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


U.S. News Media Group Releases 2011-12 Best Hospitals Ranking

UM's Bascom Palmer Eye Institute

For the eighth consecutive year, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute of the University of the Miami Miller School of Medicine has been ranked the nationís best in ophthalmology in U.S.News & World Reportís annual Best Hospitals edition. Bascom Palmer has received the #1 ranking 10 times since the rankings began more than 20 years ago. The 2011-12 Best Hospitals rankings are accessible today online at www.usnews.com/besthospitals and on newsstands starting August 30.

Bascom Palmer is ranked the #1 eye hospital in the country for the eighth straight year.

"At Bascom Palmer, it is the well-being of our patients that inspires us to continually reach higher and excel even more in the areas of vision research, education, and surgical innovation," said Eduardo C. Alfonso, M.D., professor and chairman of Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. "Receiving the #1 ranking for eight consecutive years is also a strong reflection of the exceptional expertise of our amazing team. Together, our 1,200 talented ophthalmologists, vision researchers, nurses, ophthalmic technicians, and support staff start every work day with one priority: to ensure that each of our patients receives the ultimate in compassion and medical care. We are honored to be recognized for this important effort and to be highlighted as a leader in the life-changing and dynamic field of ophthalmology."

For close to five decades, Bascom Palmer has been at the forefront of innovation in ophthalmology. An outstanding example is that one of the Institute's distinguished professors helped lead groundbreaking research done by geneticists at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, resulting in identification of a new gene earlier this year that causes retinitis pigmentosa, a form of blindness. This revolutionary discovery ended one South Florida family's nearly 20-year search for what caused three of their four children to lose their sight. Additionally, Bascom Palmer led an international disaster rescue mission that involved sending its 40-foot mobile eye clinic, the Vision Van, to Japan to assist the many victims of the devastating earthquake and tsunami. One of Bascom Palmer's finest doctors accompanied the van and upon arrival in Sendai, began training local ophthalmologists and volunteers on how best to use its capabilities. Through this effort, patients in the hardest-hit areas received vital treatment for various eye conditions, as well as new or replacement glasses and eye medications.

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.

Four other University of Miami Miller School of Medicine/Jackson Memorial Medical Center programs joined Bascom Palmer in the rankings: neurology and neurosurgery, ranked 33; ear, nose and throat, ranked 34; urology, ranked 43; and nephrology or kidney disorders, ranked 45.

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.