Bascom Palmer Eye Ranked the Nation’s Best in Ophthalmology
For the ninth consecutive year, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute is the nation’s Number 1 ophthalmology program in U.S. News & World Report’s annual Best Hospitals’ rankings.
“For 50 years, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute has provided the platform on which key issues and challenges confronting ophthalmology have been debated, where new technology has been unveiled and where ophthalmologists have come together to learn, discuss and teach the best care for patients,” added Eduardo C. Alfonso, M.D., professor and chairman of Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at UHealth. “We are honored that ophthalmologists around the country continue to recognize Bascom Palmer for its excellence and we look forward to upholding these standards for the next 50 years as well.”
“This recognition reflects the unwavering commitment and expertise of the team of 1,200 talented ophthalmologists, vision researchers, nurses, ophthalmic technicians and support staff who consistently demonstrate their top priority – ensuring that every patient receives the best, most advanced and most compassionate vision care,” said Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean of the Miller School of Medicine and CEO of UHealth-University of Miami Health System.
Rated one of the top two ophthalmology programs in the country since U.S. News & World Report began the “America’s Best Hospitals” rankings in 1990, Bascom Palmer’s reputation for excellence in clinical care and research extends far beyond the United States, and includes collaborations with eye hospitals from India to Saudi Arabia and Colombia to Venezuela.
The Bascom Palmer Vision Van enabled Japanese doctors to care for thousands of patients in Japan following the devastating earthquake and tsunami there. Haitian doctors are providing care in “Klinik Je” (eye clinic) that Bascom Palmer helped establish in Port-au-Prince following the overwhelming earthquake of 2011. And earlier this year, more than 600 ophthalmologists from around the globe traveled to Miami for a world-class scientific meeting commemorating Bascom Palmer’s 50th anniversary.
Founded in 1962, Bascom Palmer is the largest ophthalmic care, research and educational facility in the southeastern United States, and its staff treats more than 250,000 patients and performs more 13,000 surgeries annually. The Institute has patient care facilities in Miami, Palm Beach Gardens, Naples and Plantation, and serves as the Department of Ophthalmology for the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, part of UHealth.
Highlights of the 2012-13 rankings will appear in the Best Hospitals 2013 guidebook, to go on sale in August.