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Shelly H. Watson, M.D.


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Dr. Shelly Watson is a board-certified ophthalmologist specializing in cataract and cornea surgery. She specializes in the evaluation and treatment of patients with corneal disease including Fuchs dystrophy, Keratoconus, Pseudophakic bullous keratopathy, etc. She performs cataract surgery and corneal transplants (PKP, DSEK, DMEK). She is also a comprehensive medical and surgical ophthalmologist and treats

patients with routine and complex cataracts, glaucoma, diabetes, and other eye conditions.


Dr. Watson graduated summa cum laude as the class valedictorian from Dickinson College with a major in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. She was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and won more than 12 awards and scholarships for high scholastic standing and leadership. She received her medical degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Dr. Watson completed her ophthalmology residency at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. where she served as Chief Resident during her final year and was awarded the Mervin Zimmerman Ophthalmology Award of Excellence, which is given to the top resident selected by all faculty members. She completed a one-year fellowship in cornea, cataract, and refractive surgery at the prestigious Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute, where she had extensive surgical training on various corneal transplant techniques.


Dr. Watson has been active in advancing the field of ophthalmology by publishing numerous peer-reviewed articles and presenting her work at national conferences, including the American Academy of Ophthalmology and American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery. She has also served as a peer reviewer for the world-renowned medical journal, Cornea. Dr. Watson served as an ophthalmology advocacy ambassador for the District of Columbia to Congress, where she advocated for patients’ access to care and affordable medications. She has dedicated her time to teaching surgical techniques to residents and performing free eye health screenings to underserved populations. 


Dr. Watson is dedicated to providing exceptional care for her patients and has been praised for her kind and gentle demeanor and exceptional surgical skills. She is motivated by her personal experience caring for her own family members with vision-threatening eye conditions and is passionate about advocacy for patients. Her attention to detail is evidenced by her love for calligraphy and in her free time she also enjoys travelling, hiking, and spending time with her friends, family, husband and pet sheltie




M.D.— University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD

Ophthalmology Residency— George Washington University, Washington, DC


Cornea, Refractive, and External Disease Fellowship — The Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute, Baltimore, MD

Board certified—American Board of Ophthalmology

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