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November 4, 2009

Ophthalmology Times

Emory Eye Center Ranks in Top Ten in Ophthalmology Times Annual Survey


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

(ATLANTA) Emory Eye Center ranked in the top ten 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 the “Best Residency Program” listing as 8th, up two slots from the 2008 listing at 10th.

Ophthalmology Times, a news publication written by and for physicians, regularly ranks eye centers across the country. Now in its 14th year, the annual survey recognizes excellence in the teaching and development of residents, quality clinical (patient) care, and aggressive research pursuits. This year, a link for the online survey was sent to subscribers of OT e-newsletters, excluding U.S. ophthalmology department chairs and residency program directors. The chairpersons and residency directors were sent the same online survey, but in a separate online mailing. The response rates for both groups were 4.1% and 35.7%, respectively. Emory Eye Center has ranked in the Top Ten of several categories in the past decade.

“One of my first priorities at Emory was to ensure that our educational mission, focused on both residents and fellows, remained strong,” says Timothy W. Olsen, F. Phinizy Calhoun Sr. Professor of Ophthalmology, Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology, and Director, Emory Eye Center. “Dr. Thomas M. Aaberg Sr. set a high educational standard, and we are highly motivated to maintain one of the best clinical training programs in the country. We have great doctors who love to teach — it’s infectious.

Accordingly, we have recently completed an impressive new digital learning resource center and auditorium. Finally, beginning this year, we will begin to bring every medical student at Emory University into our clinics, thereby increasing the importance of ophthalmology in the general medical education curriculum,” he says.

Emory Eye Center’s 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. Emory attracts highly qualified applicants into its fellowship subspecialty training including retina, glaucoma, neuro-ophthalmology, cornea, pediatrics, ocular oncology and oculoplastics. There are approximately six to seven new fellows coming into the program each year for a typical total of 12 physicians in fellowships at one time.

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), Emory-Clark Holder Clinic in LaGrange and Emory University Hospital Midtown.

Emory Eye Center has a mission to conduct pioneering research into blinding eye diseases, to educate and train eye professionals, and to provide excellent patient care. The Department includes 38 ophthalmologists, eight optometrists, 11 basic scientists, 11 post-doctoral fellows, and nine researchers in other Emory departments who hold joint appointments in the Emory University School of medicine’s Department of Ophthalmology.

Ophthalmology research is supported by current NIH funding of $20 million through 2010. It ranks #18 among other eye institutions in NIH funding.

Funding at Emory Eye Center includes 14 endowed chairs and professorships and 18 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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