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Andreas C. Dracopoulos Professorship

School of Medicine

Established in 2017 by Andreas C. Dracopoulos

ANDREAS DRACOLOULOS is the co-president and director of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, an international philanthropic organization established in 1996 by his great-uncle, the late Stavros Niarchos.

Mr. Dracopoulos is a trustee of the Rockefeller University and the Johns Hopkins University, where he is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Berman Institute of Bioethics. He is a member of the Board of the Peterson Institute for International Economics and the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC.

Mr. Dracopoulos is also a member of the Board of the Dalton School in New York City. In addition, he is an honorary trustee of the New York Public Library (NYPL), where he served as a trustee from 2003 to 2010. In 2012, the NYPL honored him for his contributions to the library’s educational programs. In 2015, the Child Mind Institute honored him for his commitment to supporting children’s mental health during their Child Mind Institute Child Advocacy Award Dinner.

In 2016, Andreas Dracopoulos was awarded the rank of the Officer of the Legion of Honor of the Republic of France. In 2012, the Greek state awarded him with the Grand Commander of the Order of the Phoenix.

In 2015, Mr. Dracopoulos was honored during the 100th anniversary celebration of The National Herald for his contributions toward supporting Greek education, and he received the Person of the Year award from the Hellenic American Chamber of Commerce.

Born and raised in Athens, Greece, Mr. Dracopoulos graduated from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics. He resides in New York City.

Held by Mandeep Singh

MANDEEP S. SINGH, M.D., Ph.D., holds the Andreas C. Dracopoulos Professorship in Ophthalmology. He is associate professor of ophthalmology and genetic medicine at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and the founding co-director of the Johns Hopkins Genetic Eye Diseases (GEDi) Center at the Wilmer Eye Institute.

As a retinal physician and vitreoretinal surgeon, he provides care for patients with adult retinal and macular disorders. He leads several gene therapy trials and natural history studies at Johns Hopkins and is the study chair of the Gyrate Atrophy Ocular and Systemic (GYROS) Study, a prospective international natural history study in partnership with the Foundation Fighting Blindness. In addition, he is a member of the Regulatory Endpoints and Trial Design for Inherited Retinal Diseases (REDi) Working Group. His research in genetic ophthalmology also encompasses artificial intelligence and bioethics in genetic eye diseases.

He leads a translational neuroscience laboratory where his research focus is on retinal stem cell therapy, specifically on photoreceptor transplantation, to repair visual deficits in people with degenerative retinal diseases. In relation to this effort, he leads a diverse team aiming to develop surgical techniques for retinal and macular surgery. He is part of the retinal stem cell clinical trial surgical team at the National Eye Institute of the National Institutes of Health.

He is the co-director of the biennial Johns Hopkins Retinal Degeneration and Clinical Electrophysiology Conference series and serves as an advisor to several philanthropic and commercial organizations aiming to further research and development in retinal diseases and therapeutics. He has received several awards including the Ruskell Medal, the Bert M. Glaser Award, and the Macula Society Young Investigator Award.