Ali Asghar Khodadoust, MD
Ali Asghar Khodadoust, MD, internationally recognized corneal transplant surgeon, died March 9 at the age of 82.
Born in Shiraz, Iran, Dr. Khodadoust was the founder of the Khodadoust Eye Hospital in Shiraz and a long-time faculty member at Yale University and Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Khodadoust was recognized as one of the world’s leading corneal graft surgeons and the first to describe the endothelial rejection sign known as the Khodadoust line. He was honored by UNESCO in 2015. “Ali was a brilliant ophthalmologist, a superb clinician and one of the best ophthalmic surgeons I have known. His quiet, humble and essential efforts in Shiraz are a legacy for humanity,” said his colleague Vincent DeLuise, MD. “Ali will be forever linked to the endothelial rejection line he observed, and for his pedagogy in the OR and lecture room to generations of Wilmer and Yale ophthalmologists. We are all the beneficiaries of his clinical acumen and wisdom.”