Dr. Susan Bressler graduated summa cum laude from Smith College, Northampton, MA, USA in 1978.
She attended The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine where she was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha and received the Paul Ehrlich Award for Clinical Investigation at Hopkins’ Young Investigators’ Day in 1982 for her first project in ophthalmology on age-related macular degeneration.
After completing an internship in internal medicine at Johns Hopkins Hospital in 1983, Dr. Bressler pursued an ophthalmology residency at Harvard Medical School’s Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary. After a fellowship in medical retina at Wilmer and additional retinal surgery training at Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary (each supported by a Heed and Heed/Knapp fellowship), she returned to Baltimore in 1988 to join the faculty at The Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins. In 2000, she became only the second woman physician promoted to Professor of Ophthalmology at The Wilmer Eye Institute. In May 2004 she was inducted as the inaugural recipient of the Julia G. Levy, PhD Professor of Ophthalmology. Dr. Bressler has a large national and international referral practice at The Wilmer Eye Institute. In addition, she has published 247 peer reviewed articles and 60 book chapters. Editorial Board positions have included American Journal of Ophthalmology, Survey of Ophthalmology, Retina, EyeNet Magazine, the Health After 50: The Johns Hopkins Medical Letter, and the Wilmer Retina Update. Her main research interest has been collaborative efforts in clinical trials — serving as principal investigator of an image reading center that has served as a central unit for many clinical trials and epidemiologic investigations, as Vice Chair and leader for secondary manuscripts for the Diabetic Retinopathy Clinical Research Network (DRCR.net) and as principal investigator of a participating clinical center in several clinical trials over 3 decades. Most studies have specific emphasis on the treatment of both non-neovascular and neovascular age-related macular degeneration and all aspects of diabetic retinopathy. She has worked extensively with pharmaceutical and biotech companies in both early and late stage drug development for management of retinal disease. She has received the Rosenthal Award from the Macula Society, the Olga Keith Weiss Scholar Award from Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB), an RPB Physician-Scientist Award, a Senior Achievement Award and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology, a Senior Honor Award from The American Society of Retina Specialists, the Gertrude Pyron Award for Lifetime Achievement of Outstanding Research, and was the Inaugural recipient of the Neil Miller Medical Student Teaching Award at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She has given several named lectures throughout the US, and has been invited to speak at numerous national and international meetings.