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Professional Licensure

North Carolina 2022

Education and Professional Training

Residency, Duke Eye Center, Durham, NC


Transitional Year, Grand Strand Medical Center, Myrtle Beach, SC


M.D., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC


B.S., Chemistry, summa cum laude, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC


Honors and Awards

*K. Alexander Dastgheib Surgical Excellence Award 2022

*ASCRS Resident Excellence Award 2021

*ARVO Knights Templar Eye Foundation Travel Grant 2021

*Duke Ophthalmology Resident Teacher of the Year 2020

*Deborah C. Leary Award for Best Research Paper in graduating class, University of North Carolina School of Medicine 2018

*Koch Kellan Scholarship

  • $10,000 awarded annually by Paragon BioTeck to one outstanding medical student in the United States committed to ophthalmology 2017

*Nancy Susan Reynolds Scholarship, Wake Forest University

  • Awarded to up to five recipients per year based on outstanding academic achievement and leadership potential, covering annual cost of tuition, room, board and personal expenses at Wake Forest University, valued at approximately $300,000

  • Includes up to $5,000 in additional grants each summer for research projects 2009-2013

*Undergraduate Award for Excellence in Organic Chemistry Research, Wake Forest University 2013

*Phi Beta Kappa, Wake Forest University 2012


Original reports

*Zhang X, Seidelman J, Grewal D, Mahmoud TH, Mruthyunjaya P, Postel E, Chen X, Brodie F. Methicillin-resistant S. aureus endophthalmitis retinal detachment repairs. Ophthalmol Retina. Accepted March 2022.

*Zhang X, Brodie FL, Postel EA, Seidelman JL. Endogenous methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus endophthalmitis: a six-year series at a tertiary center. Ocul Immunol Inflamm. 2021 May 4:1-5. 

*Olson DJ, Zhang X, Ward MF, Le P, Ismail OM, Poole ZB, Donaldson JC, Van Buren E, Lin FC, Ulrich JN, Davis RM. Rates of Comorbid Anxiety and Depression in Patients with Age-Related Macular Degeneration. J Vitreoretin Dis. 2019;3(4):211-214.

*Kaskar O, Shams R, Zhang X, Olson D, Zdanski C, Thorp B, Kuznetsov A, Grace L, Lee Y, Fleischman D. Cerebrospinal fluid flow patterns from the chiasmatic cistern to the orbit in a porcine model. Front Neurol. 2019 Oct 23;10:1137.

*Zhang X, Olson DJ, Yueh L, Fleischman D. Evaluation of optic canal anatomy and symmetry using computed tomography. BMJ Open Ophthalmol. 2019 May 28;4(1):e000302

​*Zhang X, Wang YP, Ulrich JN, Yang Y, Ding L, Yang Y, Xu D, Tarczy-Hornoch K, Cabrera MT. Telemedical evaluation of retinopathy of prematurity incidence in Gansu province, China: a pilot study. Ophthalmic Epidemiol. 2018 Apr;25(2):120-125.

*Zhang X, Olson DJ, Le P, Lin FC, Fleischman D, Davis RM. The association between glaucoma, anxiety and depression in a large population. Am J Ophthalmol. 2017 Nov;183:37-41.

*Skaggs JB, Zhang X, Olson DJ, Garg S, Davis RM. Screening for diabetic retinopathy: strategies for improving patient follow-up. N C Med J. 2017;78(2):121-123.


Books & Chapters

​*Zhang X, Vajzovic L. “Pediatric RRD”. Edited by Sharon Fekrat, The Duke Manual of Vitreoretinal Surgery. Wolters Kluwer, 2020.

*Zhang X, Vajzovic L. “OCT in ROP”. Edited by Wei-Chi Wu W-CL. A Quick Guide to Pediatric Retina. Springer, 2021.

*Zhang X, Vajzovic L. “Pediatric retinal detachments and vitrectomy”. Edited by Laura Enyedi, Nandini Gandhi, Tammy Yanovitch. The Duke Manual of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus Surgery. Wolters Kluwer, 2020.



*Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology Annual Meeting. Poster presentation. Clinical characteristics, treatments, and outcomes of vitreomacular adhesion and vitreomacular traction. May 2021.

​*American Academy of Ophthalmology Annual Meeting. Neuro-ophthalmology paper session. Evaluation of optic canal anatomy and symmetry using computed tomography. October 2018.

*American Academy of Ophthalmology Annual Meeting. Poster presentation. Corneal epithelial layer thickness in glaucoma and dry eye patients. October 2018.

*Wake Forest University. Winning orator of Senior Colloquium and invited graduation speaker, May 2013.

Teaching and Leadership Activities

*UNC Ophthalmology Interest Group free eye clinic leader, 2017 – 2018

*UNC Student Health Action Coalition senior medical team coordinator, 2016 – 2017

*ReSpectacle eyeglasses recycling program UNC chapter president, 2016 – 2018

*Graduate school advisor, InGenius Prep, 2014

*Contributor, U.S. News and World Report, 2014

*MCAT Tutor, Next Step Test Prep, 2013-2014

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