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Bascom Palmer Eye Institute Ranked Nation's #1 in Ophthalmology for Seventh Consecutive Year

7/15/2010

Bascom Palmer is ranked the No. 1 eye hospital in the country for the seventh straight year.

For the seventh consecutive year, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine has been ranked the nation’s best in ophthalmology in U.S.News & World Report’s annual Best Hospitals edition. Bascom Palmer has received the #1 ranking nine times since the rankings began 20 years ago. The 2010-11 Best Hospitals rankings are accessible today online at www.usnews.com/besthospitals and on newsstands starting July 27.

“We are honored to receive this prestigious recognition, especially since our patients share in this special accolade,” says Eduardo C. Alfonso, M.D., professor and chairman of Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. “At Bascom Palmer, we provide the best clinical care possible. We do so through the expertise and compassion of our stellar team of 1,200 ophthalmologists, vision researchers, nurses, ophthalmic technicians and outstanding support staff. Ensuring personalized, exceptional care for each of our patients is always our priority and we deeply appreciate being highlighted for that ongoing effort.”

For close to five decades, Bascom Palmer has been at the forefront of innovation in ophthalmology. This past year, a Bascom Palmer physician and his surgical team performed an extraordinary surgery in which a patient’s sight was restored after nine years of blindness by removing her eyetooth, fitting it with an optical lens and implanting it into her eye. Bascom Palmer physicians also pioneered the off-label use of the colorectal cancer drug Avastin, to treat the wet form of age-related macular degeneration and other eye diseases.

Bascom Palmer’s doctors and scientists are recognized international leaders in their fields of expertise in every subspecialty in ophthalmology; these include macular, retinal and optic nerve diseases, cataracts, eye infections, eye cancers and eye diseases in children.

Three other University of Miami Miller School of Medicine/Jackson Memorial Medical Center programs joined Bascom Palmer in the rankings: neurology and neurosurgery ranked 29; ear, nose and throat ranked 30; and kidney disorders ranked 49.

Bascom Palmer Eye Institute has earned an international reputation as one of the premier providers of eye care in the world and is the largest ophthalmic care, research and educational facility in the southeastern United States. More than 250,000 patients are treated each year with nearly every ophthalmic condition and more than 18,000 surgeries are performed annually. With patient care facilities in Miami, Palm Beach Gardens, Naples and Plantation, the institute serves as the Department of Ophthalmology for the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, part of UHealth-University of Miami Health System.