Ashley Behrens, M.D.

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

Languages: English, German, Spanish


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

Research Interests

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

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The Johns Hopkins Hospital

Appointment Phone: 410-955-5080
600 N. Wolfe Street
Wilmer Eye Institute
Baltimore, MD 21287
Phone: 410-955-5080
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Ashley Behrens, M.D., is an associate professor of 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.

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. more


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

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Centers & Institutes



  • MD; Universidad Central De Venezuela (1990)


  • Ophthalmology; Francisco A Risquez Hospital (1995)


  • Cornea | External Diseases & Refractive Surgery; Francisco A Risquez Hospital (1996)
  • Cornea and Refractive Surgery; University of Erlangen (1999)
  • Cornea and Refractive Surgery; University of Southern California (2000)

Research & Publications

Activities & Honors


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

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Recent News Articles and Media Coverage

Looking to the Future of Cataract Surgery, Ophthalmology Times (Jun. 2021)

Celebrating Black History Month at Wilmer, Johns Hopkins Medicine (Feb. 2021)

A Testament to Teamwork, Wilmer Insider (Dec. 2020)

COVID-19 and Clinical Precautions, EyeNet Magazine (Jun. 2020)

The Case for Sunglasses All Year Round, Dome (Aug. 2019)

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