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Sarah B. Sunshine, MD

Academic Title:

Assistant Professor

Primary Appointment:

Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

Additional Title:

Member, Program in Oncology


419 West Redwood Street Baltimore, MD, 21201

Phone (Primary):




Education and Training

  • Brandeis University, Waltham MA, BS, Biology, 2008
  • Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, MD, 2014
  • Medstar Union Memorial/Good Samaritan Hospital, Internal Medicine Internship, 2015
  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute - Foundation Fighting Blindness Medical Research Fellow, 2012
  • National Eye Institute – National Institute of Health, Post Doctoral Research Fellow, 2016
  • Northwestern University – Feinberg School of Medicine, Ophthalmology, 2019
  • University of Illinois- Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary, Cornea, External Diseases and Refractive Surgery Fellowship, 2020


Sarah Brem Sunshine is an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD. She specializes in treating corneal and ocular surface diseases focusing on complications of oncologic therapy in the eye, most specifically on ocular Graft vs Host Disease (GVHD). She completed her medical training at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, ophthalmology residency at Northwestern University and Cornea Fellowship training at the Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary.

Dr. Sunshine treats both medically and surgically complex corneal diseases including complex ocular surface diseases, dry eye disease, corneal and anterior segment disorders. She also performs ocular surface repair surgeries, Corneal Transplant surgery including lamellar keratoplasty (ALK, DSAEK, DMEK) and penetrating keratoplasty (full thickness) corneal transplants additionally she performs complex cataract surgeries.

In addition to her clinical practice, she is developing a bio-bank for the study of ocular GVHD in order to better characterize the devastating effects of GVHD on the eye. She is studying the local and systemic immunologic changes of GVHD in a murine model in the hopes of developing better treatment options for her patients. This translational research program will allow better understanding of GVHD mechanisms, identify novel treatment targets, and develop better targeted therapeutics.

Research/Clinical Keywords

Ocular Graft vs Host Disease, Dry Eye Disease, Ocular Surface Disease, Cornea, Cataract Surgery, Keratoplasty/Corneal Transplant (DSAEK, DMEK, PKP, ALK)

Clinical Specialty Details

Cornea and External Disease

Awards and Affiliations

  • University of Maryland Medical Center
  • University of Maryland Medical Center Midtown Campus
  • Member of UM Faculty Physicians, Inc.


Professional Activity

  • 2020                   ARVO Travel Grant Recipient
  • 2019                   Chief Resident - Ophthalmology, Northwestern University - Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, Illinois

  • 2019                   Member, ACGME Self Study Committee - Department of Ophthalmology, Northwestern University – Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, Illinois

  • 2018-2019           Member, Program Evaluation Committee (PEC)- Department of Ophthalmology, Northwestern University Department of Ophthalmology

  • 2010-2011           Regional Co-Chair, HHMI Medical Research Fellow, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Bethesda, MD

  • 2006-2008           Andrus Fellow, Judah Folkman Vascular Biology Laboratory, Harvard Medical School Children’s Hospital Boston, Boston, MA



Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) 2009-present

American Academy of Ophthalmology 2016-present

Chicago Ophthalmological Society 2016-2020

Women in Ophthalmology (WIO) 2019-current


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