Rochester, Minnesota


Bakri.Sophie@mayo.edu Clinical Profile


Sophie J. Bakri, M.D., is a specialist in diseases and surgery of the retina and vitreous, in particular, age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, venous occlusive disease and repair of complex retinal detachments. She undertakes both clinical and translational research in the pathogenesis and treatment of retinal diseases.

Focus areas

  • Clinical trials in retinal diseases focusing on pharmacotherapy for age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and venous occlusive disease
  • Pharmacokinetics and tissue dynamics of intravitreal medications
  • Outcomes of pharmacotherapy in retinal disease

Significance to patient care

The goal of Dr. Bakri's research is to understand how and why individuals differ in their responses to medications that treat retinal disease. Through her work on drug pharmacokinetics and tissue dynamics, she is contributing to a better understanding of the effects that these drugs have on tissues. This research will help in understanding and mitigating drug side effects in patients, as well as selecting optimal drug delivery routes.

Professional highlights

  • Whitney and Betty MacMillan Professor of Ophthalmology in Honor of Robert R. Waller, M.D., 2020
  • Honor Award, The American Society of Retina Specialists, 2012
  • Top Doctor, Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., 2012
  • Achievement Award, American Academy of Ophthalmology, 2011
  • Elected, Becker's Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) Review, 135 Leading Ophthalmologists in America, 2010


Primary Appointment

  1. Consultant, Department of Ophthalmology

Administrative Appointment

  1. Chair, Department of Ophthalmology

Academic Rank

  1. Professor of Ophthalmology


  1. MBA The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
  2. Fellow - Vitreoretinal Diseases and Surgery Cole Eye Institute, Cleveland Clinic Foundation
  3. Chief Resident - Ophthalmology Lions Eye Institute, Albany Medical College
  4. Resident - Ophthalmology Lions Eye Institute, Albany Medical College
  5. Internship - Internal Medicine Albany Medical College
  6. House Officer - Surgery, Medicine University of Nottingham Hospitals
  7. BMBS - Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery University of Nottingham Medical School
  8. Advanced Levels Uppingham School
  9. General Certificate of Secondary Education Penrhos College

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