Established in 1963 by the Odd Fellows and Rebekahs Visual Research Foundation

The INDEPENDENT ORDER OF ODD FELLOWS is a fraternal organization dedicated to fellowship among its members, social welfare, and the care of the sick and poor. The first Independent Order of Odd Fellows lodges are mentioned in records dating back to 1748 in England. The North American Independent Order of Odd Fellows was founded in Baltimore in 1819.


THE ODD FELLOWS AND REBEKAHS VISUAL RESEARCH FOUNDATION (formerly known as the Independent Order of Odd Fellows World Eye Bank and Visual Research Foundation) also established the Odd Fellows and Rebekahs Margaret L. Watts Professor's Research Fund to help support the laboratory activities of the Odd Fellows Professor at the Wilmer Eye Institute.


HENRY D. JAMPEL, MD, SPH 1996, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows Professor, treats glaucoma patients of all ages. In addition to the standard glaucoma operations he also has a special interest in combined cataract and glaucoma surgery, drainage device surgery, and ciliodestructive procedures for the more complicated and more unusual glaucomas. His research includes patient-oriented outcomes of glaucoma treatment and detection of glaucoma progression. Administratively, he is the medical director of the Wilmer Eye Institute at Greenspring Station. Dr. Jampel serves as associate editor-in-chief of Ophthalmology, one of the premier journals in the field and the official journal of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. He pursued both his ophthalmology residency training and glaucoma fellowship at the Wilmer Eye Institute, and has been a member of the Glaucoma Division since 1988. He has completed two Ironman distance triathlons, including the Ironman World Triathlon Championship in Hawaii in 1999.