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Alfred Sommer Professorship in Ophthalmology

School of Medicine

Established in 2010 through the estates of Dorothy Weir and Frederick and Elizabeth Zeis to honor Dr. Alfred Sommer

essaywriters reviewsAlfred Sommer, MD, MHS, is a professor of ophthalmology at the Wilmer Eye Institute and Dean Emeritus and professor of epidemiology and international health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He was the founding Director (1980-1990) of the Dana Center for Preventive Ophthalmology at Johns Hopkins, which focuses on clinical epidemiology and public health aspects of blindness prevention and child survival.

Dr. Sommer’s current research interests include outcomes assessment; clinical guidelines; the screening, diagnosis, and management of glaucoma and other blindness prevention strategies; and cost containment. He demonstrated the impact of vitamin A deficiency on childhood blindness and mortality in developing countries. His newest efforts concern the growing interface between medicine and public health. He has published five books and over 300 scientific articles and has received numerous awards. His current research interests include child survival and blindness prevention strategies, micronutrient interventions, and the interface between public health and clinical medicine.