Dr. Derek Welsbie, MD

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Dr. Derek Welsbie, MD
Derek S. Welsbie, MD, PhD is a board-certified ophthalmologist who specializes in treating adolescents and adults with all stages of glaucoma. His clinical focus ranges from monitoring patients suspected of having glaucoma to operating on patients with advanced disease. An assistant professor in the Department of Ophthalmology, his laboratory studies the way in which glaucoma leads to optic nerve injury, neurodegeneration and, ultimately, vision loss. Specifically, he is interested in identifying the genes responsible for nerve cell death and to use what is learned to develop new neuro-protective treatment strategies for glaucoma patients. Dr. Welsbie lectures at national conferences and has coauthored numerous articles. His work has been published in Nature, Science, and JAMA Ophthalmology, among others. Prior to joining UC San Diego Health, Dr. Welsbie was an assistant professor at the Johns Hopkins University Wilmer Eye Institute, where he won the Shafer Prize for innovative glaucoma research from the Glaucoma Research Foundation and was named Assistant Professor of the Year in 2015. He also served as the Stephen J. Ryan Assistant Chief of Service and continues to have an interest in resident and medical student education. Dr. Welsbie completed a residency in ophthalmology and fellowship training in glaucoma at the Wilmer Eye Institute. He earned his medical degree and doctorate in molecular biology from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He is board-certified in ophthalmology. Dr. Welsbie is a member of many professional organizations, including the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Glaucoma Society, and the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology.

9415 Campus Point Drive

La Jolla, CA 92093

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Dr. Derek Welsbie, MD

Dr. Derek Welsbie, MD

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Dr. Welsbie's Experience

Dr. Welsbie's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:
  • Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
  • Specializes in Ophthalmology
  • No malpractice claims found
  • No sanctions found
  • No board actions found


  • Ophthalmology

Board Certifications

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Conditions Treated

  • Aphakia and Other Disorders of Lens
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Brain Disorders
  • Cancer
  • Cataract
  • Contusion of the Eyeball
  • Corneal Ulcer
  • Dacryoadenitis
  • Diabetic Macular Edema (DME)
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Dry Eyes
  • Endophthalmitis
  • Esotropia
  • Exotropia
  • Eye Infections
  • Floaters
  • Glaucoma
  • Herpetic Keratitis
  • Hypotony of Eye
  • Iridocyclitis
  • Keratitis
  • Keratoconus
  • Lazy Eye
  • Ocular Hypertension
  • Pinkeye (Conjunctivitis)
  • Purulent Endophthalmitis
  • Retina Diseases
  • Retinal Detachment and Retinal Tear
  • Retinal Vein Occlusion
  • Senile Cataracts
  • Temporal Arteritis
  • Thyroid Disease
  • Uveitis and Iridocyclitis
  • Vascular Disease
  • Visual Field Defects
  • Vitreous Hemorrhage
  • Wet Age-Related Macular Degeneration


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  • Cataract Removal Surgery
  • Cornea Transplant
  • Eye Surgery
  • Glaucoma Surgery
  • Orbital Decompression and Orbitotomy
  • Paracentesis of Anterior Eye
  • Repair of Eye Laceration
  • Repair of Retinal Detachment or Retinal Tear
  • Scleral Reinforcement Surgery
  • Vitrectomy (incl. Macular Hole Repair)

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0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for California.

0 Sanctions

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0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • D Geffen Sch Of Med-Ucla
    Medical School | Graduated 2001

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Languages Spoken

  • English

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Dr. Welsbie accepts 3 insurance carriers
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Hospitals where Dr. Welsbie has admitting privileges

Howard County General Hospital
5755 Cedar Ln
Columbia, MD 21044
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Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
4940 Eastern Ave
Baltimore, MD 21224
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The Johns Hopkins Hospital
1800 Orleans St
Baltimore, MD 21287
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