Professorships (Endowed Chairs)

Professorships (Endowed Chairs) in Ophthalmology

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 Harvard Pphthalmology friends and alumni. These gifts will help ensure that generations of outstanding Harvard Ophthalmology faculty thrive in perpetuity.

Henry Willard Williams, MD, First Chair of the Harvard Medical School Department of OphthalmologyEndowed Chairs (Professorships):


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.