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August 28, 2009

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Emory Eye Center to Have Presence At Emory Clark-Holder Clinic, LaGrange

(ATLANTA) Emory Eye Center physician Jiong Yan, MD, assistant professor of ophthalmology at Emory School of Medicine and retina specialist within Emory Eye Center, now sees patients at Emory Clark-Holder Clinic in LaGrange, Ga. in addition to her duties at Emory Eye Center and the Veterans Administration Medical Center. Dr. Yan will see patients on every other Thursday of the month.

Dr. Yan’s expertise will enable the residents of Troup County to have access to an Emory Eye Center ophthalmologist who can provide the highest level of care for retinal disorders. Emory Eye Center is a top-ranked academic eye institution with a three-fold mission of quality patient care, innovative research, and ongoing education, training future ophthalmologists from around the world.

Dr. Yan’s interests include diabetic retinopathy, macular disease, retinal detachment and age-related macular degeneration. Additionally, she directs the inherited retinal disease unit at Emory Eye Center. In her position at Emory, she has been involved in eight clinical trials, serving as either principal investigator or co-investigator. She has published nearly 20 papers.

“We are pleased to be able to serve patients in the LaGrange community,” says Dr. Yan. “Our retina patients must often have a family member drive them to their clinic appointment. The Emory Clark-Holder Clinic location will help those in the immediate area have closer access to advanced ophthalmic care. Because many our of retina patients need treatments every two months, a more convenient clinic will allow them to make their appointments with more ease,” she says. “We are excited to work with these patients and provide the care they need, near their homes.”

“Emory Eye Center is excited to have an opportunity to work with our neighbors to bring subspecialty care to West Georgia,” says Timothy W. Olsen, director of the Emory Eye Center. “I’m certain that the talent and compassion of Dr. Yan will benefit her patients as well as the community. We look forward to our ongoing collaborations at Emory Clark-Holder Clinic.”

“Ophthalmology has been a long-standing tradition with Clark-Holder Clinic,” says Anna Kao, MD, an ophthalmologist serving at Emory Clark-Holder. “It is very exciting to see the expansion of our service with Dr. Yan’s experience. With the advancement of new technology and medicine, we are able to make a significant difference in saving sight for retinal disorders such as age-related macular degeneration. Dr. Yan’s presence in LaGrange will allow our local and surrounding residents to be part of modern medical advances.”

Dr. Yan attended medical school at Louisiana State University (1998). She completed an internship at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Hospital in New Brunswick, N.J. (1999). She finished a residency in ophthalmology at Emory University (2002), a vitreo-retina fellowship at the Jules Stein Eye Institute, University of California (2004), and an honorary fellowship in retinal dystrophy and degeneration at Moorfields Hospital, London. She joined Emory Eye Center in fall 2004. Dr. Yan also serves as chief of the Retina Service in the department of ophthalmology at the Veterans Administration Medical Center, Atlanta.

Dr. Yan is board-certified in ophthalmology and is a fellow with the American Board of Ophthalmology. Memberships include the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, and the Georgia Society of Ophthalmology.


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 35 ophthalmologists, eight optometrists, ten 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. The Department remains in the top rankings (#9 – 2009) by U.S. News & World Report for the 13 years the magazine has held a ranking for Ophthalmology. It also ranks in the Top Ten in all four categories surveyed by Ophthalmology Times annual report.

Established in 1936, Clark-Holder Clinic is the largest multi-specialty group practice in West Georgia employing more than 30 doctors and other healthcare providers with a staff of 170. Key facilities are located in LaGrange, West Point and Newnan. Clark-Holder Clinic has provided medical services to the citizens of west Georgia and east Alabama for nearly 70 years. The partnership with Emory Healthcare physicians in January 2008 provided access to the highest level of care for the residents of Troup County and the surrounding areas.


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