Dr. Cagri Besirli

Cagri G. Besirli, MD, PhD

Associate Professor, Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

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Research Summary

Molecular mechanisms of photoreceptor cell death and survival during periods of retinal stress

Dr. Besirli's research focuses on the characterization of pathways critical for cell death during retinal stress, including retinal detachment and macular degeneration. Primary focus is given to the identification of individual proteins that regulate intracellular checkpoints important for retinal cell death or survival, with the ultimate goal of developing new therapeutic agents for clinical use. 

Clinical Interests

  • Gene therapy for inherited retinal diseases
  • Disease and surgery of the retina and vitreous, including retinal detachment, diabetic retinopathy, age-related macular degeneration, retinal vascular disease, ocular trauma, ocular inflammation, macular and submacular surgery, and surgical management of complex retinal detachment
  • Medical and surgical management of acquired and inherited pediatric retinal disorders, including retinopathy of prematurity (ROP), familial exudative vitreoretinopathy (FEVR), Coats’ disease, retinal detachment, and ocular trauma

Sub-specialty: Retina

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  • Medical and Graduate School - Washington University in St. Louis, 2006
  • Residency - Ophthalmology, Kellogg Eye Center, University of Michigan, 2010
  • Fellowships
    • Retina and Uveitis, Kellogg Eye Center, University of Michigan, 2012
    • Pediatric Vitreoretinal Diseases, Associated Retinal Consultants, Royal Oak, Michigan
  • Board Certification - American Board of Ophthalmology

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