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Soroosh Behshad, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology
Cataract, Cornea & External Diseases
Chief, Emory Eye Center at Emory St. Joseph's Hospital

Soroosh Behshad, MD, MPH, joined the Emory Eye Center in August 2016, to work with cornea, cataract, and refractive surgery patients.  On October 7, 2019, he was designated as Chief of Emory Eye Center at St. Joseph's Hospital.

Dr. Behshad received his medical degree from the University of Arizona College of Medicine, Tucson and Phoenix, AZ in 2011. He completed a transitional year internship at Harbor UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, followed by a residency in ophthalmology at Tulane University in New Orleans, LA, that included one year as chief resident. His fellowship in cornea, refractive and external disease was completed at Gavin Herbert Eye Institute at the University of California, Irvine.

His master’s degree in Public Health is from the University of Arizona, Tucson, with a concentration in public policy and healthcare management.

Dr. Behshad is very active with Emory Eye Center’s global program and has traveled across the globe to perform specialized eye surgeries and train local doctors on cataract and corneal surgical techniques. He has worked with international hospitals and ministries of health to develop national eye care plans in developing countries. In 2020, he was recognized by the Kingdom of Jordan for his service and work developing a sustainable refugee eye care program.

His research interests include corneal transplantation – the use of femtosecond laser in penetrating and lamellar keratoplasty; endothelial corneal transplantation (DMEK and DSEK); severe ocular surface disease and dry eye.

National Recognition

Dr. Behshad received the Annual C.S. O’Brien Professorship Award for Outstanding Research and Resident Presentation in both 2014 and 2015. He is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology, a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons, Eye Banking Association of America, the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology and the Cornea Society. Since 2016, Dr. Behshad has been the director of the Clarkston Community Health Center’s Eye Clinic, a free clinic for uninsured and underinsured patients in Clarkston, Georgia.  In 2019, Dr. Behshad was recognized by Emory University School of Medicine for National Doctors Day. Dr. Behshad also serves as co-editor for the distinguished EyeWorld magazine.

Dr. Behshad sees patients at the Emory Eye Center on Clifton Road and at Emory St. Joseph’s Hospital.

Areas of Clinical Interest

• Dry eye
• Cataract surgery 
• Femtosecond laser cataract surgery 
• Corneal diseases, transplantation and surgery (PKP, DSEK, DMEK, DALK)
• Corneal neurotization
• Fuchs endothelial dystrophy
• Global Ophthalmology
• Keratoconus (Collagen Crosslinking)
• Management of Intraocular Lens Complications
• Pterygium surgery
• Refractive surgery (LASIK, PRK, & ICLs)


Soroosh Behshad, MD

Undergraduate: University of Arizona, (nutritional sciences/biochemistry), Tucson, AZ, 2002-2006

Graduate: MPH, Zuckerman College of Public Health, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 2006-08

Medical School: MD, University of Arizona College of Medicine, Tucson and Phoenix, 2007-11

Transitional Year Internship: Harbor UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA, 2011-12

Residency, Ophthalmology (Chief Resident): Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana, 2012-15

Fellowship: Cornea, Refractive Anterior Segment, and External Diseases, Gavin Herbert Eye Institute, University of California, Irvine, CA 2015-16

Languages: English, Farsi, Spanish

Board Certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology


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