Nakul Singh Shekhawat, M.D., M.P.H.

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  • Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology

Languages: English, Hindi, Urdu


Cataract Surgery, Cataracts, Cornea Transplant, Cornea/Anterior Segment Disease, Corneal Diseases, Corneal Dystrophies, Ophthalmology more

Research Interests

Corneal Infections; Cataract Surgery; Corneal Surgery; International Ophthalmology; Public Health Ophthalmology more

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Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute - Bethesda

Appointment Phone: 240-482-1100
6430 Rockledge Drive
Westmoreland Building, Suite 600
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Nakul Shekhawat, M.D., M.P.H. is an ophthalmologist and eye surgeon at the Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute and the 2023 Stephen F Raab and Mariellen Brickley-Raab Rising Professor of Ophthalmology. He specializes in cataract surgery, complex cataract and anterior segment surgery, corneal and external diseases, and corneal surgery including both full- and partial-thickness corneal transplantation (DMEK, DSAEK, DALK, PKP).

Dr. Shekhawat received his M.D. degree from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and his M.P.H. degree in epidemiology and biostatistics from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He completed ophthalmology residency at the renowned Kellogg Eye Center, University of Michigan where he received the Resident Excellence Award from the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery.

He completed additional subspecialty training in cornea, external disease, and refractive surgery at the Wilmer Eye Institute where he was awarded the prestigious Claes Dohlman Award from Harvard Medical School recognizing the most outstanding cornea fellow in the country. more


  • Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology

Departments / Divisions



  • MD; Vanderbilt University School of Medicine (2014)


  • Ophthalmology; University of Michigan Medical School (2018)


  • Cornea and Anterior Segment Service; Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (2020)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Ophthalmology (Ophthalmology) (2021)

Research & Publications

Research Summary

Dr. Shekhawat’s research interests include ocular infectious disease, eye disease epidemiology, international ophthalmology, and improving outcomes for patients undergoing cataract and corneal surgery. He is particularly interested in improving diagnosis and outcomes for infectious keratitis (corneal ulceration), a leading cause of corneal blindness worldwide.

Dr. Shekhawat’s research has been recognized by awards and grants from the American Academy of Ophthalmology, Research to Prevent Blindness, Heed Ophthalmic Foundation, Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, American Ophthalmological Society, Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology, Eversight Eye Bank. His research has been featured in The New York Times, Time Magazine, and the U.S. News and World Report.

Selected Publications

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Nakul Shekhawat, Harran Mkocha, Beatriz Munoz, Charlotte Gaydos, Laura Dize, Thomas Quinn, Sheila West. Cohort and age effects of mass drug administration on prevalence of trachoma: a longitudinal study in rural Tanzania. Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science 2014;55(4): 2307-2314

Joshua D. Stein, Nakul Shekhawat, Nidhi Talwar, Rajesh Balkrishnan. Impact of the Introduction of Generic Latanoprost on Glaucoma Medication Adherence. Ophthalmology 2015;122(4):738-47

Nakul S. Shekhawat, Michael V. Stock, Elizabeth F. Baze, Mary K. Daly, David E. Vollman, Mary G. Lawrence, Amy S. Chomsky. Impact of First Eye versus Second Eye Cataract Surgery on Visual Function and Quality of Life. Ophthalmology 2017;124:1496-1503

Nakul S. Shekhawat, Roni M. Shtein, Taylor S. Blachley, Joshua D. Stein. Antibiotic Prescription Fills for Acute Conjunctivitis among Enrollees in a Large United States Managed Care Network. Ophthalmology 2017; 124(8): 1099-1107

Nakul S. Shekhawat, Leslie M. Niziol, Sankalp S. Sharma, Sanil Joseph, Alan L. Robin, Brenda W. Gillespie, David C. Musch, Maria A. Woodward, Rengaraj Venkatesh. The Utility of Routine Fundus Photography Screening for Posterior Segment Disease: A Stepped-wedge, Cluster-randomized Trial in South India. Ophthalmology 2020 Nov 27;S0161-6420(20)31120-9

Activities & Honors


  • Claes Dohlman Society Fellowship Award, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Harvard Medical School
  • Heed Fellowship, Heed Ophthalmic Society
  • Resident Excellence Award, American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
  • Early Acceptance Program, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, 2009
  • Best Paper Award, American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • Ingram Scholarship Program, Vanderbilt University
  • J. Donald M. Gass Award, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
  • National Eye Institute Travel Award, Association of Research in Vision and Ophthalmology


  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
  • Association of Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
  • Cornea Society
  • International Society of Refractive Surgery
  • Tear Film and Ocular Surface Society
  • Society for Clinical Trials

Videos & Media

Recent News Articles and Media Coverage

Johns Hopkins, Microsoft Extend Collaboration for Startups as Newest Grant Recipients Named - Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures (July 2021)


Taking a Wide View with Nakul Shekhawat, Hopkins Medicine (September 2020) 

A Patient’s Guide to Shingles: Prompt treatment is crucial to avoid severe neurological complications - US News & World Report (January 2020) 

Shingle White Female: Study finds three-fold increase in number of Americans diagnosed with shingles - The Ophthalmologist (July 2019) 


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