Ladan Espandar, MD, MS

  • Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology
  • Cornea, Cataract and External Disease Services
  • Refractive Surgery Service
  • University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Academic Affiliation

Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology, University of Pittsburgh, PA

Education & Training

  • Cornea, External disease fellowship, Duke Eye Center, NC
  • Ophthalmology Residency, Tulane University, LA

Representative Publications

1: Blanco-Mezquita T, Espandar L, Torres R, Alvarez-Barcia A,
Cantalapiedra-Rodriguez R, Martinez-Garcia C, Merayo-Lloves J. Does mitomycin C
cause toxicity in the cornea after photorefractive keratectomy? A comparative
wound-healing study in a refractive surgery animal model. Cornea. 2014
Nov;33(11):1225-31. PubMed PMID: 25170578.

2: Espandar L, Caldwell D, Watson R, Blanco-Mezquita T, Zhang S, Bunnell B.
Application of adipose-derived stem cells on scleral contact lens carrier in an
animal model of severe acute alkaline burn. Eye Contact Lens. 2014
Jul;40(4):243-7. PubMed PMID: 24901976.

3: Espandar L, Boehlke CS, Kelly MP. First report of keratitis in familial cold
autoinflammatory syndrome. Can J Ophthalmol. 2014 Jun;49(3):304-6.
PubMed PMID: 24862780.

4: Espandar L, Cummings TJ, Boehlke CS. Unilateral microsporidia keratitis in a
healthy non-contact lens wearer. JAMA Ophthalmol. 2014 Jul;132(7):822. 
PubMed PMID: 24830662.

5: Espandar L, Allingham RR, Afshari NA. Stromal duplication of the iris. JAMA
Ophthalmol. 2013 Nov;131(11):1442. PubMed PMID: 24232083.

6: Espandar L, Carlson AN. Lamellar keratoplasty: a literature review. J
Ophthalmol. 2013;2013:894319. Epub 2013 Oct 7. Review. PubMed PMID: 24223301; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3816057.

7: Zhang S, Espandar L, Imhof KM, Bunnell BA. Differentiation of Human
Adipose-derived Stem Cells along the Keratocyte Lineage In vitro. J Clin Exp
Ophthalmol. 2013 Feb 27;4(270). pii: 11435. PubMed PMID: 23936748; PubMed Central
PMCID: PMC3737075.

8: Tandon A, Espandar L, Cupp D, Ho S, Johnson V, Ayyala RS. Surgical management 
for postkeratoplasty glaucoma: a meta-analysis. J Glaucoma. 2014 Sep;23(7):424-9.
PubMed PMID: 23221909.

9: Espandar L, Bunnell B, Wang GY, Gregory P, McBride C, Moshirfar M.
Adipose-derived stem cells on hyaluronic acid-derived scaffold: a new horizon in 
bioengineered cornea. Arch Ophthalmol. 2012 Feb;130(2):202-8. 
PubMed PMID: 22332213.

10: Moshirfar M, Khalifa YM, Davis D, Fenzl CR, Espandar L, Chang JC, Mamalis N, 
Mifflin MD. Descemet stripping automated endothelial keratoplasty using donor
corneas with previous laser in situ keratomileusis or photorefractive
keratectomy: a case series and donor cap histopathology. Cornea. 2012
May;31(5):533-7. PubMed PMID: 21993455.

11: Espandar L, Kassem J. Phacotrabeculectomy meta-analysis. Ophthalmology. 2011 
Oct;118(10):2096; author reply 2096-7. PubMed PMID: 21968173.

12: Espandar L, Kassem J. INF α2b for ocular squamous neoplasia. Ophthalmology.
2011 Jul;118(7):1485; author reply 1485-6. PubMed PMID: 21724051

Research Interests

Ocular Surface Regenerative Therapy Laboratory