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July 22, 2015


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

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


US News Badge(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 #12, up two slots from last year.

The 2015-16 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 2013, 2014 and 2015. Those nominated by at least 3 percent but less than 5 percent of physicians are designated high-performing Best Regional Hospitals.

“The recent findings of live Ebola virus in the eye and the expansion of this work through our GO-Emory (Global Ophthalmology at Emory program) is a high-impact example of our program’s direction and international contribution,” says Emory Eye Center director Timothy W. Olsen, MD.

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 approximately 120,000 patients each year at these locations: Emory University main campus, Emory University Hospital Midtown's Medical Office Tower, The Emory St. Joseph’s campus and Johns Creek. 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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