Bascom Palmer Eye Institute serves as the Department of Ophthalmology for the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine in Miami, Florida. Our mission is to enhance the quality of life by improving sight, preventing blindness, and advancing ophthalmic knowledge through compassionate patient care and innovative research. Our full-time faculty of internationally-respected physicians is skilled in every ophthalmic subspecialty and is board-certified or board-eligible with fellowship training.
This year marks the 16th time that Bascom Palmer Eye Institute is ranked the #1 eye hospital in the country as published in U.S.News & World Report’s America’s Best Hospitals issue. Ophthalmology Times rated Bascom Palmer the best overall ophthalmology program in the nation with the best eye hospital and the best clinical and residency programs. Additionally, many of our doctors are listed in Best Doctors in America.
In addition to providing excellent eye care to more than 250,000 patients annually at our centers in Miami at our Anne Bates Leach Eye Hospital on the campus of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, as well as in Coral Gables, Naples, Plantation and Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Our faculty members conduct innovative biomedical research and present progressive, industry-leading academic programs to ophthalmologists and other physicians in the community and worldwide.
Advancing Medical Innovation
Consistent with our mission to resolve diseases and disorders of the eye, our scientists and physicians develop new theories, therapeutic techniques and surgical instruments that advance the course of ophthalmic practices worldwide. In 2009, Bascom Palmer surgeons performed the first modified osteo-odonto-keratoprosthesis surgery in the United States and restored vision to a woman who had been blind for 9 years. The complex procedure involved several surgeries culminating in implanting her eyetooth in her eye, as a base to hold a prosthetic lens.
Commitment to Research
Scientists and physician-investigators at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute actively search for the causes, preventive measures and most effective treatments for diseases and disorders of the eye. Some current areas of clinical research directly addressing patient care include macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, artificial cornea development and ocular cancer.
Laboratory research at Bascom Palmer is conducted at our Evelyn F. and William L. McKnight Vision Research Center. Our multidisciplinary program covers a broad spectrum of research, from the most basic investigations into the nature of molecules, cells and tissues, all the way to the development of devices for clinical application. We have extended our mission as an umbrella organization uniting all eye and vision researchers at University of Miami and neighboring academic institutions. Research activities have been initiated to enhance the collaborative environment for this multidisciplinary group.
Today’s and Tomorrow’s Ophthalmologists
We regard the education of our ophthalmology residents and fellows, medical students and ophthalmologists from around the world as one of the highest priorities to ensure that the vision needs of future generations are met. This tradition of excellence has been instrumental in earning Bascom Palmer Eye Institute world recognition as an outstanding teaching, research and patient care facility. Our training programs are regarded as the best in the nation. In addition to offering an ophthalmology specialty for residents and sub-specialty training for fellows, physicians may also participate in our continuing medical education programs.