Emily M. Zepeda, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor

Clinical Focus

Special Interests

  • Child and Adult Strabismus (Eye Misalignment) 
  • Pediatric Amblyopia 
  • Retinopathy of Prematurity 
  • Infantile and Juvenile Cataract 


  • BS: University of North Carolina (with highest distinction), Chapel Hill, NC 
  • MD: Loyola Stritch School of Medicine (cum laude), Chicago, IL
  • Internship: University of Washington, Seattle, WA
  • Residency: University of Washington, Seattle, WA
  • Fellowship: Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, University of Michigan, W.K. Kellogg Eye Center, Ann Arbor, MI


Dr. Zepeda is from Chicago, Illinois, and grew up knowing she wanted to be a doctor — just like her father. She attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, followed by her medical degree from Loyola Stritch School of Medicine in Chicago. During breaks from studying, Dr. Zepeda volunteered in her mother’s third-grade class, where she developed a strong sense of purpose in working with children.

She completed her intern year and residency at the University of Washington in Seattle. Inspired by her prior volunteer efforts and her experiences in residency, Dr. Zepeda pursued a fellowship in pediatric ophthalmology and adult strabismus at the University of Michigan, Kellogg Eye Center. When her husband, an Air Force pilot, was transferred to Tinker AFB, Dr. Zepeda knew there was only one place she wanted to practice — DMEI. Being home to numerous leaders in the field and one of the best training programs in the nation, she is honored to be working among top ophthalmologists while being a part of a tradition in excellence in service to all patients.

In her spare time, Dr. Zepeda enjoys painting, illustrating, sculpting, and knitting. When she isn’t covered in paint or surrounded by mounds of clay, she is running, biking, or exploring the great state of Oklahoma.


  • Oklahoma Academy of Ophthalmology
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus 
  • American Medical Association

Honors & Awards

  • UW Ophthalmology Resident Research Award, 2018
  • AAO Advocacy Ambassador, 2017    
  • UW Ophthalmology Research Finalist, 2017  
  • Loyola Stritch School of Medicine Cardinal Stritch Scholarship, 2010–2014
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Apple’s Social Entrepreneur Fellow, 2009


Peer-Reviewed Publications:

Zepeda, E.M., Shariff, A., Gillette, T.B.,  Grant, L., Ding, L., Tarczy-Hornoch, K., Cabrera, M.T., (2018) Vitreous Bands Identified by Handheld Spectral-Domain Optical Coherence Tomography Among Premature Infants. JAMA Ophthalmology, 136(7):753–758.  DIO: 10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2018.1509

Sychev, Y., Zepeda, E.M., Lam, D.Y. (2017). Bilateral cataract formation via acute spontaneous fracture of the lens following treatment of hyperglycemic hyperosmolar syndrome. American Journal of Ophthalmology Case Reports, 7, 66-69. DIO: 10.1016/j.ajoc.2017.04.006

Kam, J.P., Zepeda, E.M., Ding, L., Wen, J.C. (2017). Resident-performed Laser Peripheral Iridotomy in Primary Angle Closure, Angle closure suspects and Angle Closure glaucoma. Clinical Ophthalmology, 11: 1871-1876. DIO: 10.2147/OPTH.S148467

Book Chapters:

Zepeda, E.M., Jacobs, S.M., Chambers, C.B. Chapter 42: Operative Technique in Plastic Surgery: Nasolacrimal Duct Obstruction. Wolters Kluwer, Philadelphia, PA, USA. To be published October 2018.


Zepeda, E.M. (2017, June)Mid- Year forum reflections.In Focus: Washington Academy of Eye Physicians and Surgeons.

Zepeda, E.M. (2013 April) Evidence based medicine: The ocular risks of daily extended screen time. The Loyola Larynx- The voice of Wellness, 1:1.