vice President of the Association of Research in Vision and Ophthalmology. He is a member of the American Ophthalmological Association and sits on the Board of Trustees of the Chicago Ophthalmological Society and the Chicago Medical Society.


He has published 450 papers and chapters, 22 textbooks and 38 patents. His work on Matrix Metalloproteinases in wound healing and angiogenesis has been continuously funded by the NIH R01 award since 1993. He has received multiple leadership awards, including the Lans Distinguished Award from the International Society of Refractive Surgery and the Barraquer and Lifetime Achievement Awards from the American Academy of Ophthalmology. He holds a medical degree from the American University of Beirut, Lebanon, and an Honorary MA from Harvard University and an Executive MBA from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business.

Education

American University of Beirut, Lebanon

Bachelor's Degree
- 1979

American University of Beirut, Lebanon

Doctor of Medicine (M.D.)
- 1983

Internal Medicine, American University Medical Center, Beirut, Lebanon

Doctor of Medicine (M.D.)
1982 - 1983

Ophthalmology, American University Medical Center, Beirut, Lebanon

Doctor of Medicine (M.D.)
1983 - 1986

Resident in Ophthalmology, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary/Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA.

1987 - 1990

Chief Resident in Ophthalmology, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA.

1990 - 1991

Honorary MA, Harvard University.

- 2003

Executive MBA with High Honors, University of Chicago Booth School of Business, Chicago, IL.

Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.)
2009 - 2011

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