Potential Gift Designations

How You Can Help

Honor the Past, Invest in the Future

Mass. Eye and Ear Endowed Chairs (professorships) pay tribute to their namesakes and generate invaluable support for their incumbents and Harvard Ophthalmology/Mass. Eye and Ear—all while building a legacy of remarkable scholarship and leadership under one name. Endowments such as the Monte J. Wallace Ophthalmology Chair in Retina, established last year as a tribute to the life and career of Dr. Charles L. Schepens, are considered the highest honor that the department can bestow upon a faculty member. They are powerful resources that attract and retain visionary leaders.

We welcome gifts for new and established funds, including those that honor some of our most beloved teachers—Claes Dohlman, Charles Schepens, Robert Brockhurst, and Frederick Jakobiec, as examples. Or, create a new fund that pays tribute to a mentor who made a difference in your own career.

Provide World-class Education for Trainees

Supporting Mass. Eye and Ear endowed fellowships provides critical support to our most promising trainees, who will become future leaders in the field of ophthalmology.

Help us reach our $1 million goal for the Simmons Lessell Fellowship in Neuro-Ophthalmology, which honors one of the department’s most beloved and highly respected faculty members. Dr. Lessell was an extraordinary teacher and leader, who cared for his patients as one of the most gifted diagnosticians of all time. Though he passed in May 2016, his legacy remains. Thanks to the generosity of friends, colleagues, and alumni, we have raised $853,000 in just over a year.

The Thomas J. Madden Fellowship in Retina will support a clinical or research fellow, ensuring perpetual support for the highest quality retinal training at Mass. Eye and Ear. It honors Mr. Madden’s extraordinary commitment and critical role in securing patent rights and earnings that have strengthened many of our most important initiatives over the past eight years. A 100 percent commitment from Mass. Eye and Ear Retina faculty members and the generosity of department friends have raised more than $815,000 toward completing the fellowship. Help us reach our $1million fundraising goal!

Designating a gift to a Resident or Fellows Fund will 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 strive to provide them with a world-class training experience that prepares them to excel in today’s increasingly complex and global healthcare environment.

Catalyze Transformational Research

You can help us improve the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of eye diseases and vision loss by supporting basic, translational, and clinical research—the building blocks for many breakthroughs in medicine. Seed funding can support pilot studies that can be leveraged for large-scale government grants, bringing us one step closer to helping people worldwide. Examples of Research Funds 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
  • Individualized support for a particular investigator
  • Infectious eye diseases
  • Low vision and ocular trauma, including technologies that enhance mobility and rehabilitation
  • Novel therapies for regenerating the eye and restoring vision
  • Ocular tumors

More ways to give

We hope you will help shape the department’s future by making a gift that means the most to you—or designate your gift to the Chair of Harvard Ophthalmology Discretionary Fund. There are many options for giving, from endowments to partial funding and one-time contributions. Please contact Julie Dutcher in the Development Office at (617) 573-3350 to explore the possibilities.