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Department of Ophthalmology

Southwestern Medical Center
University of Texas

Department of Ophthalmology Overview:

For more than 40 years, the Department of Ophthalmology at UT Southwestern Medical Center has received national and international acclaim for its clinical practice and patient care, research, physician training, and peer-reviewed publications.

Comprehensive, Coordinated Eye Care

The Department of Ophthalmology offers the most comprehensive ophthalmic care in Texas. Our faculty members’ specialties cover all vision and eye problems and procedures including cornea, external disease, refractive and cataract surgery, glaucoma, macular degeneration, neuro-ophthalmology, ocular pathology, oculoplastic and orbital surgery, oncology, adult strabismus, retinal and vitreous disorders, and pediatric ophthalmology.


Laboratory scientists continue to contribute to the overall body of ophthalmic knowledge through research and patient-oriented investigation. We take great pride in bringing research from the lab to the bedside, and making a difference in patients’ lives by improving vision care. Our scientists develop and evaluate new drugs, devices, and therapies, many of which are available only at UT Southwestern.

Physician Training

One of the core missions of the Department is training the next generation of ophthalmologists. Our Ophthalmology Residency Program is one the best, and is the largest, in the United States. Every year, 27 residents gain outstanding and rigorous clinical experience as a result of high surgery volume and clinical pathology. This environment provides an excellent base for these young physicians to go on to careers in general or subspecialty practice, or academia. We also have a high-quality group of subspecialty training programs in cornea, external disease, refractive surgery, anterior segment surgery (including cataract surgery), glaucoma, neuro-ophthalmology/orbital diseases/oculoplastic surgery, vitreo-retinal disease, including age-related macular degeneration (AMD), and pediatric ophthalmology.

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Our faculty members are among the most prolific publishers of scientific research in ophthalmology. Every year, our faculty members author or co-author more than 50 research articles in peer-reviewed journals. The publications include results from basic laboratory findings, clinical research outcomes, and adult and pediatric case studies.

About University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Center:

UT Southwestern, one of the premier academic medical centers in the nation, integrates pioneering biomedical research with exceptional clinical care and education. The institution’s faculty includes many distinguished members, including six who have been awarded Nobel Prizes since 1985. The faculty of almost 2,800 is responsible for groundbreaking medical advances and is committed to translating science-driven research quickly to new clinical treatments. UT Southwestern physicians provide medical care in about 80 specialties to more than 100,000 hospitalized patients and oversee approximately 2.2 million outpatient visits a year.

Our Mission

  • To improve health care in our community, Texas, our nation, and the world through innovation and education.

  • To educate the next generation of leaders in patient care, biomedical science, and disease prevention.

  • To conduct high-impact, internationally recognized research.

  • To deliver patient care that brings scientific advances to the bedside — focusing on quality, safety, and service.

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