(Persia Digest) – Prominent ophthalmologist, corneal transplant surgeon, and lasting scientific figure of Iran and Fars Province, Professor Ali-Asghar Khodadoust, passed away this morning. 


Ali-Asghar Khodadoust was one of the world’s top corneal graft surgeons. He was born in the provincial capital of Fars, Shiraz in 1935. He went to the US in 1980 to work as a Professor at the Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute. He is reputed for his extensive studies on corneal diseases and transplantation biology.


He was admitted by Johns Hopkins University as the first and only foreign assistant at the eye clinic in 1962. During his three years there, he came to be known as the top assistant of the clinic.


He has been recognized as the world’s top corneal transplant surgeon by prominent figures of US ophthalmology. A clinical finding in the mechanisms of corneal allograft rejection has been named the “Khodadust rejection line” after him for his research and achievements in the field.

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