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Daniel Finkelstein, M.D.

Daniel Finkelstein, MD, MA, is the Andreas C. Dracopoulos Professor of Ophthalmology at the Wilmer Eye Institute of the Johns Hopkins Hospital.  His training was at Harvard, the University of Pennsylvania, the National Institutes of Health, and Johns Hopkins, as well as a MA (Theology) from St. Mary’s Seminary and University.  His ophthalmology interests are in retinal physiology, retinal degenerative diseases, and retinal vascular diseases and their laser management.  Most recently, he has been active in directing collaborative randomized laser trials in vein occlusions and the development of new laser techniques to bypass retinal vascular occlusions.  He was President of The Macula Society, an international association of retina specialists.  In the past, he has served on The Johns Hopkins Institutional Review Board, chaired The Johns Hopkins Medical Ethics Committee, and was Editor of The Johns Hopkins Hospital Medical Ethics Newsletter.  His bioethics interest recently has been with the significance of spirituality to the doctor patient relationship.


AB, Harvard College
MD, University of Pennsylvania, Medical School
Free University of Berlin, Post-Sophomore Fellowship
Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia, PA, Internship
The Wilmer Eye Institute, The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Residency
The Wilmer Eye Institute, The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Research Fellowship
Chief Resident, The Wilmer Eye Institute, The Johns Hopkins Hospital
MA (Theology), St. Mary’s Seminary and University


  1. Finkelstein D.  Blind faith.  Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics, winter 2014; Vol. 4, No. 3, 199-200.
  2. Magyar-Russell G, Fosarelli P, Taylor H, Finkelstein D.  Ophthalmology patients’ religious and spiritual beliefs:  an opportunity to build trust in the patient-physician relationship.  Arch Ophthalmol. 2008; 126(9):1262-1265.
  3. Hayeems, RZ, Geller, G, Finkelstein, D, Faden, RR. How patients experience progressive loss of visual function: A model of adjustment.  Brit J Ophthalmol., 2005; (89):615-620.
  4. Finkelstein, D. The utility of ranking Ophthalmology centers.  The ranking of Ophthalmology centers in Ophthalmology and lay publications is not appropriate for medicine in today’s business world.  Arch Ophthalmol., 2000; (118): 1579-1580.
  5. Finkelstein, D, Wu, AW, Holtzman, NA, Smith, ME. When a physician harms a patient by a medical error: Ethical, legal, and risk-management considerations.  The J of Clin Ethics, 1997; (8): 330-335.
  6. Holroyd, S, Rabins, PV, Finkelstein, D, Lavrisha, M. Visual hallucinations in patients from an Ophthalmology clinic and medical clinic population.  J Nerv & Mental Dis., 1994; (182): 273-276.
  7. Finkelstein, D, Grusser, OJ. Frog retina: Detection of movement.  Science, 1965; 1050-1053.