John D. Sheppard, M.D., M.M.SC

Dr. SheppardBoard Certified Ophthalmologist
President, Virginia Eye Consultants
Fellowship Trained in Uveitis and Corneal Surgery               

Specializing in Cornea and Cataract Surgery                                                     Professor of Ophthalmology, Eastern Virginia Medical School


Dr. John Sheppard is a board-certified, fellowship-trained corneal eye surgeon and the Virginia Eye Consultant specialist in corneal transplantation, dry eye syndrome, uveitis, cataract surgery, glaucoma, and premium lens implants. He is listed in The Best Doctors in America since 2002 and has received the American Academy of Ophthalmology Honor Award.

Dr. Sheppard is the president of Virginia Eye Consultants and oversees VEC’s unique mission as a world class academic, clinical, research and teaching center of excellence in ophthalmology. Virginia Eye Consultants has received the Roaring Twenty Award for 3 consecutive years as one of the 20 fastest growing businesses in Eastern Virginia, as well as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce National Finalist Award as the best business in Norfolk, Hampton Roads, Virginia and the Southern United States.

“When patients walk into the doors of the VEC center, they can be assured of receiving outstanding care from physicians who are at the top of their field,” says Dr. Sheppard. At the same time, the VEC staff takes pride in offering patients a setting that is comfortable, pleasant and attractive.

“What differentiates VEC from other vision care practices is our level of expertise,” says Dr. Sheppard. “Our training, experience, skill and knowledge allow us to treat the most challenging conditions, regardless of the situation. Our doctors are proactive in offering new treatments because many times we have developed them, led a research team doing the investigation or we serve on a national advisory board that reviews the results.”

A native of Pittsburgh, Dr. Sheppard received his bachelors, masters and medical degrees from Brown University in Rhode Island on a full Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarship. He served four years with the U.S. Navy as the 6th Fleet Medical Officer and Chief of Family Practice.

After his military service, Dr. Sheppard pursued a residency in ophthalmology at the University of Pittsburgh Eye and Ear Institute and then a fellowship at the University of California Francis I. Proctor Research Foundation in San Francisco. He was awarded prestigious Heed-Knapp, Burroughs-Wellcome and NIH National Research Fellowship grants in his study of corneal disease, uveitis, third world blindness and ocular immunology at UC San Francisco.

In 1989, Dr. Sheppard joined the Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS) faculty and is now Professor of Ophthalmology, Microbiology, and Molecular Biology. He also serves as Research Director of the Ophthalmology Residency Program at EVMS. As Clinical Director of the Thomas R. Lee Center for Ocular Pharmacology, he not only coordinates clinical trials, but is also instrumental in translational research bringing preclinical studies into practice. He holds a patent for photodynamic therapy of the ocular surface. During a period of major sociopolitical changes in transplantation reimbursement, he was Chairman of the Board of the Lions Bank of Eastern Virginia and now serves as a Medical Director.

Dr. Sheppard is actively involved in numerous clinical trials and has participated as principal investigator in over 110 clinical research trials sponsored by many major pharmaceutical companies and for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. In addition, Dr. Sheppard has served on the medical advisory board for over 41 pharmaceutical and medical device companies. He has authored over 110 peer review abstracts, journal articles, and chapters. An acclaimed speaker, he has presented over 700 invited lectures and visiting professorships worldwide. As uveitis section editor for, and editorial board member for EyeNet, the AAO online uveitis committee, editorial board member of Clinical Ophthalmology and Eye & Contact Lens, and a reviewer for dozens of peer review journals, he works at the forefront of the electronic publishing age. Dr. Sheppard currently serves as the COO of EyeRx Research, Inc., a pharmaceutical development company, and founder of, a major buying group for Ophthalmologists and Optometrists.

In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his wife and four children. His hobbies include swimming, playing the organ during church services, and the keytar at rock and roll gigs with friends and fellow physician musicians.