Brandon D. Ayres, MD

Co-Director, Cornea Fellowship Program

Subspecialty: Cornea


Brandon Ayres, MD is a board certified ophthalmologist who specializes in all forms of corneal transplantation including full thickness corneal transplants, Descemets’ stripping endothelial keratoplasty (DSEK), deep anterior lamellar keratoplasty (DALK), and keratoprosthesis.  He was the first person at Wills Eye Hospital to perform Descemets’ membrane endothelial keratoplasty (DMEK).  He also has an interest in repair of traumatic eye injuries and anterior segment. Dr. Ayres performs all types of refractive and cataract surgery including LASIK, phakic lens surgery for myopia, and multifocal intraocular lenses. As a corneal specialist, Dr. Ayres treats all forms of infectious diseases of the eye and ocular surface disease (dry eye).

Dr. Ayres is an active participant in resident and fellow education and in clinical research. In his first year as an Attending on the Cornea Service, he became the youngest recipient of the Golden Apple Award at Wills Eye.  He continues to lecture nationally and internationally at numerous academic conferences. He is an instructor at Sidney Kimmel Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University and currently has staff privileges at Wills Eye Hospital, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, and Virtua Health System in South Jersey.

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Board Certification
American Board of Ophthalmology

Academic Affiliation
Instructor, Sidney Kimmel College of Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University


  • Fellowship: Wills Eye Institute, Cornea – 2005
  • Residency:  University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey, New Jersey Medical School – 2004
  • Medical School:  University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School – 2000
  • Undergraduate: Eastern Nazarene College – 1995

Honors and Awards

“Top Doctors” Philadelphia magazine – 2017-2024
Newsweek’s “America’s Best Eye Doctors” 2021

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