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Robert W. Massof, Ph.D.

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  • Professor of Ophthalmology


Vision Impairment

Research Interests

Low vision service policy and service delivery; Physiological optics


Robert W. Massof, Ph.D., is a professor of ophthalmology and professor of neuroscience at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.  He is founder and director of the Lions Vision Research and Rehabilitation Center at the Wilmer Eye Institute. Dr. Massof’s research areas include health outcomes measurements, clinical and basic vision psychophysics, physiological optics and psychometrics. His work has been supported by grants from the National Eye Institute, the National Institute on Aging, the National Science Foundation, NASA, the VA Rehabilitation Research and Development Service, the Multiple District 22 Lions Vision Research Foundation and several different corporations and private foundations.

Dr. Massof founded and directed a collaboration of The Johns Hopkins University, NASA, and the VA to develop the Low Vision Enhancement System, called "LVES" ("Elvis").  This work was recognized with numerous awards, including the Popular Mechanics Design and Engineering Award and the NASA Award for Excellence in Technology Transfer. 

Dr. Massof received his Ph.D. in physiological optics from Indiana University and then completed a postdoctoral fellowship in ophthalmology at the Wilmer Eye Institute before joining the Wilmer faculty in 1976. more


  • Professor of Ophthalmology

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Centers & Institutes



  • Ph.D., Indiana University (Bloomington) (Indiana) (1975)
  • B.A., Hamline University (Minnesota) (1970)

Additional Training

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland, 1976, Ophthalmology

Research & Publications

Contact for Research Inquiries

Lions Vision Research and Rehabilitation Center
550 N. Broadway
6th Floor
Baltimore, MD 21205 map
Phone: 410-502-6246
Fax: 410-955-1829

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Activities & Honors


  • 2015 Helen Keller Laureate, Helen Keller Foundation for Research and Education., 2014

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Trouble Driving at Night? Yellow Lenses Won't Help - HealthDay (Aug. 2019)

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