Established in 2007 with support from various donors in honor of W. Richard Green

W. RICHARD GREEN, recognized internationally as one of the world's foremost ophthalmic pathologists, joined the Wilmer Eye Institute in 1968. From 1989-2006 he held the Independent Order of Odd Fellows Professorship. He produced more than 700 publications, had board certification in both ophthalmology and pathology, and served as president of the American Ophthalmologic Society and the American Association of Ophthalmic Pathologists. Dr. Green received more than 25 national awards and, at Hopkins, he was honored with numerous teaching awards as well as the perpetual designation of his laboratory as the "W. Richard Green Eye Pathology Laboratory." Dr. Green died in 2010.


"Dr. Green leaves a tremendous legacy to ophthalmology that is an inspiration to me and many future generations of ophthalmologists and scientists."
Richard D. Semba


RICHARD D. SEMBA, SPH 1991 (MPH), the inaugural W. Richard Green, M.D., Professor of Ophthalmology, joined the Wilmer faculty in 1987. Throughout his career, he has studied nutritional blindness (vitamin A deficiency), the leading cause of blindness among children worldwide, conducting research in Indonesia; Papaua, New Guinea; Uganda; and Malawi. Dr. Semba is the co-editor of a widely acclaimed textbook, Nutrition and Health in Developing Countries, currently going to second edition, and is the author of Handbook of Nutrition and Ophthalmology. In 2006 he received the Lew R. Wasserman Merit Award from Research to Prevent Blindness.