Wills Eye Hospital announced its Ophthalmologist-in-Chief, Julia A. Haller, MD, has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine (NAM), considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine, recognizing individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service.
Dr. Haller was elected for “innovating translational advances against blindness on many fronts, including sustained drug delivery devices, ocular pharmacotherapy, retinal “chip” implants, gene therapy, telemedicine, and combating health care disparities,” according to the Academy.
“Dr. Haller is one of the foremost ophthalmologists and retinal surgeons in the world, and her election to the National Academy of Medicine is a remarkable and well-deserved honor,” Hon. Ronald R. Donatucci, Esq., President, Board of Directors of City Trusts and Chair, Wills Eye Hospital Committee, said in a Wills Eye news release. “She is an outstanding scientist and a tremendous leader for our Hospital, and we congratulate her on her achievement.”
In addition to serving as Ophthalmologist-in-Chief and the William Tasman, MD Endowed Chair at Wills Eye Hospital, Dr. Haller is Professor and Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology at the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University. She holds an A.B. from Princeton University and a medical degree from Harvard Medical School. The first woman to become the Chief Resident at Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Haller has published over 350 scientific articles and book chapters and is one of the world’s most renowned retina surgeons. She joined the leadership of Wills Eye Hospital in 2007.
“I am honored to have been elected to the National Academy of Medicine and to be included in this distinguished class of health and science professionals,” said Dr. Haller. “I look forward to working with my colleagues to shape health research, practice, and policies to improve the health of people around the world.”
For a complete list of individuals elected to the National Academy of Medicine, visit: https://nam.edu/national-academy-of-medicine-elects-100-new-members/. For more information on Wills Eye Hospital, visit: https://www.willseye.org.