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July 16, 2010

Emory Eye Center Places in Top Ranking of U.S. News & World Report


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

(ATLANTA) Emory Eye Center has again ranked among the top ophthalmology centers in this country within the prestigious U.S. News & World Report’s guide to America’s top medical institutions. This year, Emory Eye Center placed #14.

The 2010 edition “America’s Best Hospitals” guide ranks the top hospitals in medical specialties. The 18 hospitals ranked in Ophthalmology were named as among the “best for challenging cases and procedures” by at least 3 percent of ophthalmology specialists who responded to U.S. News surveys in 2008, 2009, and 2010.

“I’m proud of our faculty and staff at Emory Eye who get the credit for this prestigious, national recognition,” says Emory Eye Center director Timothy W. Olsen. “We are presently in a phase of transition, and I am especially proud we remain among the top centers of ophthalmology. I anticipate some variance in our rankings. Moving forward, we have some very exciting new faculty and opportunities. Our goal is simply to be the best possible academic ophthalmology program possible. We are truly honored to continue to be a top ranked program in the country.”

Emory Eye Center boasts a rich historical context for its innovative work. Its legacy reaches back to 1872 when Abner Calhoun, the region’s first specialist of the eye and ear, came to Atlanta Medical College to practice. He was the only scientifically trained ophthalmologist south of Maryland at the time. His son, F. Phinizy Calhoun, Sr. was department chair at Emory from 1910 to 1940; his son, F. Phinizy Calhoun, Jr. was chair from 1940-1946.

Emory Eye Center remains a premier eye center and sees more than 100,000 patients each year at three main locations: Emory University main campus, Emory University Hospital Midtown's Medical Office Tower, and The Emory Clinic, Perimeter (Emory Vision). With subspecialties in cornea, retina, glaucoma, neuro-ophthalmology, oculoplastics, ophthalmic pathology and pediatric ophthalmology, Emory has long been a fertile training ground for physicians. For patients, it is seen as a place of innovative treatment and groundbreaking research. The Eye Center is one of the top fifteen NIH-funded eye research institutions in the United States. Its research is supported by current NIH funding of $20 million through 2010.

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