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July 19, 2012

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

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Joy Bell, 404-778-3711

(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 #18.

The 2012 edition “America’s Best Hospitals” guide ranks the top hospitals in medical specialties. The top hospitals ranked in Ophthalmology were named as among the “best for challenging cases and procedures” by at least 5 percent of ophthalmology specialists who responded to U.S. News surveys in 2010, 2011 and 2012.

Additionally, eight Eye Center physicians were listed in the “Top Doctors” category within U.S. News rankings. As such, these physicians rank within the top 10% of physicians within the country. In the list below, those with an asterisk beside their names rank in the top 1% of doctors ranked:

Thomas Aaberg Sr., MD (Chair Emeritus)
Allen Beck, MD (Glaucoma specialist)
* Valérie Biousse, MD (Neuro-Ophthalmology specialist)
* Hans Grossniklaus, MD, MBA (Oncology/Pathology specialist)
* Scott Lambert, MD (Pediatric Ophthalmology specialist)
* Nancy Newman, MD (Neurology/Neuro-Ophthalmology specialist)
* Timothy Olsen, MD (Chair, Retina specialist)
Brad Randleman, MD (Cornea specialist)

“We are very proud to be among the top-ranked ophthalmology programs in the country,” says Emory Eye Center director Timothy W. Olsen. “The strategic programs that are being developed at Emory will blossom in the coming years as we continue to grow and expand our academic mission.  We look forward to a very bright future.”

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 $23.8 million.

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