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Johns Hopkins Medicine
Office of Corporate Communications
Media Contact: John M. Lazarou
October 8, 2004


The Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute will celebrate the dedication of The Walter J. Stark, M.D., and Margaret C. Mosher Center for Cataract and Corneal Disease on Friday, October 8, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Patz Lecture Hall in the Wilmer building.

The new center will focus on the research, evaluation and management of corneal and external eye diseases, especially cataracts.

Margaret C. Mosher’s relationship with the Wilmer Eye Institute began in the 1980s, when she was initially treated by Wilmer Director Emeritus Arnall Patz, M.D., in the Retinal Vascular Service, and subsequently by Walter J. Stark, M.D.  Mosher, a businesswoman and philanthropist, was a leading contributor to the Wilmer Eye Institute for more than a decade and passed away in 2002.  Mosher’s generosity to Wilmer began in 1991, when she along with mutual friends and patients, Ray Stark, Ralph O’Connor, and Dana and Albert Broccoli, funded the Walter J. Stark Distinguished Professorship in Ophthalmology.  A once active member of the Wilmer Advisory Council and financial supporter of many Wilmer research programs, she gave the lead gift for the A. Edward Maumenee Professorship in Ophthalmology and in 1998 created the Walter J. Stark Corneal Research Fund. 

“Through her close contact with Wilmer physicians, she learned about the Institute’s research programs to prevent and cure eye diseases and the importance of private philanthropy in support of them.  Maggie was enthusiastic, not only because of her own eye problems, but also because she wanted to help others,” said Stark.

Stark, the current director of the newly dedicated Stark-Mosher Center for Cataract and Corneal Diseases at the Wilmer Eye Institute is recognized as an international leader in corneal transplantation, use of the excimer laser and intraocular lens implantation for rehabilitation of patients with visual disability. Additionally, he helped develop the Medical Eye Bank of Maryland and Tissue Banks International and he is medical director of the Medical Eye Bank of Maryland and director of the medical board of directors at Tissue Banks International.  In 2003, he received the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s Life Achievement Honor Award, among the highest honors awarded in the field. 

“The dedication of this endowed center is a wonderful moment for our department and medical institution, allowing us to recognize the extraordinary career and contributions of Dr. Stark, as well as the extraordinary generosity of Margaret Mosher,” added Peter McDonnell, M.D., Wilmer director.

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