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Zelia Maria Correa, M.D., Ph.D.

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The Tom Clancy Endowed Professor of Ophthalmology

Professor of Ophthalmology

Specializes in: Adolescents (12-18 years), Children (1-11 years), Adults (18+ years), Geriatrics (55+ years), Infants (up to 1 year)

Languages: English, Portuguese, Spanish

Expertise: Ocular Melanoma, Ocular Oncology, Retinoblastoma


Dr. Correa is a Professor of Ophthalmology at the Wilmer Eye Institute. She specializes in intraocular and conjunctival tumors with particular interest in ocular melanoma, retinoblastoma, ocular metastasis, and conjunctival melanomas. She has been recognized for her research in the field of ocular oncology and is part of the steering committee of the Collaborative Ocular Oncology Group, currently the largest NIH funded prospective study in Uveal Melanoma. She is the Director of the Echography Service at the Wilmer Eye Institute. Her clinical interests also include radiation therapy to the eye, vitreoretinal diseases and surgery, fine needle aspiration biopsy of ocular tumors, retinal detachment and ophthalmology. more


  • The Tom Clancy Endowed Professor of Ophthalmology
  • Professor of Ophthalmology

Departments / Divisions



  • MD, Faculdade de Medicina de S??o Jos?? do Rio Preto (1989)


  • Faculdade de Medicina de Marilia (Marilia Medical School) / Ophthalmology (1992)


  • McGill University School of Medicine (2004)
  • Wills Eye Hospital (2004)

Board Certifications

  • Foreign Boards / Ophthalmology

Research & Publications

Selected Publications

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Onken MD, Worley LA, Char DH, Augsburger JJ, Correa ZM, Nudleman E, Aaberg TM Jr, Altaweel MM, Bardenstein DS, Finger PT, Gallie BL, Harocopos GJ, Hovland PG, McGowan HD, Milman T, Mruthyunjaya P, Simpson ER, Smith ME, Wilson DJ, Wirostko WJ, Harbour JW. Collaborative Ocular Oncology Group Report Number 1: Prospective Validation of a Multi-Gene Prognostic Assay in Uveal Melanoma. Ophthalmology 2012 Aug;119(8):1596-603

?Correa ZM, Augsburger JJ. Sufficiency of FNAB aspirates of posterior uveal melanoma for cytologic versus GEP classification in 159 patients, and relative prognostic significance of these classifications. Graefes Arch Clin Exp Ophthalmol. 2014 Jan;252(1):131-5

Correa ZM, Augsburger JJ. Relationship between rate of posterior uveal melanoma flattening following plaque radiotherapy and GEP class of tumor cells. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2014 Jan 29;55(1):556-9

Correa ZM, Augsburger JJ. Independent Prognostic Significance of Gene Expression Profile Class and Largest Basal Diameter of Posterior Uveal Melanomas. Am J Ophthalmol. 2016 Feb;162:20-27

Correa ZM. Assessing Prognosis in Uveal Melanoma. Cancer Control. 2016;23(2):93-8

Contact for Research Inquiries

Administrative Office
600 North Wolfe Street
Maumenee, 711
Baltimore, MD 21287-9277 map

Activities & Honors


  • Senior Achievement Award, American Academy of Ophthalmology, 2017
  • Honor Award, American Society of Retina Specialists, 2017
  • Benjamin Boyd Humanitarian Award, PanAmerican Society of Ophthalmology, 2015
  • Special Recognition Award for Leadership Development Program, American Academy of Ophthalmology, 2013
  • Secretariat Award for work with Global Outreach, American Academy of Ophthalmology, 2013
  • Best International Paper Presentation at Annual Meeting, Brazilian Council of Ophthalmology, 2011
  • Dean’s Award for Excellence in Medical Education, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, 2011
  • Achievement Award, American Academy of Ophthalmology, 2010
  • Academic Faculty Teacher of the Year Award - Ophthalmology, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, 2014


  • American Academy of Ophthalmology, 1994
  • Pan American Association of Ophthalmology, 2002
  • Club Jules Gonin, 2014
  • American Society of Retina Specialists, 2009
  • Women in Ophthalmology, 2013
  • International Society of Ocular Oncology, 2001
  • American Society of Ocular Oncology and Pathology, 2017

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