Deans Leadership

 Dean Azar Dimitri T. Azar, MD, MBA 

In addition to his role as Dean of the University of Illinois College of Medicine, Dr. Azar also holds the role of the Regional Dean of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago.

Dr. Azar holds the B.A. Field Chair in ophthalmologic research, and is Professor of Ophthalmology, Bioengineering and Pharmacology.

Dr. Azar joined the University of Illinois at Chicago, in 2006, as Head of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences after serving as tenured Professor of Ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School,Director of the Cornea Service at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Senior Scientist at the Schepens Eye Institute, and as faculty at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

Dr. Azar brings experience in administration, research, education and clinical practice to his position as Dean of the College of Medicine.He earned an executive MBA with high honors from the University of Chicago. Dr. Azar is the author of over 400 scientific articles and book chapters. He is the editor of 14 books in ophthalmology, and he holds15 patents. Dr. Azar has been named one of The Best Doctors in America®and/or one of the Castle Connolly regional Top Doctors in America annually since 1994. He is a leader in basic science and clinically related vision research, making significant contributions to the treatment of corneal diseases and to advances in refractive surgery through mathematical analyses and applications of advanced optics.

His basic science research on matrix metalloproteinases in corneal wound healing and angiogenesis has been continually funded by the National Eye Institute R01 award since 1993. He serves as a trustee for the Chicago Ophthalmological Society and for the Association of Research and Vision in Ophthalmology. Dr. Azar has also received multiple leadership awards, including the 2009 Lans Distinguished Award and the University of Illinois at Chicago Scholar Award.