Established in 2002 by the estate of Katharine M. Graham

KATHARINE MEYER GRAHAM, publisher of The Washington Post, has been called one of the most powerful women in American media, as well as one of the 20th century's most interesting women. She guided the Post through the publication of the Pentagon Papers, against government directives and the advice of her own lawyers, and the investigation by reporters Woodward and Bernstein of what came to be known as the Watergate scandal. In 1997 she won the Pulitzer Prize for her memoir, Personal History. Mrs. Graham died in 2001 at the age of 84. She was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest honor to civilians in the nation, first established in 1945 by President Harry Truman.


SHARON D. SOLOMON, the Katharine M. Graham Professor of Ophthalmology, is a retina specialist and board-certified ophthalmologist. She received her fellowship training in medical and surgical treatment of the retina from the Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins, and joined the Wilmer faculty in 2002. Dr. Solomon’s clinical expertise includes medical and surgical treatment of age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, epiretinal membranes, macular holes, and retinal tears and detachment. Her primary research focus is on age-related macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy. Dr. Solomon has a large national and international referral practice at Wilmer. She has numerous publications from her clinical trials involvement. Dr. Solomon is a diplomate of the American Board of Ophthalmology, a member of Alpha Omega Alpha, the Society of Heed Fellows, the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, the American Society of Retina Specialists, the Macula Society, and the Retina Society.