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Bascom Palmer Eye Institute is named the nation’s leader in ophthalmology for the 19th time


ascom Palmer Eye Institute has been ranked once more as the nation’s best in ophthalmology by U.S. News & World Report.

This year marks the 19th time, and the 17th consecutive year, 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,” said Eduardo C. Alfonso, M.D., director of Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, chair of the Department of Ophthalmology, and Kathleen and Stanley J. Glaser Endowed Professor of Ophthalmology at the Miller School of Medicine. “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.”

Focus on patient safety

In response to COVID-19, 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,” Dr. Alfonso said.

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 for home use, and artificial intelligence systems that detect eye diseases using a vast databank of images and 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,” Dr. Alfonso said.

Patients can receive Bascom Palmer’s unmatched care at any of five Florida locations: Miami, The Lennar Foundation Medical Center in Coral Gables, Palm Beach Gardens, Naples, and Plantation.

Bascom Palmer is also ranked as the No. 1 Overall Ophthalmology Program, the Best in Clinical Care, and the Best Ophthalmic Residency Program in the U.S. by Ophthalmology Times, a national publication focused on cutting-edge advancement in vision care.

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 U.S. News “Best Hospitals” 2020 guidebook is available online.

FALL 2020