Kamran M. Riaz, MD

Clinical Associate Professor 


Clinical focus
Cornea, External Diseases, Anterior Segment, Cataract, Cataract and Refractive Surgery

Special interests
Complex Cataract and Anterior Segment Surgery; Secondary IOL Implantation; Corneal Surgery, with a focus on Endothelial Keratoplasty; Dropless Cataract Surgery; and Refractive Cataract Surgery, including use of advanced technology IOLs.

  • Undergrad: University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), Bachelor’s degrees in Economics and History (Phi Beta Kappa) (magna cum laude)
  • MD: University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) College of Medicine
  • Internship: Saint Joseph Hospital (Chicago)
  • Residency: Northwestern University
  • Fellowship: University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (Dallas)

Dr. Kamran Riaz is a fellowship-trained and board certified ophthalmologist whose clinical and surgical practices focuses on cornea, external disease, anterior segment, cataract and refractive surgery. He is currently a Clinical Associate Professor at the Dean McGee Eye Institute (University of Oklahoma). Dr. Riaz completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) where he was admitted into the prestigious Guaranteed Professional Program Admissions (GPPA). He earned dual bachelor’s degrees in Economics and History, earning admission into the Phi Beta Kappa honor society and graduating magna cum laude with highest possible distinction. He then completed his medical school at the UIC College of Medicine. Dr. Riaz completed his internship at Saint Joseph Hospital (Chicago), and his ophthalmology residency at Northwestern University, where he served as Chief Resident during his senior year and received the “Best Resident Research” Award. He completed an additional year of fellowship training in Cornea, External Disease and Refractive Surgery at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (Dallas).

Dr Riaz’s career in academic ophthalmology began at the University of Chicago where he served as Assistant Professor and Director of Refractive Surgery in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science. During his time there, he restarted the refractive surgery service, inaugurated a region-wide Optics Course, and brought many new surgical procedures to the Department, including femtosecond laser assisted cataract surgery, “dropless cataract surgery”, micro-invasive glaucoma surgery and advanced technology IOL surgery. For his efforts, Dr. Riaz was recognized by hospital administration in May 2018 at the “Best Practices Forum” for restoring vision in a patient that was blind for 38 years. He was also awarded the “Best Teacher Award” by the UChicago graduating resident class of 2018, as well as the "Teacher of the Year" award in 2019 as voted by residents from all six programs in the Chicago area.

Dr Riaz has also authored more than two dozen publications and presentations at national ophthalmology meetings. He has been an invited lecturer and surgical wet-lab instructor at several conferences, as well as an invited visiting professor at several academic institutions. He is an active member of multiple professional ophthalmology societies, including the American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, Association for Research and Vision in Ophthalmology, Cornea Society and International Society of Refractive Surgery.

Dr. Riaz has a passion for resident and fellow education, especially in the area of Optics and Refractive Surgery. He teaches at national board review courses and serves as Optics section editor for the most popular website for ophthalmology exam preparation among trainees. He has been consistently recognized by students for his engaging teaching style.

Dr. Riaz is fluent in Spanish, Urdu, Hindi and Arabic. He and his wife, Sanaa, who is also a physician, are blessed with three beautiful children. He enjoys history documentaries, football, basketball, and jazz music.

From a Grateful Patient...

“Four visits to Dean McGee Eye Institute and these ladies (atrium front desk) exemplify the high standards this institute stand for! Excellent with the public in welcoming and informative knowledge of institute's operations. Thank you so much staff! Dr. Kamran Riaz and his secretary are awesome too!" - H. Hermes (Facebook Recommendation)

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