Assistant Professor
Baylor College of Medicine
Staff Ophthalmologist
Ben Taub Hospital
Staff Ophthalmologist
Head and Neck-Department
MD Anderson Cancer Center
Associate Residency Director


BA from University of Texas at Austin
MD from Baylor College of Medicine
Internship at Georgetown University/Inova Fairfax
Residency at Baylor College of Medicine
Fellowship at Bascom Palmer-University of Miami
Cornea, Cataract and Refractive Surgery


Board Certified in Ophthalmology
American Board of Ophthalmology
Texas Medical License
Texas Medical Board
Alpha Omega Alpha

Honors & Awards

Stephen N. Schindler Award for High Ethical and Humane Standards
Kerato-refractive ASCRS Poster Winner
Baylor Ophthalmology Chief Resident
Baylor College of Medicine Graduate with Honors
Heed Foundation Scholar

Professional Interests

  • Corneal Transplantation
  • Cataracts
  • Refractive Surgery
  • External Disease
  • Keratoconus
  • Fuchs Dystrophy
  • Secondary Intraocular Lenses
  • Lasik
  • PRK

Professional Statement

Zaina Al-Mohtaseb is an ophthalmologist specializing in cornea, external disease, cataract and refractive surgery. Dr. Al-Mohtaseb earned her medical degree with honors from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX. She completed her ophthalmology residency at the Cullen Eye Institute at Baylor College of Medicine and was elected Chief Resident in her final year of training. She completed a fellowship in cornea/external disease, cataract & refractive surgery at the University of Miami’s Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, Miami, FL. Dr. Al- Mohtaseb has authored numerous articles and textbook chapters and has presented her research at multiple national meetings. She is currently the Associate Residency Program Director & Assistant Professor at Baylor College of Medicine.

Selected Publications

  • Al-Mohtaseb, Zaina, Wang, L., Weikert, M.. "Repeatability and comparability of corneal thickness measurements obtained from Dual-Scheimpflug Analyzer and from ultrasonic Pachymetry..." Graefes. 2013 July;251(7):1855-60.
  • Al-Mohtaseb, Zaina, Heffez JL, Carvounis PE Holz ER. "Laser demarcation photocoagulation for treatment of rhegmatogenous retinal detachments.." Eye (Lond).. 2010 December;24(12):1772-6.
  • Sakai, Y, Shaw CA, Dawson BC, Dugas DV, Al-Mohtaseb Z, Hill DE, Zoghbi HY.. "Protein interactome reveals converging molecular pathways among autism disorders.." Sci Transl Med.. 2011 June 8;3(86):86ra49. Pubmed PMID: 21653829
  • Al-Mohtaseb, Zaina, Foroozan, R. "Congenital optic disc anomalies.." Int Ophthalmol Clin.. 2012;52(3):1-16.
  • Al-Mohtaseb, Zaina, Ventura, B., Wang, L., Koch, D.. "Impact of Posterior Corneal Astigmatism on Astigmatism Management during Cataract Surgery. Curbside Consultation in Refractive and Lens-Based Surgery: 49 Clinical Questions.." 2014
  • Al-Mohtaseb, Zaina, Culbertson, W.. "Intrastromal Astigmatic keratotomy with the Femtosecond laser: a nonpenetrating approach for the correction of keratometric and refractive astigmatism. Cataract and Refractive." Surgery Today. 2014 March
  • Al-Mohtaseb, Zaina, Galor, A., Perez, V.. "Dry Eyes and Menopause: But don't forget Men.." Ocular Surface News.. 2013
  • Al-Mohtaseb, Zaina, Dixit, L., Meghpara, B., Schmidt, C., Weikert, M.. "Review of "A correlation of visual quality with satisfaction and function in a normal cohort of pseudophakic patients."." Eye World Journal Club. 2013
  • Al-Mohtaseb, Zaina, Seongmu Lee, Michael T. Yen. "Oncocytoma of the upper conjunctival fornix.." Eye Reports.. 2011 September 12
  • Al-Mohtaseb, Zaina, Foroozan, R. "Bilateral optic disc edema." WebMD.


American Academy of Ophthalmology
American Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgery
Cornea Society