The James P. Gills Professor of Ophthalmology
The Wilmer Eye Institute
Dr. Neil Bressler graduated from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1982 and completed an ophthalmology residency at Harvard Medical School’s Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary in 1986. He joined the Wilmer Eye Institute faculty at Johns Hopkins in 1988, where he currently is Chief of the Retina Division and the inaugural James P. Gills Professor of Ophthalmology.
His main research interests have been collaborative efforts in clinical trials of common retinal diseases, including age-related macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy, having chaired several NIH-sponsored and industry-sponsored multicenter randomized clinical trials and authored almost 300 peer-reviewed publications. He currently chairs the NIH-sponsored Diabetic Retinopathy Clinical Research Network as Principal Investigator of the Network’s Operations Center, responsible for guidelines, policies, protocol development as well as implementation, and to facilitate Network operations in a way that maintains academic integrity and optimal clinical trial performance. He also chairs the National Eye Institute’s Data and Safety Monitoring Committee for intramural clinical trials, and has chaired the FDA Ophthalmic Devices Panel.
He has won numerous awards in ophthalmology, including the Macula Society’s J. Donald M. Gass Medal, the Society of Heed Fellows Award, the American Society of Retina Specialists Gertrude Pyron Award, the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s Secretariat Award, a Gold Fellow in ARVO, and a Senior Scientific Investigator Award from Research to Prevent Blindness. He currently is an officer as Secretary of the Macula Society. Beyond ophthalmology, he provides leadership regarding management of outside interests (including financial conflicts of interests) of physicians and other scientists as Chair of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Dean’s Committee on Outside Interests, and is vice-chair of the Continuing Medical Education Advisory Board at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. As a member of the Board of Trustees for the Interlochen Center for the Arts, he also shares responsibility for an entity which engages and inspires people worldwide through excellence in educational, artistic and cultural programs in the arts.
Dr. Bressler sees patients at the Wilmer Eye Institute's Johns Hopkins Hospital location.
For appointments at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, call: 410-955-3518