2011 - Dr. Alfred Sommer

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The 2011 Thomas E. Hunt Lecture featured Dr. Alfred Sommer, a prominent ophthalmologist and epidemiologist. He is well-known for his research on vitamin A.  He demonstrated the impact of vitamin A deficiency on childhood blindness and mortality in developing countries. His discovery has led to one of the most cost effective interventions in the world, just two vitamin A capsules a year saves millions of lives.
Dr. Alfred Sommer received his BS at Union College in New York, his MD at Harvard Medical School and his MHS in Epidemiology at Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health. He completed his ophthalmology residency and a fellowship in ophthalmology at  the Wilmer Eye Institute of Johns Hopkins Hospital. He has a long affiliation with the Bloomberg School of Public Health as a professor and Dean of the School from 1990-2005. He has received numerous awards and accolades for his contributions to medicine and public health. In 1997 he received the Lasker Clinical Medical Research Award and is a University Distinguished ServiceProfessor at Johns Hopkins University.
Click here for the June 30th Symposium slide show.

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