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 performs other cornea surgeries, including cataract and laser vision correction (LASIK). 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. Dr.Stark is currently the medical director of the Medical Eye Bank of Maryland and director of the Medical Board of Directors at Tissue Banks International.
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 and is a member of the board of trustees of the Oklahoma Eye Foundation at the Dean A. McGee Eye Institute. Dr. Stark was associate editor of Archives of Ophthalmology, an American Medical Association publication, and has served on the editorial boards of many ophthalmology journals. He is the author of five textbooks and has published more than 400 articles in peer-reviewed journals.
Dr. Stark received a special citation from the commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for his “expert and precedent-setting advice to the FDA" on medical and scientific ophthalmic devices. He is a recipient of the Honor and Senior Honor Awards of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. In 2003, the Academy recognized Dr. Stark once again with its Life Achievement Honor Award. Dr. Stark is recognized by Castle Connolly as one of America’s Top Doctors, an honor highly regarded by fellow physicians.
He received his medical degree from the University of Oklahoma in 1967, and completed an internship at Duke University Hospital in 1968 and his residency in ophthalmology at the Wilmer Eye Institute in 1971. For two years, he was a clinical associate at the National Eye Institute and the National Institutes of Health. He joined the Wilmer faculty in 1973 and was appointed full professor and director of the Division of Cornea, Cataract and External Diseases in 1982. In 2004, Dr. Stark was honored at the dedication and naming of the Stark-Mosher Center for Cataract and Corneal Diseases and in 2005, was named the T. Boone Pickens Professor of Ophthalmology, an honor which has provided the support that has enabled Dr. Stark to become a world-renowned researcher and clinician.