Kouros Nourimahdavi, MD

Kouros Nourimahdavi, MD

Accepting new patients
Primary Location
UCLA Stein Eye Center Santa Monica
1807 Wilshire Boulevard
Suite 203
Santa Monica, California 90403


Preferred Name: Kouros Nouri-Mahdavi, MD, MS

Dr. Nouri-Mahdavi is an experienced cataract and glaucoma surgeon with more than 20 years of experience in the field of Ophthalmology. He performs standard and femto laser-assisted cataract surgery along with a variety of premium intraocular lenses including multifocal, enhanced depth of field and astigmatism-correcting lenses and manages complex concurrent cataract and glaucoma cases. He also offers a wide variety of glaucoma procedures such as minimally invasive glaucoma surgeries, including stents, trabeculectomy, glaucoma drainage shunts, and laser procedures.

He is an Editorial Board member for International Glaucoma Review, Journal of Glaucoma, and Journal of Vision and Eye Research.


  • MD: 1983-1989, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, School of Medicine
  • First Residency: 1989-1992, Feiz Eye Hospital, School of Medicine, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences
  • Internship (US): 2005-2006, Department of Surgery, University of California San Diego.
  • Residency (US): 2006-2009, University of California San Diego, Shiley Eye Center
  • Fellowships:
  1. August 1992 - February 1993 (Medical Retina). Hôpital Intercommunal de Créteil, Université de Paris XII, Créteil, France (Chief: Prof. Gabriel Coscas).
  2. February 1993 - January 1994 (Glaucoma). Institut de Glaucome, Hôpital St. Joseph (Chief: Prof. Philippe Demailly), Paris, France.
  3. February 1994 - May 1995 (Glaucoma research), Yale Eye Center, Yale University, New Haven, CT (Mentor: Joseph Caprioli, MD).
  • Masters of Science: 2004-2006 (Clinical Research), Department of Biomathematics, David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California Los Angeles.


English, French, Persian (Farsi)


Medical Board Certification

Ophthalmology, American Board of Ophthalmology, 2010


Glaucoma, Hopital St. Joseph, 2004


Ophthalmology, UCSD Medical Center, 2009


Surgery, UCSD Medical Center, 2006


MD, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, 1989


  • 2020-2025: R01-EY027929 Detection of Disease Progression in Advanced Glaucoma
  • 2019: Alcon Senior Investigator Award
  • 2019: UCLA Innovation Award
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Hospital Affiliations

Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center

Areas of Focus

Cataract removal



  • Role of imaging and functional tests in glaucoma
  • Outcomes in glaucoma
  • Enhancing structural and functional methods to improve detection of glaucoma or its progression
  • OCT imaging in glaucoma
  • Surgical outcomes in glaucoma
  • Artificial intelligence in glaucoma diagnostics
  • glaucoma diagnostics
  • Structure and function
  • OCT imaging
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Glaucoma surgical outcomes
  • Trabeculectomy


Link to complete list of Dr. Nouri-Mahdavi's publications > Link to Dr. Nouri-Mahdavi's Google Scholar >

  1. Salazar D, Morales E, Rabiolo A, Capistrano V, Lin M, Afifi AA, Yu F, Nouri-Mahdavi K, Caprioli J. Pointwise Methods to Measure Long-term Visual Field Progression in Glaucoma. JAMA Ophthalmol. 2020 Apr 2;. doi: 10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2020.0647. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 32239185; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC7118669.
  2. Mohammadzadeh V, Fatehi N, Yarmohammadi A, Lee JW, Sharifipour F, Daneshvar R, Caprioli J, Nouri-Mahdavi K. Macular Imaging with Optical Coherence Tomography in Glaucoma. Surv Ophthalmol. 2020 Mar 18;. doi: 10.1016/j.survophthal.2020.03.002. [Epub ahead of print] Review. PubMed PMID: 32199939.
  3. Demer JL, Clark RA, Suh SY, Giaconi JA, Nouri-Mahdavi K, Law SK, Bonelli L, Coleman AL, Caprioli J. Optic Nerve Traction During Adduction in Open Angle Glaucoma with Normal versus Elevated Intraocular Pressure. Curr Eye Res. 2020 Feb;45(2):199-210. doi: 10.1080/02713683.2019.1660371. Epub 2019 Dec 2. PubMed PMID: 31453714.
  4. Mohammadzadeh V, Rabiolo A, Fu Q, Morales E, Coleman AL, Law SK, Caprioli J, Nouri-Mahdavi K. Longitudinal Macular Structure-Function Relationships in Glaucoma. Ophthalmology. 2020 Jan 22;. doi: 10.1016/j.ophtha.2020.01.023. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 32173112.
  5. Rabiolo A, Morales E, Kim JH, Afifi AA, Yu F, Nouri-Mahdavi K, Caprioli J. Predictors of Long-Term Visual Field Fluctuation in Glaucoma Patients. Ophthalmology. 2019 Dec 5;. doi: 10.1016/j.ophtha.2019.11.021. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 31952885.
  6. Daneshvar R, Yarmohammadi A, Alizadeh R, Henry S, Law SK, Caprioli J, Nouri-Mahdavi K. Prediction of Glaucoma Progression with Structural Parameters: Comparison of Optical Coherence Tomography and Clinical Disc Parameters. Am J Ophthalmol. 2019 Dec;208:19-29. doi: 10.1016/j.ajo.2019.06.020. Epub 2019 Jun 25. PubMed PMID: 31247169.
  7. Nouri-Mahdavi K, Fatehi N, Caprioli J. Longitudinal Macular Structure-Function Relationships in Glaucoma and Their Sources of Variability. Am J Ophthalmol. 2019 Nov;207:18-36. doi: 10.1016/j.ajo.2019.04.034. Epub 2019 May 10. PubMed PMID: 31078529; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6842082.
  8. Kim JH, Rabiolo A, Morales E, Yu F, Afifi AA, Nouri-Mahdavi K, Caprioli J. Risk Factors for Fast Visual Field Progression in Glaucoma. Am J Ophthalmol. 2019 Nov;207:268-278. doi: 10.1016/j.ajo.2019.06.019. Epub 2019 Jun 22. PubMed PMID: 31238025.
  9. Moghimi S, Fatehi N, Nguyen AH, Romero P, Caprioli J, Nouri-Mahdavi K. Relationship of the Macular Ganglion Cell and Inner Plexiform Layers in Healthy and Glaucoma Eyes. Transl Vis Sci Technol. 2019 Sep;8(5):27. doi: 10.1167/tvst.8.5.27. eCollection 2019 Sep. PubMed PMID: 31637107; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6798328.
  10. Rabiolo A, Morales E, Afifi AA, Yu F, Nouri-Mahdavi K, Caprioli J. Quantification of Visual Field Variability in Glaucoma: Implications for Visual Field Prediction and Modeling. Transl Vis Sci Technol. 2019 Sep;8(5):25. doi: 10.1167/tvst.8.5.25. eCollection 2019 Sep. PubMed PMID: 31637105; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6798312.


  • 2020-2025: R01-EY027929 Detection of Disease Progression in Advanced Glaucoma
  • 2019: Alcon Senior Investigator Award
  • 2019: UCLA Innovation Award
  • 2019: American Academy of Ophthalmology's Secretariat Award
  • 2018-2020: Heidelberg Engineering
  • 2012-2017: NIH K23 award (5K23EY022659-02), "Detection of Glaucoma Progression with Macular OCT Imaging" PI: Kouros Nouri-Mahdavi
  • 2014: American Academy of Ophthalmology’s Achievement Award
  • 2012-2013: Gerald Oppenheimer Family Foundation Center for Prevention of Eye Disease Award. PI: K. Nouri-Mahdavi, "Optimizing Macular OCT Imaging for Detection of Glaucoma". (January-December 2012)
  • 2011-2012: American Glaucoma Society Early Career Clinician Scientist Award, PI: K. Nouri-Mahdavi, "Optimizing spectral domain OCT imaging in glaucoma".
  • 2010-2011: American Glaucoma Society MAPS Grant Award, PI: K. Nouri-Mahdavi, "Patterns of damage in angle-closure glaucoma"