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Quigley, Harry A.

Harry Quigley

A. Edward Maumenee Professor of Ophthalmology
Director, Glaucoma Center of Excellence

Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins University
600 North Wolfe St., Wilmer 122
Baltimore, MD 21287-9019

Phone: (410) 955-6052
Fax: (410) 955-2542

An interview with Dr Quigley describing the career of a glaucoma specialist

Dr. Quigley graduated with honors from Harvard College and was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha honors at Johns Hopkins Medical School. After ophthalmic residency at the Wilmer Institute, he did a fellowship with Douglas Anderson at the Bascom Palmer Institute, Miami. He became the A. Edward Maumenee Professor of Ophthalmology in 1994, directing both the Glaucoma Service and the Dana Center for Preventive Ophthalmology at the Wilmer Institute.  He was a founding member of the American Glaucoma Society and served as its initial Secretary for 8 years.  He was elected chief executive officer of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO), and was elected Editor-in-Chief of the most prestigious journal in vision research, Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science.

He has published 300 peer-reviewed articles, and his publications were found to be those most cited in the ophthalmic literature by his colleagues over the last 30 years (Archives of Ophthalmology, 2007).  He has been honored with the Friedenwald Award (2004) by ARVO, and by research awards from Research to Prevent Blindness, the European Society of Ophthalmology (the Prix Jules Francois), the Chicago Ophthalmological Society (best teacher), Ophthalmological Society of Scotland (Mackenzie Medal), Australian Society of Ophthalmology (Gregg Medal), Irish Ophthalmological Society (Mooney Medal), New York Academy of Sciences (Lewis Rudin Prize), and the Oxford Ophthalmological Congress (Doyne Medal).

Dr. Quigley has trained 50 glaucoma clinician--scientists who practice in the U.S. and worldwide.  His research work has improved the early diagnosis of glaucoma and has developed instruments and techniques to identify glaucoma damage better.  His investigations have provided detailed correlations between the clinical evaluation of glaucoma patients and the histological state of their optic nerves, demonstrating the degree of damage that precedes detection.  He was the first to report long-term success with laser iridotomy.  His suturing technique for trabeculectomy has been widely adopted.

He has participated in pioneering studies of the epidemiology of eye disease and glaucoma in American, African, Asian, and Hispanic populations and served as ophthalmologist for the Baltimore Eye Survey, the first population-based study of U.S. eye disease.  He organized Worldwide Glaucoma 2000, a World Health Organization-sponsored meeting to direct future programs in glaucoma care.  With his colleague Don Zack, he has performed the first successful gene therapy experiment to protect retinal ganglion cells from death in a rat glaucoma model.  He is conducting research on progenitor cells derived from adult eyes.

Dr. Quigley enjoys sports including tennis, and he is presently engaged in ecorestoration projects in the Baltimore City parks system.  His son, David, is a bioinformatics specialist conducting medical research and his daughter, Erica, is a teacher-naturalist, designing outdoor nature programs for the Audubon Society of Massachusetts.


Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

  • Assistant Professor, 1977-1980
  • Associate Professor, 1980-1985
  • Professor, 1985-Present
  • A. Edward Maumenee Professor of Ophthalmology, 1994-Present

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