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Neil M Bressler, M.D.

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  • James P. Gills Professor of Ophthalmology
  • Professor of Ophthalmology


Diabetic Retinopathy, Macular Degeneration, Macular Disorders, Medical Diseases of the Retina, Ophthalmology, Retinal Vein Occlusion more

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Retinal Diseases; Age-Related Macular Degeneration; Diabetic Retinopathy more

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Phone: 410-955-8342 | Fax: 410-955-0845


Dr. Neil Bressler has been a member of the Wilmer Eye Institute's faculty since 1988 and is the inaugural James P. Gills Professor of Ophthalmology. He specializes in retinal diseases, with special interests in diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration.

Dr. Bressler's main research interests have been collaborative efforts in clinical trials of common retinal diseases, including age-related macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy, having chaired several NIH-sponsored and industry-sponsored multicenter randomized clinical trials and authored almost 300 peer-reviewed publications. He is a past chair of the NIH-sponsored Diabetic Retinopathy Clinical Research Network, and was responsible for guidelines, policies, protocol development as well as implementation, and to facilitate Network operations in a way that maintains academic integrity and optimal clinical trial performance. He also has chaired the National Eye Institutes Data and Safety Monitoring Committee for intramural clinical trials and the FDA Ophthalmic Devices Panel. Dr. Bressler is currently editor-in-chief of JAMA Ophthalmology. more


  • James P. Gills Professor of Ophthalmology
  • Professor of Ophthalmology

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  • MD; Medicine; Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (1982)


  • Ophthalmology; Harvard Medical School (1986)


  • Retina; Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (1987)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Ophthalmology (Ophthalmology) (1987)

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Clinical Trial Keywords


Activities & Honors


  • J. Donald M. Gass Medal, Macula Society
  • Fellows Award, Society of Heed
  • Gertrude Pyron Award, American Society of Retina Specialists
  • Secretariat Award, American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • Gold Fellow in ARVO
  • Senior Scientific Investigator Award, Research to Prevent Blindness
  • Life Achievement Award, American Academy of Ophthalmology, 2014
  • Arnall Patz Medal, Macula Society, 2017
  • Retina Hall of Fame, 2017

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Recent News Articles and Media Coverage

Why Nearsightedness is on the Rise in Children - New York Times (May 2021)

What to Order When You're Buying New Eyeglasses - Washington Post (Jun. 2016)

Sharper Reading Vision - in One Eye - Wall Street Journal (Mar. 2016)

The Ophthalmologist Powerlist 2016: #9 Neil Bressler

Researcher Helps Lead Discovery on Efficacy and Safety of Eylea, Lucentis and Avastin for Treating Patients with Diabetic Macular Edema - JHM News (Feb. 2015)

High-Powered Lasers Meant for Labs Prove Dangerous to the Untrained - NBC Chicago (Dec. 2013)

The Best Protection for Your Eyes - Consumer Reports (Nov. 2013)

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