DoctorsSahar Bedrood, MD, PhD

Sahar Bedrood, MD, PhD

Title: Assistant Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology

Department: Ophthalmology

Clinical Specialty: Glaucoma

Treatment Expertise: Glaucoma

Certification: American Board of Ophthalmology

Language: English, Farsi, Spanish

Location: Los Angeles, Pasadena

Biography and Education


Sahar Bedrood, MD, PhD, is an assistant professor of ophthalmology at USC Roski Eye Institute. Her professional interests include studying the structural characteristics of the optic nerve lamina cribrosa in glaucoma patients, understanding the ways in which pseudoexfoliation causes glaucoma and taking a leadership role in medical and surgical education.

Dr. Bedrood received her undergraduate degree in biochemistry and chemistry at University of California Los Angeles. She then completed a combined MD/PhD program at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. She received her PhD in biochemistry and molecular biology for her work on structural features and drug modifiers of misfolded proteins such as amyloid proteins involved in neurodegenerative diseases and diabetes mellitus. Dr. Bedrood completed her internal medicine internship at Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena, California. She completed her residency in ophthalmology at the USC Roski Eye Institute and her fellowship in glaucoma as a Society of Heed Fellow at the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. Additionally, Bedrood has been honored with multiple awards throughout her training for both her leadership and her research endeavors, including the Order of the Areté, the PEO Scholar Award and the Remarkable Women of USC Award. She is a member of several national and international professional societies including American Academy of Ophthalmology and Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology.


MD/PhD, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, 2011

BS, University of California Los Angeles, 2003


Huntington Memorial Hospital, Internal Medicine, 2012


LAC+USC Medical Center, Ophthalmology, 2015


Wilmer Eye Institute, John Hopkins Hospital, Glaucoma, 2016


Professional society memberships

American Glaucoma Society

American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery

Los Angeles Society of Ophthalmology

Society of Heed Fellows


Society of Heed Fellows Fellowship Award, 2015-2016

National Eye Institute 2011 ARVO Award, 2011

Department of Ophthalmology, University of Southern California ARVO Basic Science Award, 2011

P.E.O. Scholar Award- international award for women pursuing doctoral degrees, 2009

Order of the Areté, 2009

Remarkable Women of USC Award, 2008


  1. Okada AK, Teranishi K, Isas JM, Bedrood S, Chow RH, Langen R. Diabetic Risk Factors Promote Islet Amyloid Polypeptide Misfolding by a Common, Membrane-Mediated Mechanism. Sci Rep. 2016;6:31094.
  2. Bedrood S, Li Y, Isas JM, Hegde BG, Baxa U, Haworth IS, Langen R. Fibril Structure of Human Islet Amyloid Polypeptide. J Biol Chem. 2012 Feb 17;287(8):5235-41
  3. Daval M, Bedrood S, Gurlo T, Huang CJ, Costes S, Butler PC, Langen R. The Effect of Curcumin on Human Islet Amyloid Polypeptide Misfolding and Toxicity. Amyloid. 2010 Sep;17(3-4):118-28
  4. Bedrood S, Jayasinghe S, Sieburth D, Chen M, Erbel S, Butler PC, Langen R, Ritzel RA. Annexin A5 Directly Interacts with Amyloidogenic Proteins and Reduces Their Toxicity. Biochemistry. 2009 Nov 10;48(44):10568-76
  5. Ignarro LJ, Sisodia M, Trinh K, Bedrood S, Wu G, Wei LH, Buga GM. Nebivolol Inhibits Vascular Smooth Muscle Cell Proliferation by Mechanisms Involving Nitric Oxide but Not Cyclic Gmp. Nitric Oxide. 2002 Sep;7(2):83-90