Emory Eye Center

From the director

Success through teamwork

Envision a patient, a doctor, an examining room.

Timothy W. Olsen, MD

Timothy W. Olsen, MD

We see this scenario pictured on billboards, in advertisements, and in movies. It looks like a routine interaction – but please allow me to expand.

Here at the Emory Eye Center, the importance of what occurs between each patient and his or her physician, each day, represents the core of this organization's entire operation. An operation that, perhaps one day, will become Emory Vision Institute.

What's in a name? A lot. We are currently the Emory Eye Center. We are a part of the Emory University School of Medicine and Emory Healthcare. Yet we are not only about the eye, and we are more than a center. In this edition of Emory Eye, we highlight the importance that we place on the patient-doctor visit and further define how an institution is growing from this core.

Patients seek our guidance for a specific need, problem, pain, or vision-related malady. Such a request serves as an impetus for our faculty to help our patients see as well as they can see, thus carrying out our core mission. Serving patients first is our privilege and honor.

The patient-doctor visit is also the point where our educational mission occurs. Students, residents, and fellows learn at this interface, both benefiting from and contributing to this core experience.

Serving patients first is our privilege and honor.

The vast experience and knowledge of our physicians leads us to deliver the very best evidencebased care possible for our patients. The final, yet critically important aspect of the patient-doctor visit is that this interaction also represents the focal point for translational research.

The knowledge and expertise that support the best evidence-based care originate from careful observations, peer-reviewed publications, and the basic sciences. Translational research, the most direct connection between the principles learned during scientific inquiry, then evolves toward clinical studies. Our knowledge about disease management is constantly changing and is driven by scientific inquiry.

At Emory, the roots of research and knowledge not only extend deep into Emory University and the basic sciences, but also extend outward through our involvement with global health, public health, and community care. In Atlanta, our patient services also branch outward to Emory Midtown, the VA Medical Center, Grady Hospital, our Perimeter location, and, soon, to Saint Joseph's Hospital and Johns Creek Hospital.

Our core – the patient + doctor interaction, which keeps everything else in motion – is the focus of our cover article in this issue.

Patients and physicians tell their stories of the shared journey from presentation to treatment, and of the heartfelt connections they have built with each other during that process. As you read these powerful stories, I hope you'll join me at the core-solid, ever-growing, interactive system that is Emory Eye Center today and will help envision us becoming . . . the Emory Vision Institute!

Timothy W. Olsen

Emory Eye Center Uncommon knowledge. Uncommon sharing.


Melanie M. Platt (president)
Paul Anderson Jr.
Jim Abrahamson
Harold Brown
Bickerton Cardwell
Bradley N. Currey Jr.
Charles Darnell
Randy Dhaliwal, MD
Brian G. Dyson
Edgar Forio Jr.
Russell R. French
Gardiner Wingfield Garrard III
D. Gayle Gellerstedt
Mary Gellerstedt
John J. Gillin
Charles B. Ginden
W. Gordon Knight
Lindsay Olsen
Dulaney L. O'Roark
Stanley Steinberg

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