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Alfred Sommer, M.D., M.H.S.

Alfred Sommer, Johns Hopkins Medicine International board member

Dr. Alfred Sommer is an inaugural Johns Hopkins University Gilman Scholar, a Johns Hopkins University Distinguished Service Professor, and Dean Emeritus of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He is a Professor of Epidemiology and International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Professor of Ophthalmology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He served as Dean of the Bloomberg School from 1990 to 2005.

Dr. Sommer received his M.D. from Harvard Medical School (1967) and his Master of Health Science in Epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health (1973).

Dr. Sommer’s research interests include outcomes assessment; blindness prevention strategies; child survival, and the growing interface between medicine and public health.

Dr. Sommer has published five books and more than 300 scientific articles and has chaired scientific and advisory committees of the National Institutes of Health, the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the Micronutrient Forum (formerly the International Vitamin A Consultative Group), the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the World Economic Forum.

He has received numerous awards, including the Albert Lasker Award for Clinical Research; the Pollin Prize for Pediatric Research; the Helmut Horten Medical Research Award; the Charles A. Dana Award for Pioneering Achievements in Health; the Prince Mahidol Award (from His Majesty the King of Thailand); the Warren Alpert Foundation Prize; the Joseph E. Smadel Award of the Infectious Diseases Society of America; the Danone International Prize for Nutrition; the Lucien Howe Medal of the American Ophthalmological Society; the Bristol-Meyers Squibb/Mead Johnson Award for Distinguished Achievement in Nutrition Research, and the Duke Elder International Gold Medal for Contributions to Ophthalmology.

He has delivered more than 30 named lectureships, including the Jackson Memorial Lecture (American Academy of Ophthalmology), Duke Elder Oration (Royal College of Ophthalmologists), De Schweinitz Lecture (College of Physicians, Philadelphia), Dohlman Lecture (Harvard Medical School), Doyne Lecture (Oxford Ophthalmologic Congress) and the Kimura Lecture (University of California, San Francisco), among others.

Dr. Sommer is a member of both the National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine, is Past President of the Association of Schools of Public Health, is Chair of the Board of the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation, and holds the 19th Chair of the Academia Ophthalmologica Internationalis. He is a corporate Director of Becton Dickinson and of T. Rowe Price.