Dara Koozekanani, M.D., Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Neurosciences

Dara Koozekanani

Contact Info

Office Phone 612-625-4654

Fax 612-626-7882

Office Address:
University of Minnesota
Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Neurosciences
420 Delaware St. SE, MMC 493
Minneapolis, MN 55455-0501

Associate Professor, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Neurosciences

Vitreoretinal Service


MD, MD, Ohio State University

Residency, University of Wisconsin (Ophthalmology)

Fellowship, Medical College of Wisconsin (Retina)

Transitional Internship, Saint Vincent Hospital


Patient Care
Dr. Koozekanani treats patients with vitreoretinal issues, including macular degeneration and retinopathy of prematurity, as well as patients with diabetic eye disease and tumors of the eye.

Awards & Recognition

  • Board Certification by ABO, 2009
  • Passed written ABO exam 98th percentile, 2007
  • AOA membership, 2002 - present
  • The Ohio State University Medical Scientist Training Program Fellowship, 1995-97 and 2001-03
  • The Ohio State University Department of Ophthalmology Research Symposium, first prize for graduate student research, 2000 & 2001


Research Summary/Interests

  • Imaging technology for vitreoretinal care
  • Macular degeneration



Peer-Reviewed Publications 

  • White RJ, Watson D, Koozekanani D, Montezuma SR. Association of Optic Nerve Head Drusen with Best Vitelliform Macular Dystrophy: A Case Series. Case Reports in Ophthalmology 2018, 9: 76-86.
  • Huang N, Summers G, McCafferty B, Koozekanani D, Areaux R, Montezuma, SR. Retinal Management in Incontinentia Pigmenti: A Systemic Review and Update. Accepted. Journal of VitreoRetinal Diseases (JVRD), 2018, Vol 2(1) 39-47.
  • Lee B, Drayna P, Maltry AC, Mason CM, Montezuma SR, Koozekanani D. Endogenous Nocardia Endophthalmitis Presenting as a Mass Lesion in a Patient with Metastatic Nonsmall Cell Carcinoma of the Lung. Retin Cases Brief Rep. 2017.
  • Gomez J, Koozekanani DD, Feng AZ, Holt M, Drayna P, Mackley MR, van Kuijk E, Beardsley RM, Johnston R, Terry JM, Montezuma SR. Strategies for improving patient comfort during intravitreal injections. Ophthalmol Ther. 2016 Aug 2:1-8.
  • Roychowdhury S, Koozekanani DD, Parhi KK. Iterative Vessel Segmentation of Fundus Images. IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering. In press
  • Roychowdhury S, Koozekanani DD, Parhi KK. DREAM: Diabetic Retinopathy Analysis Using Machine Learning. IEEE J. Biomed. Health Inform. 18, 1717–1728
  • Mokhtarzadeh A, Kaufman SC, Koozekanani DD, and Meduri A. Delayed presentation of retained nuclear fragment following phacoemulsification cataract extraction. J Cataract Refract Surg 40, 671–674 (2014)
  • Canal-Fontcuberta I, Salomao DR, Robertson D, Cantrill HL, Koozekanani D, Rath PP, and Pulido JS. Clinical and Histopathological Findings after Photodynamic Therapy of Choroidal Melanoma. Retina 30(5), 942-948 (2012).
  • Koozekanani D, Covert DJ, Weinberg DV. The Use of Best Visual Acuity Over Several Encounters as an Outcome Variable: an Analysis of Systematic Bias. Investigative Ophthalmology and Vision Science. 2010; 51(8): 3909-12.
  • Koozekanani D, Connor TB, Wirostko WJ. RetCam II fluorescein angiography to guide treatment and diagnosis of Coats disease. Ophthalmic Surgery Lasers and Imaging. 2010. Mar 9:1-3. [Epub]
  • Koozekanani D, Weinberg DV, Dubis A, Beringer J, Carroll JJ. Hemorrhagic retinoschisis in shaken baby syndrome imaged with spectral domain optical coherence tomography. Ophthalmic Surgery Lasers and Imaging. 2010. Mar 9:1-3 [Epub]
  • Shah SN,Koozekanani D, and Kim JE. “Phenotypic Heterogeneity and Lesion Size Measurements in Stargardt Macular Dystrophy.” Ophthalmic Surgery Lasers and Imaging. 2009; 40: 506-512.
  • Koozekanani D, Boyer K, Roberts C, “Tracking the optic nervehead in OCT video using dual eigenspaces and an adaptive vascular distribution model,” IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging, 2003; 22(12): 1519-1536.
  • Koozekanani D, Roberts C, Boyer K. Retinal thickness measurements from optical coherence tomography using a Markov boundary model. IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging, 2001; 20(9): 900-916.


Book Chapters

  • Kim JE and Koozekanani D. “How Do I Follow a Patient Who Has Diabetes and Becomes Pregnant? What Tests Can I Do?” Book chapter in Curbside Consultations in Retina, S Fekrat, ed. Slack Inc. 2010.


  • Case presentations at Knobloch Lecture, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015.
  • “Diabetic Macular Edema.” Presentation for Endocrine City-Wide conference, 12/18/14.
  • “Plaquenil Toxicity.” Presentation for Rheumatology City-Wide conference, 10/28/14.
  • Case presentation Mayo Clinic Conference 10/31/14.
  • “Diabetic Retinopathy.” Presentation for Endocrine City-Wide Conference, 12/5/13.
  • “Retinal and Ophthalmic Imaging Technologies: What you need to know.” JCAHPO CE Program for Ophthalmic Allied Health Personnel, Rochester, MN, 3/23/2013.
  • Case presentations Harris visiting professor lecture, 11/3/12.
  • Case presentations Mayo clinic conference 10/21/12.
  • Koozekanani D, Boyer K, Roberts C, and Katz SE. "A System to Automatically Determine the OCT Scan Path In The Presence of Ocular Motion," Oral presentation at New England Eye Center Presents The Third International Symposium on Optical Coherence Tomography, 2001, Long Boat Key, FL.



  • Retinal diseases including diabetes, macular degeneration, ocular tumors, surgical eye conditions, and hereditary degenerations
  • Application and development of imaging technologies

Board Certifications