Salvatore A. D'Anna
D’Anna, an instructor in the department of ophthalmology, was born in Baltimore. Prior to his career at Johns Hopkins, D’Anna served in the U.S. Navy and was honorably discharged in 1964. He began working at the Schenuit Rubber Company as a laboratory technician. In 1966, D’Anna accepted a position as a veterinary technologist in the office of Dr. L. B. Hornstein, and held that position until 1969. In 1968, he also did field work involving radio telemetry on grizzly bears, black bears, trumpeter swans, elk, and mule deer for the University of Montana Extension Center.
D'Anna began working at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1969 as a laboratory technician in the department of ophthalmology. That same year, he completed a technical training course at The Johns Hopkins University in laboratory animal science. In 1970, he was certified a laboratory technician by the American Association of Laboratory Animal Science. D’Anna continued his coursework at the National Institute of Health in 1972 before being registered as a laboratory animal technologist by the American Association of Laboratory Animal Science. As his role within the department expanded, he was promoted from research assistant, to senior research associate, and then joined the faculty in 1980 as a research associate. He simultaneously attended The Johns Hopkins University, earning an associate of arts degree in 1983, a bachelor of science degree in 1987, and a masters of science degree in 1995. In 1986, D’Anna was promoted to instructor, a position he held until his death.
In 1983, D’Anna received the First Place Scientific Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the International Congress of Ophthalmology, and received an Honorable Mention from the Southern Medical Association for his scientific exhibit. His professional associations included the Wilmer Residents Association, the Association of Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, Ophthalmic Photographers Society, the Biological Photographers Association, and the Nikon Professional Photographers Society. D’Anna published over 100 papers on topics in ophthalmology.