Endowments & Development

The Department of Ophthalmology is grateful for the following endowments:

Research Chairs Lectureships
Professorships Center Development
EyeBall/Prevent Blindness Texas


  • Shirley G. and Norman Alweis Endowment for Vision
  • Lillian and James Cain Endowment in Vision Loss
  • Dr. George E. Holladay Ophthalmology Library Fund Honoring Dr. John Lynn
  • Maurice Jameson Fund for Research of Macular Degeneration
  • Anne Marie and Thomas B. Walker Jr. Fund for Research on Macular Degeneration of the Retina


  • The David Bruton, Jr. Chair in Ophthalmology – James P. McCulley, M.D.
  • Dr. W. Maxwell Thomas Chair in Ophthalmology – Preston H. Blomquist, M.D. 
  • Josephine Long Biddle Chair in Age-Related Macular Degeneration Research – Yu-Guang He, M.D.
  • Royal C. Miller Chair in Age-Related Macular Degeneration Research – Jerry Y. Niederkorn, Ph.D.


  • Carol F. Zimmerman, M.D. Lecture Series in Neuro-Ophthalmology
  • John R. Lynn, M.D. Lecture Series in Ophthalmology (Glaucoma)
  • Seymour Gostin Endowment Fund for Lectures in Ophthalmology


  • George A. and Nancy P. Shutt Professorship in Medical Science – Jerry Y. Niederkorn, Ph.D.
  • Irene Wadel and Robert I. Atha, Jr. Professorship in Ophthalmology, in Honor of R. Wayne Bowman, M.D. – R. Wayne Bowman, M.D.
  • Zora Meagher Macular Degeneration Research Professorship – Yu-Guang He, M.D.


Jean H. & John T. Walter Jr. Center for Research in Age-Related Macular Degeneration


EyeBall/Prevent Blindness Texas

The EyeBall is an annual event hosted by the Department of Ophthalmology and the Dallas branch of Prevent Blindness Texas. Since 2001, the EyeBall has raised more than $2.5 million to prevent blindness, preserve sight, and enhance and extend the quality of vision life through research and clinical care.

EyeBall proceeds go toward research in the Department of Ophthalmology and sight-saving initiatives at Prevent Blindness Texas (Dallas), like free child and adult vision services for thousands of Texans each year.

For information on attending and contributing to the EyeBall, please contact Prevent Blindness Texas in Dallas at 214-528-5521 or smelson@preventblindnesstexas.org.