University of Pennsylvania Health System

Department of Ophthalmology

Ophthalmology Faculty

Faculty Overview

Michael E. Sulewski, MD

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Clinical Associate of Ophthalmology
Chief of Ophthalmology, Philadelphia Veterans Administration Medical Center
Director, Cornea and External Diseases Service, Department of Ophthalmology, University of Pennsylvania
Clinical Associate, Department of Ophthalmology, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Department: Ophthalmology

Contact information
University of Pennsylvania
Scheie Eye Institute
51 N. 39th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Office: 215-662-8118
Fax: 215-243-4695
B.S.. (Biology/Physics Engineering)
Loyola, 1981.
University of Maryland School of Medicine, 1985.
Post-Graduate Training
Intern in Internal Medicine, Greater Baltimore Medical Center, 1985-1986.
Residency in Ophthalmology, Greater Baltimore Medical Center, 1986-1989.
Corneal/External Disease/Anterior Segment Surgery, The Wilmer Institute, Johns Hopkins University, 1989-1991.
American Board of Ophthalmology, 1991.
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Description of Clinical Expertise

Dr. Sulewski is the Chief of Ophthalmology at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center of Philadelphia, Co-Director of the Cornea Service and Director of Refractive Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania. His areas of interest and expertise include cataract surgery, surgical correction of astigmatism, intraocular lens complications, corneal transplantation, refractive surgery (LASIK, PRK, LASEK, phakic intraocular lenses for high myopia, and conductive keratoplasty for presbyopia), and all medical and surgical diseases of the cornea and anterior segment of the eye.

Dr. Sulewski has been performing incisional refractive surgery at Penn for more than 15 years. He has extensive clinical experience in the use of the excimer laser to perform customized wavefront-guided LASIK for the correct of nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism.

Dr. Sulewski has been listed in Philadelphia Magazine's “Top Docs” for his expertise as a corneal specialist and a refractive surgeon and has been listed in Best Doctors in America. He has also been a multi-year recipient of the resident surgical teaching award which is presented to the faculty member who has displayed excellence in teaching eye surgery to the UPENN residents. He has also been recognized nationally for his work in providing the highest quality of eye care to our country’s war heroes.

Cataract surgery, IOL complications, keratoconus, corneal diseases, corneal transplantion, DSAEK, LASIK surgery, PRK, Phakic IOLs, refractive surgery, conductive keratoplasty, CK

Selected Publications

Kim S, Orlni SE, Sulewski MI, Ibarra M: Epithelial downgrowth 20 years after penetrating keratoplasty. Cornea Journal 2003 Notes: SUBMITTED.

Sulewski ME, Gardner M, Orlin SE: Endothelial Cell Loss Associated with Phakic Introcular Lenses. Presented at ARVO, Fort Lauderdale, FL 2002.

Sulewski ME, Westgeren AC, Edwards M: Topical Mitomycin in the Treatment of Regressio and Scarring after Hyperopic-PRK. Presented at ARVO, Fort Lauderdale, FL 2001.

The Herpetic Eye Disease Study Group: Predictors of recurrent herpes simplex virus keratitis. Cornea 20(2): 123-128, 2001.

Goldstein S, Orlin SE, Lulewski ME, Maguire M: Long-term corneal transplantation study - natural history Present at ARVO, Fort Lauderdale, FL 2000.

Sulewski ME, Piccone MR: Cataract Surgery Update. Current Concepts in Ophthalmology Page: 25-30, 2000.

The Herpetic Eye Disease Study Group: Psychological stress and other potential triggers for recurrences of herpes simplex virus eye infections. Arch Ophthalmol 118: 1617-1625, 2000.

The Herpetic Eye Disease Study Group: Oral acyclovir for herpes simplex virus eye disease. Effect on prevention of epithelial keratitis and stromal keratitis. Arch Ophthalmol 118: 1030-1036, 2000.

Michel FK, Sulewski ME: Focused Assessment of the Patient with Eye Trauma: The Essentials. Top in Emerg Med 22(4): 1-8, 2000.

Simon B, Sulewski ME, Frayer WC, Font R: A Goblet-Cell Rich Variant of Conjunctival Mucoepidermoid Carcinoma. ARVO Abstract, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 1999.

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