Common Cause, Uncommon Mission

Two clinician-scientists with a shared interest guide patients and families through the maze of living with genetic eye disease — and work to discover new cutting-edge therapies to treat it.

Christy and Caden Crawford

Articles in this Issue

  • A Visionary Bequest to Support Low Vision

    Elaine Diggs, a former research assistant at Wilmer Eye Institute, wanted to develop a legacy gift that would reflect her passions. That’s why she decided to support vision rehabilitation at Wilmer.

    Elaine Diggs
  • Finding the Right Path

    In the summer of 2022, Patrick Richard suffered an attack of acute angle-closure glaucoma, a medical emergency that can lead to blindness within a few days without treatment. “I feel very lucky and fortunate that I went to Wilmer,” he says.

    Patrick Richard, Ph.D. (left) with Jella An, M.D., M.B.A. (right)
  • New Rising Professorship Helps Turn Big Plans into Reality

    As a 19-year-old in rural India, Nakul Shekhawat saw how having access to eye care transforms lives. Now an ophthalmologist at Wilmer, a new professorship is supporting his efforts to improve access and care.

    Nakul Shekhawat
  • Getting His Life Back

    When complex vision problems caused Don Kalil to lose his eyesight, a team of Wilmer specialists worked together to restore it. Today, Kalil is once again pursuing life at full tilt.

    Don Kalil with Mandeep Singh and Esen Akpek
  • Remembering Rick Forsythe

    Wilmer Eye Institute has long benefited from the support of many extraordinary people. This year, we lost one of them. Wilmer director Peter J. McDonnell remembers the life and legacy of Rick Forsythe.

    Rick Forsythe and other Wilmer Leadership