2022 saw us able to resume many in-person activities, including WRA Day, the Wilmer Research Meeting and the Annual Technician Course. We also had the option of attending, in person, events that included AAO and ARVO. We launched the rising professorships program to support our junior faculty, hosted the annual meeting of the World Association of Eye Hospitals and celebrated as Wilmer was again voted the #1 ophthalmology program in the nation. Now, as we embark on a new year, we look back on 2022 and some of the stories, big and small, that marked the year at Wilmer.
Wilmer was ranked Best Overall Program and the #1 Research Program in the Ophthalmology Times annual survey for the third consecutive year. In addition, Wilmer moved up to take the #2 spot for Clinical Care. This achievement is a testament to the tireless commitment of our faculty, staff and trainees to provide the best care for our patients and advance the field of ophthalmology.
On Oct. 4, Wilmer hosted an international audience for the 16th Annual Meeting of the World Association of Eye Hospitals (WAEH). Attendees came from as far away as Australia to hear remarks from Peter J. McDonnell, M.D., the William Holland Wilmer Professor of Ophthalmology, Wilmer speakers and others on a wide variety of topics relevant to the running of a successful eye hospital. Wilmer administrator Cathy Kowalewski is chair of WAEH.
Thanks to the dedication and hard work of both students and faculty members, Wilmer now boasts the most diverse residency program in its history.
Wilmer continued to extend its footprint in the community with the expansion of the Green Spring Station clinic, a new optical shop at Wilmer-Columbia, and the construction of a new Kashani Lab, expected to open later this year. The newly renovated Residents Lounge, seen here, boasts nearly twice the space as the previous lounge and features workstations for each of Wilmer’s 15 residents.
Vision for Baltimore Celebrates 10,000 Pairs of Eyeglasses for Baltimore Students
On Nov. 1, Vision for Baltimore distributed its 10,000th pair of eyeglasses to Baltimore City Public Schools students during a ceremony in the East Baltimore school’s library.
Welcome and Adieu
In 2022, we welcomed numerous new faculty and staff members. We also bade farewell to those who left us — and left behind their legacies — among them, Daniel Finkelstein, Mark Herring, David Knox and Cathy Taylor.
In Case You Missed It
While the following stories may not have made news headlines, they gave us insight into the lives and passions of Wilmer staff and warmed our hearts.
As a research program coordinator at Wilmer Eye Institute, Dagmar Wehling often sees patients who have guide dogs to help them navigate. After Wehling’s family lost their own beloved dog, they decided to train a puppy who would provide greater independence for people with blindness or visual impairment.
In a poignant Ophthalmology Timesblog post, Wilmer alum Ian Han, M.D. remembers residency program coordinator Cathy Taylor. “Cathy’s parting gift to us was to knit us together more tightly,” says Han.
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