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Dr. Ghazala A. O’Keefe

Dr. Ghazala A. O'Keefe, MD

Dr. Ghazala A. Datoo O’Keefe, MD, brings expertise in medical retina and uveitis to the Eye Center, helping care for an expanding uveitis patient population.

Dr. Ghazala A. O’Keefe received her MD from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 2010. She completed a residency in Ophthalmology at the University of Southern California (USC) and the Doheny Eye Institute, followed by a medical retina and uveitis fellowship at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and the Doheny Eye Institute.

Her clinical work focuses on inflammatory and infectious diseases of the eyes as well as retinal degeneration, age-related macular degeneration (AMD), and diabetic retinopathy.

Her research interests include infectious and auto-immune diseases of the eye, AMD, diabetic retinopathy, and retinal imaging modalities. She is also interested in quality improvement, including inter-departmental collaborations, and is currently working on a project with Rheumatology to improve patient care.

Dr. O’Keefe is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology. Her peer-reviewed articles have been published in a number of leading journals.


  • Ophthalmology

Board Certifications

  • ABMS Ophthalmology


  • Emory

Education & Training

  • Medical School: Johns Hopkins University
  • Internship: UCLA Olive View Medical Center
  • Residency: LAC-USC/Doheny Ophthalmology


Chaichana KL, McGirt MJ, Woodoworth GF, Datoo G, Tamargo RJ, Weingart J, Olivi A, Brem H, Quinones-Hinojosa A. Persistent outpatient hyperglycemia is independently associated with survival, recurrence and malignant degeneration following surgery for hemispheric low grade gliomas. Neurological Research 2009 Jul 8 (ePub ahead of print)

McGirt MJ, Ambrossi GL, Datoo G, Scuibba DM, Witham TF, Wolinsky JP, Gokaslan ZL, Bydon, A. Recurrent disc herniation and long-term back pain after primary lumbar discectomy: review of outcomes reported for limited versus aggressive disc removal. Neurosurgery 2009 Feb; 64(2):338-44.

Attenello FJ, McGirt MJ, Gathinji M, Datoo G, Atiba A, Weingart J, Carson B, Jallo GI. Outcome of Chiari-associated syringomyelia after hindbrain decompression in children: analysis of 49 consecutive cases. Neurosurgery 2008 Jun; 62(6):1307-1313.

Attenello FJ, Mukherjee D, Datoo G, McGirt MJ, Bohan E, Weingart JD, Olivi A, Quinones-Hinojosa A, Brem H. Use of Gliadel (BCNU) wafer in the surgical treatment of malignant glioma: a 10-year institutional experience. Annals of Surgical Oncology 2008 Oct; 15(10):2887-2893.

McGirt MJ, Attenello FJ, Datoo G, Gathinji M, Atiba A, Weingart JD, Carson B, Jallo GI. Intraoperative ultrasonography as a guide to patient selection for duraplasty after suboccipital decompression in children with Chiari malformation type I. Journal of Neurosurgery Pediatrics 2008 Jul; 2(1):52-57.

Attenello FJ, McGirt MJ, Atiba A, Gathinji M, Datoo G, Weingart JD, Carson B, Jallo GI. Suboccipital decompression for Chiari malformation-associated scoliosis: risk factors and time course of deformity progression. Journal of Neurosurgery Pediatrics 2008 Jun; 1(6):456-460.

McGirt MJ, Attenello FJ, Atiba A, Garces-Ambrossi G, Datoo G, Weingart JD, Carson B, Jallo GI. Symptom recurrence after suboccipital decompression for pediatric Chiari I malformation: analysis of 256 consecutive cases. Childs Nervous System 2008 Nov; 24(11):1333-1339.

McGirt MJ, Atiba A, Attenello FJ, Wasserman BA, Datoo G, Gathinji M, Carson B, Weingart JD, Jallo GI. Correlation of hindbrain CSF flow and outcome after surgical decompression for Chiari I malformation. Childs Nervous System 2008 Jul; 24(7):833-840.

Downing SR, Datoo G, Oyetunji TA, Fullum T, Chang DC, Ahuja N. Asian race/ethnicity as a risk factor for bile duct injury during cholecystectomy. Arch Surg. 2010 Aug; 145(8):785-7.

Datoo O’Keefe GA, Sadda SR. A Pre-Retinal Arterial Loop Causing a Branch Retinal Artery Occlusion. OSLI Retina. 2014 Jan-Feb; 45(1):66-8

Datoo O’Keefe GA. Sympathetic Ophthalmia. Published online: December 2014.

Datoo O’Keefe GA, Sadda SR. Appropriate Interpretation of OCT Imaging: A review with a protocol for accurate reading. Retinal Physician. 2015 May; 12:54-56,60.

Datoo O’Keefe GA, Rao, N. Vogt-Koyanagi-Harada Disease. Survey of Ophthalmology. 2017 Jan - Feb;62(1):1-25.

Gui W, Hariri A, O’Keefe GA, Ip M, Sadda S, Gorin M. Ultra-Widefield Fundus Autofluorescence Imaging of Patients with Retinitis Pigmentosa: A Standardized Grading System in Different Genotypes. Ophthalmology Retina. Accepted. 2017