Established in 2002 by the estate of Margaret C. Mosher

Image Credit: Lee Salem MARGARET C. MOSHER, who died in 2002, was a businesswoman and philanthropist from Santa Barbara, California. She was a member of the Wilmer Eye Institute Advisory Council with many ties to the institute. In addition to the establishment of the Margaret C. Mosher Professorship in Ophthalmology by her estate in 2002, she also provided generous support for the A. Edward Maumenee Professorship and a chair honoring Hopkins ophthalmologist Walter J. Stark for his corneal research. In 1998, she created the Walter J. Stark Corneal Research Fund. Her estate initiated the Walter J. Stark, M.D. and Margaret C. Mosher Center for Cataract and Corneal Diseases. The widow of Samuel B. Mosher, founder of Signal Oil and Gas Company (later AlliedSignal, Inc.), Mrs. Mosher served on the board of the Signal Companies and was president of the Samuel B. Mosher Foundation.


"I knew Maggie Mosher very well...that my name will be linked with hers through this professorship is an honor which I will always cherish."
John D. Gottsch


JOHN D. GOTTSCH, the inaugural Margaret C. Mosher Professor of Ophthalmology, came to Johns Hopkins on a fellowship in 1984, conducting research in corneal and external diseases. In 1985 he joined the faculty and has been a continual mentor of medical students and residents. Dr. Gottsch's research focuses on photosensitization in animal models of corneal blood staining and macular degeneration and immune-mediated diseases of the cornea. He has been honored by the Ophthalmological Society among others; in 1993 he received the Troutman-Veronneau Prize. Research to Prevent Blindness awarded him the 2001 Physician Scientist Award.