Dr. Aref is an Associate Professor of Ophthalmology and attending physician in the Glaucoma and Cataract Consultation Service at The University of Illinois College of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology. He serves as the Illinois Eye & Ear Infirmary’s Chief Quality Officer and Residency Program Director.
Dr. Aref completed his medical training at Northwestern University, his ophthalmology residency at The Penn State Hershey Eye Center, and his glaucoma fellowship at The Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. He is board-certified by The American Board of Ophthalmology as well as The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. His research interests include the development of novel glaucoma surgical techniques, management of dry eye and ocular surface disease related to glaucoma medication toxicity, and the improvement of glaucoma diagnosis using computerized imaging methods.
Dr. Aref has authored over 50 scientific publications and book chapters and serves as an active peer-reviewer for several ophthalmic medical journals. His recently published textbook, Advanced Glaucoma Surgery, is a valuable resource for glaucoma surgeons worldwide.
Dr. Aref is an active member of The Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology, The American Academy of Ophthalmology, The American Society for Cataract and Refractive Surgery, The American Glaucoma Society, and The Illinois Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons.