Established in 2000 through a commitment made in 1999 by James P. Gills

JAMES P. GILLS, who trained at Hopkins as a resident in the 1960s, is the founder and director of St. Luke's Cataract and Laser Institute in Tarpon Springs, Florida. He was the first ophthalmologist in the United States to dedicate his practice to the treatment of cataracts via the use of intraocular lens implants and has since performed more cataract and lens implant surgeries than anyone else in the world. St. Luke's Cataract and Laser Institute is known for providing an exceptional amount of charitable care to patients.

In addition to his medical pursuits, Dr. Gills has been successful in real estate. Before establishing the James P. Gills Professorship in Ophthalmology, he made the lead commitment, with a gift of land, for the endowment of the Frank B. Walsh Professorship in Neuro-ophthalmology. Dr. Gills serves on the Wilmer Advisory Council.


"Wilmer is without a doubt the best place in the world to be trained."
James P. Gills


NEIL M. BRESSLER, Med 1982, the inaugural James P. Gills Professor of Ophthalmology, is recognized internationally for the management of retinal diseases. A Hopkins faculty member since 1988, he is chief of the Department of Ophthalmology’s Retina Division, one of the largest retina practices in the world, and is author or co-author of more than 200 articles in peer-reviewed publications and a contributor to over 30 book chapters. Recognized as an expert in age-related macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy, seriously affecting some 200,000 new individuals each year in North America alone, Dr. Bressler serves on the editorial boards of Retina and The Archives of Ophthalmology, has delivered guest lectures throughout the world, and chairs the Data and Safety Monitoring Committee for the National Eye Institute’s intramural clinical trials. As study chairman of national and international clinical trials evaluating new treatments in retinal diseases, he has received funding since 1988 from the National Institutes of Health and from industries around the world. He has received several honors from his peers, including, in 2004, the Helen Keller Foundation Award. In 2005, Dr. Neil Bressler was recognized as one of America’s Top Doctors by the Castle Connolly Guide.