From the dean

Timothy W. Olsen, MD

Leadership changes

As you may have heard, Dr. Timothy Olsen, after careful consideration and discussion with his family, has formally resigned from his position as chair of the Department of Ophthalmology and director of the Emory Eye Center. Going forward Dr. Olsen plans to focus his efforts on clinical and research initiatives in macular diseases at Emory.

Dr. Olsen’s nine years at Emory have been very productive, and we thank him for his creative and forward-thinking leadership. Over the years, the department’s residency and fellowship programs have flourished and are consistently ranked among the top programs in the United States. Please join me in wishing Dr. Olsen every success in his future endeavors.

I am pleased to announce that Allen Beck, MD, has been named interim chair of the Department of Ophthalmology within the School of Medicine, section head within Emory Clinic, and Director of Emory Eye Center, effective immediately.

Allen is the William and Clara Redmond Professor of Ophthalmology and Emory Eye Center’s director of the Glaucoma Service and Quality Officer. His clinical focus is on diagnosis and management of pediatric and adult glaucoma, including surgical treatment of cataract. He is listed among the “Top Doctors” in Atlanta Magazine’s special issue, and cares for patients from across the Southeast.

Allen is invested in Emory Eye Center and its future, completing Emory University Medical School (1989), Residency (1993), and Fellowship (1993). He has specialized in the field of glaucoma since joining Emory's faculty in 1994. His research interests include diagnosis and management of pediatric glaucoma, clinical studies of adult glaucoma therapies, pediatric cataract, and glaucoma compliance. Allen has been instrumental in advancing pediatric glaucoma care through his work on the Infant Aphakia Treatment Study (IATS) with Scott Lambert, MD. Allen actively serves on the Executive Committee of the Childhood Glaucoma Research Network (CGRN).

Allen has already had an exceptional impact on advancing adult and pediatric glaucoma care at Emory and around the country. He brings a deep understanding of our team and has a great track record of excellence across our clinical, research and teaching missions. We are excited that he will be able to use his expertise to lead our outstanding Department of Ophthalmology through this transition period.

Christian P. Larsen, MD, DPhil
Dean, Emory University School of Medicine