Julia Haller, MD, who joined our Board in August 2022, is a trailblazing professional in ophthalmic education, research, and clinical ophthalmic practice. She has innovated translational advances against blindness that arises from many retinal diseases, and combines her deep medical and scientific expertise with efforts to address healthcare disparities and gender inequality.
A Board-certified ophthalmologist, Dr. Haller began her career at the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins Hospital and as a faculty member of the University. Subsequently she moved to Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia, where she was appointed Ophthalmologist-in-Chief and William Tasman, MD Endowed Chair as well as Professor and Chair of Ophthalmology at the Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University. Her innovative research has resulted in more than 400 published scientific articles and book chapters on a range of subjects, including clinical trials and other advances in retinal pharmacology.
Dr. Haller was elected to the National Academy of Medicine and has awards from all the major ophthalmology and retina societies. Her honors include the Crystal Apple Award of the American Society of Retina Specialists for teaching and mentorship, the Kreissig Award from EURETINA, the President’s Award from Women in Ophthalmology, a Secretariat Award from the AAO, the Gertrude Pyron Award from the Retina Research Foundation and the ASRS, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the AAO. She is past President of the American Society of Retina Specialists and the Retina Society, Treasurer of the Macula Society, and former Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology and the Council of the American Ophthalmological Society. Dr. Haller serves as Chair of the Board of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, Vice Chair of Section 6 of the National Academy of Medicine, on the Executive Committee of the Board of the Philadelphia Orchestra and Kimmel Center, and President of the Johns Hopkins Medicine Alumni Association. She is an emeritus trustee of Princeton University. She is a member of the editorial boards of RETINA, Retinal Physician, Ocular Surgery News, Ophthalmology Times, and Evidence-Based Eye Care.
Dr. Haller received her MD at Harvard Medical School and her AB from Princeton University.