Dr. Sana Idrees

Dr. Idrees holds her medical doctorate from The George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington DC, where she also studied for her undergraduate degree. Dr. Idrees completed her vitreoretinal surgery fellowship at the Flaum Eye Institute, University of Rochester in Rochester, New York.


Medical Degree | 2015
The George Washington University, School of Medicine
Washington, DC
Doctor of Medicine, Research Track


Undergraduate | 2010
The George Washington University, Washington, DC
Integrated BA/MD Program
Bachelor of Arts in Religion, Minor in Biology


Medical Training

Vitreo-Retinal Surgery Fellowship | July 2019 – July 2021
Flaum Eye Institute, University of Rochester
Rochester, NY


Ophthalmology Residency | July 2016 – June 2019
Flaum Eye Institute, University of Rochester
Rochester, NY


Medicine Internship | June 2015 – June 2016
Georgetown University/Washington Hospital Center
Washington, DC


Honors & Awards

  • ONE Network YO Surgical Video Competition, Third Place | 2020
  • Mina Chung Award, First Recipient | June 2020
  • Snell Resident Investigator Award | 2019
  • Ophthalmology Times Research Scholar Honoree | 2018
  • AAO Advocacy Ambassador | 2018
  • W.T. Gill, Jr. Research Fellowship |2011


Research Experience

Flaum Eye Institute, University of Rochester

Principal Investigator: David DiLoreto, MD

Compared the visual outcomes and intraocular pressure reduction between patients with neovascular glaucoma undergoing anterior chamber Ahmed tube shunt implant with panretinal photocoagulation in the clinic versus pars plana Ahmed tube shunt implant with vitrectomy and endolaser in a panretinal photocoagulation pattern.

May 2020-July 2021


Flaum Eye Institute, University of Rochester

Principal Investigator: Ajay Kuriyan, MD

Performed a level of evidence review for stem cell clinics offering commercially available stem cell therapy for various ocular conditions.

October 2020-December 2020


Flaum Eye Institute, University of Rochester

Principal Investigator: Ajay Kuriyan, MD

Examined the refractive outcomes of non-capsular bag intraocular lens implants.

April 2018-December 2020


Flaum Eye Institute, University of Rochester

Principal Investigator: Ajay Kuriyan, MD

Investigated outcome bias in industry versus non-industry funded publications on steroid use in macular edema secondary to retinal vein occlusion.

November 2017-December 2020


Glaucoma Center of Excellence, Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins University

Principal Investigator: Harry Quigley, MD

Examined the effect of face to pillow contact during simulated sleep on limbal strain.

Studied the effect of change in intraocular pressure on the mechanical change in anterior lamina cribrosa depth.

January 2014-July 2014


Neurobiology-Neurodegeneration and Repair Laboratory, National Eye Institute, National Institutes of Health

Principal Investigator: Hong Hao, PhD and Anand Swaroop, PhD

Examined the in vivo function of LMAN1 in the retina. LMAN1 expression in rod photoreceptors is specifically regulated by transcription factor NRL, the master regulator of rod photoreceptor development and homeostasis.

May 211-January 2013


Physiology and Pharmacology Department, The George Washington University

Principal Investigator: Zara Karabekian, PhD and Narine Sarvazyan, PhD

Conducted research aimed at engineering non-immunogenic cardiac grafts by down-regulating the expression of ß2-microglobulin in embryonic stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes by transduction of cells with anti-ß2- microglobulin shRNA lentivirus.

May 211-January 2013


Peer-Reviewed Journal Publications

Nicholas MP, Vaz T, Idrees S, Shareef S. McCannel Suture Technique Resolves Persistent Dysphotopsia Following Laser Peripheral Iridotomy in Phakic Eyes. Journal of Glaucoma. April 6, 2021. PubMed ID: 33826601.


Idrees S, Williams Z, DiLoreto D. Autoimmune retinopathy treated with fluocinolone acetate intravitreal implant (Retisert) [abstract]. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. June 2020.


Idrees S, Kuriyan A. Perioperative management of antiplatelet therapy in ophthalmic surgery. Int Ophthalmol Clin. 2020 Summer;60(3):17-30. PubMed ID: 32576720.


Idrees S, Simhaee D, DiLoreto D, Chung M, Ramchandran R, Kuriyan A. Evaluating refractive outcomes after scleral-sutured Bausch & Lomb Akreos AO60 intraocular lens implantation [abstract]. Ophthalmology Times. 2019.


Idrees S, Hammond B. Vision Health in Pregnancy. The periFACTS OB/GYN Academy. 2018. Activity #18085P.


Idrees S, Sridhar J, Kuriyan A. Proliferative Vitreoretinopathy: A Review. Int Ophthalmol Clin. 2018;59(1):221-240. PubMed PMID: 30585928.


Quigley H, Arora K, Idrees S, Solano F, Bedrood S, Lee C, Jefferys J, Nguyen T. Biomechanical Responses of Lamina Cribrosa to Intraocular Pressure Change Assessed by Optical Coherence Tomography in Glaucoma Eyes. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2017;58(5):2566-2577. PubMed PMID: 28494490.


Flatau A, Solano F, Idrees S, Jefferys JL, Volpe P, Damion C, Quigley, HA. Measured changes in limbal strain during simulated sleep in face down position using an instrumented contact lens in normal and glaucoma adults. JAMA Ophthalmology. 2016 Apr 1;134(4):375-82. PubMed PMID: 26795708.


Karabekian Z, Idrees S, Ding H, Jamshidi A, Posnack NG, Sarvazyan N. Downregulation of beta-microglobulin to diminish T-lymphocyte lysis of non-syngeneic cell sources of engineered heart tissue constructs. Biomedical Materials. 2015 Mar 16;10(3):034101. PubMed PMID: 25775354.


Hong H, Gregorski J, Qian H, Li Y, Gao C, Idrees S, Zhang B. In vivo function of the ER-Golgi transport protein LMAN1 in photoreceptor homeostasis. In: Retinal Degenerative Diseases: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology. New York: Springer, 2014;801:395-9. PubMed PMID: 24664723.


Idrees S. Characterization of the role of LMAN1 in retinal degeneration [abstract]. Fusion. 2012;6:7-8.


Karabekian Z, Idrees S, Jamshidi A, Sarvazyan N. Decreasing immunogenicity of ESC derived cardiomyocytes [abstract]. Journal of Immunology. 2012 May;73(1):188.


Karabekian Z, Idrees S, Sarvazyan N. Generation of immunocompatible cardiac myocytes for heart repair [abstract]. The FASEB Journal. 2011 April;1043(15):25.


Professional Membership

  • Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, 2018 – present
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology, 2016 – present
  • New York State Ophthalmological Society, 2016 – present
  • American Medical Association, 2010 – 2015
  • American Medical Student Association, 2011 – 2015
  • American College of Physicians, 2011 – 2015
  • Physicians for Human Rights, 2010 – 2015