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Osamah J. Saeedi, MD

Academic Title:


Primary Appointment:

Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

Administrative Title:

Director of Clinical Research; Director of the Glaucoma Division; Vice Chair for Academic Affairs


419 W. Redwood Street, Suite 470

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Education and Training

University of Pennsylvania BSE 05/02 Chemical Engineering
University of Texas - Southwestern MD 03/07 Medicine
Baylor College of Medicine   06/08 Prelim Internal Medicine
University of Texas - Southwestern   06/11 Ophthalmology Resident
Wilmer Eye Institute – Johns Hopkins University   06/12 Glaucoma Fellow
University of Maryland, Baltimore MS 06/18 Epidemiology and Clinical Research


Osamah Saeedi, MD, MS is an Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD, and an Adjunct Associate Professor of Bioengineering at the University of Maryland, College Park.  Dr. Saeedi completed medical school and ophthalmology residency at the University of Texas – Southwestern Medical Center, and glaucoma fellowship at the Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins University.  He completed a Masters of Science in Epidemiology and Clinical Research. Dr. Saeedi is the recipient of an NIH Career Development Award (K23) and has grant funding from numerous other organizations including the American Glaucoma Society.  His research focuses on finding novel imaging biomarkers for glaucoma, specifically looking at new techniques for assessing ocular blood flow.

Research/Clinical Keywords

Glaucoma, Ocular Blood Flow, Ophthalmic Imaging, Health Services Research, Genetics

Highlighted Publications

Saeedi O, Jefferys J, Solus J, Jampel H, Quigley H. Risk factors for Low IOP After Trabeculectomy and its Detrimental Effects. J Glaucoma. 2014 Jan; 23(1): e60-8.


Saeedi O, Pillar A, Jefferys J, Arora K, Friedman DS, Quigley H.  Change in Choroidal Thickness and Axial Length with Change in Intraocular Pressure After Trabeculectomy. Br J Ophthalmol. 2014 Mar 13. doi: 10.1136/bjophthalmol-2013-304433.


Saeedi O, Luzuriaga C, Ellish N, Robin AL.  Potential Limitations of E-mail and Text Messaging in Improving Adherence in Glaucoma and Ocular Hypertension.  J Glaucoma. 2015 Jun-Jul;24(5):e95-102

Additional Publication Citations

  1. Shariat SF, Ashfaq R, Karakiewicz PI, Saeedi O, Sagalowsky AI, Lotan Y.  Survivin expression is associated with bladder cancer presence, stage, progression, and mortality.  Cancer. 2007 Mar 15;109(6):1106-13.
  2. Tuncel A, Lucas S, Bensalah K, Zeltser IS, Jenkins A, Saeedi O, Park S, Cadeddu JA.  A randomized comparison of conventional vs articulating laparoscopic needle-drivers for performing standardized suturing tasks by laparoscopy-naive subjects.  British Journal Urology Int. 2008 Mar;101(6):727-30.
  3. Haq M, Sufi A, Haque A, Hassan S, Rehman H, Abaza F, Quader A, Syed A, Saeedi O.  Eliminate Second-hand Smoking from Islamic Campuses in North America.  Journal of the Islamic Medical Association 2010 Nov; 42(3):97-8 PMID: 23864759
  4. Saeedi O, Wang H, Blomquist P.  Penetrating Globe Injury During Infraorbital Nerve Block.  Archives of Otolaryngology. 2011 Jan 17.
  5. Saeedi O, Iyer S, Mohiuddin A, Hogan RN.  Exophiala jeanselmei Keratitis: Case Report and Review of Literature.  Eye Contact Lens. 2013 Nov; 39(6); 410-2.
  6. Jones A, Kaplowitz K, Saeedi O.  The Role of Autoregulation of Blood Flow in the Development and Progression of Open Angle Glaucoma.  Expert Review of Ophthalmology.  2014 Dec. 9(6): 487-501.
  7. Margo JA, Feldman S, Addis H, Bodanapally UK, Ellish N, Saeedi O. Open Globe Injuries Presenting With Normal or High Intraocular Pressure.  Eye Contact Lens. 2015 Sep 14. [Epub ahead of print]
  8. Ezzat S, Saeedi O, Saleh DA, Hamzeh H, Hamid MA, Crowell N, Boostrom C, Loffredo CA, Jillson IA.  Parental perceptions of congenital cardiovascular malformations in their children.  Cardiol Young. 2015 Nov 12:1-10. [Epub ahead of print]
  9. Saeedi OJ, Chang LY, Arora KS, Jampel HD, Quigley HA.  Unilateral Glaucoma Associated with Conjunctival Angioma and Choroidal Thickening without Facial Angioma.  Middle East Africa Journal of Ophthalmology.  2016 July-September 23(3):280-2.
  10. Zhang, X, Soni N, Alexander J, Kalarn S, Saeedi O.  Pupillary block due to reverse implantation of a sulcus intraocular lens JCRS Online Case Reports , 2016 August 4(3): 41 – 4.
  11. Fu G, Alexander J, Saeedi O. Persistent corneal edema associated with subconjunctival 5-fluorouracil in an infant with primary congenital glaucoma.  In Press Journal of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus.
  12. Saeedi O, Ashraf H, Malouf M, Slade E, Medoff D, Li L, Kreyenbuhl J.  Prevalence of Diagnosed Ocular Disease in Veterans with Serious Mental Illness.  In Press.  General Hospital Psychiatry
  13. Saeedi O, Ashraf H, Slade E, Medoff D, Li L, Friedman D, Kreyenbuhl J.  Trends in Prevalence of Diagnosed Ocular Disease and Utilization of Eye Care Services in American Veterans.  Accepted. American Journal of Ophthalmology.

Research Interests

My research focuses on glaucoma, a leading cause of blindness, particularly among African Americans and Hispanics. Glaucoma affects over 3 million Americans and is the cause of 120,000 cases of blindness in the United States. Direct costs are estimated to be $3 billion annually. There is no cure currently for glaucoma, although early detection and regular treatment can prevent vision loss from the disease. My research focuses on using new imaging techniques to develop sensitive biomarkers for glaucoma for early detection. This could potentially save vision for thousands of Americans, allowing patients with glaucoma to continue to work and drive. This has the potential to reduce direct health care costs as well as save millions more to society.