Through endowed chairs, or professorships, Harvard Ophthalmology attracts and supports the endeavors of world-class clinician scientists and investigators. Endowed chairs offer research and training support to incumbents while giving them the freedom to pursue independent research without the burden of financial risk. These endowments are a wonderful tribute to the past success of their namesakes, and serve as a building block for future endeavors. They are also powerful recruiting tools, attracting visionary leaders whose contributions historically have forged many paths in medicine and science.
Prior to 2008, just four chairs had been completed; today, that number has risen to 12 thanks to generous department and institutional support, private foundations, and the philanthropy of HMS ophthalmology friends and alumni. These gifts will help ensure that generations of outstanding HMS ophthalmology faculty thrive in perpetuity.
Endowed Chairs (Professorships):
- Henry Willard Williams Professorship in Ophthalmology
- David Glendenning Cogan Professorship
- William Frederick Chatlos Professorship
- Paul Austin Chandler Professorship
- Charles L. Schepens Professorship
- Sir William Osler Professorship
- Claes Henry Dohlman Professorship
- Charles Edward Whitten Professorship
- Stelios Evangelos Gragoudas Professorship
- Solman and Libe Friedman Professorship
Photo: Henry Willard Williams, MD, first Chair of Harvard Ophthalmology and benefactor of the first endowed professorship. Credit: Harvard Art Museums. Photo: Imaging Department. © President and Fellows of Harvard College. Used with permission.