Julia A. Haller
The Power List 2020 – Power List
Ophthalmologist-In-Chief, Wills Eye Hospital; William Tasman Endowed Chair, Professor and Chair of Ophthalmology, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA, USA
The most unpredictable moment in your career?
The most unexpected turn my career took also turned out to be the most serendipitous! I was just out of the operating room after 27 years at Johns Hopkins and Wilmer, when I took a call from the executive recruiter hired by Wills Eye Hospital. That led to my sending in my CV, getting called up to Philadelphia for several rounds of interviews and then – the chance of a lifetime - ending up as Ophthalmologist-in-Chief at Wills! To paraphrase the great Francis Moore, famous surgeon-scientist at the Brigham in Boston, it has been a miracle and a privilege to serve this remarkable and historic hospital, its faculty and its patients.