Daniel Finkelstein, MD



600 N. Wolfe Street
Maumenee 729
Baltimore, MD 21287
  • Core Faculty
    Berman Institute of Bioethics
  • Andreas C. Dracopoulos Professor of Ophthalmology
    Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute

Daniel Finkelstein, MD, MA, passed away on Feb. 25, 2022. He was the Andreas C. Dracopoulos Professor of Ophthalmology at the Wilmer Eye Institute of the Johns Hopkins Hospital.  His training was at Harvard, the University of Pennsylvania, the National Institutes of Health, and Johns Hopkins, as well as a MA (Theology) from St. Mary’s Seminary and University.  His ophthalmology interests were in retinal physiology, retinal degenerative diseases, and retinal vascular diseases and their laser management.  Most recently, he had been active in directing collaborative randomized laser trials in vein occlusions and the development of new laser techniques to bypass retinal vascular occlusions.  He was President of The Macula Society, an international association of retina specialists.  In the past, he served on The Johns Hopkins Institutional Review Board, chaired The Johns Hopkins Medical Ethics Committee, and was Editor of The Johns Hopkins Hospital Medical Ethics Newsletter.  His bioethics interest most recently had been with the significance of spirituality to the doctor patient relationship.

Research Interests

  • Significance of spirituality to the doctor patient relationship


  • A.B., Harvard College
  • M.D., University of Pennsylvania, Medical School
  • Internship, Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia, PA,
  • Residency, The Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins Hospital
  • Research Fellowship, The Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins
  • M.A., Theology, St. Mary’s Seminary and University

Recent Publications

  1. Finkelstein D.  Blind faith.  Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics, winter 2014; Vol. 4, No. 3, 199-200.
  2. Magyar-Russell G, Fosarelli P, Taylor H, Finkelstein D.  Ophthalmology patients’ religious and spiritual beliefs:  an opportunity to build trust in the patient-physician relationship.  Arch Ophthalmol. 2008; 126(9):1262-1265.
  3. Hayeems, RZ, Geller, G, Finkelstein, D, Faden, RR. How patients experience progressive loss of visual function: A model of adjustment.  Brit J Ophthalmol., 2005; (89):615-620.
  4. Finkelstein, D. The utility of ranking Ophthalmology centers.  The ranking of Ophthalmology centers in Ophthalmology and lay publications is not appropriate for medicine in today’s business world.  Arch Ophthalmol., 2000; (118): 1579-1580.
  5. Finkelstein, D, Wu, AW, Holtzman, NA, Smith, ME. When a physician harms a patient by a medical error: Ethical, legal, and risk-management considerations.  The J of Clin Ethics, 1997; (8): 330-335.
  6. Holroyd, S, Rabins, PV, Finkelstein, D, Lavrisha, M. Visual hallucinations in patients from an Ophthalmology clinic and medical clinic population.  J Nerv & Mental Dis., 1994; (182): 273-276.
  7. Finkelstein, D, Grusser, OJ. Frog retina: Detection of movement.  Science, 1965; 1050-1053.