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Gottsch, John D.

John GottschMargaret C. Mosher Professor of Ophthalmology

Division of Cornea, Cataract, & External Diseases

The Wilmer Eye Institute
The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine                                              

Dr. Gottsch is the Margaret C. Mosher Professor of Ophthalmology at the Wilmer Eye Institute. Dr. Gottsch's clinical expertise is in the management of hereditary corneal disorders including Fuchs' dystrophy, the surgical treatment of cataract and complications of cataract surgery, and corneal transplantation surgery. His referral clinical practice involves the medical treatment of allergic eye diseases and severe corneal inflammation from rheumatoid and other related disorders including Mooren's ulcer. His research interests include determining the gene expression of the cornea and elucidating the genetic basis for hereditary corneal dystrophies such as Fuchs' dystrophy. He has created a website,, which catalogues the genes identified to date in normal and Fuchs' corneas.

Dr. Gottsch sees patients at the Wilmer Eye Institute's Johns Hopkins Hospital location.

For appointments at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, call: 410-955-7928


  • Cullen Eye Institute, Goar Award, 1982
  • Johnson & Johnson Focused Giving Award, 1992
  • Troutman-Veronneau Prize, Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology Congress, 1993
  • Honor Award, American Academy of Ophthalmology, 1994
  • Physician-Scientist Award, Research to Prevent Blindness, 2001


  • Trinity College, Connecticut, B.A., 1969-1972
  • University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, M.A., 1972-1974
  • University of South Alabama, Mobile, AL, M.D., 1976-1980
  • University of South Alabama, Mobile, AL, Internship, 1980-1981
  • Cullen Eye Institute, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, Residency, 1981-1984
  • Wilmer Ophthalmological Institute, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD, Fellowship in Cornea,
  • Anterior Segment Surgery, and External Disease, 1984-1985


  • Associate Professor of Ophthalmology, The Wilmer Ophthalmological Institute, Baltimore, MD, 1991
  • Chief of Ophthalmology, Wyman Park Health Systems, Baltimore, MD, 1985-1988
  • Director, Department of Ophthalmology, Homewood Hospital Center North, Baltimore, MD 1988-1990
  • Professor of Ophthalmology, The Wilmer Ophthalmological Institute, Baltimore, MD, 1999-present


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