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May 17, 2017
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Four Emory Eye Center physicians – Hayek, Grossniklaus, Kim and Khalifa – recognized for Educator Appreciation Day

(Atlanta) – In honor of Educator Appreciation Day on May 17, the Emory University School of Medicine Recognitions Committee asked for nominations of faculty members who consistently go “above and beyond” with their teaching. More than 100 faculty were nominated by their peers, colleagues, and trainees for the passion and skills they share across the School of Medicine. Congratulations to the four ophthalmology nominees for 2017.


Hans Grossniklaus, MD, MBA Hans Grossniklaus, MD, MBA, is the F. Phinizy Calhoun Jr. professor of ophthalmology at Emory Eye Center. He also is director of the ocular oncology and pathology section and the L. F. Montgomery Pathology Laboratory. Grossniklaus has received numerous awards for his work, including the Lifetime Achievement Award, Senior Achievement Award and two Secretariat Awards from the American Academy of Ophthalmology.


Brent Hayek, MD Brent Hayek, MD, FACS is an associate professor of ophthalmology in the oculoplastics, orbital and cosmetic surgery section. As an oculoplastics specialist he works with patients to address issues such as orbital disorders or tumors, disorders and infections of the tear ducts, orbital implants, and more. He also performs cosmetic procedures including forehead lifts, Botox® injections, and facial fillers and peels.


Yousuf Khalifa, MD Yousuf Khalifa, MD, is an associate professor of ophthalmology in the cornea, external disease and refractive surgery section. He is the ophthalmology service chief at Grady Memorial Hospital and is director of Emory Eye Center’s global ophthalmology efforts. Clinical areas of particular interest to him include penetrating kerotoplasty, endothelial kerotoplasty and corneal infectious disease.


Hee Joon Kim, MD Hee Joon Kim, MD, is an assistant professor of ophthalmology in the section of oculoplastics, orbital and cosmetic surgery. She specializes in the medical and surgical management of both children and adults with eyelid, eye socket and tear duct problems. She joined the Eye Center faculty after completing a fellowship in oculoplastic surgery here at Emory.


Emory Eye Center is fortunate to have a faculty full of ophthalmologists and optometrists who are committed to Emory, our patients, and our residents and fellows in training.




The Emory Eye Center has long been a clinical, scientific and academic leader for eye care. Ophthalmologists, optometrists and other eye care professionals treat individuals of all ages who need care ranging from general examinations to treatment of complex disorders. Scientists at Emory Eye Center are researching the causes of and improved treatments for macular degeneration, cataracts, glaucoma, genetic eye diseases and more. Innovative treatments, groundbreaking research and personalized care have earned Emory Eye Center the respect of patients and providers alike.

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