Wilmer Eye Institute, Maryland

Esen Karamursel Akpek, M.D.

Esen Akpek, M.D.

Dr. Akpek is an Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at the Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She has been on the faculty of the Wilmer Eye Institute since 1999. Dr. Akpek is world renowned for her expertise in the surgical treatment of corneal diseases. She performs full thickness and partial thickness donor corneal transplantation as well as artificial corneal transplantation. Dr. Akpek also specializes in difficult and challenging cataract surgeries and complicated cases of anterior segment reconstruction procedures.

Dr. Akpek serves as the Director of the Ocular Surface Disease and Dry Eye Clinic. She, along with other members of the Dry Eye Team, cares for patients with inflammatory eye disorders, allergic and immunologic diseases of the cornea and the conjunctiva, scleritis, and uveitis.

Dr. Akpek received her medical training at the Hacettepe University School of Medicine, Ankara, Turkey. Following her internship and residency training, she completed ophthalmology subspecialty training in Ocular Immunology and Uveitis at Massachusetts Eye and Ear. She completed a fellowship program in Cornea, Cataract, and External Disease at the Wilmer Eye Institute, The Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Michelle Hessen, O.D., FAAO

MIchelle Hessen, OD

BostonSight® PROSE Clinical Fellow

Dr. Hessen received her Doctorate of Optometry degree from Nova Southeastern University in Florida. She completed her optometry residency in ocular disease at the Baltimore VA Medical Center, which included training at the Ocular Surface Disease and Dry Eye Clinic at Johns Hopkins. Following her residency, she was employed at Ludwick Eye Center, where she performed general ophthalmic care and managed pre and post-operative cataract surgery patients. Dr. Hessen is currently on staff at the Wilmer Eye Institute and is a vital part of the Ocular Surface Disease and Dry Eye Clinic. She completed the BostonSight® PROSE Clinical Fellowship in 2011 and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry.

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