< BackResearch FacultyAmir Kashani, MD, PhD

Amir Kashani, MD, PhD

Division: neural-scaffolds

Associate Professor of Ophthalmology (Clinical Scholar)

Research Interests:

In his research practice, Dr. Kashani is developing novel diagnostic and therapeutic methods to better diagnose and treat retinal diseases.  Dr. Kashani is developing new methods to assess the structure and function of the human retina using non-invasive or minimally invasive imaging methods such as hyperspectral imaging, optical coherence tomography (OCT) angiography, and wide-field imaging. The goal of this research is to enable earlier and non-invasive detection of disease so that treatment strategies can be developed to prevent vision loss. In addition, these advanced diagnostic platforms are well suited to assess the impact of various treatment strategies on the eye and help determine what treatments are most effective.  Dr. Kashani also participating in several clinical trials at the USC Roski Eye Institute to assess new treatments for retinal diseases. He is principal investigator for a clinical trial to test a novel stem cell therapy for severe vision loss from advanced dry age-related macular degeneration. There is currently no effective treatment for dry AMD.


Dr. Amir H. Kashani attended Johns Hopkins School of Medicine where he obtained his MD and PhD in neuroscience. He completed his ophthalmology residency at the USC Eye Institute and fellowship in Vitreoretinal surgery at the top-rated Associated Retinal Consultants (Royal Oak, Michigan). He was awarded both the Heed and Michel’s Fellowships (National Honors) during his training. Dr. Kashani is now a USC clinician-scientist with an active practice in both medical and surgical retinal diseases including diabetic retinopathy, retinal vein occlusions, age-related macular degeneration, retinal detachments, epiretinal membranes, and macular holes among other common retinal diseases. Dr. Amir Kashani, an Assistant Professor as well as Director of the Ocular Diagnostic Imaging Center at the USC Eye Institute.

List of Publications:

  • Lopez-Jamie, GR, Kashani AH, Saati S, Martin G, Chader G, Humayun, MS. Acute Variations in Retinal Vascular Oxygen Content in a Rabbit Model of Retinal Venous Occlusion. PLOS ONE. November 6, 2012, 7 (11), e50179.
  • Kashani AH*, Lopez-Jaime GR*, Saati S, Martin G, Varma R, Humayun MS.Non-invasive Assessment of Retinal Vascular Oxygen Content Among Normal and Diabetic Human Subjects: A Study Using Hyperspectral Computed Tomographic Imaging Spectroscopy. Retina 2014 34(9):1854-60.
  • Matsunaga D, Yi J, Puliafito C, Kashani AH. Optical Coherence Tomography Angiography of Normal Human Subjects. Ophthalmic Surgery, Lasers and Imaging 2014 45(6):510-5.
  • Trese MT and Kashani AH., Advances in the Diagnosis, Management and Pathophysiology of Capillary Dropout. Expert Reviews in Ophthalmology 2012, 7(3), 281–292.


  • MD, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, 2006
  • PhD,Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, 2006
  • Internship, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Internal Medicine, 2006-2007
  • Residency, LAC/USC Medical Center, Ophthalmology, 2007-2010
  • Fellowship, Associated Retinal Consultants, Vitreoretinal Surgery, 2011-2013