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Asim Farooq, MD

Asim Farooq, MD

2019 Associate Junior Faculty Scholars

Dr. Asim V. Farooq is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science. He received his medical degree from the University of Illinois College of Medicine where during his time there, he was awarded a grant from Research to Prevent Blindness, allowing him to devote a year to study the pathogenesis of herpes simplex virus (HSV) infection in the cornea. Following, he then completed ophthalmology residency training at the University of Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary, and a fellowship in cornea and external disease at the Washington University in St. Louis. During his fellowship, Farooq trained under Dr. Todd Margolis, an expert in herpetic corneal disease.

Dr. Farooq has published 40 peer-reviewed articles and 3 book chapters. His clinical and research interests are focused on ocular surface disease, corneal manifestations of autoimmune disease, as well as corneal infections, especially those caused by HSV, herpes zoster virus (HZV), and cytomegalovirus (CMV). His goal is to better understand the pathogenesis of these viruses, as well as to improve diagnostic accuracy.