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Shannath Louise Merbs, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor of Ophthalmology


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The Johns Hopkins Hospital

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  • Professor of Ophthalmology
  • Professor of Oncology

Centers & Institutes



The Johns Hopkins Hospital

Appointment Phone: 410-955-1112

600 N. Wolfe Street
Sheikh Zayed Tower
Baltimore, MD 21287 map
Phone: 410-955-1112
Fax: 410-614-9987


Eye, Eyelid, and Orbital Tumors, Eyelid and Orbital Trauma, Eyelid Malposition, Eyelid Surgery, Ophthalmology, Tearing

Research Interests

Role of Epigenetics (molecular biology) in Retinal Development and Disease; Trichiasis Surgery in Africa; Orbital Trauma


Shannath Merbs, M.D., Ph.D., FACS treats diseases of the tissues surrounding the eyes, eyelids and eye socket. This includes diseases such as eyelid malposition, 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 epigenetics and its contribution to retinal development and disease. Dr. Merbs also performs research in Africa, working to improve the outcome of eyelid surgery for trachoma, the most common infectious cause of blindness worldwide. Dr. Merbs and others in the Division are improving the treatment of orbital fractures, thyroid eye disease and orbital tumors by using pre-operative planning and intraoperative navigation.

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. more

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  • Education +


    • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine / MD PhD; Molecular Biology (1993)


    • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine / Ophthalmology (1997)


    • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine / Ophthalmology (1998)


    • American Board of Ophthalmology / Ophthalmology (1999)
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  • Activities & Honors +


    • Leadership Development Program XVI, Class of 2014, American Academy of Ophthalmology
    • Graduation with Honors, University of Arizona, 1986
    • Medical Scientist Training Program, 1986 - 1993
    • Nugent Award, Outstanding Senior, University of Arizona, 1986
    • Phi Beta Kappa Top Senior, University of Arizona, 1986
    • Shanoff Award, Young Investigators Day, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, 1993
    • Ronald Michels Research Award, Wilmer Eye Institute, 1996
    • Heed Fellowship, Heed Ophthalmic Foundation, 1997
    • Howard Hughes Postdoctoral Fellowship for Physicians - Declined, 1997
    • The Niuta and Roy Titus Faculty Development Award, Wilmer Eye Institute, 1998 - 2000
    • Research to Prevent Blindness, Faculty Development Award, 2000 - 2001
    • Mentored Clinical Scientist Award (K08), National Eye Institute, "Molecular Genetics of Primary Uveal Melanoma," 1997, 2002
    • AO CMF Craniomaxillofacial Faculty Member, 2003
    • AFER/Pfizer Ophthalmics/Carl Camras Translational Research Award, Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, 2010


    • American Academy of Ophthalmology
      Practicing Ophthalmologists Curriculum (POC) Committee, Oculoplastics/Orbit Panel Member (2009-2014)
    • American Association for Cancer Research
    • American Board of Ophthalmology
      Examiner (Spring ’05, Spring ’07, Fall ‘13)
    • American College of Surgeons
    • American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS)
      Educational Committee Member (‘05-present){line break}Thesis Committee (tenure ‘06-‘10, Chairman ‘09){line break}Examiner for Oral Exam for ASOPRS Membership (Fall ’09, Fall ’10){line break}Officers Nominating Committee (Spring ‘11){line break}Elected Executive Secretary and member of the Executive Committee (2012-present)
    • Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
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