The John F. Hardesty, MD Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at Washington University is one of the finest teaching and research institutions in the nation. Our outstanding faculty have made – and continue to make – fundamental discoveries into the causes and treatment of sight-threatening diseases such as glaucoma, cataract and retinal disease.  These advances have only been possible with the aid of generous charitable contributions from individuals in the community.  By making a financial donation to the Department, these individuals are playing a critical role by partnering with us in the fight against blindness.

Charitable gifts to the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences can take many forms. Often they represent bequests of cash, appreciated securities, or property.  They can be outright gifts or pledges paid over a period of time. Funds can be used for general purposes or dedicated to specific projects.  Some gifts, such as endowments, exist in perpetuity.  All gifts are tax-deductible to the amount allowed by law. 

Our development office will be happy to discuss options and work with you to structure your donation according to your desires.

Todd Margolis, MD, PhD
Alan A. and Edith L. Wolff Distinguished Professor and Chairman
Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

For further information on how you can help in the fight against blindness please contact: Corey Pashea in the Washington University Medical Alumni and Development office at 314-935-8830 or