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Katharine Graham Professorship of Ophthalmology

School of Medicine

Established in 2002 by the estate of Katharine M. Graham

GrahamKatharineKATHARINE MEYER GRAHAM, publisher of The Washington Post, has been called one of the most powerful women in American media, as well as one of the 20th century’s most interesting women. She guided the Post through the publication of the Pentagon Papers, against government directives and the advice of her own lawyers, and the investigation by reporters Woodward and Bernstein of what came to be known as the Watergate scandal. In 1997 she won the Pulitzer Prize for her memoir, Personal History. Mrs. Graham died in 2001 at the age of 84. She was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest honor to civilians in the nation, first established in 1945 by President Harry Truman.

Held by Sharon D. Solomon

SolomonSharonSHARON D. SOLOMON, MD, is the Katharine Graham Professor of Ophthalmology at the Wilmer Eye Institute. A retina specialist and board-certified ophthalmologist, Dr. Solomon’s clinical expertise includes medical and surgical treatment of age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, epiretinal membranes, macular holes, and retinal tears and detachment. Dr. Solomon has a large national and international referral practice at Wilmer.

Dr. Solomon has served as principal investigator at Wilmer on a number of NIH-sponsored clinical trials through the Diabetic Retinopathy Clinical Research Network (DRCRN). As a co-investigator for the Wilmer Photograph Reading Center, Dr. Solomon has participated in the Submacular Surgery Trials for age-related macular degeneration. She has numerous publications from her clinical trials involvement. Dr. Solomon received her bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from Harvard University and her medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco, where she also completed her residency in ophthalmology. She completed her surgical retina fellowship at the Wilmer Eye Institute prior to joining the faculty.