Mark S. Humayun

Professor of Ophthalmology
Dr. Mark Humayun

Areas of treatment:

Vitreoretinal Surgery
Medical Retina


  • Ophthalmology


  • Department of Ophthalmology


  • English

Mark S. Humayun, MD, PhD

Professor of Ophthalmology

Practicing location:

  • USC Eye Institute

About this doctor:

Mark S. Humayun, M.D., Ph.D., received his B.S. from Georgetown University in 1984, his M.D. from Duke University in 1989, and his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 1994. He completed his ophthalmology residency at Duke Eye Center and fellowships in both vitreoretinal and retinovascular surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He stayed on as faculty at Johns Hopkins where he rose to the rank of associate professor before moving to USC in 2001.
Dr. Humayun’s research projects focus on the treatment of the most debilitating and challenging eye diseases through advanced engineering. Leading a team of more than 30 faculty and 200 students from 15 different institutes, Dr. Humayun is focused on developing therapies for 1) retinal degenerations such as retinitis pigmentosa, 2) macular degenerations such as age-related macular degeneration, 3) retinovascular diseases such as vein occlusions, 4) diabetic retinopathy, as well as 5) glaucoma.
He has been voted as one of the Best Doctors in America and has received numerous research awards. He is the director of the National Science Foundation BioMimetic MicroElectronic Systems Engineering Research Center, as well as the director of the Department of Energy Artificial Retina Project.

Featured Articles:


Doctor of Medicine, Duke University Medical School / University of North Carolina


Roanoke Memorial Hospital, 1990


Duke Eye Center, 1990 - 1993


Wilmer Ophthalmological Institute, 1994 - 1995

Professional society memberships:

American Ophthalmological Society
The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
American Society of Retinal Specialist


Richard S. Ross Clinical Scientist Award, 1997 - 1998
William and Mary Grieve Scholar's Award, 1997 - 1998
Jules Stein Living tribute Award, 2002
Senior Honor Award of the Am. Soc. Retina Specialists, 2004
Strathmore's Who's Who Award, 2005 - 2006
Best Doctors of America Award, 2005, 2006, 2007
Innovator of the Year award, R&D magazine, 2005
2011 list of America's Top Doctors, compiled by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd.