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July 16, 2013

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

Media contact: Joy Bell, 404-778-3711

Atlanta magazine Top Docs Issue July 2011 (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 #16.

The 2013 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 2011, 2012 and 2013.

 “We are very pleased that our program continues to be ranked among the top ophthalmology programs in the country,” says Emory Eye Center director Timothy W. Olsen, MD. “We’ve improved again this year. In my opinion, this is a reflection of our outstanding faculty and the care provided for each patient, including the most complex disorders in ophthalmology.”

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.


The EMORY EYE CENTER includes the Department of Ophthalmology, part of the Emory School of Medicine, its clinical sector and all aspects of research.  The Eye Center is ranked in the top 20 of the "U.S. News & World Report’s" annual survey of the nation’s best eye centers. The South's first corneal transplant was performed at Emory in 1947, and the inaugural refractive surgery trials were conducted at Emory in the 1980s. Today it remains at the forefront of many national clinical trials, including those on macular degeneration and glaucoma. Ophthalmology research is supported by current NIH funding of $23.8 million.  


The Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Center of Emory University is an academic health science and service center focused on missions of teaching, research, health care and public service. Its components include schools of medicine, nursing, and public health; Yerkes National Primate Research Center; the Emory Winship Cancer Institute; and Emory Healthcare, the largest, most comprehensive health system in Georgia. The Woodruff Health Sciences Center has a $2.3 billion budget, 17,000 employees, 2,300 full-time and 1,900 affiliated faculty, 4,300 students and trainees, and a $4.9 billion economic impact on metro Atlanta.

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