Sophie J. Bakri, MD is Professor of Ophthalmology at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN. Dr. Bakri is a specialist in diseases and surgery of the retina and vitreous, in particular, age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and repair of complex retinal detachments. She undertakes both clinical and translational research in the pathogenesis and treatment of retinal diseases. She is active in teaching residents and fellows and has served as Director of the Medical and Surgical Retina Fellowships at Mayo Clinic.
Dr. Bakri completed a vitreoretinal fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation and her residency at Albany Medical College, New York. She graduated from the University of Nottingham Medical School, England. She has authored over 230 peer-reviewed papers and 26 book chapters on retinal diseases. She is a principal investigator on numerous multicenter clinical trials on novel drugs for retinal disease. She is the Editor-in-Chief of the book “Mayo Clinic on Vision and Eye Health”, and is on the Editorial Board of the American Journal of Ophthalmology, Retina, Seminars in Ophthalmology and OSLI Retina. She is an active participant in several ophthalmic societies. She has served the Macula Society as Meeting Planning Chair and as an Executive Committee member, the American Society of Retinal Specialists as a Board member and has been a member of several committees. She is a member of the Retina Society and has served on the Nominating Committee. She has served the American Academy of Ophthalmology as a member of the Ophthalmic Technology Assessment Committee, program committee for retina, committee on aging, and has participated in the AAO Leadership Development Program.
She has received numerous awards, including the Ophthalmologist Top 40 under 40 award, a Senior Achievement Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology, a Senior Honor Award from the American Society of Retina Specialists and inducted into the Retina Hall of Fame. She has also received the Young Investigator Award from the American Society of Retina Specialists.