Joel M. Engelstein

Dr. Joel M. Engelstein

M.D., F.A.C.S.

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Areas of Care:

  • Glaucoma
  • Cataracts

Specialty: Cataract, glaucoma surgery, and corneal diseases

Dr. Engelstein received his undergraduate degree from Columbia University and his medical degree with honors from New York University Medical School. He was an intern and resident in internal medicine at Johns Hopkins. At the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Engelstein completed immunology research on corneal transplant and a residency at the University of Florida in Ophthalmology. He was also a visiting fellow in corneal and external eye disease at the University of London and Moorfields Eye Hospital in England.

Dr. Engelstein was Chief of the Corneal Service in the Department of Ophthalmology at the Washington Hospital Center for twenty years. He is currently Chief of Ophthalmic Surgical Training at the Washington Hospital Center. He has served as an advisor to the Food and Drug Administration on Ophthalmic drugs and Director of the Lion’s Eye Bank of D.C. Dr. Engelstein is a member of the advisory board of the Washington Eye Bank, and has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Washington National Eye Center. He is certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and is a fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American College of Surgeons.

Dr. Engelstein has written and lectured extensively on corneal transplantation, cataract and intraocular lens implant surgery. He has edited a book on cataract surgery, which has been popular with ophthalmologists in the United States and Japan, and has been translated into Spanish. He is an expert at caring for patients with corneal diseases, cataracts, glaucoma, external eye disease, uveitis and ophthalmic plastic surgical problems. He also performs laser vision correction for patients who want to decrease their dependence on glasses or contact lenses. This procedure is performed at Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute.

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