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Nathalie F Azar, MD


Director, Pediatric Ophthalmology & Adult Strabismus Service

Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science

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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.

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

Notable Honors

2013, Castle Connolly Top Doctor Chicago Super Doctors, Castle Connolly Top Doctor Chicago Super Doctors

2008 – 2010, Best Doctors in America, Best Doctors in America

2005, Distinguished Service Award, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Distinguished Service Award, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary


MD: Boston University School of Medicine
Residency in Ophthalmology: George Washington University
Clinical Fellowship in Pediatric Ophthalmology: Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins University