May 11, 2011

Shahzad I. Mian named Terry J. Bergstrom Collegiate Professor for Resident Education in Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

Bergstrom Professor, Dr. Shahzad Mian
Terry Bergstrom, M.D.

Shahzad I. Mian, M.D., a member of the Cornea and External Disease, Cataract and Refractive Surgery Service as well as Director of Resident Education at the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center, has been named the Terry J. Bergstrom Collegiate Professor for Resident Education in Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences.

The professorship, which is being inaugurated on May 12, celebrates the teaching legacy of Professor Emeritus Terry J. Bergstrom, M.D. More than 100 individuals and families—former residents, colleagues, patients, and friends—made gifts to Kellogg to establish the professorship in his honor.

"We are grateful for this widespread support, which shows what a meaningful impact Terry Bergstrom has had as an educator and mentor to medical students and ophthalmology residents over the years," says Paul R. Lichter, M.D., Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences and Director of the Kellogg Eye Center. "This professorship will help ensure that our department maintains its tradition of excellence as we continue to train leaders in ophthalmology."

Dr. Mian leads Kellogg’s residency education program, a post held by Dr. Bergstrom from 1991-98. The program is among the strongest in the country, ranked in the top ten by Ophthalmology Times.

Bergstrom Professor, Dr. Shahzad Mian
Shahzad Mian, M.D.

"Being appointed the first Terry J. Bergstrom Professor for Resident Education in Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences is a tremendous honor because Dr. Bergstrom is a role model for me as a program director," says Dr. Mian. "This professorship is a testimony to the value and support given to resident education in our Department."  

In his clinical practice, Dr. Mian treats patients with corneal diseases and disorders and performs a variety of refractive surgery procedures. His research focuses on the role of lasers in corneal transplantation, keratoplasty techniques, and clinical studies in refractive surgery.


Dr. Mian earned his medical degree from Emory University in 1996 and completed his residency at Thomas Jefferson University’s Wills Eye Hospital in 2000. He then completed a fellowship in Cornea and Refractive Surgery at Harvard University’s Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and joined the faculty at Kellogg in 2002. Dr. Mian received Kellogg’s 2007 Anthony P. Adamis, M.D., Prize for Outstanding Research in Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences. The American Academy of Ophthalmology recognized Dr. Mian in the 2007 Leadership Development Program and awarded him a 2009 Achievement Award.

Dr. Bergstrom completed medical school, residency, and a glaucoma fellowship at the U-M and spent 25 years as a pilot and, later, an ophthalmologist and flight surgeon in the United States Air Force. He joined the Department in 1980. 

During his time with the Department, Dr. Bergstrom has served as Chief of the Comprehensive Ophthalmology Service, the Glaucoma Service and the Low Vision Service, as well as Chief of Ophthalmology at the Veteran Affairs Medical Center. Before deciding on medicine, Dr. Bergstrom had plans to become a teacher. Heading up the residency program at Kellogg allowed him to work closely with and teach residents.

Over the years, Dr. Bergstrom has helped to train more than 200 ophthalmology residents and fellows and thousands of medical students.

"Dr. Bergstrom has two passions in his life that I’m aware of—his family and teaching ophthalmology," says Jason M. Burgett, M.D., who completed his residency at Kellogg in 1997. "While I was at Michigan, Dr. Bergstrom was always available and he cared for the residents and for our education. I can hear Dr. Bergstrom’s voice in my head during every cataract surgery I perform. He has made me the ophthalmologist that I am today."

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