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Z. Nicholas Zakov MD, FACSZ. Nicholas Zakov MD, FACS

Dr. Zakov

Dr. Zakov received his BA degree from Kenyon College and his MD degree from Columbia University. He completed his ophthalmology training at the Cleveland Clinic and did his retinal training at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute of the University of Miami School of Medicine. He completed a fellowship at the Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary, Harvard University.  Dr. Zakov has been recognized in Cleveland Magazine as a Top Doctor and every year since 1998 he has been named to the Best Doctors in America list for his specialty of treating retinal diseases.  He is a Founding Member and charter inductee of the prestigious Retina Hall of Fame, and serves as the Secretary/Treasurer.

Dr. Zakov is a Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. He is also the founding president of the American Society of Ocular Trauma and the past president of the American Society of Retinal Specialists, the largest vitreo-retinal organization in the world; the American Retina Foundation; and the Cleveland Ophthalmological Society. 

 Dr. Zakov retired from medical practice in February 2020 after 30 years with RACI and an amazing medical career.  He will be missed by his patients and our doctors and staff.  We wish him all the best!



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