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July 5, 2017

grid of faculty images Three Emory Eye Center faculty members – Lenhart, Hernandez and Moore – earn promotions

(ATLANTA) Emory Eye Center is pleased to announce that three faculty members have been promoted within the Emory School of Medicine’s ophthalmology department.

Pediatric ophthalmologist Phoebe Lenhart, MD, is now an associate professor of ophthalmology. Optometrists Elaime Hernandez, OD, and Ping Moore, OD, are now assistant professors of ophthalmology.

Phoebe Lenhart, MD Phoebe Lenhart, MD joined the section of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus in August 2009. Her clinical interests include pediatric cornea and keratoplasty, pediatric cataracts, pediatric and adult strabismus, and global pediatric eye care. She also serves as the Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus Fellowship Director at Emory. She is Board Certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology.

"We are so fortunate to benefit from the unique clinical skill set of Dr. Phoebe Lenhart,” says Amy K. Hutchinson, MD, interim director of pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus at Emory Eye Center. “There are only a handful of pediatric ophthalmologists who are trained to perform advanced corneal surgery in children. In addition, Dr. Lenhart will be one of the first pediatric ophthalmologists in the U.S. to offer collagen crosslinking and refractive surgery to children. Dr. Lenhart is a leader in global pediatric ophthalmology, and has organized international meetings and traveled across the globe to share her skills and knowledge with our international colleagues. We heartily congratulate her for this well-deserved promotion.”

Elaime Hernandez, OD, FAAO Elaime Hernandez, OD, FAAO provides comprehensive eye exams and manages higher-acuity patients. She has also been involved with numerous vision screenings, including health fairs for Hispanic and underserved communities and in conjunction with the Emory University School of Medicine’s Ophthalmology Interest Group. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and is a member of the Georgian and the American Optometric Associations. Dr. Hernandez joined Emory Eye Center's care team in October 2015 and primary treats patients at Grady Memorial Hospital and its satellites.

“Dr. Hernandez has worked tirelessly to help streamline and improve efficiencies of patient care at the Grady Eye Clinic,” says Susan Primo, OD, MPH, FAAO, director of optometry and low vision services at the Emory Eye Center. “She enhances our residents’ experience by sharing her expertise through didactic and clinical teaching. She also has significantly improved the patient experience at one of Grady’s satellite clinics with a primarily Spanish speaking population. I know patients truly enjoy being able to communicate with her directly instead of through a translator. Her caring demeanor and eternal smile are a joy to have around!”

Ping Moore, OD Ping Moore, OD focuses on full-scope optometric care, including conducting comprehensive eye exams, prescribing glasses and contact lenses, and helping patients manage their ocular health. She has served as a volunteer with the Georgia Lions Lighthouse and other groups, and has provided vision screenings at the Special Olympics in Atlanta. Her research focuses on cylindrical adaptation with spectacles in astigmatic and non-astigmatic persons and Fabry’s disease. Dr. Moore is a member of the Georgia Optometry Association and the American Optometric Association.

“Dr. Moore has been amazingly flexible in covering key areas at Emory when needed, such as in the contact lens specialty clinic and now for clinical trials,” Primo adds. “She continues to deliver compassionate care at Grady and has really gone the extra mile to develop expanded clinical services there. She was instrumental in receiving departmental funds that will help allow us to host an esteemed lecturer to educate our faculty, fellows and residents. We are fortunate to have her energy and enthusiasm with us.”

“Promotion is critical to the development of faculty members at the Emory Eye Center,” states Allen Beck, MD, interim chair of ophthalmology and interim director of Emory Eye Center. “Research, teaching and service are the crucial missions of an academic health center, along with superlative patient care. Dr. Lenhart, Dr. Hernandez, and Dr. Moore are to be congratulated on their promotion and their contributions to the Emory Eye Center.”


The Emory Eye Center is the largest, most comprehensive eye care facility in Georgia, serving patients for more than 125 years. With programs in cornea, retina (surgical and medical), glaucoma, neuro-ophthalmology, oculoplastics, ophthalmic pathology and pediatric ophthalmology, Emory Eye Center has long been one of the most sought-after training programs for ophthalmology subspecialties. Innovative treatments, groundbreaking research and personalized care have earned the Eye Center the respect of patients and providers alike.


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