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July 21, 2011

Emory Eye Center Again Places in Top Ranking of U.S. News & World Report


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


(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 at #15.

The 2011 edition “America’s Best Hospitals” guide ranks the top hospitals in medical specialties. The 18 hospitals ranked in Ophthalmology were named as among the “best for challenging cases and procedures” by at least 3 percent of ophthalmology specialists who responded to U.S. News surveys in 2008 through 2011.

“Our faculty and staff deserve all the credit for being one of the most highly ranked programs at Emory and in the Nation,” says Emory Eye Center director Timothy W. Olsen. “We continuously strive to offer the highest quality patient care, extend our knowledge through education, and share our knowledge through productive research. We are once again honored to be one of the top ranked programs in the country.”

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. In the years following, Emory Eye Center grew to a nationally-recognized institution, earning high rankings in both public and medical sectors.

Emory Eye Center sees more than 100,000 patients each year at three main 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. Its research is supported by current NIH funding of $20 million.

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