Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science
Asim Farooq is a cornea and external disease specialist and comprehensive ophthalmologist, with a particular interest in anterior segment pathology including herpes simplex and herpes zoster keratitis and graft-versus-host-disease, as well as international ophthalmology. His research has been published in several important peer-reviewed journals, including Cornea, JAMA Ophthalmology, Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, and Current Eye Research. He has been awarded research support from Research to Prevent Blindness, the Illinois Society for the Prevention of Blindness, and Midwest Eye-Banks.
Farooq participated in a combined undergraduate-medical degree program at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he earned a BA with honors in history with departmental distinction, as well as an MD. While in medical school, he completed a yearlong research fellowship focused on herpetic keratitis, funded by Research to Prevent Blindness. He was awarded the Bertram A. Richardson Scholarship for international study and completed an international clinical elective in ophthalmology at the Bangladesh Lions Foundation in Dhaka, Bangladesh. He went on to pursue ophthalmology residency training at the Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary, followed by a fellowship in cornea, external disease, and refractive surgery at Washington University in St. Louis.