Alfred Sommer, M.D., M.H.S., is a professor of ophthalmology at the Wilmer Eye Institute and Dean Emeritus and professor of epidemiology and international health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He was the founding Director (1980-1990) of the Dana Center for Preventive Ophthalmology at Johns Hopkins, which focuses on clinical epidemiology and public health aspects of blindness prevention and child survival.
Dr. Sommer''s current research interests include outcomes assessment; clinical guidelines; the screening, diagnosis and management of glaucoma and other blindness prevention strategies; and cost containment. He demonstrated the impact of vitamin A deficiency on childhood blindness and mortality in developing countries. His newest efforts concern the growing interface between medicine and public health. He has published five books and over 300 scientific articles and has received numerous awards. His current research interests include child survival and blindness prevention strategies, micronutrient interventions and the interface between public health and clinical medicine.
Dr. Sommer received his M.D. from Harvard Medical School and his M.H.S. in epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.