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Dr. Taj Nasser

Dr. Taj Nasser

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Dr. Taj Nasser attended East Carolina University, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. Noticing the many similarities between Spanish and his native Arabic language, he enjoyed completing a minor in Hispanic studies. He continued his training at ECU where he received his medical degree with a distinction in health system transformation and leadership. He then moved to New Orleans to complete his Ophthalmology residency where he was selected as chief resident for his medical education initiatives and leadership. Dr. Nasser’s interest in process improvement and high-quality, patient-centered care drew him to an interest in specializing in refractive surgery. Born in a small village in Yemen, he is passionate about serving the global community, where he has participated in multiple surgical eye mission trips to Mexico. A Marvel fan, when he is not caring for patients you will see him rewatching MCU.


Commitment to global ophthalmology.

Dr. Nasser hails from a small village in Yemen and comes from humble beginnings, born to parents who didn’t have the luxury to complete even elementary education. He is grateful to have lived the American dream and understands first-hand the struggles of living in a third-world country. He is passionate about curing unnecessary blindness worldwide by embarking on annual mission trips to perform cataract surgery for the impoverished and those in dire need. When asked about his experience thus far he states, “There is something very special about being able to be a part of liberating not only a fellow human being in need from their functional disability by curing their blindness but also their family members who have to care of them. These are patients who have been blind, some for decades, due to an extreme lack of resources and care. This is an honor and privilege for me as well as a spark, something bigger than myself, a duty to help positively change lives”

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An Open Letter to My Patients

“I can see your face, doctor!,” cried a frail lady in Spanish upon removing her eye patch during a medical mission trip in Córdoba, Mexico. Traveling a long way from a remote village and functionally disabled from bilateral mature cataracts for more than 2 decades, this memorable patient and her family were in tears for her to be liberated by a quick, elegant, and life-changing procedure. I was struck in awe by the dramatic change in the quality of life for the patient and her loved ones and vividly remember how fortunate I felt to be a small part of such an amazing experience. My experience with this patient and others like her sparked substantial self-reflection, causing me to appreciate the value of sight in a more profound way than I ever had before.

Some of the happiest patients I have encountered, similar to that patient and her family, are patients who undergo refractive surgery. The tears of joy speak to how the gift of sight is one of our most guarded senses and is the biggest reason why I wanted to further sub-specialize in this amazing field. Making an impactful difference in the lives of patients by optimizing their vision is my passion and look forward to providing high-quality care. Having undergone LASIK myself, I am excited to be able to walk my patients through the experience and relate to them on a personal basis.

Kind Regards,

Dr. Taj Nasser

My LASIK Story

Since high school, I had always worn glasses and for a good chunk of the time thought it made me look cool. That eventually faded and the constant need for prosthetic eyewear became a hassle in various aspects, especially playing soccer or swimming. Contact lenses were the alternative but that quickly fell out of favor as the associated intolerance and dry eye proved to be even more of an issue. Two of my siblings had underwent LASIK and would rave about how it was a “life-changing” experience. Being the pragmatic and skeptical eye surgeon in the family, I didn’t really believe it was that big of a deal. Additionally, I had read in detail about any possible complications. So, for sure the decision to undergo an elective procedure for me was a bit challenging. Then the pandemic hit and the masks made everything exponentially worse. I couldn’t even examine my patients without my glasses fogging. That was the last straw for me, so I decided to get an evaluation at a premier, refractive surgery center: Parkhurst NuVision. I discussed my decision with Dr. Parkhurst. He was very encouraging and I felt absolutely confident in his skills and expertise.

The experience with Parkhurst NuVision was phenomenal! I now completely understand what all the excitement is all about and wholeheartedly agree with what an amazing impact it does to the quality of our lives. From waking up first thing in the morning without having to reach for my glasses across the cabinet (most of the time pick up from the floor after dropping them) to not worrying about contact lenses and debilitating dry eye, it has definitely compounded my appreciation for refractive surgery. To this day, I still find myself with “ghost glasses”- where I reach to my face to adjust frames multiple times thinking I still have glasses on… that’s what I was accustomed to and in my mind automatically think how else is everything around me appearing crystal clear? How incredible it is to not have to worry about fogging with masks on whether it is in the OR while operating or even everywhere else during a pandemic. Swimming is something I enjoy a lot and for the first time in my life, I can see perfectly underwater. And the list goes on and on. I found myself saying what I’ve heard countless times by a refractive patient: I wish I would’ve done this a long time ago.

To anyone who is on the fence and wondering if a life without glasses or contacts is worth it, your friendly neighborhood eye surgeon is happy to help and discuss your individual interests and options.

Professional Affiliations

  • The American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS)
  • The Refractive Surgery Alliance Society (RSA)
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)
  • YoungMD Connect
  • The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO)
  • Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI)
  • American Medical Association
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Honors & Distinctions

Honors & Distinctions

  • Chief Resident, Tulane University Ophthalmology Department, 2021
  • Best Basic Science Research Award, Tulane University, 2021
  • Leaders in Innovative Care Scholar, East Carolina University, 2018

  • Unified Quality Improvement Symposium Award Winning Poster Recognition, East Carolina University, 2018
  • Recognition for Outstanding Leadership and Service, East Carolina University, 2014
  • Local Circle Leader of the Year Award, East Carolina University Omicron Delta Kappa, 2014

Research & Quality Improvement

  • Kalra G, Makhoul K, Nasser T, Wang A, Salinas R, Rutgard J, Pharo A. Trauma-related Upper Eyelid Avulsion with Canalicular Laceration and Levator Muscle Laceration; The American Society of Ophthalmic Trauma Annual Meeting, April 2022.
  • Rifai F, Le C, Nasser T, Gramates P, Zhang Z. Quality Improvement in Microsurgical Technique: A Supervised Wet-Lab Curriculum for First-Year Ophthalmology Residents; Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology (AUPO) Annual Meeting, Ft Lauderdale, FL, January, 2022.
  • Nasser T, Michael A, Chen V, De La Rosa S, Kuruvilla R, Zhang Z. Anti-VEGF Therapy and Elevated Intraocular Pressure: A Race-Based Analysis; The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) Annual Virtual Conference, May, 2021.
  • Nasser T, Reeder T, Galloway B, Bohrmann T, Lopiano K. From Bits and Bytes to Reality: Reduction in Patients Who Leave Without Treatment in the Emergency Department by using Computer Simulation to Redesign Nurse Staffing. Unified Quality Improvement Symposium, Greenville, NC, January, 2018.
  • Frabitore S, Nasser T. Student-led implementation and development of tablet use in the clinical education setting; American Medical Association Accelerating Change in Medical Education Student-Led Conference, The University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, MI. August 2017
  • Driver P, Kassim I, Ferruzzi M, Nasser T, Williams Z. Leaders in Innovative Care (LINC). Institute of Health Improvement Open School Congress and Forum, Orlando, FL, December, 2015.
  • A Randomized, Placebo- Controlled, Double-Masked, Multicenter, Dosing-Range Study to Evaluate the Safety, and Efficacy of UNR844 in Subjects with Presbyopia. (2021-Present)
  • Whelan J, Wang L, Chen J, Metts M, Nasser T, McGoldrick L, Bridges L. Retinoids Induce Integrin-Independent Lymphocyte Adhesion Through RAR-a Nuclear Receptor Activity, BBRC, 454:4, pgs. 537-542 (doi:10.1016/j.bbrc.2014.10.120), October, 2014

Oral Presentations

  • Nasser T, Kalra G, Kuruvilla R. Project CAST: Correction of Astigmatism in Surgical Training; Tulane Ophthalmology Annual O’Brien Symposium June, 2022.
  • Nasser T, Rifai F, Hinkle D, Zhang Z, Gramates G. Project ACQUIRE: Applied Curriculum for Quality Improvement in Resident Education; Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology (AUPO) Annual Meeting, Educating the Educators Session, Ft Lauderdale, FL, January, 2022.
  • Nasser T, Gramates G. Project ACQUIRE: Applied Curriculum for Quality Improvement in Resident Education; Tulane Ophthalmology Annual O’Brien Symposium June, 2021.
  • Nasser T, Michael A, Chen V, De La Rosa S, Kuruvilla R, Zhang Z. Anti-VEGF Therapy and Elevated Intraocular Pressure: A Race-Based Analysis; Tulane Ophthalmology Annual O’Brien Symposium June, 2020.
  • Nasser T, Reeder T, Galloway B. Accelerating the PDSA Cycle, Using Computer Simulation for Operational Improvement in the Emergency Department. Unified Quality Improvement Symposium, Greenville, NC, March, 2017.
  • Frabitore S, Nasser T, Pratson L. Technology: What Is Used and How It’s Used by Medical Students. 2nd annual Brody School of Medicine Medical Education Day, Greenville, NC, April, 2016.
  • Nasser T, Pratson L, Harrell K, Frabitore S, Powers S, Eubanks J, Williams G, Jones A. iPad Technology Implementation in a Medical Gross Anatomy Laboratory: A Quality Improvement Pilot Study. 2nd annual Brody School of Medicine Medical Education Day, Greenville, NC, April, 2016.
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