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October 7, 2011
The Glaucoma Center of Excellence (GCE) was dedicated October 7, 2011 by the Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in a ceremony attended by 80 faculty, staff, researchers and patients at the Robert H. and Clarice Smith Building. In a tradition extending back to 1922 that includes nationally known clinician-scientists, the Center now comprises eight faculty members considered the premier group conducting research, teaching, and patient care for glaucoma in the U.S. Wilmer Eye Institute Director Peter J. McDonnell, M.D. presided with remarks made by Wilmer Advisory Council Chair, Sanford D. Greenberg, Ph.D. and GCE Director Harry A. Quigley, M.D.
Attendees Irvin Pollack, M.D. (past Wilmer glaucoma chief) and Alfred Sommer, M.D, MPH (Lasker awardee, Dean Emeritus for the Bloomberg School of Health and Wilmer glaucoma physician) gave awards to three Glaucoma Center employees who have served patients for a total of 126 years. There was recognition of the contribution of Center staff, who perform 10,000 outpatient visits and over 1,000 surgical procedures per year. The Center is known for groundbreaking research in neuroprotection therapy, interventions to assist patients with compliance to medication taking, improvements in surgical outcomes, and studies that measure the effect of visual impairment on patient quality of life.
Trainees of the GCE are now leaders in the field of glaucoma in the U.S.A. and worldwide. More than 60 former fellows occupy leadership positions in academic centers for glaucoma at 18 American universities and 16 other countries. Its fellowship training program is known as a foremost site for training in glaucoma surgery and in development of a faculty career in the field.