Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science
Sarah Hilkert’s research pertains to health disparities and global health. Her clinical interests include pediatric and adult strabismus, adjustable sutures, nasolacrimal duct obstruction, and pediatric cataracts.
Her research has been published in Survey of Ophthalmology.
Hilkert earned a BA in philosophy and preprofessional studies summa cum laude from the University of Notre Dame and an MD from the Ohio State University College of Medicine. While a student at Ohio State, she was honored with the Dr. Eli G. Alcorn and Dr. John B. Alcorn Prize for outstanding achievement in ophthalmology, and the Dorothy H. Suerdieck Medical Scholarship, in recognition of “exemplary behavior in the areas of altruism, compassion, integrity, service, respect, responsibility, and accountability.” She was also inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha and Gold Humanism honor societies. She then obtained an MPH from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where she received the Capstone Award for Outstanding Achievement in research. After medical school, she completed her internship at Scripps Mercy Hospital in San Diego, followed by an ophthalmology residency at the Ohio State University Havener Eye Institute. Most recently, she held a pediatric ophthalmology fellowship at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. Throughout her training, she has performed extensive community service work in the United States, Mexico, Central America, and Africa.