Awards and Honors

Wills Eye and its doctors have long been recognized for their achievements in ophthalmology.

Wills Eye Hospital Ranked #2 Best in Nation for Ophthalmology

Wills Eye Hospital is named #2 best in ophthalmology nationwide according to the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals 2014-15 rankings. The closely watched list, now in its 25th year, recognizes hospitals that excel in treating the most challenging patients.

“On behalf of everyone who keeps Wills Eye Hospital the global leader it is– our team of eye physicians and surgeons, nurses, research scientists, clinical and administrative staff, board members, philanthropic supporters, residents, fellows and patients – we are honored and humbled to be named one of the top two eye hospitals in America for another straight year. It’s a vote of confidence from our respected colleagues and partners in eye care around the nation and a capstone to many years of hard work, thoughtfulness about our mission, and dedication to forward thinking and research. Our 25 years in the top-tier of this closely watched list is a source of tremendous pride to us, since we view it as an index of successful collaboration with our colleagues worldwide who measure us by our dedication to providing the best ophthalmic care, research and training and meeting our day-in-day-out standard for excellence,” said Julia A. Haller, MD, Ophthalmologist-in-Chief, Wills Eye Hospital.

With a long and distinguished legacy since opening its doors in 1832 as the nation’s first hospital dedicated exclusively to ophthalmology, Wills Eye Hospital is leading the way in the field of ophthalmic medicine. Its resident and post-graduate training programs are among the most competitive in the country; vision research at the hospital is at an all-time high; and Wills Eye is often described as an innovative example of best practices in delivering care in a new and rapidly changing era of healthcare. In addition to its significant vision research, Wills Eye is also engaged in numerous international collaborations, federally funded community outreach programs for eye disease, and utilizing pioneering technologies.

“The U.S. News & World Report ranking centers around excelling at evaluating, diagnosing and treating the most complex, challenging vision cases. It is a privilege to care for our patients with the utmost skill and compassion,” said Joseph P. Bilson, Chief Executive Officer of Wills Eye Hospital.

Wills Eye provides a full range of primary and subspecialty eye care for improving and preserving sight, including cataract, cornea, retina, emergency care, glaucoma, neuro-ophthalmology, ocular oncology, oculoplastics, pathology, pediatric ophthalmology and ocular genetics, and refractive surgery. Ocular services include the Wills Laser Correction Center, Low Vision Service, and Diagnostic Center. The hospital’s 24/7 Emergency Service is the only one of its kind in the region. Wills Eye also has a network of nine multi-specialty, ambulatory surgery centers throughout the tri-state area. To learn more, visit, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter @Wills_Eye. To learn more about Wills Eye's ranking on the U.S. News and World Report, visit

Louis Braille Award

Julia A. Haller, MD was the Louis Braille Special Recognition Honoree at the awards ceremony sponsored by the Associated Services for the Blind on January 31, 2014. The award honors individuals who have made significant contributions on behalf of the blind.

AAO Recognition

William Tasman, MD (former Wills Eye ophthalmologist-in-chief) and his wife,  Alice Lea Tasman, were honored for their contribution to the American Academy of Ophthalmology at the AAO’s 2013 Orbital Gala in New Orleans this past November.  Dr. and Mrs. Tasman founded the event in 2002, and Alice Lea came up with the name “Orbital Gala.” During the Tasmans’ 11 year tenure as chairs, the gala raised more than $1.6 million to benefit the AAO and its mission.

Philadelphia Magazine's 2014 Best Doctors

Philadelphia magazine recognized 15 Wills Eye doctors as Top Doctors for 2014. The rankings are compiled by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., a New York City research and information company which publishes an annual guidebook, America's Top Doctors. Among the criteria used to decide Top Doctors are professional qualifications, education, residency, board certification, fellowships, professional reputation, hospital appointment, medical-school faculty appointment, experience, and disciplinary history.