Wadih Zein, M.D. is a staff clinician in the Ophthalmic Genetics and Visual Function Branch at the National Eye Institute (NEI). He obtained his M.D. from the American University of Beirut and completed his ophthalmology residency at the American University of Beirut Medical Center. He completed a fellowship in pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus at the Children’s National Medical Center, Washington DC, and a fellowship on ophthalmic genetics and visual function NEI.
Dr. Zein became an NEI employee in 2008 and specializes in the care of patients with pediatric and hereditary eye diseases. He sees patients-both children and adults-with a broad array of ocular and systemic disorders such as achromatopsia, albinism, aniridia, Best disease, Cohen syndrome, gyrate atrophy, Joubert syndrome, Leber congenital amaurosis, methylmalonic acidemia, mucolipidosis, retinitis pigmentosa, Stargardt disease, and Usher syndrome.
Dr. Zein recognizes the effect that many inherited eye diseases can have on the lives of the patients and the lack of adequate treatment options. He is interested in studying the natural history of hereditary eye diseases as well as developing outcome measures to be used in future treatments.