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Walter J Stark, MD

Boone Pickens Professor
Professor of Ophthalmology
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  • Boone Pickens Professor
  • Professor of Ophthalmology

Centers & Institutes

  • Wilmer Eye Institute


Cataracts, Corneal Disorders, External Diseases of the Eye, Ophthalmology, Refractive Surgery


Dr. Walter J. Stark is the T. Boone Pickens Professor of Ophthalmology and director of the Stark-Mosher Center for Cataract and Corneal Diseases of the Wilmer Eye Institute at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Dr. Stark is an internationally recognized leader in the area of corneal transplantation, use of the excimer laser and intraocular lens implantation for rehabilitation of patients with visual disability. He has served as visiting professor at many universities in the United States and abroad and has trained numerous ophthalmologists who have become leaders in this field. In addition, he was instrumental in the development of the Medical Eye Bank of Maryland and Tissue Banks International, both of which have the goal of alleviating blindness caused by corneal disease.

In addition to his current positions at Johns Hopkins, Dr. Stark is a consultant to and former chairman of the Ophthalmic Devices Panel of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. He has also served as a consultant to the National Eye Institute and the National Naval Medical Center. Dr. Stark was associate editor of Archives of Ophthalmology, an American Medical Association publication, and has served on the editorial board of many ophthalmology journals. He is the author of five textbooks and has published more than 400 articles in peer-reviewed journals.


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    • University of Oklahoma College of Medicine ( Oklahoma City OK ) (1967)


    • The Johns Hopkins Hospital/Ophthalmology ( Baltimore MD ) (1971)


    • Ophthalmology, American Board of Ophthalmology (1973)
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    Meet Dr. Stark

    Dr. Walter Stark is an ophthalmologist specializing in the surgical treatment of corneal and external eye diseases, including cataract surgery and cornea transplants. Visit

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    The Johns Hopkins Hospital
    600 N. Wolfe Street
    Hospital Main Entrance - Sheikh Zayed Tower
    Baltimore, MD 21287
    Phone: 410-955-5490
    Appointment Phone: 410-955-5490
    Fax: 410-614-9172
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    • Ophthalmology - Cornea and Anterior Segment

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