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Cornea and External Disease Fellowship

Program Description

Thank you for your interest in our Cornea and External Diseases Fellowship program at the Wilmer Eye Institute. The program provides broad exposure to both medical and surgical conditions of the anterior segment.  Common surgical procedures include corneal transplantation, small incision cataract surgery, management of intraocular lens complications, anterior segment reconstructive surgery, keratoprostheses, stem cell transplants, dry eye, ocular surface reconstructive surgery, and refractive corneal surgery. The program includes approximately 90% clinical work, with an emphasis on academic productivity.


For those interested in basic science, ample opportunity is provided to participate directly in our division laboratory research programs. Projects include, but are not limited to: investigations of the epidemiology of corneal disease, the genetics of corneal dystrophies, techniques for endothelial transplantation, artificial corneas, laser applications and therapeutic repair of dry eye in animal models.

The experience gained in the research portion of our fellowship could contribute significantly to your development along the clinician-scientist pathway. In addition, you will also have the opportunity to participate in our various clinical trials. The clinical fellowship program is one year. However, applicants with a serious commitment to research will be considered for two-year appointments

Application Requirements

All applicants should make sure that they are eligible to obtain a medical license in the state of Maryland. Please check the Maryland Board of Physicians website. A Maryland medical license is a requirement for the fellowship.

To Apply

Please visit to complete your application and for directions on how to apply for our fellowship program. Also, please include a small photo with your application.

For More Information Contact:

Rebecca Scarborough
Fellowship Coordinator

Cornea Fellowship Program Director 

Photo of Dr. Kraig Scot Bower, M.D.

Bower, Kraig Scot, M.D.

Associate Professor of Ophthalmology
Expertise, Disease and Conditions: Cornea/Anterior Segment Disease, Ophthalmology, Refractive Surgery
Research Interests: refractive surgery, ocular trauma, teleophthalmology, ocular microbiology


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Jun, Albert Suk, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor of Ophthalmology
Chief, Division of Cornea, Cataract and External Eye Diseases
Maurice E. Langham, Ph.D., Professor of Ophthalmology
Expertise, Disease and Conditions: Cataract Surgery, Cataracts, Cornea Transplant, Corneal Diseases, Corneal Dystrophies, External Diseases of the Eye, Eye Conditions, Fuchs Dystrophy of the Cornea, Fuchs Endothelial Corneal Dystrophy, Keratoconus, Ophthalmology, Refractive Surgery
Research Interests: Cataract Surgery, Corneal Genetics, Fuchs Endothelial Corneal Dystrophy, Granular Corneal Dystrophy, Keratoconus, Endothelial Keratoplasty, Lamellar Keratoplasty, Refractive Surgery
Photo of Dr. Esen Akpek, M.D.

Akpek, Esen, M.D.

Professor of Ophthalmology
Associate Professor of Medicine
Bendann Family Professor of Ophthalmology
Director of Ocular Surface Disease and Dry Eye Clinic
Expertise, Disease and Conditions: 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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Gottsch, John D, M.D.

Professor of Ophthalmology
Margaret C Mosher Professor of Ophthalmology
Expertise, Disease and Conditions: Cornea/Anterior Segment Disease, Corneal Diseases, Corneal Ulcer, Ophthalmology
Research Interests: Inherited Ophthalmic Diseases, Fuchs Dystrophy
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Schein, Oliver Douglas, M.D., M.P.H.

Professor of Ophthalmology
Burton and Miriam Grossman Professor of Ophthalmology
Vice Chair for Quality and Safety, Wilmer Eye Institute
Expertise, Disease and Conditions: Cataracts, Cornea/Anterior Segment Disease, Corneal Diseases, Ophthalmology
Research Interests: Epidemiology of major eye diseases, Assessment of ocular technology, Assessment of outcomes and complications of ocular surgery, Evidence-based improvement in quality and safety of ophthalmic care and surgery, Bioengineering of human corneal substitutes
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Daoud, Yassine Jamil, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology
Expertise, Disease and Conditions: Cataracts, Cornea/Anterior Segment Disease, Corneal Diseases, Eye Conditions, Ophthalmology, Refractive Surgery
Research Interests: Femtosecond laser assisted cataract surgery, DSAEK corneal transplant, Secondary intraocular lens implant, Outcome of DSAEK cornea transplant in complex cases