Established in 2007

During his 50-year association with the Wilmer Eye Institute, CHARLES E. ILIFF III was internationally renowned for his groundbreaking work in oculoplastics, cataract surgery, and corneal transplantation that contributed so much to the standards of modern eye medicine. Now, to honor Dr. Iliff’s name and legacy, an anonymous donor and grateful patient has stepped forward with a leadership gift toward the total needed to establish the Charles E. Iliff III, M.D. Professorship in Ophthalmology. In addition, members of the Wilmer faculty have made commitments to this professorship. Dr. Iliff’s career at Wilmer began in 1942, following his graduation from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1939. After finishing his senior residency in 1945, he went into practice with Dr. Frank Walsh in Baltimore’s Mt. Vernon Place, but maintained strong ties with Wilmer as an assistant, then associate, and finally full professor of ophthalmology in 1973. At the time of his death in 1997 at the age of 86, Dr. Iliff was a professor emeritus of ophthalmology at Hopkins.


NICHOLAS T. ILIFF, Med 1972, the inaugural Charles E. Iliff III, M.D. Professor of Ophthalmology also holds the Bendann/Iliff Professorship of Ophthalmology. He has spent his entire professional life at Johns Hopkins, joining the faculty in 1977. In 1979 he became an oculoplastic surgery consultant at the Eye Trauma Center. Dr. Iliff is professor of ophthalmology and plastic surgery, and since 1990 has directed the Oculoplastic Surgery Division of the Wilmer Eye Institute. He won the American Academy of Ophthalmology Honor Award in 1985, and is among the top doctors in ophthalmology in the annual Baltimore Magazine rankings.