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Message from the Chair

Vision is important. All too frequently, we take our vision for granted.  The quality of life that our visual system offers is truly spectacular.  The life-enhancing aspects of our eyes and the visual system is what has attracted us to the profession of ophthalmology. Our mission at the Emory Eye Center is very simple: 

We help people see as well as they can see.

Here at the Emory Eye Center, patients seek our care for many reasons. However, when a patient comes to us with a sight-threating disorder, they may be very frightened. Our promise is to do as much as possible to help prevent the loss of sight and also to improve sight and vision to the very best of our abilities. Of course, we are an academic institution, and we bring even more to the table. 

The importance of what occurs between each patient and his or her physician, each day, represents the core of this organization's entire operation. Serving patients first is our privilege and honor.

We are honored to have some of the best and brightest trainees who seek our highly competitive residency and fellowship opportunities. These bright minds and talented individuals improve our ability to care for patients in a meaningful way. They also improve the patient experience, enhance our research efforts, and give back to our program. The patient-doctor visit is also the point where the educational mission begins.

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 University Hospital Midtown, the VA Medical Center, Grady Memorial Hospital, Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital, Emory Johns Creek Hospital and Emory Ambulatory Surgery Center at Dunwoody. Our Global Ophthalmology (GO-Emory) program, led by Danny Haddad, MD, helps us to extend our reach to the world. 

We hope that everyone has a healthy appreciation of their vision and understands how vision adds to the overall quality of life. We strive every day to take care of you . . . our patients, using our knowledge, skills and constant research for new and better treatments for vision-threatening disorders. 


Timothy W. Olsen, MD
F. Phinizy Calhoun Sr. Professor of Ophthalmology
Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology
Director, Emory Eye Center

Timothy W. Olsen, MD

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