Mahmoud A. Khaimi, MD, Awarded James P. Luton, MD Endowed Chair in Ophthalmology

Mahmoud A. Khaimi, MD, Awarded James P. Luton, MD
Endowed Chair in Ophthalmology


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Melody Marcum
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Mahmoud A. Khaimi, MD, Awarded James P. Luton, MD Endowed Chair in Ophthalmology

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OKLAHOMA CITY – The Dean McGee Eye Institute (DMEI) announces that Dr. Mahmoud A. Khaimi, Clinical Professor at DMEI and in the University of Oklahoma (OU) Department of Ophthalmology, has been awarded the James P. Luton, MD Endowed Chair in Ophthalmology.

Born in Amman, Jordan, Dr. Khaimi and his family settled in the Detroit metropolitan area (Southfield, Michigan) when he was five years old. He earned his undergraduate (summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa) and medical degrees from Wayne State University in Detroit and completed his residency in ophthalmology at Henry Ford Hospital, also in Detroit. After a glaucoma fellowship at DMEI/OU, Dr. Khaimi joined the faculty here in 2007 and has assembled an outstanding record as an educator and internationally respected glaucoma surgical innovator with an impressive level of scholarly and service activities. He is particularly well known for his personal development of the glaucoma surgical procedure known as ab-interno canaloplasty (ABiC)), for which he received The Journal Record’s Innovator of the Year Award in August 2017.

Dr. Khaimi has authored or co-authored approximately 40 journal publications, book chapters, and clinical modules, including book chapters for such major textbooks as Chandler and Grant’s Glaucoma, Duane’s Clinical Ophthalmology, Operative Complications of Glaucoma, MIGS: Advances in Glaucoma Surgery, and Minimally Invasive Glaucoma Surgery:  A Practical Guide.  He also was the Associate Editor of a textbook published by Slack, Essentials of Glaucoma Surgery.  In addition to his editorial role, Dr. Khaimi contributed five chapters to the book. 

Dr. Khaimi’s scholarly activities also have been reflected in presentations and abstracts at such major meetings as the American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, American Glaucoma Society, World Glaucoma Congress, European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons, Hawaiian Eye Meeting, and in such international venues as Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Denmark, Portugal, Japan, Austria, and Australia. American academic centers in which he has delivered presentations include the University of Maryland, University of Alabama, Duke University, Henry Ford Hospital, University of Texas – San Antonio, University of Arkansas, and University of Louisville.

In addition to his scholarly contributions, Dr. Khaimi has been actively involved in the education of fellows, residents, and medical students, and has played a vital role in making DMEI’s glaucoma fellowship one of the most competitive in the nation. He has served as DMEI/OU’s glaucoma fellowship director since 2018 and, during his tenure at DMEI/OU, has already helped train 14 glaucoma fellows. In 2010, Dr. Khaimi received the Excellence in Attending Award at the Oklahoma City Veterans Affairs Medical Center. 

Dr. Khaimi served as the chair of DMEI’s Clinical Care Committee from 2009 to 2015. Since 2017, he has served as DMEI’s “Lead Ophthalmologist” for the Oklahoma City Thunder NBA basketball team and previously served as “Associate Lead Ophthalmologist” for eight years.

Beyond his service to the Institute and Department, Dr. Khaimi joined the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s (AAO’s) Knowledge Base Panel for Glaucoma, which contributed to the Practicing Ophthalmologists Curriculum, in 2012 and rose to become Vice Chair of the panel. For his Academy service, he received the AAO Achievement Award in 2017.  Dr. Khaimi has repeatedly been named among the Best Doctors in America and Castle Connolly Top Doctors

“Given his exceptional skills as a clinician educator, his contributions as a surgical innovator and scholar, his high level of commitment to our organizational missions, and a deep desire to make a difference in the lives of his patients, we are truly delighted to honor Dr. Mahmoud A. Khaimi with the James P. Luton, MD Endowed Chair in Ophthalmology,” states Dr. Gregory L. Skuta, DMEI’s President and Chief Executive Officer and the Edward L. Gaylord Professor and Chair of the OU Department of Ophthalmology.

First awarded in 1998, the James P. Luton, MD Endowed Chair in Ophthalmology will provide Dr. Khaimi with support to pursue educational, academic, scholarly, and service activities. 

About the Dean McGee Eye Institute

The Dean McGee Eye Institute is dedicated to serving all Oklahomans and the global community through excellence and leadership in patient care, education, and vision research. It is one of the largest and most respected eye institutes in the United States and houses the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine’s Department of Ophthalmology. Its clinical, research, and training programs are ranked in the top 10 in the nation among public universities. Twenty-two of the Institute’s ophthalmologists are listed in Best Doctors in America and/or Castle Connolly Top Doctors. For more information, visit

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