AMT Faculty Member

Misha Syed, MD, MEHPProfessor, Ophthalmology,
Vice Dean of Academic Affairs, Ophthalmology
Assistant Dean for Educational Affairs
John Sealy School of Medicine

Misha Syed, MD, MEHP served as Residency Program Director in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the University of Texas Medical Branch from 2011-2022, and currently serves as Vice Chair for Academic Affairs in Ophthalmology and an Assistant Dean of Clinical Education in the UTMB JSSOM. She is a holder of a Distinguished Teaching Professor title for the University of Texas Board of Regents and was inducted into the UT System Shine Academy of Health Science Education in 2024.

Dr. Syed's educational background includes a BA with High Honors in Humanities and Spanish from the University of Texas at Austin, and her MD from Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Syed completed her residency in Ophthalmology at the Kresge Eye Institute of Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan and then completed a fellowship in Glaucoma at the University of Texas – Houston (McGovern) Medical School. She recently completed a Master's degree in Education in the Health Professions through Johns Hopkins University focusing on the development of interactive teaching tools using online and digital technology in 2018.

Dr. Syed has been a faculty member at UTMB since 2006. She serves on numerous national committees, including the Association of University Professors in Ophthalmology Faculty Development Committee and the ACGME Board of Appeals for Ophthalmology Residency Programs. She is also a member of the American Glaucoma Society (AGS) Bylaws and Strategic Planning Committee. 

Dr. Syed's educational interests focus on both undergraduate and graduate medical education, including the development of educational curricula to transition UME students to their roles as GME resident physicians. Dr. Syed also has special interest in the surgical teaching of residents and maximizing use of surgical simulators, surgical videos, and other novel learning tools. She is currently collaborating nationally with colleagues at other institutions and the ACGME to analyze data on resident surgical training looking at trends in demographic and outcomes, and also is working locally with colleagues to optimize exposure to Ophthalmology during medical school training.

Dr. Syed was inducted into the Academy of Master Teachers in 2013.


Learner Types: JSSOM - Residency/Fellowships, JSSOM - Medical Students - Clinical Years, Faculty/Educator Development, Continuing Ed/Professional Development.

Assessment of Learners: Clinical Skills Assessment, Observed Structured Clinical Evaluations (OSCE), Remediation, Debriefing Techniques.

Advancement/Promotion: CV Development, Educator Portfolio, Promotion/Tenure for Educators.

Curriculum: Curriculum Design, Objectives, Curriculum Evaluation, Curriculum Mapping.

Diversity Issues: Gender, Race/Ethnicity.

Educational Leadership: Education Administration, Leadership Development, Conflict Resolution.

Instructional Methods: Case Development, Case-Based Teaching, Clinical Teaching (Hospital or Clinic), Experiential Learning, Simulation-based Education, Workshop Development, Slide Development - best practices.

Scholarship - Ed Research or Curriculum Innovation: Manuscript Writing, Presentation Skills, Abstract Development, Poster Development.

Special Content: Faculty Development - Teaching Skills, Learners as Teachers, Surgical Education, Procedural Skills, Professionalism.