Established in 2010 through the estates of Dorothy Weir and Frederick and Elizabeth Zeis to honor Dr. Alfred Sommer

Dr. ALFRED SOMMER, SPH 1973, is professor of ophthalmology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and dean emeritus and professor of epidemiology and international health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He was the founding director (1980-1990) of the Dana Center for Preventive Ophthalmology at Johns Hopkins, which focuses on clinical epidemiology and public health aspects of blindness prevention and child survival. Sommer received his MD from Harvard Medical School (1967) and his Master of Health Science in Epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health (1973). As founding chair of the Public Health and Quality of Care committees, Sommer led the development of the American Academy of Ophthalmology's pioneering series of clinical guidelines, Preferred Practice Patterns. Sommer has published five books and 250 scientific articles. His many honors include, among others, the Lasker Award for Clinical Medical Research, the How Medal of the American Ophthalmologic Society, the Duke Elder Medal and the Gonin Medal of the International Council of Ophthalmology, the Prince Mahidol Award for Contribution to Medicine and Public Health (from the King of Thailand), and the Helmut Horten, Charles A. Dana, and Pollin Prizes for medical research.


DAVID S. FRIEDMAN, SPH 1997, 2008 (PhD), the inaugural Alfred Sommer Professor of Ophthalmology, is a professor in both the Wilmer Eye Institute of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and in the Department of International Health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He graduated summa cum laude from Yale College, received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School, and obtained a PhD in epidemiology from Johns Hopkins. He completed his residency at Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia, and served as a glaucoma fellow with Dr. Harry Quigley, Hopkins' A. Edward Maumenee Professor of Ophthamology. Dr. Friedman is the recipient of various awards from the NIH, Research to Prevent Blindness and American Geriatric Society. He co-edited a definitive book on angle-closure glaucoma and has published over 100 articles. He serves on the editorial boards of Ophthalmology and the Journal of Glaucoma, plays a leadership role in the World Glaucoma Association and the American Glaucoma Society, and recently became the senior ophthalmologist for Helen Keller International, a large non-profit organization dedicated to alleviating blindness worldwide. He is a highly valued glaucoma specialist and cataract surgeon, receiving referrals from the region and overseas. He is innovative clinically and is currently the first and only glaucoma faculty member to offer one of the newest glaucoma surgeries, the Trabectome procedure.