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W. Richard Green Professorship of Ophthalmology

School of Medicine

Established in 2007 with support from various donors in honor of W. Richard Green

GreenRichardW. RICHARD GREEN, recognized internationally as one of the world’s foremost ophthalmic pathologists, joined the Wilmer Eye Institute in 1968. From 1989-2006 he held the Independent Order of Odd Fellows Professorship. He produced more than 700 publications, had board certification in both ophthalmology and pathology, and served as president of the American Ophthalmologic Society and the American Association of Ophthalmic Pathologists. Dr. Green received more than 25 national awards and, at Hopkins, he was honored with numerous teaching awards as well as the perpetual designation of his laboratory as the “W. Richard Green Eye Pathology Laboratory.” Dr. Green died in 2010.

“Dr. Green leaves a tremendous legacy to ophthalmology that is an inspiration to me and many future generations of ophthalmologists and scientists.” – Richard D. Semba

Held by Richard D. Semba

SembaRichardRICHARD D. SEMBA, MD, MA, MPH, is the inaugural W. Richard Green Professor of Ophthalmology at the Wilmer Eye Institute and holds joint appointments in the Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology and the Department of International Health.

Dr. Semba conducts research on major conditions affecting human health, including age-related macular degeneration, child malnutrition and growth failure, and loss of muscle mass and strength with older age using proteomics, metabolomics, and mass spectrometry. He has authored or co-authored over 300 peer-reviewed scientific publications and has written the books: “Handbook of Nutrition and Ophthalmology”, “The Vitamin A Story: Lifting the Shadow of Death”, and “Catalogue of the William Holland Wilmer Rare Book Collection.” He also co-edited the textbook, “Nutrition and Health in Developing Countries.”

Dr. Semba received his MA and MD from Stanford University and his MPH from Johns Hopkins University. He completed his ophthalmology residency at the Wilmer Eye Institute and has been a faculty member at Wilmer since 1987.