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Shameema Sikder, M.D.

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  • Director, Center of Excellence for Ophthalmic Surgical Education and Training
  • Associate Professor of Ophthalmology

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


Languages: English, Bengali, Spanish


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

Research Interests

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

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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 map
Phone: 240-482-1100


Shameema Sikder, M.D. is an opthalmologist who specializes in corneal disorders, such as Fuchs' dystrophy and keratoconus, as well as complex cataracts and external eye diseases. 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. She has a particular interest in surgical education and 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. 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. more


  • Director, Center of Excellence for Ophthalmic Surgical Education and Training
  • Associate Professor of Ophthalmology

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


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


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

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Ophthalmology / Ophthalmology (2013)

Research & Publications

Selected Publications

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Sikder S, Khalifa, YM, Neuffer, M, Moshirfar, M. Tomographic Corneal Profile Analysis of Central Toxic Keratopathy. Cornea, 2012;31(1):48-51.

Holt DG, Sikder S, Mifflin MD. Surgical management of traumatic LASIK flap dislocation 15 years postoperatively with macrostriae and epithelial ingrowth. JCRS, 2012 Feb;38(2):357-61.

Mifflin MD, Hatch BB, Sikder S, Kurz CJ, Moshirfar M. Custom versus Conventional PRK: A Prospective, Randomized Contralateral Eye Comparison of Post-Operative Visual Function. JRS, 2012 Feb;28(2):127-32.

Oberg TO, Sikder S, Jorgensen AJ, Mifflin MD. Topical-Intracameral Anesthesia without Preoperative Mydriatic Agents for Descemets Stripping Automated Endothelial Keratoplasty and Phacoemulsification Cataract Surgery with Intraocular Lens Implantation. JCRS, in review. 2012 Mar;38(3):384-6.

Calvo CM, Sikder S, Mamalis N, Mifflin MD. Linear Interstitial Keratitis: A Distinct, Clinical Entity Revisited. Cornea, 2012 Mar 8.

Moshirfar M, Hsu M, Schulman J, Armenia J, Sikder S, Hartnett ME. The incidence of central serous chorioretinopathy after photorefractive keratectomy and laser in situ keratomileusis. J Ophthalmol. 2012;2012:904215.

Christiansen SM, Neuffer MC, Sikder S, Semnani RT, Moshirfar M. The effect of preoperative keratometry on visual outcomes after moderate myopic LASIK. Clin Ophthalmol. 2012;6:459-64.

Mifflin MD, Leishman LL, Christensen SM, Sikder S, Hsu M, Moshirfar M. Use of Loteprednol for Routine Prophylaxis after Photorefractive Keratectomy. Clin Ophthalmol. 2012;6:653-9.

Sedaghat M, Zarei-Ghanavati M, Ansari-Astaneh MRA, Patel V, Sikder S. Evaluation of Sterile Uveitis after Iris-Fixated Phakic Intraocular Lens Implantation. Middle East African Journal of Ophthalmology, 2012;19(2):199-203.

Casparis H, Lindsley K, Kuo IC, Sikder S, Bressler NB. Surgery for cataracts in people with age-related macular degeneration. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2012 Jun 13;6:CD006757.

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
  • Seventh Annual Resident Writer''s Award Program Participant, Ophthalmology Times


  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
  • Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
  • Cornea Society
  • International Society of Refractive Surgeons

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

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