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Nathalie Azar, MD

Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology Director, Pediatric Ophthalmology & Adult Strabismus Service Department of Ophthalmology
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Biographical Info

Nathalie Azar, MD

Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology
Director, Pediatric Ophthalmology & Adult Strabismus Service

Mailing Address:
Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary
1855 W. Taylor Street, M/C 648
Chicago, IL 60612
Email: [email protected]

Sees patients at:
Pediatric Ophthalmology & Adult Strabismus Service
Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary
1855 W. Taylor Street, Suite 2.140
Clinic Phone: (312) 996-6599


Millennium Park Eye Center
30 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 410
Center Phone: (312) 996-2020


Dr. Azar is recognized as an outstanding surgeon who is highly regarded by her peers in ophthalmology. She is known for her expertise in amblyopia and eye movement disorders, Graves’ disease and paralytic and restrictive strabismus. She frequently lectures at national meetings, including  the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, and organizes the pediatric and adult strabismus course for the Lancaster Course in Ophthalmology. Dr. Azar came to the Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary in 2006 from Harvard’s Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, where she also directed the Pediatric Ophthalmology and Adult Strabismus Service. She is a board-certified ophthalmologist.

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BS—American University of Beirut, Lebanon
MD—Boston University School of Medicine
Residency— George Washington University, Washington, DC
Clinical Fellowship in Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus —Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore

Selected Honors and Awards

Chicago Super Doctors, 2013
Best Doctors in America, 2008 – 2010
Top Doctor, Castle Connolly Medical Ltd, New York, NY, 2009
Distinguished Service Award, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Boston, MA, 2005

Selected Publications

Frenkel S, Gaitonde SS, Azar N, Wood MG, Schmidt ML. Conjunctival MarginalZone B-Cell Lymphoma in a 13-Year-Old Child. J Pediatr Ophthalmol Strabismus. 2010 Feb 8:1-4. doi: 10.3928/01913913-20100118-02. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 20143764.

Albè E, Chang JH, Azar NF, Ivanov AR, Azar DT. Proteomic analysis of the hyaloid vascular system regression during ocular development. J Proteome Res. 2008 Nov;7(11):4904-13. doi: 10.1021/pr800551m. Epub 2008 Oct 8. PubMed PMID: 18841878; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2662928.

Mocan MC, Ament C, Azar NF. The characteristics and surgical outcomes of medial rectus recessions in Graves’ ophthalmopathy. J Pediatr Ophthalmol Strabismus. 2007 Mar-Apr;44(2):93-100; quiz 118-9. PubMed PMID: 17410960.

Ahuja R, Azar NF. Orbital dermoids in children. Semin Ophthalmol. 2006 Jul-Sep;21(3):207-11. Review. PubMed PMID: 16912019.

Tocyap ML, Azar N, Chen T, Wiggs J. Clinical and molecular characterization of a patient with an interstitial deletion of chromosome 12q15-q23 and peripheral corneal abnormalities. Am J Ophthalmol. 2006 Mar;141(3):566-567. PubMed PMID: 16490510.


Journal Articles

1. Mocan M; Azar NF. Amniotic Membrane Transplantation for the Repair of Significant Conjunctival Dehiscence Following Strabismus Surgery with Adjustable Sutures. Am J Ophthalmol. 2005; 140(3):533-4.

2. Mocan C; Ament C; Azar N. The Characteristics and Surgical Outcomes of Medial Rectus Recessions in Graves’ Ophthalmopathy. J Pediatr Ophthalmol 2007; 44(2):1-8

3. Ahuja R, Azar NF: Orbital Dermoids in Children. Semin Ophthalmol. 2006, 21(3):207-211.

Book Chapters

Azar, NF; Davis, EA. In:  Embryology of the Eye [Sec 3.1-6). In: Yanoff, Myron, and Jay S. Duker. Ophthalmology. 1st ed. London: Mosby, London; Philadelphia: Mosby, 1999; p 1-6.

Waheed NK and Azar N. Congenital Abnormalities and Metabolic Diseases Affecting the Conjunctiva and Cornea. [Section VII. Chapter 39] In: Smolin, Gilbert, C. Stephen Foster, Dimitri T. Azar, and Claes H. Dohlman. Smolin and Thoft’s The Cornea: Scientific Foundations and Clinical Practice. 4th ed. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2005; p 707-734.

Categories: Ophthalmology