GUERRIERI FAMILY PROFESSORSHIP IN OPHTHALMOLOGY IN THE CENTER FOR GENETIC ENGINEERING & MOLECULAR OPHTHALMOLOGY AT THE WILMER INSTITUTE
Established through a commitment made in 1998 by the Guerrieri Family Foundation

The GUERRIERI FAMILY FOUNDATION, headed by M. ALAN GUERRIERI, has generously supported Hopkins in many ways, including funding for the Guerrieri Family Reception Area in the Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center. In 1994, the foundation provided support to create the Alan Guerrieri Family Research Endowment in Retinal Diseases at the Wilmer Eye Institute, the radiology viewing room in the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Building, and the Alan Guerrieri Family Education Fund in the Department of Medicine.

Past president of his family's business, Showell Farms, Alan Guerrieri guided the poultry processing business to great success; ultimately it was sold to Perdue Incorporated. Alan Guerrieri is a member of the Wilmer Advisory Council, as was his late wife, PATTY GUERRIERI, and Mr. Guerrieri is a past member of the National Council for Johns Hopkins Medicine.

 

DONALD J. ZACK, the inaugural Guerrieri Family Professor of Ophthalmology in the Center for Genetic Engineering and Molecular Ophthalmology at the Wilmer Institute, is a glaucoma specialist and molecular biologist whose research focuses on molecular approaches to the study of retinal development, function and disease. Among his accomplishments are studies that have advanced understanding of photoreceptor death in retinal disease, and of ganglion cell death in glaucoma, studies which hold promise in developing novel and more effective treatment strategies for these diseases. He joined Johns Hopkins in 1988 and currently holds joint appointments in the departments of Ophthalmology, Molecular Biology and Genetics, Neuroscience, and the Institute of Genetic Medicine. Author or co-author of more than 120 articles in peer-reviewed publications, Dr. Zack is the 2001 recipient of the Alcon Research Award.