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Baharak Asefzadeh, OD, MS, FAAO

Baharak Asefzadeh, OD, MS, FAAO

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Dr. Asefzadeh is a 2003 graduate of the New England College of Optometry.  She completed her residency in primary care optometry from 2003-2004 at the Jamaica Plain VA.  After residency, she became the first Optometric Research Fellow at VA Boston.  After completion of the fellowship in 2006, Dr. Asefzadeh was hired as a full-time optometrist at the VA Boston Healthcare System, working in both clinical and telemedicine capacities.  She received her Master in Vision Science from NECO in 2008, investigating retinal thickness changes in diabetic eyes using Optical Coherence Tomography. Currently, she serves as Director of the VA Boston Optometric Research Fellowship.

Dr. Asefzadeh is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Optometry at The New England College of Optometry and has been a guest-lecturer on OCT and co-instructor in a retina grand rounds elective. She has lectured at local and national meetings, including the American Academy of Optometry.  She is principal investigator and co-investigator on several research projects.  Her primary research interests are: ocular imaging of the eye to better understand eye diseases such as diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma; improving eye care and patient access to care through telemedicine; and understanding and improving glaucoma medication adherence in veterans.  Dr. Asefzadeh is author on 9 peer-reviewed journal articles and is a recipient of the 2010 VA Innovation Grant.