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Jessica Shantha, MD

Assistant Professor
Section of Vitreoretinal Surgery and Diseases (Retina)
Section of Uveitis and Vasculitis

Jessica Shantha, MD, joined Emory Eye Center’s faculty in September 2017. She graduated with a bachelor of science degree in biology, magna cum laude, from the University of Georgia. She earned her medical degree, summa cum laude, from Morehouse School of Medicine, then completed a transitional year program at Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center, and an ophthalmology residency at Emory. She followed residency with a clinical and research fellowship in medical retina disease at Retina Consultants of Hawaii. In addition, she spent a year as the Heed Ophthalmic Foundation clinical uveitis fellow with the Francis I. Proctor Foundation.

During her residency at Emory, Dr. Shantha became involved with research related to how Ebola virus disease can affect survivors’ vision and the eye itself. She has published on the topic in scientific journals such as Ophthalmology, Current Opinions in Ophthalmology, and the New England Journal of Medicine and continues to be involved in on-going efforts in West Africa. 

Currently, she is a part of the BIRCWH Scholars Program at Emory University and is continuing to explore her academic and clinical interests that include infectious and non-infectious uveitis, emerging pathogen discovery, and addressing clinical and research gaps within uveitis and retinal disease in international health care settings. 

National Recognition

Dr. Shantha holds memberships in the Georgia Society of Ophthalmology, American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Uveitis Society, and the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology. She also is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society.

Areas of Clinical Interest

• Noninfectious and infectious uveitis

• Diabetic retinopathy

• Age-related macular degeneration


Jessica Shantha, MD

Undergraduate: University of Georgia, Athens, GA, 2004-07

Medical School: MD, Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA, 2007-11

Transitional Year Internship: Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center, Denver, CO, 2011-12

Residency in Ophthalmology: Emory University, Atlanta, GA, 2012-15

Fellowship in Medical Retina Disease: Retina Consultants of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI, 2015-16

Fellowship in Clinical Uveitis: Francis I. Proctor Foundation, UCSF, San Francisco, CA, 2016-17

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