Julia A. Haller, MD, ophthalmologist-in-chief and the William Tasman, MD, Endowed Chair at Wills Eye Hospital, has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine (NAM).
Dr. Haller was recognized for her innovative contributions, including sustained drug delivery devices, ocular pharmacotherapy, retinal "chip" implants, gene therapy, telemedicine and combating health care disparities. Election to the Academy is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine.
"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 in a Wills Eyes press release. "I look forward to working with my colleagues to shape health research, practice, and policies to improve the health of people around the world."
In addition to her role at Wills Eye, Dr. Haller is professor and chair of the department of ophthalmology at the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University. She was the first woman to become the Chief Resident at Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins University, and has published more than 350 scientific articles and book chapters.
“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,” said Hon. Ronald R. Donatucci, Esq., president of the board of directors of City Trusts and chair of the Wills Eye Hospital Committee. “She is an outstanding scientist and a tremendous leader for our Hospital, and we congratulate her on her achievement.”
Established in 1970 by the National Academy of Sciences, the NAM is an independent organization of eminent professionals from diverse fields. NAM serves alongside the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering as adviser to the nation and the international community. Through its domestic and global initiatives, the NAM works to address critical issues in health, medicine and related policy and inspire positive action across sectors.