Wilmer Eye Institute Establishes New
By Johns Lazarou
Johns Hopkins Medicine
The Johns Hopkins
Institute will celebrate the dedication of The Walter
J. Stark, M.D., and Margaret C. Mosher Center for Cataract
and Corneal Disease on Friday, Oct. 7, from 3:30 to 5:30
p.m. at the Patz Lecture Hall in the Wilmer building, East
The new center will focus on the research, evaluation
and management of corneal and external eye diseases,
Margaret C. Mosher's relationship with the Wilmer Eye
Institute began in the 1980s, when she was initially
treated by Wilmer Director Emeritus Arnall Patz in the
Retinal Vascular Service and subsequently by Walter J.
Stark. Mosher, a businesswoman and philanthropist, was a
leading contributor to the Wilmer Eye Institute for more
than a decade and died in 2002. Her generosity to Wilmer
began in 1991, when she, along with mutual friends and
patients Ray Stark, Ralph O'Connor and Dana and Albert
Broccoli, funded the Walter J. Stark Distinguished
Professorship in Ophthalmology. A once-active member of the
Wilmer Advisory Council and financial supporter of many
Wilmer research programs, she gave the lead gift for the A.
Edward Maumenee Professorship in Ophthalmology and in 1998
created the Walter J. Stark Corneal Research Fund.
"Through her close contact with Wilmer physicians, she
learned about the institute's research programs to prevent
and cure eye diseases and the importance of private
philanthropy in support of them," Stark said. "Maggie was
enthusiastic not only because of her own eye problems, but
also because she wanted to help others."
Stark, the current director of the newly dedicated
Stark-Mosher Center for Cataract and Corneal Diseases at
the Wilmer Eye Institute, is recognized as an international
leader in corneal transplantation, use of the excimer laser
and intraocular lens implantation for rehabilitation of
patients with visual disability. Additionally, he is
medical director of the Medical Eye Bank of Maryland and
director of the medical board of directors at Tissue Banks
International, two organizations that he helped develop. In
2003, he received the American Academy of Ophthalmology's
Life Achievement Honor Award, among the highest honors
awarded in the field.
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