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Emory Eye Center Places in Top Ten of U.S. News & World Report Specialty Rankings

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Joy Bell, 404-778-3711, jbell@emory.edu


Story Highlights:

• Emory Eye Center ranks as #9 in the specialty of ophthalmology.

• Emory Eye Center moves up from #11 in 2007; #16 in 2006.

(ATLANTA)  Emory Eye Center has again ranked among the top ophthalmology centers in this country within the prestigious U.S. News & World Report’s guide to America’s top medical institutions. This year, Emory Eye Center placed #9.

The 2008 edition “America’s Best Hospitals” guide, dated July 23, ranks the top hospitals in 16 medical specialties. 

“I’m very proud of the faculty and staff at Emory Eye who get the credit for this prestigious, top-ten national recognition,” says Emory Eye Center director Timothy W. Olsen. “Our goal is simply to be the best possible academic ophthalmology program that is possible.  We work together as clinicians, researchers, and educators to get results. We are truly honored to be in this elite category.”

Emory Eye Center boasts a rich historical context for its innovative work. Its legacy reaches back to 1872 when Abner Calhoun, the region’s first specialist of the eye and ear, came to Atlanta Medical College to practice. He was the only scientifically trained ophthalmologist south of Maryland at the time.  His son, F. Phinizy Calhoun, Sr. was department chair at Emory from 1910 to 1940; his son, F. Phinizy Calhoun, Jr. was chair from 1940-1946.  

Emory Eye Center remains a premier eye center and sees more than 80,000 patients each year at three locations: Emory University main campus, Emory University Hospital Midtown's Medical Office Tower, and The Emory Clinic, Perimeter (Emory Vision).  With subspecialties in cornea, retina, glaucoma, neuro-ophthalmology, oculoplastics, ophthalmic pathology and pediatric ophthalmology, Emory has long been a fertile training ground for physicians. For patients, it is seen as a place of innovative treatment and groundbreaking research. The Eye Center is one of the top fifteen NIH-funded eye research institutions in the United States, with total grant funds of close to $6 million.

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