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Thasarat Sutabutr Vajaranant, MD, MHA


Vice-Chair for Strategic Initiatives
Director, Glaucoma Service
Director of Data Sourcing and Strategy, Artificial Intelligence in Ophthalmology (Ai-O) Center
Chair, IEEI Alumni Committee

Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

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Dr. Vajaranant is nationally recognized as an expert clinician and clinician-scientist. She is the recipient of several prestigious awards, including the American Academy of Ophthalmology Achievement Award and three Clinician-Scientist Awards from the American Glaucoma Society. She has secured research funding from the National Institute of Health since 2009. At present, she is the principal investigator of the National Eye Institute funded project, entitled Optic
Nerve Aging and Glaucoma and site principal investigator of multicenter drug trials. In addition, she has been listed as one of Best Doctors in America, America’s Top Doctors, and Super Doctors. She directed the Ophthalmology Residency Program from 2007–2009, and became Director of the Glaucoma Service in 2010.

Notable Honors

  • Chicago Super Doctors
  • Chicago Top Doctors
  • America’s Top Doctors, 2010 – present
  • Best Doctors in America, 2009 – present
  • The American Glaucoma Society–Thom J. Zimmerman, MD, PhD, Memorial Award, 2013
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology Achievement Award, 2011

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MD: Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
Residency in Ophthalmology: Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary at UIC
Clinical Fellowship in Glaucoma: Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary at UIC
Research Fellowship in Low Vision and Electrophysiology: Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary at UIC
MHA: University of Illinois Chicago
Global Clinical Scholars Research Training (GCSRT), Clinical Trials and Secondary Analysis:
Harvard Medical School
Fellowship in Medical Education: University of Illinois Chicago