Sarwar Zahid MD

Vitreoretinal Surgeon

Chicago, IL

How does this work?

To become an excellent clinical and academic vitreoretinal surgeon.

Work experience

Jul 2014 - Present

NYU Langone Medical Center

Ophthalmology Resident


Jun 2013 - Present

Henry Ford Health System

Resident Physician

One year PGY-1 residency program spanning a broad range of clinical experiences ranging from inpatient internal medicine (general and specialty floors), emergency medicine, ambulatory/outpatient care in a busy academic urban hospital in Detroit.

Jul 2017 - Jul 2019

UI Health — University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System

Vitreoretinal Surgery Fellow

Sep 2011 - Jun 2013

Kellogg Eye Center, University of Michigan

Clinical Research Fellow

Mentor: Dr. Thiran Jayasundera, MD Conducted retrospective studies to determine genotype-phenotype relationships in Stargardt disease, retinitis pigmentosa, and achromatopsia. Developed a novel means of quantifying severity in patients with dry macular degeneration. Coordinated and managed multiple research projects in the retina department. Website: http://www.kellogg.umich.edu/bios/jayasundera.research.html

May 2012 - Apr 2013

University of Michigan Department of Plastic Surgery

Research Assistant

Primary Investigator: Dr. Paul Cederna, MD Coordinated data collection and analysis for a study of outcomes and complications from different surgical techniques in bilateral reduction mammoplasty.

May 2012 - Mar 2013

Kellogg Eye Center, University of Michigan

Research Assistant

Mentor: Dr. Paul Lichter, MD Performed a retrospective cohort study exploring rates of long-term complications in patients randomized to primary trabeculectomy in the Collaborative Initial Glaucoma Treatment Study (CIGTS). Responsibilities included data collection, analysis, and manuscript writing.

Jul 2012 - Feb 2013



Developing content for an online/mobile application that will serve as a learning tool to help educate healthcare professionals in medically-focused and culturally-relevant Spanish speaking.

Jul 2010 - Sep 2011

Department of Surgery, University of Michigan

Research Assistant

Primary Investigator: Dr. Michael Englesbe, MD Reviewed patient charts to develop a predictive model for guiding decisions regarding prophylactic splenectomy in pediatric patients with non-cirrhotic portal hypertension. Analyzed factors such as hospitalizations, labs, and spleen size on imaging over time.

May 2009 - Aug 2009

Department of Internal Medicine, University of Michigan Cancer Center

Research Assistant

Used cell culture and flow cytometry to study new possible cancer stem cells markers in breast cancer cell lines.

Nov 2005 - Aug 2008

Sloan-Kettering Institute, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Graduate Student and Research Assistant

Mentors: Dr. Charles Levine, MD, PhD and Dr. Alexandra Joyner, PhD Used recombinant genetics to study the role of Hh-signaling in mouse prostate development. Also assessed the possible role of Hh-signaling in prostate cancer using the TRAMP model in Gli1-knockout mice. Responsibilities included: managing mouse lines, surgeries, dissection, tissue preparation, histology, immunohistochemistry, microscopy, and analysis.

Aug 2007 - May 2008

New York University College of Arts & Science

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Mentor: Dr. Neville R. Kallenbach Responsible for preparation of class materials and examinations for a graduate biochemistry class; also tutored students and led recitation and discussion sections.


2008 - 2013

University of Michigan Medical School

Doctor of Medicine (MD), Medicine

2007 - 2008

New York University, Graduate School of Arts & Science

M.S., Chemistry

2004 - 2007

New York University, College of Arts & Science

B.A., magna cum laude, Biology

2004 - 2008

Stuyvesant High School

High School Diploma, 2004

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