Brenton D. Finklea, MD

Cornea Attending Surgeon and Director, Wills Eye Center for Academic Global Ophthalmology

Subspecialty: Cornea

Areas of Interest

Cornea, anterior segment, refractive surgery, cataracts, global ophthalmology


Brenton D. Finklea, MD is a board-certified ophthalmologist with subspecialty training in cornea, external disease and refractive surgery. He provides a full scope of treatment for corneal disease and cataracts, as well as refractive surgical options including LASIK and PRK. This includes full thickness corneal transplants, Descemet Membrane Endothelial Keratoplasty (DMEK), Descemet Stripping Endothelial Keratoplasty (DSEK), Deep Anterior Lamellar Keratoplasty (DALK), and keratoprosthesis. Dr. Finklea performs standard, complex, and femtosecond laser assisted cataract surgeries, offering several lens options including multifocal intraocular lenses. He also offers intraocular lens exchange and re-fixation for dislocated lenses, trauma and aphakia.

Dr. Finklea attended the University of Florida where he was a student in the honors college, graduating magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in agricultural and biological engineering with a minor in biomechanics.  He attended medical school at the University of Virginia School of Medicine and  was an intern at the Inova Fairfax Hospital and Georgetown University Hospitals. Dr. Finklea completed his residency at Wills Eye Hospital, followed by a fellowship in Academic Global Ophthalmology at Wills Eye as well. He completed his training with a fellowship in Cornea, External Disease and Refractive Surgery at the Duke University Eye Center.

In addition to his clinical responsibilities at Wills Eye, Dr. Finklea is Director of the Center for Academic Global Ophthalmology. He also manages the Academic Global Ophthalmology fellowship and oversees the Wills Eye residency initiatives abroad. He has taught ophthalmology and eye surgery around the world, including in Rwanda, Burundi, Sierra Leone, India and Haiti. He lectures and teaches courses in Manual Small Incision Cataract Surgery (MSICS) to surgeons across the United States.


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Wills Eye Center for Academic Global Ophthalmology

Board Certification
American Board of Ophthalmology

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


  • Fellowships:
    Duke University Eye Center, Cornea and External Disease
    Wills Eye Hospital, Academic Global Ophthalmology
  • Residency:  Wills Eye Hospital
  • Medical School:  University of Virginia School of Medicine
  • Undergraduate: University of Florida

Honors and Awards

2017   James Shipman Award — Best resident paper presentation.
Wills Eye Conference, Philadelphia, PA

2016  Best Article – 2016 American Academy of Ophthalmology’s Eyewiki Resident & Fellows Contest

2014  Intern of the Year Award – Georgetown / Inova Fairfax Hospital Transitional Residency Program

Language Spoken



Finklea BD. “Zonulopathy: Evaluation and Management” American Academy of Ophthalmology EyeWiki. Dec 1, 2016. www.eyewiki.org

Sridhar J, Shahlaee A, Mehta S et al. The Utility of Structured Video Indirect Ophthalmoscope-Guided Education in Improving Resident Ophthalmologist Confidence and Ability with Indirect Ophthalmoscopy and Scleral Depression.  Retina Ophthalmology.  Accepted December 2016, pending publication.

Finklea BD, Cohen MN, Sergott RC.  Severe headache and blurred vision. JAMA Ophthalmology. 2016;134(10):1191-1192.

Shiple D, Finklea B, Lauderdale JD, Netland PA.  Keratopathy, cataract, and dry eye in a survey of aniridia subjects.  Clin Ophthalmol. 2015 Feb 10;9:291-5.

Finklea B, McKeague M, & Dunn JP.  Progressively worsening monocular blurred vision leads a 60-year-old woman to seek an evaluation at Wills. Review of Ophthalmology. “Resident Case Series”.  September 2015.

Finklea BD.  Scleral discoloration, irritation and decreased vision prompt a 66-year-old man to seek help from the Wills Eye Cornea Service. Review of Ophthalmology. “Resident Case Series”.  January 2015.

Shiple D, Finklea B, Netland PA. Survey of Cataracts and Corneal Disease in Eyes with Aniridia. The Association for Research and Vision annual Meeting, Fort Lauderdale, FL. May 7th, 2012

DuPont SJ, Finklea BD; Posso LM, Stroot PG.  High-Rate Nitrification by Co2-Sensitive Nitrifying Bacteria.  Proceedings of the Water Environment Federation, WEFTEC 2006: pp. 1627-1637(11)

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