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June 28, 2017

Six Emory Eye Center physicians named as part of America’s Top Doctors® 2017


Cover Atlanta Magazine July 2017

(ATLANTA) The annual Top Doctors® issue of Atlanta magazine has hit the newsstands, and six Emory Eye Center physicians are included in the list. They are Allen D. Beck, MD; Valérie Biousse, MD; Hans E. Grossniklaus, MD, MBA; G. Baker Hubbard III, MD; Nancy J. Newman, MD; and Ted H. Wojno, MD.

Each year, Atlanta magazine’s editorial staff partners with the New York-based healthcare research firm Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. to assist in producing the Top Doctors issue. The firm invites thousands of doctors nationwide to participate in regional peer nomination surveys. The process seeks nominations not only of physicians who excel in academic medicine and research, but also who exhibit excellence in patient care—those to whom nominating physicians would send their own families. Physicians cannot pay to be selected or profiled on these lists.

The 2017 list recognizes 720 physicians across metro Atlanta. Half of those listed (358) are associated with Emory: Emory Healthcare physicians, Emory Healthcare Network physicians, Emory University School of Medicine faculty and Emory medical staff physicians.

With a mission to help consumers find the best health care, Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., a New York-based health care research firm, publishes the popular annual America’s Top Doctors® list after inviting thousands of doctors from across America to participate in regional peer nomination surveys. The process seeks nominations not only of physicians who excel in academic medicine and research, but also who exhibit excellence in patient care—those to whom nominating physicians would send their own families. Physicians cannot pay to be selected or profiled on these lists.

Castle Connolly’s physician-led research team performs extensive screening of the survey results to identify those doctors who are “among the very best in their specialties and in their communities.” Their selections are announced each year on their website and in major media outlets and national and regional magazines. Metropolitan Atlanta results were published in the July Atlanta magazine "Top Doctors" issue.

Allen D. Beck, MD The Emory Eye Center’s interim director and interim chair of ophthalmology, Allen D. Beck, MD, has been listed as one of America’s Top Doctors® for nine consecutive years. He is William and Clara Redmond Professor of Ophthalmology and former director of the Glaucoma Section. Dr. Beck is an Emory trained physician whose clinical work focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of adult and pediatric glaucoma and the surgical treatment of cataracts. His research interests include diagnosis and management of pediatric glaucoma, clinical studies of adult glaucoma therapies, pediatric cataract, and glaucoma compliance. Dr. Beck has received numerous honors during his career, including the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) Achievement Award and selection as a member of AAO’s Glaucoma Knowledge Base Panel.

Valerie Biousse, MD Valérie Biousse, MD, is Cyrus H. Stoner Professor of Ophthalmology at Emory Eye Center and sees patients in the Neuro-Ophthalmology Section. She holds a double appointment as a professor of ophthalmology and neurology in the Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Biousse is interested in treating optic nerve disorders, vascular diseases of the eye, visual file defects, and disorders of ocular motility. She serves on the board of directors of the North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society and is on the editorial board of the Journal of Neuro-Ophthalmology. Dr. Biousse is co-author of Neuro-Ophthalmology Illustrated, a beautifully illustrated guide to help readers recognize a patient's signs and symptoms, localize pathology, develop a differential diagnosis and select a management strategy. The second edition of Neuro-Ophthalmology Illustrated received first prize in the neurology category of the 2016 British Medical Association (BMA) book awards.

Hans E. Grossniklaus, MD, MBA Hans E. Grossniklaus, MD, MBA, is interim vice chair of Emory Eye Center; F. Phinizy Calhoun Jr. Professor of Ophthalmology; and director of L.F. Montgomery Laboratory and the Ocular Oncology and Pathology Section. He is the recipient of some of the highest honors in ophthalmology, including the Zimmerman Medal from the American Association of Ophthalmic Oncologists and Pathologists in 2012 for outstanding contributions to ophthalmic pathology and induction into Academia Ophthalmologica Internationalis (AOI), a prestigious organization that limits active membership to 100 of the world’s top academic ophthalmologists. Dr. Grossniklaus was awarded Life Member status by the AAO (American Academy of Ophthalmology) in 2016; a member must be active and in good standing with AAO for 35 years to be eligible for consideration as a life member. His clinical practice specializes in ocular tumors and ocular pathology.

G. Baker Hubbard III, MD G. Baker Hubbard III, MD, is Thomas M. Aaberg Professor of Ophthalmology, director of Emory Eye Center’s Retina Service and a member of the Ocular Oncology/Pathology Section. He also directs vitreoretinal surgery fellowship training at Emory University. Dr. Hubbard is highly recognized for his clinical work with pediatric retinal disorders, including retinopathy of prematurity and retinoblastoma. His primary research interest is in characterizing the clinical manifestations of pediatric retinal disorders and their treatment outcomes. In 2016, Dr. Hubbard received the AAO Senior Achievement Award for his years of service to AAO. Previous recognitions include receiving the Senior Honor Award from the American Society of Retina Specialists for his work in pediatric retina disorders, and serving as president of the Georgia Society of Ophthalmologists.

Nancy Newman, MD Nancy Newman, MD, is LeoDelle Jolley Professor of Ophthalmology and director of Emory Eye Center’s Neuro-Ophthalmology Section. She also is a professor of ophthalmology and neurology and instructor in neurological surgery at Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Newman is internationally recognized as a distinguished teacher. Recent awards include being named the Dean’s Distinguished Faculty Lecture and Award recipient for 2017, which is one of the highest honors bestowed on faculty of Emory. Earlier this spring, Dr. Newman gave the prestigious H. Houston Merritt Lecture during the American Academy of Neurology’s 2017 meeting. That lecture is one of the AAN’s premier awards and is given biannually to a neuroeducator involved with clinically relevant research. Dr. Newman currently is the international principal investigator of the first gene therapy trial in humans for LHON (Leber hereditary optic neuropathy), a blinding disorder preferentially affecting otherwise healthy young men.

Ted Wojno, MD Ted H. Wojno, MD, is James and Shirley Kuse Professor of Ophthalmology and director of the Oculoplastics, Orbital and Cosmetic Surgery Section at Emory Eye Center. He joined Emory in 1985 as director of the newly-created Oculoplastics Section and directly trains all oculoplastics fellows through Emory University. Dr. Wojno is the co-author of the seminal research paper on the clinical use of Botox®, and as an expert in the field of oculoplastics, is a regular contributor of peer-reviewed articles for leading medical journals such as Aesthetic Surgery Journal, Ophthalmology, and Otolaryngology Head Neck Surgery. He has made more than 100 presentations at regional and national meetings over the past 25 years. Dr. Wojno treats adults and children with disorders of the eyelids, tear ducts and eye sockets, and is highly sought after for cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the periocular structures and orbital tumors. His clinical research focuses on essential blepharospasm and orbital tumors.

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