President Trump is scheduled to be in Philadelphia on Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at The National Constitution Center (NCC) in the Independence Mall area. Increased police presence is anticipated in Center City throughout Tuesday afternoon and evening. Please allow extra time if you are going to Wills Eye. Please be advised of area street closures to vehicles beginning at 1:00PM on Tuesday 9/15. Pedestrian access will also be limited in the area. This is subject to change and area restrictions, which could widen, will be lifted once the President departs the NCC. There are also demonstrations planned for Tuesday 9/15 around Independence Mall as well as City Avenue.


Joseph P. Bilson
Chief Executive Officer

As Chief Executive Officer since 2007, Joseph P. Bilson has developed an impressive record of success.  Mr. Bilson’s leadership has achieved clinical volume goals through aggressive program development and robust financial performance during some of the harshest global economic periods on record.

Mr. Bilson’s accomplishments have been many during his 30 years with Wills Eye.  He strategically planned and developed a very successful network of multi-state ambulatory surgery centers.  He implemented major projects, including Wills On Wheels, a new mobile eye clinic for community outreach and education.  He constructed a state-of-the-art Diagnostic Testing Center with advanced testing equipment not available elsewhere in the Eastern United States.  He also launched the Wills Eye Knowledge Portal for online ophthalmic medical education.

Mr. Bilson also has served as President of the Wills Eye Surgical Network since 1995.  Prior to Wills Eye, he held various senior positions with the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Mercy Catholic Medical Center.  Mr. Bilson attended Penn State University and Rowan University.  He is a graduate of the School of Business with a concentration in Accounting and Finance.  He graduated magna cum laude with honors.  He is president of the American Association of Eye and Ear Centers of Excellence, where he also served as Secretary/Treasurer in 2009.

Under his leadership, Wills Eye has ranked consistently as one of the nation's top ophthalmic specialty hospitals by U.S. News & World Report.

Julia A. Haller, MD

Dr. Haller directed the retina fellowship program at Hopkins, and held the inaugural Katharine Graham Professorship in Ophthalmology, and subsequently the inaugural Robert Bond Welch, M.D. Chair. In 2007 she moved to Philadelphia to become Ophthalmologist-in-Chief at Wills Eye Hospital, the William Tasman MD Endowed Chair, and Professor and Chair of Ophthalmology at Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University and Hospitals. One of the world’s most renowned retina surgeons, Dr. Haller has published over 350 scientific articles and book chapters, with research interests in retinal pharmacology, macular surgery, venous occlusive disease, diabetic retinopathy, age-related macular degeneration, complicated retinal detachments, and health care disparities.

Dr. Haller’s honors include the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) Lifetime Achievement Award, the Strittmatter Award (the highest honor of the Philadelphia Medical Society), the Gertrude Pyron Award from the Retina Research Foundation/American Society of Retina Specialists, the Louis Braille Award from Associated Services for the Blind, the Heed Award from the Society of Heed Fellows, the Gass Medal from the Macula Society, the Crystal Apple Award (teaching and mentorship) of the ASRS, the Kreissig Award from EURETINA, the President’s Award from Women in Ophthalmology, a Secretariat Award from the AAO, and the Rolex Achievement Award (given to a past participant in NCAA lacrosse). In 2019, she was named "Physician of the Year" by the Philadelphia Inquirer.

She is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and holds Chair XVI of the Academia Ophthalmologica Internationalis. She is president of the Women in Medicine Legacy Foundation, Chair of the Society of Heed Fellows, serves on the Council of the American Ophthalmological Society, and is a past president of the Retina Society, the ASRS, and the AUPO Board of Trustees, and a founding member of Women in Retina. Her editorial board service has included the American Journal of Ophthalmology, RETINA, Retinal Physician, Retina Times, Ocular Surgery News, Retina Today, and Ophthalmology Times.

A Director of Celgene Corporation, and past Trustee of Princeton University and the Bryn Mawr School, Dr. Haller serves on the boards of the Johns Hopkins Medical and Surgical Association, The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, and the Philadelphia Orchestra. She and her husband, John D. Gottsch, M.D, the Margaret C. Mosher Professor of Ophthalmology at Hopkins have five children: John, Natalie, Will, Alex, and Clare.