Featured Accolades and Credentials
American Board of Ophthalmology
American Academy of Ophthalmology
More About the Surgeon
Dr. Rowen founded Mercy Medical Center Department of Ophthalmology in Baltimore in 1996 and served as the medical director of this full-service ophthalmology and aesthetics practice until 2015, when she moved to Newport Beach, California to be close to her family.
Dr. Rowen is a board-certified physician who pioneered new treatments and techniques for cataract surgery, being one of only a handful of eye surgeons to introduce topical clear cornea cataract surgery with foldable lenses. She demonstrated these techniques in live surgery in France, Italy, Sweden, Brazil and Australia and was one of the first surgeons to pioneer CO2 laser eyelid surgery. She was one of the first ophthalmologists to introduce Multifocal and Accommodating lenses in her practice.
A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Maryland College Park, Dr. Rowen received her medical degree from the University of Maryland in Baltimore. She completed her surgical internship and fellowship at the prestigious Johns Hopkins Hospital and a two-year vitreoretinal research fellowship at the renowned Wilmer Eye Institute. Her residency training for ophthalmology was completed at the University of Maryland.
Dr. Rowen has served as clinical instructor at the Wilmer Eye Institute and a Clinical Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Maryland, training residents for many years. She is considered a key opinion leader in ophthalmology and enjoys teaching residents and her peers by sharing new concepts about surgical innovations and related pharmaceutical treatments. Her scientific articles, papers and interviews continue to populate the field. Honored with a 20-year Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology for continued service in teaching each and every year.
Dr. Rowen was an early adopter of refractive surgery since the early 1990s and brought the first Flying Spot excimer laser for LASIK procedures to Maryland. Her blending of cataract, refractive, and oculoplastics in one practice was one of the first in the country and has been emulated by many others. She has become known for her expertise in Refractive Cataract Surgery and Dry Eye Disease.
She is certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American College of Surgeons. She is an active member of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons as well. She is President Emeritus of Cedars Aspens Society and serves on the Medical Editorial Board of CRST and Presbyopia Physician. She has served as Principal Investigator for numerous FDA trials and continues this research in her current role as Medical Director at NVISION Eye Centers. Dr. Rowen consults for multiple strategic companies advising them on how to construct new technologies for eye health and surgeries. She is very active in helping to pave the way for new innovations coming to market and serves as an advisor on several medical and scientific advisory boards.
- 1976 B.S., in Psychology, Cum Laude, University of Maryland, College Park, MD
- 1982 M.D., University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD
- 1989 American Board of Ophthalmology
- American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)
- American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCR)
- American European Congress of Ophthalmic Surgery (AECOS)
- The American College of Eye Surgeons (ACES), board member
- Cornea, External Diseases and Refractive Society/American Society of Progressive Enterprising Surgeons (CEDARS/ASPENS), co-president
- Cataract and Refractive Surgery Today, editorial board member
- 1983 Internship, General Surgery, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD
- 1988 Residency, Ophthalmology, University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD
- 1983-1985 Fellowship, Vitreoretina, Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute, Baltimore, MD
University & Hospital Positions
- Director of Ophthalmology, Mercy Medical Center
- Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Maryland
- Clinical Instructor, Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute
Cataract Surgery Demonstration
What is Cataract Surgery?
Sheri Rowen, M.D., F.A.C.S.
“No Complications, No problems.”
All my life I have been told by many eye doctors that I can’t get laser and nothing will help me with my horrible eye sight besides expensive contacts or glasses. My sight was just getting worse and worse. All the struggle/time/money I have spent since I was 12. Just went in for my 1 month post exam. I have 20/15 (that is freaking better than 20/20!!) vision! This is amazing!!! No Complications, No problems. I seriously cannot be happier :D
“It is life changing.”
I had needed vision correction since 4th grade. But after Dr. Rowen performed my cataract surgery, I see clearly at distance and for reading. It is life changing. Thank you Dr. Rowen and the team at NVISION Fullerton.
The staff is efficient, professional and courteous. The consultation was extremely thorough. The cataract surgery was fast, painless and stress-free. I have received post-op exams from another facility, where I was advised that Dr. Sheri Rowen’s surgery was amazing with an excellent outcome. My vision is now better than 20/20. Could not have asked for a better result. Beyond thrilled.
Newport Beach, CA 92660