Potential Gift Designations

Chair of Ophthalmology Discretionary Fund

With this gift, you can help the Harvard Department of Ophthalmology create and support opportunities that align with the institution’s tripartite mission to provide premiere clinical care, perform transformational research, and offer world-class training for future leaders in ophthalmology.

Resident or Fellows Fund

Help provide critical resources, training tools, and opportunities to our trainees. We take great pride in attracting the best and brightest residents and clinical fellows, and we strive to provide them with a world-class training experience that prepares them to excel in today’s increasingly complex and global healthcare environment.

Simmons Lessell Fellowship in Neuro-Ophthalmology

This fellowship honors the extraordinary legacy of Dr. Lessell who passed away in 2016—a beloved teacher and leader, world-class neuro-ophthalmologist, and one of the most gifted diagnosticians in his fi eld. Thanks to the generosity of friends, colleagues, and alumni, we have raised more than $800,000 to date—help us exceed our $1 million goal!

Thomas J. Madden Fellowship in Retina

Support a clinical or research fellow and ensure that Mass. Eye and Ear continues to provide the highest quality retinal training. This fellowship honors Mr. Madden’s critical role in securing patent rights and earnings that have strengthened many of our most important initiatives over the past nine years. A 100 percent commitment from Mass. Eye and Ear Retina faculty members and the generosity of department friends have raised more than $800,000 toward our $1 million fundraising goal.

Research Funds

Help us improve the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of eye diseases and vision loss by supporting basic, translational, and clinical research. Your support brings us one step closer to helping people worldwide. Examples include:

  • Age-related macular degeneration
  • Corneal diseases, including dry eye, corneal infections, and Fuchs’ dystrophy
  • Diabetic eye diseases
  • Genetic-based eye disorders and ocular genomics
  • Glaucoma
  • Infectious eye diseases
  • Low vision and ocular trauma, including technologies that enhance mobility and rehabilitation
  • Novel therapies for regenerating eye tissue and restoring vision
  • Ocular tumors
  • Support for a particular investigator

Establish your Legacy through a Named Chair or Fellowship

There are many ways to create a meaningful legacy to help ensure that the Department of Ophthalmology remains a global leader in ophthalmic care, research, and education. Establishing an endowed chair or fellowship or including a bequest in your will or living trust are just a few examples that can have a long-term impact on the department’s future.

Contact Julie Dutcher in the Development Office at (617) 573-3350 to explore the possibilities