ASRS Presidents’ Young Investigator Award

The Foundation has selected Arshad M. Khanani, MD, MA, FASRS, as the winner of the eighth annual ASRS Presidents’ Young Investigator Award.

Dr. Khanani is a managing partner, director of clinical research, and director of fellowship at Sierra Eye Associates in Reno, Nevada. He is also a clinical associate professor at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine.  

Dr. Khanani always has striven to provide innovative treatment options for patients with vitreoretinal diseases. He founded the clinical research department at Sierra Eye Associates, which, under his direction, has become a leading US clinical research center. Dr. Khanani has served as a principal investigator for more than 90 clinical trials.  

He has had the distinction of being the first physician to perform several novel surgical procedures in clinical trials relating to drug delivery devices and gene therapy. Dr. Khanani serves on multiple clinical trial steering committees and scientific advisory boards and is a frequent guest speaker at national and international meetings. He is passionate about teaching and frequently chairs and participates in continuing medical education events.

With the goal of achieving advances in vitreoretinal care, Dr. Khanani founded the Clinical Trials at the Summit meeting, designed to stimulate discussion on clinical trial design and data.  

Dr. Khanani has authored more than 70 scientific publications and has received numerous awards including the Senior Honor Award from the ASRS. In 2019, Dr. Khanani received the Nevada Business Magazine Healthcare Heroes Physician of the Year Award for his continued dedication to the field of ophthalmology.

About the Young Investigator Award

The ASRS Presidents’ Young Investigator Award is given by the Foundation to honor past presidents of our Society by nurturing the development of next-generation retina leaders. The winner receives a $15,000 honorarium. We are grateful for support of this award through a grant from Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

The Young Investigator Award recognizes an ASRS member age 45 or younger who has made substantial contributions to the field of retina that will potentially improve the lives of our patients.  

Eligibility Criteria

  • 45 years of age or younger at the time the paper is published
  • Member of the ASRS
  • Must be first or senior author on the paper submitted for consideration
  • Paper must be original and published in print or e-published in a peer-reviewed journal within the last 12 months (January 1, 2021–December 31, 2021).
  • Individuals may nominate themselves or others may nominate them once the paper has been published.
  • To be considered, nominees must submit the published paper, including all illustrations and online links, acknowledgement from senior author (if first author is applicant) or first author (if senior author is applicant) that candidate is in fact the primary investigator, a CV, and a paragraph summarizing the significance of their work (250 words or less).  

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Award  Details

The Young Investigator Award will be given at the ASRS Annual Meeting, and the recipient will receive a $15,000 honorarium.

Application Process: The application materials will be submitted online to ASRS through the nomination form. The deadline for the 2022 Young Investigator Award is January 14, 2022.

Review Process: The Foundation Executive Committee will serve as the awards committee and select the recipient.

A maximum of one award will be given per year at the discretion of the Foundation Executive Committee.

Past Recipients 

2014     Rajendra Apte, MD, PhD

2015     Hendrik PN Scholle, MD, MA

2016     Jayakrishna Ambati, MD

2017     SriniVas R. Sada, MD, 

2018     Rishi P. Singh, MD, FASRS

2019     Sophie J. Bakri, MD, FASRS

2020     Charles C. Wykoff, MD, PhD, FASRS