Here at the Emory Eye Center, the importance of what occurs between each patient and his or her physician, each day, represents the core of this organization's entire operation. An operation that, perhaps one day, will become Emory Vision Institute.
What's in a name? A lot. We are currently the Emory Eye Center. We are a part of the Emory University School of Medicine and Emory Healthcare. Yet we are not only about the eye, and we are more than center.
Patients seek our guidance for a specific need, problem, pain, or vision-related malady. Such a request serves as an impetus for our faculty to help our patients see as well as they can see, thus carrying out our core mission. Serving patients first is our privilege and honor.
The patient-doctor visit is also the point where our educational mission begins. Students, residents, and fellows learn at this interface, both benefiting from and contributing to this core experience.
The vast experience and knowledge of our physicians leads us to deliver the very best evidence-based care possible for our patients. The final, yet critically important aspect of the patient-doctor visit is that this interaction also represents the focal point for translational research.
The knowledge and expertise that support the best evidence-based care originate from careful observations, peer-reviewed publications, and the basic sciences. Translational research, the most direct connection between the principles learned during scientific inquiry, then evolves toward clinical studies. Our knowledge about disease management is constantly changing and is driven by scientific inquiry.
At Emory, the roots of research and knowledge not only extend deep into Emory University and the basic sciences, but also extend outward through our involvement with global health, public health, and community care. In Atlanta, our patient services also branch outward to Emory Midtown, the VA Medical Center, Grady Hospital, our Perimeter location, and, soon, to Saint Joseph's Hospital and Johns Creek Hospital.
Our core: the Patient + Doctor interaction, keeps everything else in motion. Patients and physicians will commonly tell stories of a shared journey from presentation to treatment, and of the heartfelt connections they have built with each other during that process. I hope you'll help support our ever-growing and interactive system that is Emory Eye Center today that may someday soon become . . . the Emory Vision Institute!
Timothy W. Olsen, MD
F. Phinizy Calhoun Sr. Professor of Ophthalmology
Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology
Director, Emory Eye Center
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