Dr. Isteitiya

Dr. Jihad Isteitiya, M.D., has carved a niche for himself in the realm of ophthalmology, bringing a blend of comprehensive medical training and a deep-seated passion for eye care to his practice. His journey in medicine began with an MBBS degree from the Jordan University of Science and Technology, laying the groundwork for what would become a distinguished career in eye health. Specializing in cornea and refractive surgery, Dr. Isteitiya’s expertise was further honed through rigorous fellowship programs at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and the University of Louisville School of Medicine, where he mastered the latest techniques and treatments in ophthalmology.

In his professional trajectory, Dr. Isteitiya has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to excellence. From his early days contributing to the field in Jordan to his current role as an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, his career is a testament to his dedication to advancing eye care. His expertise spans a wide array of procedures, including advanced corneal transplants and innovative laser-assisted surgeries, which have not only enhanced his patients’ quality of life but also positioned him as a leader in the field.

Beyond his clinical achievements, Dr. Isteitiya is deeply invested in the academic side of ophthalmology, contributing to the education of the next generation of eye care professionals. His involvement in clinical trials and his scholarly contributions, including book chapters and journal articles, underscore his commitment to research and continuous learning. Dr. Isteitiya’s approach to patient care is characterized by a personalized touch, ensuring that each patient receives treatments tailored to their unique needs, backed by the latest advancements in ophthalmic technology. His work is driven by a genuine desire to make a difference in the lives of his patients, a goal that remains at the heart of all his professional endeavors.


  • Jordan University of Science and Technology, Facility of Medicine, Irbid, Jordan
    Degree: MBBS
    Discipline: Medicine
    Year: 2005
  • Icahn School of Medicine Mount Sinai, New York, NY
    Discipline: Cornea & Refractive Surgery
    Year: 2016-2017
  • University of Louisville School of Medicine, Louisville, KY
    Discipline: Cornea & Refractive Surgery
    Year: 2015-2016
  • Ministry of Health, Amman, Jordan
    Discipline: Developmnt
    Year: 2005-2006
  • Ibn Al-Haytham Hospital, Amman, Jordan
    Discipline: Ophthalmology
    Year: 2008-2012

Academic Appointments

  • 03/2018 - Present: Assistant Professor/Clinical - University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Department of Ophthalmology, San Antonio, TX

Non-Academic Appointments

  • 08/2017 - 02/2018: Ophthalmologist - Ophthalmology Clinic, Amman-Jordan
  • 11/2012 - 06/2015: Ophthalmologist (General) - Abdulhadi Eye Hospital, Amman, Jordan
  • 07/2006 - 07/2008: General Physician - Jordan Hospital and Medical Center, Jordan

Certification and Licensure

  • Ophthalmology Board Certification - Arab Board of Health Specializations (Acquired 01/2014)
  • ICO Exam, Part III - International Congress of Ophthalmology (ICO) - (Acquired 06/2013)
  • ICO Exam, Part I, Part II - International Congress of Ophthalmology (ICO) - (Acquired 06/2011)
  • Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (Acquired 01/2007)
  • Full Unrestricted License - Texas Medical Board (Acquired 11/2020)
  • Faculty License - Texas Medical Board (Acquired 03/2019)
  • Faculty License - Texas Medical Board (Acquired 03/2018)
  • Limited Permit - New York State Education Department (Acquired 07/2016)
  • Fellowship Training Limited License - Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure (Acquired 07/2015)
  • Controlled Substance Registration Certificate - U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (Acquired 06/2016)

Professional Development

  • 10/26/2014 - 10/30/2014: Advanced lamellar and endothelial transplantation course, Under the supervision of Prof. Massimo Busin at Vella Sereena Hospital, Forli, Italy
  • 05/2015 - 06/2015: Advanced Phacoemulsification Course, Mahatme Eye Hospital, Nagpur, India
  • 07/01/2011: Corneal Rings Implants Course, Prince Hamza Hospital, Amman, Jordan


  • Endothelial Keratoplasty, DSEK, and DMEK
  • Lamellar Keratoplasty
  • Penetrating Keratoplasty
  • Femtosecond Laser - Assisted Cataract Surgery/Catalys
  • Phacoemulsification Cataract Surgery
  • Small Incision Cataract Surgery
  • Ocular Surface Reconstruction
  • Pterygium Excision and Graft
  • Refractive Surgery: LASIK, PRK, PTK, and Intacs
  • Crosslinking
  • Micro Invasive Glaucoma Surgery (MIGS)


  • Clinical Trial: Sub-investigator for: A Phase 3, Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled, Multicenter Study of Upifitamab Rilsodotin as Post-Platinum Maintenance Therapy for Participants wit PlatinumSensitive Recurrent Ovarian Cancer (UP-NEXT)
  • Book Chapter: 1. Isteitiya JS; Gadaria-Rathod N; Fernandez KB; Asbell PB..Blepharitis In: Yanoff M; Duker JS. Ophthalmology, 5th ed.. Edinburgh: elsevier; 2018. p. 177-179. el.
  • Journal Article: 1. Bahadorani S, Kellaway J, Thayer J, Johnson DA, Isteitiya J, Sohn JH. Slit Lamp Barrier Shield as a Means of Protection against Respiratory Droplets". Ophthalmology 2020 Sep; 11(9) 46-49
  • Journal Article: 2. Yousef YA: Isteitiya JS; Nawaiseh I; Al-Hussaini M; Alrawashdeh K; Jaradat I; Sultan I; Mehyar M. Case Report: Resistant Retinoblastoma in 23-year-old patient Oman Juurnal of Ophthalmology 2014 Sep; 7(3): 138-140
  • Papers Submitted: 1. Atoum D; Asseidate I; Isteitiya JS. Case Report: Acute esotropia after atropine penalization for the treatment of amblyopia.
  • Presentations: 05/2017 - Outcome of unusual cases of keratitis patients, 2017 Annual Meeting, American Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgeons (ASCRS), Washington, DC (Co-Presenter) | Details: Co-Presenters: Isteitiya JS and Hossein A.


  • 08/2012-08/2012: Trainer - Ophthalmic LASER training course
    Two-week Course at Salsk Eye Center, Salsk, Rostov, Russia
  • 04/2012-04/2012: Physician - Free Medical Day
    Providing medical and surgical care at Princess Basma of Jordan Annual Charity Campaign, Jerash, Jordan
  • 09/2009-09/2009: Physician - Free Medical Week
    Providing medical and surgical care at Princess Basma of Jordan Annual Charity Campaign, Jerash, Jordan
  • 03/2008-03/2008: Physician - Free Medical Day
    Providing medical and surgical care at Princess Basma of Jordan Annual Charity Campaign, Jerash, Jordan

Professional Affiliations

  • 01/2016-06/2018: New York State Ophthalmological Society
  • 01/2016-06/2018: Contact Lens Association of Ophthalmologists
  • 01/2016-Present: Cornea Society
  • 01/2015-06/2018: Kentucky Ophthalmological Society
  • 01/2015-Present: American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons
  • 01/2015-Present: American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • 01/2012-Present: Jordan Ophthalmic Association
  • 01/2006-06/2018: Jordan Medical Associations