News Releases


  • February 22, 2021 | Jessica Shantha, MD, chosen for ARVO Women’s Leadership Development Program. Emory Eye Center is pleased to announce ophthalmologist, Jessica Shantha, MD, has been selected to participate in the 2020-2021 Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) Women’s Leadership Development Program.

  • June 22, 2020 | Emory Eye Center Receives Humanitarian Award from Sidra Tree Foundation. Emory Eye Center providers Soroosh Behshad, MD, MPH, and Natalie C. Weil, MD, have received the Sidra Tree Foundation Project Award from the Sidra Tree Foundation. Dr. Behshad is a cataract and cornea surgeon in the section of Cornea, External Disease and Refractive Surgery and serves as chief of Ophthalmology Services at Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital. Dr. Weil, a pediatric and adult strabismus surgeon, is an assistant professor in the section of Pediatric Ophthalmology.

  • March 11, 2020 | Emory Eye Center faculty give back at community health clinic with Remote Area Medical. (ATLANTA) For Emory Eye Center optometrists, Mary Carlton, OD, and Kristen Thelen, OD, FAAO, having healthy vision is important. As providers, Carlton and Thelen are dedicated to ensuring their patients at Emory Eye Center’s Vision & Optical Services have healthy vision. Outside of their work at Emory, they provide eye care to underserved and uninsured men, women and children at nationwide healthcare clinics sponsored by Remote Area Medical (RAM).

  • September 30, 2019 | Emory Eye Center Hosts Two Events in Honor of World Sight Day. World Sight Day is an international day of awareness and advocacy held each year to focus global attention on blindness and vision impairment. This year, the Emory Eye Center will host two events recognizing World Sight Day on October 10. This year’s call to action is: Vision First!

  • November 6, 2017 | New York Times and BBC Radio highlight Emory Eye Center physicians’ work with Ebola virus disease survivors. The West African Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak from 2013-2016 was unprecedented in its magnitude, with more than 28,600 cases and 11,300 deaths reported. For the estimated 17,000 Ebola survivors within the West Africa region, eye disease that can lead to blindness continues to be a major concern.

  • September 12, 2017 | Emory Eye Center To Host Two Community Events for World Sight Day. World Sight Day is an international day of awareness and advocacy held each year to focus global attention on blindness and vision impairment. This year, Emory Eye Center invites the community to join in two events recognizing World Sight Day in October.

  • May 10, 2017 | Fogarty International Center supports Global Ophthalmology-Emory fellowship with $100,000 grant. (ATLANTA)  Beginning in July 2017, Emory Eye Center will expand its training opportunities to include a global ophthalmology fellowship. The one-year fellowship was established in 2016 through a gift pledge from the Alcon Foundation. Now the Fogarty International Center of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is also supporting the fellowship with a grant that will allow the fellow to spend the entire year in Ethiopia rather than dividing time between locations.

  • May 3, 2016 | $150,000 Gift from Alcon Foundation Establishes Global Ophthalmology Fellowship. (ATLANTA) The Alcon Foundation has pledged $150,000 to Emory Eye Center to establish a Global Ophthalmology Emory (GO-E) Fellowship. The fellowship, one of only four in the nation, will provide first-person clinical experience in both local and international settings and a strong research foundation in ophthalmic public health issues.

  • September 21, 2015 | Co-directors awarded 2015 Champalimaud Vision Award for the Kilimanjaro Project in Africa. The prestigious award, the world’s largest in the area of vision, is worth €1M. The Kilimanjaro Project operates in one of Africa’s most dramatic settings, in an area ravaged by extreme poverty, natural disasters, disease and blindness, affecting unimaginable numbers of people.

  • August 26, 2015 | Team Makes Second Trip to West Africa in “Quiet Eye” Project. Experts from the Emory Eye Center reached out to the West Coast of Africa to address an eye condition that was recently discovered at Emory.  Uveitis specialist Steven Yeh, MD, graduate resident Jessica Shantha, MD, oculoplastics specialist Brent Hayek, MD, FACS and Ian Crozier, MD, an infectious disease physician and Ebola survivor, traveled to Sierra Leone, to assist in the evaluation and treatment of ocular complications in Ebola virus disease survivors.

  • August 19, 2015 | Emory Eye physicians reach out to the Atlanta community in successful glaucoma screening. (ATLANTA) Emory Eye Center physicians and medical volunteers from organizations throughout Atlanta came together to provide vision screenings (Aug. 15) at U.S. Rep. David Scott’s 13th Congressional District Health Fair.

  • May 7, 2015 | Ebola virus can persist for months within survivors' eyes. (Atlanta) Live Ebola virus can persist within the eyes for months after a patient recovers from acute Ebola viral disease (EVD), according to a case report to be published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

  • Jan. 22 , 2014 | International Congenital Cataract Symposium meets again in NYC. (Atlanta) Emory Eye Center pediatric ophthalmologists Scott Lambert and Phoebe Lenhart, along with Edward Cotlier of the New York State Institute for Basic Research in Developmental Disabilities, will co-direct the second International Congenital Cataract Symposium in New York on March 7 at the Yale Club.

  • Emory Eye Center Announces Director of Its Global Ophthalmology Emory Initiative
    September 5, 2013 | (Atlanta) Danny Haddad, MD, former director of the Atlanta-based International Trachoma Initiative (ITT), is now director of the Emory Eye Center’s Global Ophthalmology Emory Initiative effective September 1.

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