Xinxin Zhang, MD

Xinxin “Steph” Zhang, M.D.

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

ASCRS Resident Excellence Award


ARVO Knights Templar Eye Foundation Travel Grant


Duke Ophthalmology Resident Teacher of the Year


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


Koch Kellan Scholarship

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


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


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


Phi Beta Kappa, Wake Forest University


Include elite fellowship programs, to which you were accepted on the basis of a competitive, as opposed to first-come, first-serve, application process.


Original reports

  1. 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.
  1. 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. Ocul Immunol Inflamm. 2021 May 4:1-5. 
  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. 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
  1. Zhang X, Olson DJ, Dibernardo CL, Davis RM, Gordon K. Scleritis-associated vortex vein varix masquerading as choroidal melanoma. Can J Ophthalmol. 2018 Dec;53(6):e260-e262
  1. Zhang X, Gordon KB, Zaldivar R, Rajjoub L. Mantle cell lymphoma: conjunctival mass in a female patient. Canadian Journal of Ophthalmology. Can J Ophthalmol. 2018 Jun;53(3):e109-e111.
  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. Zhang X, Bitar M, Davis RM. Spontaneous canalicular plug erosion after punctal plug placement. Cornea. 2017;36(4):521-522. 

Books & Chapters

  1. Zhang X, Vajzovic L. “Pediatric RRD”. Edited by Sharon Fekrat, The Duke Manual of Vitreoretinal Surgery. Wolters Kluwer, 2020.
  1. Zhang X, Vajzovic L. “OCT in ROP”. Edited by Wei-Chi Wu W-CL. A Quick Guide to Pediatric Retina. Springer, 2021.
  1. 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.


  1. Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology Annual Meeting. Poster presentation. Clinical characteristics, treatments, and outcomes of vitreomacular adhesion and vitreomacular traction. May 2021.
  1. Duke Eye Center. Grand rounds presentation, Multifocal choroiditis. November 2019.
  1. Duke Eye Center. Machemer retina grand rounds presentation, Indications for pneumatic retinopexy. October 2019.
  1. American Academy of Ophthalmology Annual Meeting. Neuro-ophthalmology paper session. Evaluation of optic canal anatomy and symmetry using computed tomography. October 2018.
  1. American Academy of Ophthalmology Annual Meeting. Poster presentation. Corneal epithelial layer thickness in glaucoma and dry eye patients. October 2018.
  1. Women in Ophthalmology. Poster presentation. Telemedicine assisted evaluation of retinopathy of prematurity incidence. August 2016.
  1. Wake Forest University. Winning orator of Senior Colloquium and invited graduation speaker, May 2013.

Teaching and Leadership Activities

Duke Eye Center, Durham, NC

  • Formal and informal lectures and clinical skills teaching for medical students, ophthalmic technician students and junior residents, including resident orientation, journal clubs and subspecialty lectures, 2019 – present

University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, NC

  • Ophthalmology Interest Group free eye clinic leader, 2017 – 2018
  • 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

Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC

  • Science and writing tutor, Learning Assistance Center, 2011-2013

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