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July 16, 2014

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 #14, up two slots from last year.

Emory Eye Center ranks 14 in US in US News & World ReportThe 2014-15 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 2012, 2013 and 2014. Those nominated by at least 3 percent but less than 5 percent of physicians are high-performing Best Regional Hospitals.

“Patient care and all aspects related to improving care is where we focus our energy, says Emory Eye Center director Timothy W. Olsen, MD.  “The faculty at Emory is extremely fortunate to both educate and learn from the top students, residents, and fellows in the country. 

“Furthermore, by focusing our research on meaningful projects, we are developing high-impact opportunity to develop one of the most effective translational vision research programs in the country. We’ve moved up again this year . . . a real credit to the faculty and staff of the Emory Eye Center.”

Emory Eye Center has 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 115,000 patients each year at these locations: Emory University main campus, Emory University Hospital Midtown's Medical Office Tower, The Emory Clinic-Perimeter and Cumming. With subspecialties in cornea, retina, glaucoma, neuro-ophthalmology, oculoplastics, ophthalmic pathology and pediatric ophthalmology, Emory has long been one of the most sought after training programs for ophthalmology subspecialties. 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. Ophthalmology research is supported by current funding of over $8.8 million.

 

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Emory Eye Center has a mission to conduct pioneering research into blinding eye diseases, to educate and train eye professionals, and to provide excellent patient care. The Department includes 33 ophthalmologists, eight optometrists, 11 basic scientists, 11 post-doctoral fellows, and nine researchers in other Emory departments who hold joint appointments in the Emory University School of medicine’s Department of Ophthalmology. Ophthalmology research is supported by current funding of $8.8 million. The Department remains in the top rankings by U.S. News & World Report for the 16 years the magazine has held a ranking for Ophthalmology. It also ranks in the Top Ten in the peer-reviewed Ophthalmology Times annual report.

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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