Giving Opportunities for Wills Eye Ophthalmic Education


Ophthalmologists trained at Wills Eye Hospital are the inheritors of a great tradition in medical education that stems from the creation of the nation’s first ophthalmology residency program at Wills in 1839. Since then, generations of Wills physicians have pioneered new treatments, surgical techniques and training methods that have defined the field of ophthalmology and propelled Wills as a global leader in ophthalmic medicine and education. Wills has trained more ophthalmologists than any other single medical institution in the country.

Today the #1 ranked Wills Eye Residency Program at Thomas Jefferson University provides an unsurpassed training environment combining clinical, surgical and individual mentoring experiences delivered by our nationally-recognized ophthalmology faculty. To remain at the forefront of ophthalmic surgical training, Wills Eye upgraded its microsurgical lab by integrating recent advances in medical technology and instrumentation into our brand new William Maul Measey Ophthalmic Surgical Training Laboratory. This state-of-the-art lab allows us to continue advancing ophthalmic microsurgical training at Wills by incorporating new approaches to the demands for both precision and efficiency into our curriculum.

In addition to strengthening the surgical training experiences of Wills residents and fellows as well as faculty, visiting eye surgeons and residents and fellows from other institutions, our renovated 8th floor facilities also create a dynamic hub for our ophthalmic education programming, including CME and the Wills Eye Knowledge Portal, in the J. Arch McNamara, MD Ophthalmic Education Center. And our Residents Center has been enhanced with an Innovation Lab with workstations and a lounge with an on-call room, ping-pong table and handsome new lockers.

We invite you to consider supporting ophthalmic education at Wills Eye through a special opportunity:

  • A gift of any amount to the J. Arch McNamara, MD Ophthalmic Medical Education Fund to make a lasting impact on the future of ophthalmic training and medical education at Wills Eye Hospital.
  • [The $5,000 gift to name a locker in the Residents Center is SOLD OUT. Thank you!]

If you wish to make a contribution, please click on the link below.

Wills Eye Foundation is the sole fundraising arm of Wills Eye Hospital and is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization (EIN 59-3794523). Contributions are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. To view our State Charitable Solicitation Disclosures, click here.