Dr. Molly Walsh is an Ophthalmologist specializing in Cataract Surgery, LASIK and Glaucoma Surgeries
Dr. Molly Walsh graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from the University of Notre Dame in 1994. She went on to complete her Master’s Degree in Public Health in 1995 from Tulane University School of Public Health before earning her Medical Degree from Tulane University School of Medicine in 2000. She completed her Surgical Internship at the University of Virginia in 2001 and her Ophthalmology Residency at Tulane University in 2004. Dr. Walsh then completed her Glaucoma Fellowship at Duke University in 2006.
Dr. Walsh knew early on in her clinical rotations during medical school that she wanted to be a surgeon, as she enjoyed working with her hands and loved the satisfaction of completing a surgical procedure. When Dr. Walsh was exploring the various surgical subspecialties in medicine, she found that she was most fascinated by the eye as they are such an intricate organ. Throughout her training, she found that she thoroughly enjoyed eye surgeries such as Cataract Surgery, LASIK, and Glaucoma Surgeries because they required such precision and attention to detail. Most importantly, she always enjoyed and valued the impact that eye surgeries and other treatments have on her patients and their families. To her, it is very rewarding both personally and professionally to be a part of that experience for others.
Dr. Walsh has a passion for innovation and holds multiple patents for the Retroject Device and Ethacrist Nanoparticles, which are technologies for glaucoma drug delivery. These breakthrough technologies are being used to help treat and lower intraocular pressure in glaucoma patients.
Dr. Walsh has been published in multiple journals including Clinical Ophthalmology, BMJ Open, and Glaucoma Today, as well as written chapters in Atlas of Glaucoma Surgery and Glaucoma today.
Dr. Walsh has received multiple professional awards and special recognitions throughout her career including, the Achievement Award in October of 2019 and Secretariat Award in July of 2018 from the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO). She was also recognized as the Duke Regional Hospital Medical Director of Duke Ophthalmology from 2015-2020.
Dr. Walsh also served as the Chairman of AAO for the Annual Meeting Program Committee (Glaucoma) from 2014-2017 and was a Committee Member for AAO’s Annual Meeting Program Committee (Glaucoma) from 2013-2014.
These professional publications, awards, special recognitions, and committee positions are a tribute to her passion for Ophthalmology, and more specifically, Glaucoma and her pursuit of advancing the field in order to help more patients.
One of the biggest reasons Dr. Walsh focused her fellowship on Glaucoma, was that with its chronic nature, she has the opportunity to see and treat her patients multiple times throughout the year, thus allowing her to truly develop lasting relationships. This time spent with her patients and their families gives Dr. Walsh the opportunity to educate and alleviate any fears they may have regarding their disease, treatment plan, and future outlook.
Dr. Walsh is a proud volunteer for Operation Sight. Operation Sight is the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) Foundation’s U.S-based charitable cataract surgery program. The program matches eligible cataract patients with volunteer surgeons who are members of the Operation Sight Network. ASCRS empowers surgeons to improve the vision, outcomes, and quality of life for their patients through innovative approaches to Education, Advocacy, and Philanthropy.
Dr. Walsh is also a volunteer for the Kindness to Prevent Blindness (KTPB) mobile unit. In collaboration with the Elkhart Education Foundation, the KTPB eye care mobile unit was designed with the goal to provide free vision screenings, exams, and glasses to all 1st, 3rd, 5th, and 8th grade students in Elkhart and St. Joseph County Schools—as is required by the Indiana Department of Education. This nonprofit initiative, funded by tax-deductible donations and in-kind community support, is focused on ensuring school children have the vision care they need to be successful in school.
Dr. Walsh is excited to get back to her collegiate hometown and is now accepting new patients! #GoIrish
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