Alfred Sommer (ophthalmologist)

Alfred Sommer (ophthalmologist)

Alfred (Al) Sommer is a prominent American ophthalmologist and academic at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health.


Sommer was born in 1942 in New York City and graduated from Union College in Schenectady, New York in 1963. Sommer has an MD from Harvard Medical School (1967) and an MHS from the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health (1973). He is professor of Epidemiology and International Health, as well as Ophthalmology (at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine). He was dean of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health from 1990-2005.

His research interests include outcomes assessment, child survival, epidemiology of visual disorders, glaucoma, vitamin A deficiency, blindness prevention strategies, cost-benefit analysis, the growing interface between medicine and public health, and clinical guidelines.

He was a recipient of the Danone International Prize for Nutrition in 2001 and the Albert Lasker Award for Clinical Medical Research in 1997.

In the 1970s, Sommer and his colleagues determined that children who were deficient in vitamin A deficiency were at greater risk of dying from childhood illnesses like measles and diarrhea. He further went on to prove that vitamin A supplementation could reduce child mortality from 23 to 34 percent. [ []

Sommer's vitamin A research was featured in the 2005 PBS documentary Rx for Survival. [ []

External links

* [ Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health biography]

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Sommer — is a surname, from the German and Scandinavian languages word for the season summer . It may refer to:* Alfred Sommer (ophthalmologist) (born 1943), American academic * António de Sommer Champalimaud * Barbara Sommer (born 1948), German… …   Wikipedia

  • Harvard Medical School — Infobox University name = Harvard Medical School established = 1782 type = Private dean = Jeffrey S. Flier city = Boston state = Massachusetts country = USA students = 1,345 627 MD 141 MD PhD 577 PhD faculty = 10,458 campus = Urban website= [http …   Wikipedia

  • List of people from Minnesota — This is a list of notable persons who were born or spent important time in the state of Minnesota. People not born in Minnesota are marked with §. Contents: Top · 0–9 A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z …   Wikipedia