Dr. Usmani was born in Karachi, Pakistan and received her medical education from the Aga Khan University. She loves the ability of be able to reach out beyond borders, which translates into her love for writing, reading and participating in Model United Nations. It’s also why she started research right from medical school where she was part of an NIH funded research involving stroke, as well as several projects in Ophthalmology. She further pursued research electives at the Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins University which led her to her position as a clinical research fellow at the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Usmani’s work involved big data, exploring epidemiology of ophthalmic diseases as well as determining healthcare disparities and barriers to eye care. She also researched on degenerative retinal diseases and contact-lens related adverse effects. She believes herself to be a movie-buff, loves being with her family, exploring, cooking and crossing off national parks with her husband.