Brenton Finklea, MD

Brenton Finklea, MD is a board-certified ophthalmologist with subspecialty training in cornea, external disease and refractive surgery.  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. During this time, he also studied music performance with emphasis on jazz saxophone. He went on to attend medical school at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. Dr. Finklea was an intern at the Inova Fairfax Hospital and Georgetown University Hospitals. Residency was at the world-renowned 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. 
 
Dr. Finklea is the director of the Center for Academic Global Ophthalmology at Wills Eye. He has taught ophthalmology and eye surgery around the world, including in Rwanda, Burundi, Sierra Leone, India and Haiti.  Dr. Finklea lectures and teaches courses in Manual Small Incision Cataract Surgery (MSICS) to American surgeons across the country. At Wills Eye, he manages the Academic Global Ophthalmology fellowship and oversees the Wills Eye residency initiatives abroad. 

Dr. Finklea 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.
 

Education

  • Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Florida, Magna Cum Laude
  • Doctor of Medicine Degree from the University of Virginia School of Medicine

Training

  • Internship at Inova Fairfax Hospital and Georgetown University Hospital
  • Ophthalmology Residency at the Wills Eye Hospital
  • Fellowship in Academic Global Ophthalmology at the Wills Eye Hospital
  • Fellowship in Cornea, External Disease and Refractive Surgery at Duke University

Positions & Distinctions

  • Director of the Wills Eye Center for Academic Global Ophthalmology
  • Attending physician on the Wills Eye Cornea Service
  • Clinical Instructor for the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
  • Member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • Member of the Cornea Society

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