Bascom Palmer Eye Institute of the University of Miami Health System has been ranked again as the nation’s best in ophthalmology by U.S News & World Report. This year marks the 19th time, and the 17th consecutive year, that Bascom Palmer has received the No. 1 ranking since the publication began surveying U.S. physicians for its annual “Best Hospitals” rankings 31 years ago.
“Delivering excellent vision care to our patients is always our number one priority,” Eduardo C. Alfonso, MD, director of Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. “Our dedicated team has been able to turn the COVID-19 challenge into new opportunities to deliver clinical care safely and effectively, while advancing our research collaborations and medical education programs throughout the world.”
During the COVID-19 pandemic Bascom Palmer has expanded its innovative approach to patient safety, including telehealth and hybrid services that shorten diagnostic imaging clinic visits. “Our skilled ophthalmologists can now provide vision evaluations, consultations and follow-up care to patients in their homes,” said Dr. Alfonso, who is chair of the Department of Ophthalmology and Kathleen and Stanley J. Glaser Endowed Professor of Ophthalmology at the Miller School of Medicine.
Responding to the global need for remote health care, Bascom Palmer’s clinicians and researchers are moving ahead with other innovations in ophthalmic technology, such as remote slit lamps for diagnostic imaging, vision testing devices that patients can use at home, and artificial intelligence systems to detect eye diseases using a vast databank of images and use of data available in the electronic health record. “Regardless of what the next few years have in store, Bascom Palmer will continue to play a leading role in advancing every field of ophthalmology,” said Dr. Alfonso.
Wills Eye Hospital, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, in Philadelphia came in 2nd in the “Best Hospitals for Ophthalmology” list, followed by Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins Hospital, in Baltimore; Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Massachusetts General Hospital, in Boston; and Stein and Doheny Eye Institutes, UCLA Medical Center, in Los Angeles.
The U.S News & World Report rankings are based on data from nearly 5,000 medical centers and survey responses from more than 30,000 physicians. The full “Best Hospitals for Ophthalmology” list can be found here.