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October 23, 2008

Ophthalmology Times

Emory Eye Center Ranks in Top Ten in All Categories
of Ophthalmology Times Annual Survey


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

(ATLANTA) Emory Eye Center ranked in all four of the Top Ten slots with other distinguished U.S. academic eye institutions in the annual survey of ophthalmology programs conducted by Ophthalmology Times.

In the October 15 issue, Emory Eye Center placed in all four of the ranking designations, the first time Emory has ranked in every surveyed category.

The categories and Emory Eye Center’s 2008 placements include:

• Best Overall Program (tied at 8th with University of Iowa)

• Best Research Program (9th)

• Best Residency Program (10th)

• Best Clinical (Patient Care) Program (6th)

Ophthalmology Times, a news publication written by and for physicians, regularly ranks eye centers across the country. The ranking is a result of surveys of U.S. chairmen and directors of residency programs. The awards recognize excellence in the teaching and development of residents, quality patient care, and aggressive research pursuits. Emory Eye Center has ranked in the top ten of several categories in the past decade.

“We are so pleased that our programs are recognized favorably by our peers,” say Timothy W. Olsen, F. Phinizy Calhoun Sr. Professor of Ophthalmology, chair of the Department of Ophthalmology, and director, Emory Eye Center. “Emory is a unique place. Patient care, innovative research and quality physician training are the heart of what we do. It is certainly gratifying that these efforts are recognized on a national level. We have an extraordinary team of talented and dedicated faculty who make a difference in the lives of many people every day.”

Emory Eye Center’s faculty comprises 42 clinicians and 10 basic scientists (researchers). Among the clinicians, six serve at the Veterans Administration Medical Center (VAMC).

The three-year residency program trains six new residents each year for a total of 18 dedicated physicians working side-by-side with Eye Center faculty. Additionally, Emory attracts highly qualified applicants into its fellowship subspecialty training including retina, glaucoma, neuro-ophthalmology, cornea, pediatrics and oculoplastics. There are approximately six to seven new physicians each year.

In addition to Emory Eye Center’s main campus, physicians and residents may serve at Grady Hospital and its clinics, the VAMC, Emory Vision (Emory Eye Center’s refractive surgery center at the Perimeter Clinic), Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (Egleston), and Emory University Hospital Midtown.

Currently, $5.5 million in funding provides for more than 77 research awards. A $2 million 2006 core grant enables Emory Eye Center to continue that research for five years. A $694,000 NIH Training Grant supports four pre-doctoral and one post-doctoral fellows.

Funding at Emory Eye Center includes 13 endowed chairs and professorships and 19 other named endowments. It is one of the few departments in the Emory School of Medicine that funds its annual expenses through endowments, grants, contributions and patient-care income.


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