Wilmer Eye Institute, Maryland

Esen Karamursel Akpek, M.D.

Professor of Ophthalmology

Esen Akpek, M.D.

Esen Karamursel Akpek, MD, is a 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.

Dr. Hessen practices at Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins, Baltimore, MD.

Shameema Sikder, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology

Shameema Sikder, M.D., is an assistant professor of ophthalmology at the Wilmer Eye Institute, in addition to being the medical director of Wilmer's Bethesda location. She specializes in corneal disorders, including Fuchs dystrophy and keratoconus; refractive surgery; cataracts and external eye diseases. Dr. Sikder's clinical interests include surgical treatments for corneal diseases, such as endothelial keratoplasty (DSEK, DSAEK), complex cataracts and treatments for keratoconus. She has a particular interest in surgical education and is the director for the Hopkins Center of Excellence in Surgical Innovation and Education.

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 and associate director of ocular trauma. Currently, she sees patients at the Wilmer Eye Institute - Bethesda clinic.

Anisa Gire, O.D., FAAO

BostonSight® PROSE Clinical Fellow

Dr. Gire earned her Doctorate of Optometry degree from the University Of Houston College Of Optometry. Her training includes a Cornea and Contact lens fellowship, also at the University of Houston, and a Prosthetic Replacement of the Ocular Surface Ecosystem (PROSE) fellowship at Boston Foundation for Sight in 2007. Following her fellowship training, Dr. Gire worked with Steven Pflugfelder, M.D. in establishing the PROSE satellite clinic at the Baylor College of Medicine.

Dr. Gire is currently an instructor of ophthalmology at the Wilmer Eye Institute and a member of the Ocular Surface Disease and Dry Eye team. As a member of the team she cares for patients with inflammatory eye disorders such as Sjögren's Syndrome and allergic and immunologic diseases of the cornea and the conjunctiva.

Dr. Gire practices at Wilmer Eye Institute, Bethesda Medical Office and Optical, Bethesda, MD.

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Really Quite Wonderful

“Dr. Hessen is a very, very good doctor,” said Karen. “She is patient and answered all of my questions.” Karen had similar high praise for Michelle Ricks, Dr. Hessen’s assistant...read more