Kohanim, M.D., M.P.H.

Sahar Kohanim, M.D., M.P.H.

Phone: 629-255-2224
Fax: 629-255-4090


Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD


Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA


American Board of Ophthalmology

Sahar Kohanim, MD, MPH, is an expert in the field of ophthalmology; a widely published author; award-winning researcher; and guest editor for national and international journals. She received her M.D. from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and completed her residency in ophthalmology, as well as her fellowship in Cornea, External Disease, and Refractive Surgery, at Harvard Medical School / Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. Dr. Kohanim then remained on faculty at Harvard, where she was the Director of Cornea & Refractive Surgery and the Director of Inpatient Ophthalmology Consultation Services at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. She was subsequently recruited to Vanderbilt, where she served as the Director of Patient Safety and Quality at Vanderbilt Eye Institute.

Dr. Kohanim is a diplomate of the American Board of Ophthalmology. She has a Master’s in Public Health degree in Epidemiology from Vanderbilt and was selected to serve on the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s IRIS Registry Outcomes Development Task Force, where she helped develop the national registry system used by ophthalmologists in the United States. Her research interests include quality improvement, surgical outcomes and healthcare disparities. She was awarded the Clarkson Quality Improvement Award by the American Board of Ophthalmology at the 2018 American Academy of Ophthalmology Annual Meeting for the top research to improve quality and outcomes of eye care.
Her clinical expertise includes: cataract surgery, corneal disorders in adults and children, corneal and ocular surface surgery, management of ocular surface tumors such as squamous neoplasia and conjunctival melanoma, corneal transplantation, amniotic membrane grafting in the treatment of corneal disease, ocular surface reconstruction, pterygium surgery, corneal infections, ocular manifestations of immune-mediated disorders such as SJS/TEN and GVHD, as well as corneal burns.