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Michael E. Sulewski, MD

Michael E. Sulewski, MD Physician

Chief, Ophthalmology, Veteran Affairs Medical Center of Philadelphia Co-Director, Cornea Service Director, Refractive Surgery Clinical Associate of Ophthalmology

Languages spoken:

  • Spanish

Dr. Sulewski is employed by Penn Medicine.

About Dr. Michael E. Sulewski

Recognized by Best Doctors in America 2005 - 2018

Recognized by Suburban Life magazine's "Top Physicians 2010" issue

Recognized in Philadelphia Magazine's May 2002 Top Docs issue

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Clinical Specialties


  • Ophthalmology

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Ophthalmology, 1991

Clinical Expertise:

  • Abnormal Eyelashes
  • Cataract Implant Surgery
  • Cataracts
  • Conjunctivitis (Pinkeye)
  • Cornea and External Eye Disorders
  • Corneal Disorders
  • Corneal Graft Rejections
  • Corneal Transplant (Keratoplasty)
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Dry Eyes
  • Excimer Laser Eye Surgery
  • Eye Emergencies
  • Eye Inflammation
  • Eye Microsurgery
  • Eyelid Lesions
  • Glaucoma
  • Glaucoma Medication
  • Glaucoma Screening and Diagnosis
  • Glaucoma Surgery
  • Laser Eye Surgery
  • LASIK Eye Surgery
  • Myopia (Nearsightedness)
  • Radial Keratotomy (RK)
  • Refractive Errors (Refractive Disorders)
  • Routine Eye Exam
  • Tear Duct Surgery
  • Uveitis
  • Vision Loss

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

Practice Locations and Appointments

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • Clover Health Plan
  • CVS Health
  • Devon Health Services (Americare)
  • eLAP Services
  • Gateway Health Plan
  • Geisinger Health Plan
  • HealthAmerica / HealthAssurance, a Coventry Plan
  • HealthPartners
  • HealthPartners Medicare
  • HealthSmart
  • Highmark Blue Shield
  • Homestead Smart Health Plans
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Humana / Choicecare
  • Independence Blue Cross (Keystone East)
  • Intergroup
  • Keystone First
  • Keystone First Medicare
  • Multiplan
  • NJ Medicaid
  • NJ Qualcare
  • Oxford Health Plan
  • PA Health and Wellness (Centene) Medicare
  • PA Medicaid
  • PA Medicare
  • Preferred Health Care/LGH
  • Provider Partners Health Plan
  • Rail Road Medicare / Palmetto GBA
  • Remedy Partners at Penn Medicine
  • Superior Vision Benefit Mgmt, Inc (Block Vision)
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
  • US Family Health Plan
  • Veterans Choice Program

Education and Training

Medical School: University of Maryland School of Medicine
Residency: Greater Baltimore Medical Center
Fellowship: Johns Hopkins Hospital


American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Medical Association, American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, Aspen Cornea Society, Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, College of Physicians of Philadelphia, Local Fellow of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, Intercounty Ophthalmological Society of Philadelphia, International Academy of Sports Vision, International Society of Refractive Keratoplasty, Medical Advisory Board Philadelphia Chapter of Sjogren's Syndrome Foundation, Pennsylvania Academy of Ophthalmology, The Contact Lens Association of Ophthalmologists, University of Maryland Medical Alumni Association,

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Sulewski is employed by Penn Medicine.

Hospital Privileges:

  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Penn Presbyterian Medical Center: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.


Selected Publications:

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

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 : 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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Academic Contact Info

University of Pennsylvania
Scheie Eye Institute
51 N. 39th Street

Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215) 662-8118
Patient appointments: 800-789-7366 (PENN)

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