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Sheila West, Ph.D., Pharm.D

sheila west

Vice Chair for Research, Wilmer Eye Institute
El-Maghraby Professor of Preventive Ophthalmology

Research Contact:
phone - 410-955-2606 
fax - 410-955-0096
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Dana Center for Preventive Ophthalmology, Wilmer 129
The Johns Hopkins Hospital
600 N. Wolfe Street
Baltimore, MD 21287

Trachoma; Cataracts; Diabetic Retinopathy; Vision and Function in Older Drivers

Sheila West, Ph.D., Pharm.D., is the El-Maghraby Professor of Preventive Ophthalmology and Vice Chair for Research at the Wilmer Eye Institute, with a joint appointment in the Department of Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Her research interests include trachoma, cataracts, diabetic retinopathy and vision and function in older persons. Dr. West’s research has informed all aspects of the present World Health Organization guidelines for trachoma control. Currently, her research is focused in Africa on ways to improve trichiasis surgery outcomes and on elimination of blinding trachoma.

Dr. West received her Ph.D. in epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and her Pharm.D. from the University of California, San Francisco. She joined the Wilmer faculty in 1984.

2019 Mildred Weisenfeld Award for Excellence in Ophthalmology - Association for Research and Vision in Ophthalmology
2018 Al Sumait Prize for Health 
2017 International Blindness Prevention Award - American Academy of Ophthalmology
2016 Joanne G. Angle Award - Association for Research and Vision in Ophthalmology

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