Sharon Fekrat, MD

Professor of Ophthalmology
Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery
Campus mail: DUMC 3802, Durham, NC 27710
Phone: (919) 684-4524

Dr. Fekrat is a board-certified, fellowship-trained specialist in adult vitreoretinal diseases, with particular expertise in retinal vein occlusion. Fekrat has co-authored over 130 publications in peer-reviewed medical journals and over 45 textbook chapters. She is Senior Editor of Duke Eye Center’s All About Your Eyes, The Duke Manual of Vitreoretinal Surgery, and Curbside Consultation in Retina. She has held various leadership roles at the Durham VA Medical Center including Chief of Ophthalmology, Interim Chief of Surgery, Interim Deputy Chief of Staff, and is currently Associate Chief of Staff. Fekrat sits on the Editorial Board of Retinal Physician, Ophthalmology Times, Ophthalmic Surgery Lasers Imaging Retina, Retina Times, and the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s (AAO) EyeNet and is Executive Editor of the American Journal of Ophthalmology. She has received many prestigious awards including the Ronald G. Michels Fellowship Foundation Award, Heed Fellowship Award, Heed-Knapp Award, Rhett Buckler Trophy, AAO's Senior Achievement Award, American Society of Retina Specialists' Senior Honor Award, and the Golden Globe Award from the Duke Ophthalmology Residents. She has been selected by her peers to Best Doctors in Business North Carolina annually since 2005. Fekrat was selected as one of 150 retina doctors leading retinal innovation by Ocular Surgery News. She is Director of the Vitreoretinal Surgery Fellowship Program and Director of Ophthalmology Faculty Career Development. Dr. Fekrat is Past President of the North Carolina Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons.

Education and Training

  • Oxford University (U.K.), C. 1985
  • Georgetown University, B.S. 1987
  • University of Chicago, M.D. 1991
  • Johns Hopkins Medicine, Residency, Ophthalmology, Wilmer Ophthalmological Institute
  • Johns Hopkins Medicine, Fellowship, Medical Retina, Wilmer Ophthalmological Institute
  • Johns Hopkins Medicine, Fellowship, Vitreoretinal Surgery, Wilmer Ophthalmological Institute
  • Johns Hopkins Medicine, Assistant Chief of Service, Wilmer Ophthalmological Institute
  • Johns Hopkins Medicine, Director, Ocular Trauma, Wilmer Ophthalmological Institute


Bilateral recurrent macular holes.

Purpose: To report an unusual case of bilateral recurrent full-thickness macular holes (FTMH) in both eyes of a single patient over a 15-year period, with a total of 3 FTMH in the right eye and 2 in the left eye.