Associate Professor of Ophthalmology

Duke University Eye Center

Durham, NC

Dr. Mahmoud graduated Valedictorian from Ainshams University School of Medicine. He completed an internship in general surgery at Duke University in 1999, followed by residency of Ophthalmology at the Duke Eye Center from 2000-2003. Dr. Mahmoud completed  2 fellowships at Duke, one in retinal research and degeneration from 1997-1999, and a vitreoretinal surgery clinical fellowship from 2003-2005.

Dr. Mahmoud specializes in small gauge vitrectomy, diabetic retinopathy, retinal vascular occlusion, macular degeneration and its complications as subretinal hemorrhage, complex retinal detachment, retinal imaging, intraocular implants, macular edema, macular holes, epiretinal membranes, and vitreomacular traction. He has developed many surgical techniques and most recently the use of subretinal air to displace subretinal hemorrhage in macular degeneration. He is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), the Association of Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO), the American Society of Retina Specialists, the Retina Society, and the United States Masters Swimming Association. He is a reviewer for many Ophthalmology journals and a principal investigator on many clinical trials sponsored by the industry and the National Eye Institute.

Dr. Mahmoud has been invited as a guest speaker at many lectures, besides being a consultant to the FDA. He is certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and is licensed in the states of California, Michigan, and North Carolina. Dr. Mahmoud received the Edward K. Isbey, Jr., M.D. Resident Award for "Excellence in Clinical Care, Ethics, and Research", the Retina Research Foundation/"Joseph M. and Eula C. Lawrence" award from the ARVO, the "Senior Honor Award" from the American Society of Retina Specialists, the prestigious Robert A. Machemer research award from the Duke Eye Center, the "Distinguished Teacher of the Year Award" from the Kresge Eye Institute, and has been on the list of Best Doctors in America since 2009.

Dr. Mahmoud was the program director of the Vitreoretinal Surgery Fellowship at the Kresge Eye Institute in Michigan before coming back to Duke to join the retina faculty when the world renowned Brooks W. McCuen, MD retired. Wayne State University-Kresge Eye Institute established the "Tamer H. Mahmoud, MD endowed fellowship research award" in 2012. This award is bestowed yearly to the fellow presenting the best paper.

Dr. Mahmoud is a co-founder of the Arab-African Society of Retina Specialists (AASRS), co-director of the yearly popular Mid-West Chicagoland retina update conference, and director of the Duke Surgical Rounds Courses launched at national and international conferences in 2013. He serves on the national Therapeutic Safety Committee (TSC) for monitoring of drugs and devices. Dr. Mahmoud founded the North Carolina Retina Club (NCRC) in 2012 to allow interaction and collaboration between retina specialists in the state of North Carolina.