The Power List 2016
Chief of the Retina Division and the inaugural James P. Gills Professor of Ophthalmology, Wilmer Eye Institute, John Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland
Neil Bressler has contributed to major clinical trials of common retinal diseases, including age-related macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy. He also has chaired the National Eye Institutes Data and Safety Monitoring Committee for intramural clinical trials and the FDA Ophthalmic Devices Panel, and is currently Editor-in-Chief of JAMA Ophthalmology. He previously chaired the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Ophthalmic Devices Panel, and from 2006 to 2012, he chaired the National Institutes of Health’s Diabetic Retinopathy Clinical Research Network (DRCR.net), where he was responsible for guidelines, policies, and protocol development and implementation – and many of the DRCR.net’s trials, established under Bressler’s leadership, have greatly influenced clinical practice today. It’s not all work: we hear that Bressler’s enthusiasm for live woodwind music (especially the clarinet) has led him to join the board of trustees for the Interlochen Center for the Arts, a boarding school and summer camp for children interested in the arts.