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.

Mark H. Blecher, MD

Subspecialty: Cataract


Mark H. Blecher, MD is Co-Director of the Cataract and Primary Eye Care Service at Wills Eye Hospital. He treats a wide range of eye problems, and is actively involved in refractive surgery.

Born and raised in suburban New York, Dr. Blecher attended Brandeis University followed by the Albert Einstein College of Medicine where he obtained his medical degree in 1982. Following a year of Internal Medicine he attended Wills Eye for his Ophthalmology residency, where during his third year he was also co- chief resident.

With the advent of LASIK, refractive surgery has taken a giant step forward and Dr. Blecher was one of the first to perform this procedure following FDA approval of the Excimer laser. Today, he concentrates on premium cataract surgery.

Dr. Blecher has remained active teaching surgeons and residents, as well as presenting papers and giving instructional courses at the American Academy of Ophthalmology annual meeting, and at the annual meeting of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons. He has lectured abroad as well. Currently, he is Senior Medical Editor of Review of Ophthalmology, a widely read and respected medical publication, and Medical Director of MDOffice an electronic medical records company. He is the proud recipient of the Golden Apple award from the residents of Wills Eye for teaching, and the Silver Tray award from the Wills Eye Alumni Society for service to the Hospital.

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Board Certification
American Board of Ophthalmology

Academic Affiliation
Clinical Assistant Professor, Sidney Kimmel College of Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University


  • Residency:  Wills Eye Hospital – 1983-1986
  • Medical School:  Einstein College of Medicine – 1982
  • Undergraduate:  Brandeis University – 1978

Honors and Awards

Philadelphia magazine “Top Doctors” 2011-2017; Castle Connolly “America’s Top Doctors” 2014-2017. Wills Eye Silver Tray Award; Wills Eye Golden Apple Award.

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To search for journal publications by this doctor, visit the National Library of Medicine

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