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Ashley Behrens, MD

Chief, Division of Comprehensive Ophthalmology
Associate Professor of Ophthalmology

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  • Chief, Division of Comprehensive Ophthalmology
  • Associate Professor of Ophthalmology

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  • Wilmer Eye Institute Research


Cataracts, Cornea/Anterior Segment Disease, Corneal Disorders, Corneal Dystrophies, External Diseases of the Eye, Fuchs Dystrophy of the Cornea, Laser Surgery, Ophthalmology, Refractive Surgery

Research Interests

Refractive Surgery; Cataract Surgery; Infections of the Eye; Surgery of the Cornea; Infections of the Cornea; Dry Eye


Ashley Behrens, M.D., is the KKESH/WEI Professor of International Ophthalmology and chief of the comprehensive ophthalmology division at the Wilmer Eye Institute. He specializes in the medical and surgical management of cataracts and corneal diseases, including corneal transplantation techniques for Fuchs’ dystrophy and keratoconus, as well as LASIK, PRK and refractive lens exchange surgical techniques.

Dr. Behrens received his medical degree from the Universidad Central de Venezuela in Caracas, and completed his ophthalmology residency and fellowship training at the Francisco Risquez Hospital. He completed additional fellowships at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg in Germany, where he obtained his German Doctorate with Magna Cum Laude Distinction, and then at the University of Southern California and the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Behrens joined the Wilmer faculty in 2003, and served as executive medical director at the King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital (KKESH), Wilmer’s affiliate hospital in Saudi Arabia, from July 2010 through August 2014.



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American Academy of Ophthalmology
International Society of Refractive Surgery
Pan American Association of Ophthalmology
Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
Venezuelan Society of Ophthalmology
Research to Prevent Blindness
Technology Opportunities Program, JHU

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    • Universidad Central De Venezuela (Caracas ) (1990)


    • Francisco A Risque Hospital / Ophthalmology (Caracas Venezuela) (1995)


    • University of Erlangen / Cornea and Refractive Surgery (Erlangen Germany) (1999)
    • Francisco A Risquez Hospital / CorneaExternal Diseases & Refractive Surgery (Caracas Venezuela) (1996)
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    Ophthalmologist Ashley Behrens, a specialist in cornea, cataracts and external eye diseases, is chief of comprehensive ophthalmology at the Wilmer Eye Institute. Visit

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    Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute
    600 N. Wolfe Street
    Baltimore, MD 21287
    Phone: 410-955-5080
    Appointment Phone: 410-955-5080
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