The eagerly awaited results of the 2019 Ophthalmology Times Best Programs Survey are in, with the previously honored top institutions again achieving high rankings.
Though many of the same 12 institutions from 2018 remained among the current year’s top 12 ophthalmic programs in the country, there also were some newcomers among the highest-ranked Best Residency and Best Clinical Care programs.
Ophthalmology Times extends congratulations to the teams of healthcare professionals involved in all of these programs. The survey that amassed these results was sent by Ophthalmology Times to chairpersons and residency directors across the country.
Best Overall Program
The two top leaders from last year, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at the University of Miami and the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins University, again snared the Number 1 and 2 spots, respectively, in the Best Overall Program category. This year, Wills Eye Hospital at Thomas Jefferson University, captured the Number 3 position and in so doing nudged Massachusetts Eye and Ear, Harvard University, into the Number 4 spot.
The other programs in the top 12 of Best Overall Program category are the W.K. Kellogg Eye Center, University of Michigan, in 5th place; University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine, 6th place; Duke University Eye Center, Duke University Hospital, 7th place; Moran Eye Center, University of Utah, 8th place; Stein & Doheny Eye Institute, University of California, Los Angeles, 9th place; Casey Eye Institute, Oregon Health & Science University, 10th place; Dean McGee Eye Institute, University of Oklahoma, 11th place; and Storm Eye Institute, Medical University of South Carolina, 12th place.
All of these programs were the repeated their appearances in the 2018 Best Program Survey.
The W.K. Kellogg Eye Center and Moran Eye Center both advanced two places higher than last year’s rankings.
“Bascom Palmer is honored to receive these significant honors and rankings from Ophthalmology Times,” said Eduardo C. Alfonso, MD, director of the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, and chairman, Department of Ophthalmology of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.
“In our mission to restore, preserve, and protect vision, our stellar team of ophthalmologists, vision researchers, ophthalmic technicians, nurses, and support staff are dedicated to providing superior eye care to each of our patients,” he added. “Everyone at Bascom Palmer is guided by the mission of our founder, Edward W. D. Norton, MD, who said: ‘The patient’s needs always come first.’”
Best Research Program
The top three research programs from last year, Wilmer Eye Institute, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, and Massachusetts Eye and Ear, held onto their rankings. Most of the rest of last year’s programs maintained their high status. The University of Iowa rose from the 8th to 4th position, and both the Moran Eye Center and Stein & Doheny Eye Institute advanced two places.
A new program that entered this year’s list of the top 12 is the Dean McGee Eye Institute at the University of Oklahoma.