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July 25, 2005

Emory Eye Center Announces New Two-Year Neuro-Ophthalmology Fellowship

(ATLANTA) Emory Eye Center has recently announced the creation of a new, fully-funded, two year Neuro-Ophthalmology Fellowship to begin July 1, 2006.

The beauty of the new fellowship is that it can be tailored to the particular fellow. It is specifically designed to be a flexible two-year training of either ophthalmology or neurology trained physicians, individually tailored to the particular needs and interests of the applicant. One of the fellowship years will remain a traditionally-focused year of academic neuro-ophthalmic training, while the other year will be customized to the particular fellow.

For the neurology-trained fellow, there will be one intensive year of general medical ophthalmology, with special emphasis on retina, glaucoma, pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus, and oculoplastics. For the ophthalmology-trained fellow, there will be an opportunity for a year of training in neuroradiology, diagnostic neurological analytical thinking, and additional surgical training.

Further possible opportunities for customizing neuro-ophthalmology training include: involvement with neuro-otology and its various techniques of examination; studies at the Rollins School of Public Health in epidemiology, statistics and clinical trials; involvement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; and a clinical research or basic science research year.

The new fellowship goes along with Emory Eye Center’s mission of teaching, investigation and patient care. Its Residency Program ranking, for example, has remained in the top ten of the Ophthalmology Times rankings for years.

“We are most pleased to offer this new Neuro-Ophthalmology Fellowship,” says Thomas M. Aaberg, Sr., Director of Emory Eye Center. “This opportunity will be a tremendous asset to those fellows seeking more intense training in the field of neuro-ophthalmology, while offering the many resources of the Emory University campus. Our collaborative efforts with other departments and affiliates of the university will no doubt enhance the training of these fellows, providing them an opportunity they might not have elsewhere.”

“We are very proud and excited about this novel academic initiative,” says Nancy Newman, MD, head of the Neuro-Ophthalmology section at Emory Eye Center. “In these days of relative cutbacks in funding for academic training, this two-year fellowship is a shining example of Emory’s commitment to the future of academic medicine.”

The Emory Center includes the Department of Ophthalmology, part of the Emory School of Medicine, its clinical sector and all aspects of research. Ranked in the top 20 of the U.S. News & World Report’s annual survey of the nation’s best eye centers, Emory Eye Center remains in the top ten of the peer-evaluated Ophthalmology Times survey. The South’s first corneal transplant was performed in Georgia in 1947; its refractive surgery trials were conducted in the 1980s, and it remains at the forefront of many national clinical trials, including those on macular degeneration and glaucoma.

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