Dr. Julia A. Haller is Ophthalmologist-in-Chief of the Wills Eye Institute, and professor and chair of the department of ophthalmology at Thomas Jefferson University. She was educated at the Bryn Mawr School in Baltimore, Princeton University, and Harvard Medical School. She interned in the Halsted surgery program at Johns Hopkins Hospital and spent a year with Dr. Frederick A. Jakobiec as a fellow in ocular pathology at Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital and Cornell Medical Center. After a residency in ophthalmology at the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins Hospital, and a retina fellowship there with Ronald G. Michels, MD, she became Wilmer’s first female chief resident in 1986. She joined the faculty as assistant professor at Johns Hopkins in 1987, became the inaugural Katharine Graham Professor of Ophthalmology in 2002, and was installed as the inaugural Robert Bond Welch, MD professor of ophthalmology in 2006. At Wilmer, she directed the retina fellowship program. She assumed leadership of the Wills Eye Institute in November, 2007.
Dr. Haller has published over 250 papers in the peer reviewed literature as well as 20 book chapters. She is past president of the American Society of Retina Specialists and serves on the editorial boards of RETINA, Retinal Physician, Ocular Surgery News, Ophthalmology Times, and Evidence-Based Ophthalmology.