The Department of Ophthalmology is thrilled to announce that Ms. Angie Karalis Johnson has committed a substantial gift — the largest gift our department has ever received — allowing the creation of the Roger H. and Angie Karalis Johnson Retina Center at UW Medicine. The Karalis Johnson Retina Center, located in the new SLU phase 3.2 building, will be a state-of-the-art combined clinical and translational research facility. Its 5,030 square feet will include space for clinical care and advanced retinal imaging devices, as well as space for researchers and clinicians to work side-by-side to eliminate suffering from retinal disease, particularly macular degeneration. 

Angie Karalis Johnson, who — with her late husband, Roger Johnson, M.D., a pre-eminent Seattle ophthalmologist for over 50 years — has been one of our department’s greatest supporters. The Johnsons endowed the Roger Johnson, M.D. Award for Macular Degeneration as well as the Roger Johnson Lecture, which has been held at Seattle Children’s for the past 33 years. Angie is passionate about this gift providing hope and care for patients with macular degeneration and other retinal diseases in our region and nation. We have one of the country’s outstanding faculties in retina clinical care and research; with the new center, we will have one of the nation’s finest facilities to advance the care of patients with retinal disease. We are truly indebted to Angie for her phenomenal generosity. To read the full story on Angie’s gift, follow this link.

The Karalis Johnson Retina Center is scheduled to open in summer 2018 and will occupy most of the first floor of the new SLU 3.2 building. The gift will also provide endowment funds to support retina research, and our retina research laboratories at SLU 3.1 will be named in honor of Angie and Roger.

We look forward to celebrating this remarkable gift and the opening of this world-class center with you in the coming months. Should you have any questions about the center or the gift, please contact Abbey 

Norris, director for philanthropy, at or 206.221.8274.


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