Shameema Sikder, M.D.

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  • L. Douglas Lee and Barbara Levinson-Lee Professorship of Ophthalmology
  • Associate Professor of Ophthalmology

Specializes in: Adolescents (12-18 years), Adults (18+ years)


Languages: English, Bengali, Spanish


Cataract Surgery, Cataracts, Cornea Transplant, Cornea/Anterior Segment Disease, Corneal Diseases, Corneal Dystrophies, Corneal Ulcer, Fuchs Dystrophy of the Cornea, Fuchs Endothelial Corneal Dystrophy, Herpes Infections, Keratoconus, Laser Surgery, Ophthalmology, Thyroid Eye Disease, Trauma more

Research Interests

Surgical Assessment Education; Surgical Treatment of Corneal Disease; Cataract Surgery more

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Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute - Bethesda

Appointment Phone: 240-482-1100
6430 Rockledge Drive
Westmoreland Building, Suite 600
Bethesda, MD 20817
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Shameema Sikder, M.D. is an ophthalmologist who specializes in corneal disorders, such as Fuchs' dystrophy and keratoconus, as well as complex cataracts. Dr. Sikder's clinical interests include surgical treatments for corneal diseases, such as endothelial keratoplasty (DMEK, DSAEK), complex cataracts, and treatments for keratoconus.

Dr. Sikder is the director of the Center of Excellence for Ophthalmic Surgical Education and Training (OphSET) at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. Dr. Sikder also has a faculty appointment at the Malone Center for Engineering in Healthcare at Johns Hopkins University. She has a particular interest in surgical education and through NIH support, is working on technologies that could be implemented at the international level to improve the level of ophthalmic surgical care. 

Dr. Sikder received her M.D. degree from the University of Arizona after obtaining Bachelor's degrees in Chemical Engineering and Biochemistry. She completed her ophthalmology residency at the Wilmer Eye Institute and fellowship in cornea and refractive disease at the Moran Eye Institute in Salt Lake City, Utah, where she received the Claes Dohlman Fellow of the Year Award, recognizing the most distinguished cornea fellow in the nation. Dr. Sikder returned to Wilmer in 2011 and served as assistant chief of service (chief resident) and associate director of ocular trauma. She was the inaugural medical director of the Wilmer Eye Institute in Bethesda in 2014, where she continues to care for patients. more


  • L. Douglas Lee and Barbara Levinson-Lee Professorship of Ophthalmology
  • Director, Center of Excellence for Ophthalmic Surgical Education and Training
  • Associate Professor of Ophthalmology

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Centers & Institutes



  • MD; University of Arizona College of Medicine (2006)


  • Ophthalmology; Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (2010)


  • Cornea and Refractive Surgery; The University of Utah (2011)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Ophthalmology (Ophthalmology) (2013)

Research & Publications

Research Summary

Dr. Sikder has built a research laboratory focused on building a platform that uses deep learning algorithms to analyze surgical videos to assess surgeon performance. This assessment provides a skill analysis and personalized feedback for individual surgeons. This feedback can be benchmarked against peers and tracked over time with an objective set of measures and does not require the manual review of surgical videos.

Academic Affiliations & Courses

Graduate Program Affiliation

Faculty, Malone Center for Engineering in Healthcare, Johns Hopkins University

Activities & Honors


  • University of Arizona, College of Medicine Excellence in Research Award
  • University of Arizona, College of Medicine Research Distinction Award
  • Claes Dohlman, M.D. Cornea Fellow of the Year Award (National)
  • Mitchell Research Prize, Wilmer Resident Association
  • Honor Society Member, Alpha Omega Alpha
  • Intern of the Year, Tucson Hospitals Medical Education Program
  • Surgeon of the Year, Hopkins/Suburban Outpatient Surgery Center


  • American Academy of Ophthalmology 
  • American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
  • Cornea Society

Videos & Media

Recent News Articles and Media Coverage

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

Eye floaters: What the heck is that little fleck?, Healthing (May 2021)

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

Ophthalmology taking the treatment conversation online, Ophthalmology Times (Sept. 2020)

2000 BSP Shameema Sikder, MD, Promoted to Associate Professor, Beckman Foundation (Mar. 2020)

A New Paradigm in Surgical Education, Johns Hopkins Medicine (Feb. 2020)

Everything you Need to Know About Cataracts, Health (Oct. 2019)

A Serendipitous Collaboration in Care, Johns Hopkins Medicine (Jun. 2019) 

The Power of Artificial Intelligence, Wilmer Magazine (Spring 2019)

Eye twitches are usually harmless, but here’s what you can do about them, Washington Post (Aug. 2018)

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