Alfred Sommer, MD, MHS, is dean emeritus of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and University Distinguished Service Professor of Ophthalmology, Epidemiology, and International Health. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine and serves as the chair of the board of the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation.
G.B.B.: How would you describe your leadership style?
A.S.: Fairly directive and definitive, but only after listening to a number of options and the opinions of others. I favor a flat organizational structure and obtaining diverse opinions, often through 1- to 2-day retreats, which generate good ideas but also buy in from those being led (and whom you hope will follow!).
Sommer A, Bartley GB. Interview With Alfred Sommer, MD, MHS. Arch Ophthalmol. 2011;129(5):653-654. doi:10.1001/archophthalmol.2011.81