M. Ali Khan, MD

Subspecialty: Retina

Areas of Interest

  • Advanced treatments for age-related macular degeneration
  • Maximizing retinal detachment surgery outcomes
  • Complications of cataract surgery
  • Diabetic retinopathy complications
  • Macular hole, epiretinal membrane/macular pucker
  • Retinal vascular disease
  • Novel retinal surgical techniques and technology

Dr. Khan is an investigator in several clinical trials investigating new forms of treatment for macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and complications of retinal detachment. He has published extensively on novel surgical techniques including minimally invasive retinal surgery and secondary intraocular lens placement.


M. Ali Khan, MD is a board-certified ophthalmologist and vitreoretinal surgeon. A native of Los Angeles, CA, he graduated Summa Cum Laude with dual degrees in Political Science and Biological Sciences from the University of Southern California (USC), where he attended on a full tuition academic Trustee Scholarship. He graduated from USC a member of Phi Beta Kappa and the USC Order of the Laurel and Palm, the highest honor given to graduating students. He subsequently received his Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree from the UCLA/David Geffen School of Medicine, where he also attended on a full-tuition academic Geffen Scholarship and graduated as member of Alpha Omega Alpha. While in medical school, Dr. Khan was awarded the UCLA Medical Alumni Leadership Award and was a member of the prestigious Howard Hughes Medical Institute-National Institutes of Health (HHMI-NIH) Research Scholars Program, where he completed a year of advanced research at the NIH campus in Bethesda, MD.

Dr. Khan completed both his ophthalmology residency and vitreoretinal surgery fellowship at the world renowned Wills Eye Hospital. While a resident, he was unanimously selected by his peers and faculty to serve as Chief Resident in his senior year. As a retina fellow, Dr. Khan was awarded the national Ronald G. Michels Fellowship Foundation Award for outstanding fellow performance. Prior to returning to Mid Atlantic Retina/Wills Eye Hospital, Dr. Khan was a retina surgeon and faculty member in the UCLA Department of Ophthalmology and a member of both the Doheny & Stein Eye Institutes. Although early in his career, he was named as a “Top Doctor” in both Pasadena, CA and Los Angeles, CA.

Dr. Khan is an active member of the Retina Service at Wills Eye Hospital and serves as Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University. He is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Society of Retina Specialists, and Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology. He has authored and reviewed numerous scientific publications and textbook chapters on vitreoretinal diseases, and has been invited manuscript referee for the journals Ophthalmology, RETINA, and Ophthalmology Retina. He has been an invited speaker to present scientific papers and abstracts at national ophthalmic meetings.

His clinical interests include advanced treatments for age-related macular degeneration, macular hole, macular pucker, diabetic retinopathy, retinal detachments, complications of cataract surgery, and retinal vascular disease. He is actively involved as a clinical investigator in several collaborative clinical trials and research studies, with a special interest in novel retinal surgical techniques and retinal detachment repair.

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Board certification: American Board of Ophthalmology

Academic affiliation: Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology, Thomas Jefferson University


Fellowship: Wills Eye Hospital

Residency: Wills Eye Hospital

Medical School: David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Undergraduate: University of Southern California (USC)

Honors and Awards

Ophthalmology Times MD Writer’s Award Competition; 2016, 1st place

Ronald G. Michels Fellowship Foundation Award; 2015

Co-Chief Resident, Wills Eye Hospital; 2014

President, UCLA Medical Student Government; 2010

UCLA Medical Alumni Association Outstanding Leadership Award; 2010

Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Honor Society; 2010

Howard Hughes Medical Institute-National Institutes of Health (HHMI-NIH)

Research Scholars Program; 2006-2007

UCLA Geffen Scholarship; 2005-2010, full medical school tuition scholarship

USC Trustee Scholarship; 2001-2005, full undergraduate tuition scholarship

USC Graduate with Honors in Political Science; 2005

USC Order of Laurel and Palm; 2005, highest university honor awarded upon graduation

USC Renaissance Scholar; 2005, awarded for excellence in two widely different fields of study

Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society; 2005, member

Language Spoken

English, Conversant in Spanish

Wills Eye Hospital
840 Walnut Street, Suite 1020
Philadelphia, PA 19107 Google Maps

Wills Eye Surgical Network - Main Line
100 Presidential Blvd., Suite 200
Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004

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