About Dr. Dahr
Dr. Dahr is proud to be the first NIH-trained ophthalmologist in the state of Oklahoma and one of only a handful of ophthalmologists nationwide with fellowship training in both retina and uveitis. In addition, Dr. Dahr is the only ophthalmologist in Oklahoma with a fellowship certificate in Ocular Oncology. As a form of public service, since 2007, Dr. Dahr has served as a retinal consultant to the Ophthalmic Devices Division of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In recognition of his service, he received a special Certificate of Appreciation from the FDA in 2010 and was named an FDA Medical Device Fellow in 2011.
Sam S. Dahr, M.D. was born and grew up in Oklahoma City. He graduated from Stanford University with a B.S. in Biological Sciences and an M.S. in Engineering- Economic Systems (now known as the Department of Management Science and Engineering). His graduate research project focused on integrating individual patient preferences with clinical data in medical decision making. He completed his medical degree as well as internship in internal medicine at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine.
After performing his ophthalmology residency at the University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, Ohio, he performed two fellowships at the National Eye Institute (NEI) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland. He trained in the Division of Epidemiology and Clinical Research (NEI-DECR) in medical retinal diseases. At NEI he participated in clinical trials for age-related macular degeneration and for diabetic retinopathy. He was also a member of a multidisciplinary team at the NIH that cared for patients with von Hippel Lindau disease (VHL).
At the NIH Dr. Dahr also trained in uveitis and ocular immunology within the Laboratory of Immunology (NEI-LI). As a member of a national and international consultation service, Dr. Dahr cared for patients with the most severe ocular inflammatory disease affecting the vitreous, retina, and choroid and developed expertise in the use of systemic immunomodulatory medications. In particular, he participated in clinical trials for the use of biologic agents in the treatment of uveitis, including Daclizumab (Zenapax) and Infliximab (Remicade). While at the NIH, Dr. Dahr held an appointment as Senior Staff Fellow at the Magnuson Clinical Center, the outpatient clinic and hospital complex on the grounds of the NIH campus in Bethesda.
After spending two years at the NIH, Dr. Dahr returned to the University of Cincinnati, where he held a faculty appointment as an Instructor of Ophthalmology in Retina and Uveitis, participated in the clinical education of resident physicians in the Department of Ophthalmology, and had a referral practice for uveitis. He also completed a fellowship in Vitreoretinal Surgery and Ocular Oncology, with faculty drawn from the University of Cincinnati and the Cincinnati Eye Institute. He trained with James Augsburger, M.D., department chairman and an ocular oncologist, in the evaluation and treatment of adults with intraocular tumors and developed proficiency in Iodine-125 plaque radiotherapy for uveal melanoma.
Dr. Dahr lead authored a book chapter “Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF) and Retinal Disease” in the recently published book Ocular Angiogenesis from Humana Press. He has presented his research work at meetings of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, the International Ocular Inflammation Society, and the American Uveitis Society. He has been invited to lecture at the Kresge Eye Institute at Wayne State University, the annual Foster Ocular Immunology Meeting at ARVO, and the annual Midwest Ophthalmology Conference in Cincinnati. He serves as a reviewer for the journals Ophthalmology, Archives of Ophthalmology, and Retina.
Dr. Dahr is a board certified Diplomate of the American Board of Ophthalmology and is fully licensed in Oklahoma and Ohio. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and is a member of the American Society of Retina Specialists, the International Ocular Inflammation Society, the Oklahoma County Medical Society, Oklahoma State Medical Association, and American Medical Association.
Dr. Dahr sees patients in his office in Physician Building D at Baptist Medical Center. He specializes in all medical and surgical diseases of the retina, including macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, vein occlusion, macular telangiectasia, retinal detachment, epiretinal membrane, vitreomacular traction syndrome, macular hole, endophthalmitis, and posterior segment trauma. He is available for special consultations for patients with intermediate and posterior uveitis and for adults with intraocular tumors.