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Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology
Peggy Orr, MPH, BSN, RN, COMT, is an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology in the Retina Division of the Wilmer Eye Institute.
Ms. Orr’s research interests primarily have focused on collaborative efforts in multicenter clinical trials of common retinal diseases, including age-related macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy. She has served on the Executive Committee of the NIH-sponsored Macular Photocoagulation Study (MPS) and Submacular Surgery Trials (SST). She also has served as Chair of the Vision Testing Subcommittee and Chair of the Traveling Vision Examiner (TVE) Program for the SST. As Chair of the TVE program, she was the lead vision monitor for all participating SST centers. Ms. Orr also has served as a vision monitor for several other major NIH-sponsored and industry-sponsored multicenter randomized clinical trials, including trials of photodynamic therapy, sponsored by QLT Phototherapeutics, Inc. and Novartis. As a vision monitor for more than 20 years, she has trained and certified hundreds of vision examiners, both nationally and internationally, and developed refraction and vision testing protocols and certification procedures for vision examiners and research study coordinators. She currently is a vision certifier for the NIH-sponsored Diabetic Retinopathy Clinical Research Network (DRCR.net). Ms. Orr has lectured at the Annual Meeting continuing education courses for the Joint Commission on Allied Health Professionals in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO) and to ophthalmic technicians at Wilmer refraction. In addition, since 1991, she has taught visual acuity testing, optics, and direct ophthalmoscopy as part of the Basic Skills Clerkship for the third year medical students at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
Ms. Orr’s educational and technical training include a Bachelor of Science degree (Summa Cum Laude) in Health Sciences from Towson University, in 1981; a Masters of Public Health degree (Cum Laude) from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, 1996; and a Bachelor of Science degree (Summa Cum laude) in Nursing from Stevenson University, 2009. She joined the staff of the Retinal Vascular Center, The Wilmer Eye Institute, in 1974, and was promoted to senior staff in 1988, Research Associate in 1995, Instructor in 1999, and Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology in 2002. Ms. Orr is a licensed RN in the State of Maryland and is certified by JCAHPO as an Ophthalmic Medical Technologist (COMT).