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Peter Louis Gehlbach, M.D., Ph.D.
Director of Wilmer Echography Center
Professor of Ophthalmology
Expertise: Central Serous Chorioretinopathy, Diabetic Retinopathy, Epiretinal Membranes, Macular Degeneration, Macular Degeneration (Age-Related), Macular Disorders, Macular Holes, Macular Puckers, Ocular Trauma, Ophthalmology, Recurrent Respiratory Papillomatosis , Retinal Detachment, Retinal Specialist, Retinal Surgery, Retinal Vascular Disease, Retinal Vein Occlusion, Retinal Vessel Occlusion, Surgical and Medical Diseases of the Retina, Vitreoretinal Diseases and Surgery Service ...read more
Research Interests: Angiogenesis; Gene Therapy; Diabetic Retinopathy; Macular Degeneration; Microsurgical Instrument Development; Novel surgical tool development; Robotic Surgery; Gene Therapy ...read more
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600 N. Wolfe Street Wilmer Eye Institute Baltimore, MD 21287
Peter Gehlbach, M.D., Ph.D., has been a member of the Wilmer faculty since 2000 and holds a faculty appointment in the Whitaker Biomedical Engineering Institute. He was recruited by a national search to become the inaugural Maumenee Scholar at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Gehlbach is an expert in the medical and surgical care of vitreoretinal diseases.
His clinical practice is composed of international, national and regional patient populations with the most complex retinal disease. An expert vitreoretinal surgeon, Dr. Gehlbach has been a leader in performing and teaching complex surgical cases that require coordination with multiple ophthalmological specialists. His research interests include cutting-edge approaches to patients with surgical disease and the development of novel surgical tools and approaches to retinal microsurgery.
Dr. Gehlbach’s work has been supported by multiple NIH grants as well as prestigious foundations. His research has been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals and has been presented at ophthalmology conferences around the world. He holds a number of patents in both the U.S. and abroad. He is the founding director of the former Wilmer Gene Therapy Vector Center and now serves as the director of the Wilmer Echography Center. He holds a Governor’s Appointment in the State of Maryland as a member of the Board of Trustees of Blind Industries and Services of Maryland.
Dr. Gehlbach received his M.D. degree from the University of Vermont and his Ph.D. in cell and integrative physiology from the University of Minnesota. He completed an internship and residency in general surgery at the University of Health Sciences, Chicago Medical School and his ophthalmology residency at Washington University, where he also completed a fellowship in protein chemistry. He completed a retina fellowship at the Casey Eye Institute in Portland, Oregon.
- Director of Wilmer Echography Center
- Professor of Ophthalmology
Centers & Institutes
- Whiting School of Engineering
- Wilmer Eye Institute Research
- MD, University of Vermont College of Medicine (1986)
- Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science / Surgery (1989)
- Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis / Ophthalmology (1998)
- Regions Hospital / Ophthalmology (1994)
- Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis / Ophthalmology (1995)
- Casey Eye Institute/Oregon Health Sciences Univ / Retina (2000)
- American Board of Ophthalmology / Ophthalmology (2000)
Research & Publications
Clinical Trial KeywordsMacular Degeneration, Diabetes
Activities & Honors
- Nomination for Excellence in Service and Professionalism Award, Johns Hopkins Medicine Clinical Awards
- Grant Funding, Fight for Sight
- Career Development Award, Research to Prevent Blindness
- Knights Templar Eye Foundation
- Inaugural Maumenee Clinician Scientist Scholar, Johns Hopkins University
- Ophthalmology Fellowship, Heed Ophthalmic Foundation Fellowship
- Vitreoretinal Clinical Fellowship, merican Ophthalmological Society – Knapp Fellowship