UT Ophthalmology Department Receives High Ranking for Clinical Care

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The UTHSC Department of Ophthalmology was recently ranked ninth among ophthalmologic institutions for quality clinical care in the United States by Ophthalmology Times.

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center Department of Ophthalmology was recently ranked ninth among ophthalmologic institutions for quality clinical care in the United States by Ophthalmology Times.

Last year the department was included in the top ten ranking for the first time. The rankings were determined by a survey of 164 department chairs of ophthalmology in the country and published in the publication’s October 1, 2004 issue. Rankings are given in several categories including: best clinical (patient care) programs, best research programs, best residency programs and best overall ophthalmology programs.

Barrett G. Haik, MD, Hamilton Professor and chair of the Department of Ophthalmology, said, “Being recognized for the second year in a row is a great honor. We strive for excellence in clinical care, teaching and research; but the real focus is what that excellence means in terms of care to the individual patient. This ranking helps us to know we’re providing some of the best services available.”

UTHSC Chancellor Bill Rice stated, “We are so pleased with the recognition the Hamilton Eye Institute and the Department of Ophthalmology have received. Certainly, this validates their hard work and reflects on the commitment of their faculty and staff.”

The UTHSC department is listed among long-established and internationally recognized programs such as The Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami, The Wilmer Eye Institute in Baltimore, The Wills Eye Institute in Philadelphia and The Jules Stein Eye Institute in Los Angeles.