Established in 1998 by Burton E. Grossman

BURTON E. GROSSMAN was a highly respected international businessman and a longtime member of the Wilmer Advisory Council, on which his wife, MIRIAM GROSSMAN, also served until 2001. Dr. Grossman, who died in 1999, was a Texas native and a naturalized Mexican citizen who served as chairman and CEO of Grupo Continental, a holding company he established which owns and operates 46 corporations dealing with soft drinks, sugar refining, mineral water, cooling systems, and plastics.

Dr. Grossman, who had been treated for a rare eye condition at the Wilmer Eye Institute and whose father had lost his sight from glaucoma, was a strong advocate for the integration of efforts to understand the progression of specific ophthalmologic diseases and the incorporation of the principles of public health in the prevention of blindness.


OLIVER D. SCHEIN, Med 1981, SPH 1984 (MPH), the Burton E. Grossman Professor of Ophthalmology for the International Prevention of Blindness, has a joint appointment in the Department of Epidemiology at the Bloomberg School of Public Health. His clinical expertise is in medical and surgical conditions of the eye, including cataract and corneal disease. His research has focused on the epidemiology of major eye diseases, outcomes research and technology assessment. He joined the faculty in 1990 and has served as director of Wilmer's Comprehensive Eye Service since 1991. In 2003, Dr. Schein received the Alcon Research Institute's research award in recognition of his research accomplishments in ophthalmology/visual science. In 2005, Dr. Schein was recognized as one of America’s Top Doctors by the Castle Connolly Guide.