September 16, 2009 —Al Sommer, Dean Emeritus of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, launched the first USC Global Health Lecture Series with a talk hosted in partnership with the USC Office of the Provost.
Dean Emeritus and Professor of Epidemiology, Ophthalmology & International Health
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Dr. Sommer is Dean Emeritus and Professor of Epidemiology, Ophthalmology, and International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He was Dean from 1990-2005. He received his MD from Harvard Medical School (1967) and his Master of Health Science in Epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health (1973).
He has published 5 books and over 300 scientific articles; has received numerous awards including the Albert Lasker Award for Clinical Research, the Warren Alpert Foundation Prize, and the Duke Elder International Gold Medal for Contributions to Ophthalmology; has delivered over 30 named lectureships, including the Jackson Memorial Lecture (American Academy of Ophthalmology), Duke Elder Oration (Royal College of Ophthalmologists), De Schweinitz Lecture (College of Physicians, Philadelphia), Dohlman Lecture (Harvard Medical School), Doyne Lecture (Oxford Ophthalmologic Congress), and the Kimura Lecture (University of California, San Francisco), among others; and is a member of both the National Academy of Sciences and its Institute of Medicine. His research interests currently include child survival, blindness prevention, and the interface between public health and clinical medicine.