Established in 1991 by Akef El-Maghraby

Distinguished ophthalmologist AKEF EL-MAGHRABY has been an international leader in establishing eye care hospitals, training eye care professionals, and bringing much-needed eye care services to the people of the Middle East, Africa, and Asia as the founder and chairman of El-Maghraby Eye and Ear Hospitals and Centers. In addition to funding these facilities, Dr. El-Maghraby has underwritten training of physicians and has introduced new technology in these nations. He has received numerous awards and honors for his achievements in medicine and for his generosity in providing eye care services and prevention programs for the poor. In addition, he has taken an active role in helping to improve general living conditions among his fellow Egyptians.


SHEILA K. WEST, SPH 1980 (PhD), the Akef El-Maghraby Professor of Preventive Ophthalmology, joined the Wilmer Eye Institute faculty in 1984. Her research has addressed issues in public health ophthalmology and blindness prevention from the domestic and international perspective. Dr. West and her colleagues were the first to describe the link between cigarette smoking and risk of nuclear cataract, and she published definitive studies linking exposure to ultraviolet B in sunlight to risk of cortical cataract. Her work on the role of hygiene measures to control active trachoma is a cornerstone of World Health Organization initiatives for the elimination of the condition. The author or co-author of more than 180 publications, she has served as the first woman president of the Association for Research and Vision in Ophthalmology.