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Atul Sharma, MD

Georgia Retina

Dr. Sharma was born in Nairobi, Kenya and grew up in San Diego, California. Dr. Sharma graduated with honors from the University of California at Berkeley before attending Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston. His ophthalmology residency at the University of Pennsylvania Scheie Eye Institute was distinguished by his appointment as Chief Resident. Dr. Sharma completed a two-year vitreoretinal fellowship at the Harvard Medical School, one of the premier fellowship programs in the nation. He has been an active participant in a number of clinical studies, and his publications have appeared in prominent medical journals.

Dr. Sharma decided to pursue a career in medicine because it is a rewarding and constantly changing profession. Being a doctor also allows him to make a positive impact on his patients’ lives. Dr. Sharma chose his particular specialty because working with the retina involves the most sight-threatening conditions. In turn, the opportunity to change someone’s life by restoring their sight is challenging yet satisfying for Dr. Sharma. “Few words can describe the feeling when a patient regains their sight,” Dr. Sharma said. This ability to restore someone’s vision so that they can continue to lead a productive life is at the top of Dr. Sharma’s list of being the most rewarding aspect of his job. If Dr. Sharma had not chosen to become a doctor, he probably would have worked in healthcare administration or biotechnology.

Dr. Sharma is multilingual, speaking in Spanish, Swahili, and Hindi. In his free time, Dr. Sharma enjoys traveling, watching football, and spending time with his wife and two daughters.

Undergraduate School

  • University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA – Graduated with Honors

Medical School

  •  Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, MA – Graduated with Honors

Ophthalmology Residency 

  • Scheie Eye Institute, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA – Chief Fellow

Retina Fellowship

  •  Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary, Boston, MA – Graduated with Honors

Professional Affiliations

  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • American Society of Retina Specialists
  • Georgia Society of Ophthalmology

Medical Staff

  • Northside Hospital
  • Emory Decatur

Awards and Publications


  • Sharma A, Ibarra MS, Syed NA, Piltz-Seymour J. Anterior chamber washout to diagnose sickle cell trait. Am J Ophthalmol 2003; 135(4): 561-563
  • Douglas RS, Goldstein SM, Katowitz JA, Gausas RE, Tsai D, Ibarra MS, Sharma A, Nichols CW. Orbital presentation of post transplantation lymphoproliferative disorder: a small case series. Ophthalmology 2002; 109(12): 2351-5.
  • Sharma A, Prenner JL, Maguire AM, Volpe NJ. Premonitory swelling in anterior ischemic optic neuropathy. J of Neuro-Ophthalmol 2002; 22(2); 110-112.
  • Sharma A, Tolentino MJ, Maguire AM. Retinal detachment. Topics in Emerg Med 2000; 22(4): 20-27
  • Sharma A, D’Amico DJ. Medical and surgical advances in the management of central retinal vein occlusion. Int Ophthalmol Clin 2004; Winter 44(1): 1-16


  • Sharma A, Berger JW. Radiometric normalization strategies for quantitative angiography image sequence analysis [ARVO Abstract]. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2001; 42(4): S795
  • Sharma A, Lee MS, Berger JW. Signal and noise in digital and digitized fluorescein angiograms [ARVO Abstract]. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2000; 41(4): S169
  • Yoken J, Sharma A, Berger JW. Computer-assisted Quantitation of Choroidal Neovascularization for Clinical Trials. [ARVO abstract]. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2000; 41(4): S162