Biography

Fasika A. Woreta, MD, MPH, is a cornea and cataract specialist at the Wilmer Eye Institute's locations in Baltimore and Columbia, Maryland. Her expertise is in in corneal and external eye diseases, including complex cataracts and anterior segment reconstruction following trauma. Dr. Woreta is currently the director of the Eye Trauma Center and the director of the Ophthalmology Residency Program at the Wilmer Eye Institute. An assistant professor of ophthalmology, Dr. Woreta received her M.D. degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and her M.P.H. degree from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She completed her residency in ophthalmology at the Wilmer Eye Institute, then completed a fellowship in cornea and refractive surgery at the Bascom-Palmer Eye Institute at the University of Miami, as well as an accident and emergency and cataract fellowship at Moorfields Eye Hospital. 

As a corneal specialist, Dr. Woreta performs all methods of corneal transplantation, complex cataract surgery by referral, refractive surgery, ocular tumor surgery, and reconstruction of the front portion of the eye. Furthermore, as an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and the Director of the Ophthalmology residency program, she trains the next generation of vision-saving surgeons. More recently, she has been working on a wide range of research projects, from designing algorithms to help with increases in procedures after in the post-COVID world to introducing novel surgical techniques for DMEK. 

Dr. Woreta has over two decades of experience in volunteering and global health. She is leading our newest venture, the Ethiopian Corneal Fellowship program. With her expertise as the director of the ophthalmology residency program at the Wilmer Eye Institute and her connections with the Addis Ababa surgical centers, she is uniquely qualified to start a transformative program to train ophthalmic surgeons in Ethiopia to help resolve needless blindness. 

Published Work

  • Woreta, FA; Gupta, A; Hochstetler, BS; Bower, KS. Management of post-photorefractive keratectomy pain. Surv Ophthalmol. Surv Ophthalmol 2013;58:529-535.

  • Diakonis VF, Kankariya VP, Woreta F, Yoo SH, Lubahan JG, Kymionis GD, Srur L. Refractive and topographic fluctuations due to intracorneal ring segments mobility. J Refract Surg 2013;1-3.

  • Woreta F, Munoz B, Gower E, Alemayehu , West S. Three year outcomes of the surgery for trichiasis, antibiotics to prevent recurrence trial. Arch Ophthalmol. Arch Ophthalmol 2012;130:427-431.

  • Woreta FA, Vedula A, Goldman D, Forster R. Cosmetic and lamellar grafts in corneal dermoids. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 2012;53:ARVO E-Abstract 6045.

  • Woreta F, Thorne JE, Jabs DA, Kedhar SR Dunn JP. Risk factors for ocular complications and poor vision at presentation among patients with uveitis and juvenile idiopathic arthritis. Am J Ophthalmol 2007;143: 647-655.

  • Anwar DS, Woreta FA, Weng CY, Repka MK. Incidence of esotropia developing in subjects previously diagnosed with pseudoesotropia: a pilot study. Strabismus 2012;20:124-126.

  • Thorne JE, Woreta FA, Dunn JP, Jabs DA. Risk of cataract development among children with juvenile idiopathic arthritis-related uveitis treated with topical corticosteroids. Ophthalmology 2010;117:1436-1441.

  • Thorne JE, Woreta FA, Jabs DA, Anhalt GJ. Treatment of ocular mucous membrane pemphigoid with immunosuppressive drug therapy. Ophthalmology 2008;115:2146-2152.

  • Thorne JE, Woreta F, Jabs DA, Kedhar SR Dunn JP. Juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA)-associated uveitis: incidence of ocular complications and visual acuity loss. Am J Ophthalmol 2007;143:840-846.

  • Woreta F, Lockman J, Heldrich FJ, Santosham M, Resar LM. Hepatomegaly, pancytopenia, coagulopathy: big words about a feverish infant. Contemporary Pediatrics Oct 2005; 26-32.

  • Shah SM, Lima e Silva R, Hackett SF, Woreta F, and Campochiaro P. Comparison of retinal thickness of mice retina with StratusOCT and histology. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2004;45:ARVO E-Abstract 2375.

  • Woreta FA, Karp CL. Ocular Surface Neoplasia. In: Holland EJ, Mannis MJ, Lee WB, eds. Ocular Surface Disease: Cornea, Conjunctiva, and Tear Film. London, New York; Elsevier/Saunders,2013, 145-159.

  • Woreta F, Dauod YJ, Bower KS. LASIK Instrumentation: microkeratomes, excimer lasers, and wavefront analzyers. In: Copeland RA, Afshari NA, eds. Copeland and Afshari's Principles and Practice of Cornea. New Delhi, India; Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers,2012; 1286-1299.