Eye, Eyelid, and Orbital Tumors, Eyelid and Orbital Trauma, Eyelid Malposition, Eyelid Surgery, Ophthalmology, Tearing
Orbital Trauma; Trichiasis Surgery in Africa; Molecular Biology of Retina (Gene expression, development and disease)
Shannath Merbs, M.D., Ph.D., treats diseases of the tissues surrounding the eyes, eyelids and eye socket. This includes diseases such as congenital defects, benign and cancerous growths, tear duct problems and the ocular effects of thyroid disease, as well as traumatic injuries to the eyelids, tear drainage system and bones of the eye socket. Dr. Merbs also leads an active research program in the field of ocular oncology. She is studying the molecular genetic changes that lead to uveal melanoma, the most common malignant tumor that occurs in the eyes of adults.
Dr. Merbs received her M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and completed her residency in ophthalmology and fellowship in oculoplastic surgery at the Wilmer Eye Institute. She has been a member of the Wilmer faculty since 1997.