The Wilmer Eye Institute
Johns Hopkins Hospital
600 North Wolfe Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21287
Derek S. Welsbie, M.D., Ph.D. is Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and was at the Wilmer Eye Institute for his residency and glaucoma subspecialty training. He has an active medical and surgical practice, encompassing all aspects of glaucoma care, and sees patients at the main GCE clinical center (Johns Hopkins East Baltimore Campus).
Dr. Welsbie earned his Medical Degree and his Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from the University of California, Los Angeles. While there, he had extensive experience developing new drugs in the treatment of cancer and is translating that experience into ground-breaking laboratory efforts to identify new potential drug targets in glaucoma. Specifically, his interest is the use of high-throughput genetic screening (i.e. functional genomics) to identify the genes responsible for nerve cell death in glaucoma and other neurodegenerative disorders. His other passion is resident education and, in July 2012, Dr. Welsbie will serve as the Assistant Chief of Service for the Wilmer Ophthalmology Residency.
Outside of work, Dr. Welsbie enjoys running, outdoor activities and spending time with his wife, Kristi, and three kids, Asher, Andrew and Ariana.