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Neil M. Bressler, M.D., Named Editor of JAMA Ophthalmology - 07/12/2013

Neil M. Bressler, M.D., Named Editor of JAMA Ophthalmology

Release Date: July 12, 2013
Neil M. Bressler, M.D.
Neil M. Bressler, M.D.

Neil M. Bressler, M.D., the James P. Gills Professor of Ophthalmology and chief of the Retina Division at the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins Medicine, was recently appointed the ninth editor of JAMA Ophthalmology, the journal formerly known as the Archives of Ophthalmology. The monthly publication is internationally acknowledged as an influential peer-reviewed ophthalmology and visual science periodical.

Bressler, who has served on the journal’s editorial board, says that as editor he will work with the publication’s distinguished editorial board, contributing writers and advisory committee to ensure the content is timely, and in line with the journal’s mission to keep physicians aware of current and relevant ophthalmic science and clinical practice. In addition, the journal is ready to use the evolving power of the Web and digital media, recognizing that peer-reviewed knowledge goes far beyond the print edition of medical journals. His tenure begins with the publication of this month’s issue.

An expert on retinal diseases, including age-related macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy, Bressler joined the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and The Johns Hopkins Hospital’s Wilmer Eye Institute in 1988, and in 1997, became a full professor in the school’s Department of Ophthalmology. In 2005, he was appointed chief of the Retina Division, one of the largest university-based retina practices, with more than 15 full-time clinical faculty serving JHH and an additional five satellite clinics.

The division conducts extensive basic, translational and clinical research, and Bressler’s own research has resulted in collaborative, federally funded clinical trials of treatments for retinal disorders. He has authored more than 300 peer-reviewed publications, and currently chairs the National Eye Institute’s Data and Safety Monitoring Committee for intramural clinical trials. He also has chaired the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Ophthalmic Devices Panel, and from 2006 to 2012, he chaired the National Institutes of Health’s Diabetic Retinopathy Clinical Research Network.

Bressler’s numerous awards include the Macula Society’s J. Donald Gass Medal, the Society of Heed Fellows Award, the American Society of Retina Specialists’ Gertrude Pyron Award and the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s Secretariat Award. He also was named a Gold Fellow by the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology and received a Senior Scientific Investigator Award from Research to Prevent Blindness. He currently serves as president of the Macula Society.

In addition to his research and clinical work, Bressler has been active in the medical school’s management of conflict-of-interest policies, serving as chair of the Dean’s Committee on Outside Interests from 2007 to 2013. He also has served on the school’s Continuing Medical Education Advisory Board, and became its chair in 2013.

Related Web sites:

The Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins

"It’s Not Just a New Name" (Editorial by Neil M. Bressler, M.D.)

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