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Esen K Akpek, MD

Director of Ocular Surface Disease and Dry Eye Clinic
Professor of Ophthalmology

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410-955-7927

Main Location

Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute

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Titles

  • Director of Ocular Surface Disease and Dry Eye Clinic
  • Professor of Ophthalmology
  • Associate Professor of Medicine

Centers & Institutes

  • Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins

Expertise

Cataracts, Cornea/Anterior Segment Disease, Corneal Ulcer, Dry Eyes, Ophthalmology, Sjogren's Syndrome

Research Interests

Artificial Cornea; Dry Eye

Biography

Esen K. Akpek, M.D., is a professor of ophthalmology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and has been on the surgical faculty of the Wilmer Eye Institute since 1999. She is an internationally renowned leader in the field of corneal transplantation and serves as the medical director of the Eye Bank of Maryland and member of the National Medical and Scientific Advisory Board of Tissue Banks International.

Currently, Dr. Akpek is the director of the fellowship program in cornea and external disease at Wilmer and has trained numerous ophthalmologists who have become leaders in the field. She has been invited to lecture extensively within the United States as well as abroad. Dr. Akpek published over 100 peer reviewed articles, many book chapters and directed multiple online and in-person educational activities. Dr. Akpek holds a patent in the field of keratoprosthesis devices, has been awarded the Cora Verhagen Immunology Prize, the American Academy of Ophthalmology Achievement Award and other honors. She serves on the editorial board of 11 scientific journals, a member of the Clinical Trials Consortium, Sjogren’s Syndrome Foundation, and a member of the Medical & Scientific Advisory Board of the Tear Film and Ocular Surface Society.

Dr. Akpek specializes in the surgical treatment of corneal and ocular surface diseases. She performs all types of donor and artificial corneal transplantation surgeries. Dr. Akpek also specializes in difficult and challenging cataract surgeries and complicated cases of anterior segment reconstruction procedures. As director of the Ocular Surface Disease and Dry Eye Clinic, she cares for patients with inflammatory eye disorders such as Sjogren’s Syndrome, allergic and immunologic diseases of the cornea and the conjunctiva, scleritis and uveitis.

Languages

  • English
  • Turkish
  • French

Clinical Trial Keywords

  • Dry Eye
  • Artificial Cornea
Additional Resources +
  • Education +

    Training

    • Hacettepe University (Ankara ) (1991)

    Residencies

    • Ankara Numune Hospital / Ophthalmology (Ankara ) (1995)

    Fellowships

    • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine / Ophthalmology (Baltimore MD) (2002)
    • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine / Ophthalmology (Baltimore MD) (1999)
    • Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary / Ophthalmology (Boston MA) (1998)
  • Research & Publications +
  • Academic Affiliations & Courses +
  • Activities & Honors +

    Honors

    Cora Verhagen Immunology Prize,

    American Academy of Ophthalmology Achievement Award

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    Videos

    Meet Dr. Akpek

    Dr. Esen Akpek is an ophthalmologist specializing in the surgical treatment of corneal and ocular surface diseases, including cataracts, cornea transplants and Sjogren's Syndrome. Visit http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/wilmer/services/dryeye.html

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    Locations

    Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute
    600 N. Wolfe Street
    Baltimore, MD 21287
    Appointment Phone: 410-955-7927
    Fax: 410-614-9172
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    Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
    4940 Eastern Avenue
    Baltimore, MD 21224
    Phone: 410-550-2360
    Appointment Phone: 410-550-2360
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    Department/Division

    • Ophthalmology - Cornea and Anterior Segment

    For Research Inquiries Contact

    Shanna Ingrodi
    Maumenee 327
    600 N. Wolfe Street
    Baltimore, MD 21287
    Phone: 410-955-5214
    singrod1@jhmi.edu

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