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Charlotte A. Wilson and Margaret K. Whitener Professorship

School of Medicine

Established in 2017 in memory of Margaret K. Whitener and her mother Charlotte A. Wilson

After a successful procedure performed at the Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute, MARGARET K. WHITENER was able to spend the last few years of her life in a brighter world. Her experience inspired her to leave a bequest to Wilmer.

One woman knows about this experience firsthand: Leberta Brandimarte, her nurse and caretaker. When Ms. Brandimarte first started caring for Mrs. Whitener, she noticed right away that Mrs. Whitener had trouble with her mobility. When she asked her what was wrong, Mrs. Whitener said that she couldn’t see.

“To make a long story short, I told the person that was in charge of her finances, I want to take her to Johns Hopkins. It’s very important that I do. She has a lot of life left in her,” says Ms. Brandimarte.

When Mrs. Whitener came to Wilmer for treatment by Dr. Maumenee, Ms. Brandimarte spent the night at the hospital with her. “She loved this hospital,” says Ms. Brandimarte. “Yes, she did. It was something she talked about. And she’d be honored by this professorship.”

According to Ms. Brandimarte, “Kay” was a gorgeous woman with bright red hair who married the love of her life, Mr. Dewey Whitener. Though she moved to Virginia to be with him, she was a West Virginia girl at heart. Mrs. Whitener was close to both the late West Virginia Senator Robert Byrd and his late wife Erma. “They loved her like you never saw,” says Ms. Brandimarte.

When making the bequest, Mrs. Whitener wrote, “Medical research is my favorite way of helping mankind.”

The Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute is honored to create an endowed professorship in memory of Margaret K. Whitener and her mother Charlotte A. Wilson.

Held by Charles Eberhart

CHARLES EBERHART, MD, PhD, the inaugural Charlotte A. Wilson and Margaret K. Whitener Professor of Ophthalmology, joined the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine faculty in 2001 and currently directs the Divisions of Neuropathology and Ophthalmic Pathology.

Dr. Eberhart received his MD and PhD degrees from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in 1997 and completed his postgraduate clinical training in anatomical pathology and neuropathology at The Johns Hopkins Hospital.

He works as both a diagnostic pathologist and a scientist studying how brain and eye diseases can be better classified and treated.

Much of Dr. Eberhart’s research centers on how Notch, Hedgehog, and other signaling pathways involved in normal development drive tumor growth through the regulation of stem cell phenotype. His work also focuses on identifying new genetic changes in neural and ocular surface tumors; he has a particular interest in pediatric tumors of the brain and eye.

Dr. Eberhart is a member of numerous organizations and is on the editorial boards of the Journal of Neuropathology and Experimental Neurology, Neuro-oncology, and Brain Pathology. In addition, he has published more than 250 original research articles on diseases of the brain and eye.