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Sisters Kim Alkire and Marlee, Cherie , and Karen Ort were invited to Wilmer this August to meet Justin Hanes, Ph.D., the new Lewis J. Ort Professor and Director of the Center for Nanomedicine; for a special champagne toast and tour of the Smith Building. Dr. Hanes is working with other Wilmer investigators to focus the power of nanotechnology on creating new drug and gene therapies for patients with vision disorders, including those that affect the back of the eye, such as age-related macular degeneration; and those that affect the cornea, such as Fuch’s dystrophy. The Ort Family Professorship was created with a $1 million pledge in 1989 and fully funded in 1991 by their late father, Lewis J. Ort, who became a devoted supporter of ophthalmology at Wilmer after receiving care for detached retina. Mr. Ort was out of the country doing philanthropic work when he literally crawled his way to Wilmer, and found what he described to his family as the best eye facility in the world. After treatment at the Wilmer Eye Institute, Mr. Ort chaired the Advisory Board, increasing its size and influence. During that time, he became great friends with Dr. Edward Maumenee and Dr. Arnall Patz. Today, Karen Alkire, Marlee Ort, and Cherie Ort serve as active members of the Wilmer Advisory Council. Karen Ort is currently Chair of the Frederick N. Griffith Foundation, which is a support organization for Tissue Bank International- a non-profit organization for the transplant of human tissue. Their support of medicine at Johns Hopkins and family-owned company, Fibred-Maryland, Inc are the continuing legacy of Lewis J. Ort, who pioneered commercially viable, high fiber, low calorie baking products.
Center for Nanomedicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine staff