Professor of Ophthalmology & Neuroscience
The Wilmer Eye Institute
Robert W. Massof, Ph.D., is Professor of Ophthalmology and Professor of Neuroscience at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He is founder and Director of the Lions Vision Research and Rehabilitation Center, a division of the Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute. Dr. Massof received his Ph.D. in Physiological Optics from Indiana University in 1975. Dr. Massof’s research areas include health outcomes measurements, clinical and basic vision psychophysics, physiological optics, and psychometrics. His work has been supported by grants from the National Eye Institute, the National Institute on Aging, the National Science Foundation, NASA, the VA Rehabilitation Research and Development Service, the Multiple District 22 Lions Vision Research Foundation, and several different corporations and private foundations. Dr. Massof is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America and has served on the Society's Board of Directors. He also is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology. He has authored more than 190 published scientific papers and book chapters, edited a book on low vision policy and service delivery issues, and holds five patents and three software copyrights on instruments that he developed. Dr. Massof founded and directed a collaboration of The Johns Hopkins University, NASA, and the VA to develop the Low Vision Enhancement System, called "LVES" ("Elvis"). This work was recognized with numerous awards, including the Popular Mechanics Design and Engineering Award and the NASA Award for Excellence in Technology Transfer. Among Dr. Massof's other awards for his low vision research are the Alfred W. Bressler Prize in Vision Science from the Jewish Guild for the Blind, the Pisart Vision Award from Lighthouse International, the American Academy of Optometry’s William Feinbloom Award, the Alcon Research Institute Award, and the Research to Prevent Blindness Senior Scientific Investigator Award.