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Esen Akpek, M.D.

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  • Bendann Family Professor of Ophthalmology
  • Professor of Ophthalmology

Languages: English, French, Turkish


Cataracts, Cornea Transplant, Cornea/Anterior Segment Disease, Corneal Ulcer, Dry Eyes, Ophthalmology, Sjogren's Syndrome

Research Interests

Dry Eye; Artificial Cornea; Corneal Transplantation; Cataracts

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The Johns Hopkins Hospital

Appointment Phone: 410-955-5490
600 N. Wolfe Street
Wilmer Eye Institute
Baltimore, MD 21287 map
Fax: 410-614-9172

Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center

Appointment Phone: 410-550-2360
4940 Eastern Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21224 map
Phone: 410-550-2360


Esen K. Akpek, M.D., is the Bendann Family Professor of Ophthalmology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and has been on the surgical faculty of the Wilmer Eye Institute since 1999. She is an internationally renowned leader in the field of corneal transplantation and serves as the medical director of the Eye Bank of Maryland and member of the National Medical and Scientific Advisory Board of Tissue Banks International.

Currently, Dr. Akpek is the director of the fellowship program in cornea and external disease at Wilmer and has trained numerous ophthalmologists who have become leaders in the field. She has been invited to lecture extensively within the United States as well as abroad. Dr. Akpek published over 100 peer reviewed articles, many book chapters and directed multiple online and in-person educational activities. Dr. Akpek holds a patent in the field of keratoprosthesis devices, has been awarded the Cora Verhagen Immunology Prize, the American Academy of Ophthalmology Achievement Award and other honors. She serves on the editorial board of 11 scientific journals, a member of the Clinical Trials Consortium, Sjogren’s Syndrome Foundation, and a member of the Medical & Scientific Advisory Board of the Tear Film and Ocular Surface Society.

Dr. Akpek specializes in the surgical treatment of corneal and ocular surface diseases. She performs all types of donor and artificial corneal transplantation surgeries. Dr. Akpek also specializes in difficult and challenging cataract surgeries and complicated cases of anterior segment reconstruction procedures. As director of the Ocular Surface Disease and Dry Eye Clinic, she cares for patients with inflammatory eye disorders such as Sjogren’s Syndrome, allergic and immunologic diseases of the cornea and the conjunctiva, scleritis and uveitis.

Dr. Akpek received her medical degree from Hacettepe University in Ankara, Turkey. Following her internship and residency training in Ankara, she completed subspecialty training in Ocular Immunology and Uveitis at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Harvard University Medical School. She then completed a surgical fellowship program in cornea, cataract and external diseases at the Wilmer Eye Institute. more


  • Bendann Family Professor of Ophthalmology
  • Director of Ocular Surface Disease and Dry Eye Clinic
  • Professor of Ophthalmology
  • Associate Professor of Medicine

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Centers & Institutes



  • MD, Hacettepe University (1991)


  • Ankara Numune Hospital / Ophthalmology (1995)


  • Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary / Ophthalmology (1998)
  • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine / Ophthalmology (1999)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Ophthalmology / Ophthalmology (2019)

Research & Publications

Clinical Trial Keywords

Dry Eye, Artificial Cornea

Clinical Trials

Contact for Research Inquiries

600 N Wolfe Street
Room 327
Baltimore, MD 21287 map
Phone: 410-955-5214

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Activities & Honors


  • Cora Verhagen Immunology Prize
  • Achievement Award, American Academy of Ophthalmology

Videos & Media

Recent News Articles and Media Coverage

W.L. Gore Marks Half Century of Groundbreaking Material - Delaware Business Times (Oct. 2019)

6 Health Conditions That Can Cause Dry Eyes You Might Not Be Aware Of - Bustle (Jan. 2019)

The Company Behind Gore-Tex is Coming for Your Eyeballs - Bloomberg Businessweek (May 2019)

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