Bascom Palmer Eye Institute Ranked Nation’s No. 1 in Ophthalmology For 18th Time


U.S News & World Report has once again ranked Bascom Palmer Eye Institute of the University of Miami Health System as the nation’s best in ophthalmology. Recognized as a global leader in vision research, medical education and patient care, this year marks the 18th time that Bascom Palmer has received the No. 1 ranking since the publication began surveying U.S. physicians for its annual “Best Hospitals” rankings 30 years ago.

“For more than five decades, we have been making life-changing discoveries in every field of ophthalmology, including innovative treatments for glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration, optic nerve diseases, ocular oncology, and surgical procedures like removal of cataracts with intraocular lenses and surgery, correction of vision with Lasik and retinal detachment repair,” said Eduardo C. Alfonso, M.D., director of Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. “Now, our dedicated team of clinicians, scientists and educators are focusing on the future in keeping with our tradition of leadership in vision beyond 2020.”

Bascom Palmer has long been at the forefront of innovation in ophthalmology, advancing vision research in fields like gene therapy, retinal chips, orbital prostheses and stem cell therapy. “Our scientists are expanding knowledge about vision diseases and disorders at a rapid rate,” said Dr. Alfonso, who is chair of the Department of Ophthalmology and Kathleen and Stanley J. Glaser Endowed Professor of Ophthalmology. “Our researchers work closely with our clinicians to translate their findings into leading-edge patient care.”

“Currently, Bascom Palmer’s highly innovative Artificial Intelligence and Computer Augmented Vision Laboratory is developing personalized and customized digital glasses to augment vision of patients who have lost their vision from various conditions including glaucoma, macular and retinal diseases or strokes,” Alfonso added. “We are also developing artificial intelligence algorithms – the first of their kind in the world – to rapidly diagnose and appropriately treat eye diseases.”

“We are proud of their accomplishments, which make it possible for us to provide the nation’s most advanced ophthalmic care to our patients,” said Edward Abraham, M.D., executive vice president for health affairs and CEO of UHealth.

Bascom Palmer is also ranked as the #1 Overall Ophthalmology Program, the Best in Clinical Care, and the Best Ophthalmic Residency Program in the United States by Ophthalmology Times, a national publication focused on cutting-edge advancement in vision care.

“Bascom Palmer’s training programs are creating exceptional physicians who go on to care for patients around the world,” said Henri R. Ford, M.D., MHA, Dean and Chief Academic Officer of the Miller School of Medicine. “Bascom Palmer faculty members also collaborate with their colleagues across the Miller School to bring innovative treatments to our patients.”

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 2019-2020 Best Hospital rankings are accessible at and in the U.S. News “Best Hospitals” 2020 guidebook.

About Bascom Palmer Eye Institute
Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, part of University of Miami Hospital and Clinics, is ranked the nation’s best in ophthalmology by U.S. News & World Report, an honor it has received for the 18th time, and also by Ophthalmology Times. In addition to its international reputation as one of the premier providers of eye care in the world, Bascom Palmer is the largest ophthalmic care, research and educational facility in the southeastern United States. Each year, more than 260,000 patients with nearly every ophthalmic condition are treated, and more than 16,000 surgeries are performed. With five patient care facilities in Florida (Miami, Palm Beach Gardens, Naples, Plantation, and Coral Gables), the Institute serves as the Department of Ophthalmology for the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and is directed by Eduardo C. Alfonso, M.D. Bascom Palmer faculty members also staff the Miami and West Palm Beach Veterans Affairs Medical Centers, Jackson Memorial Hospital and Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. The sponsored research enterprise at Bascom Palmer has grown from $3.8 million in 2004 to $16 million in 2018. For information on Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, contact Marla Bercuson at (305) 326-6190 or, or visit

Coming in at number two in U.S. News Rankings is Wills Eye Hospital, part of Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia.

“The news of this peer recognition is tremendously gratifying and humbling. Our goal every day is to go above and beyond for our patients to make their lives better. Our guiding philosophy, Skill with Compassion, truly describes how our world-class faculty come together as one to treat the most challenging eye conditions,” said Julia A. Haller, MD, Ophthalmologist-in-Chief of Wills Eye and Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology of the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University.

“Our world-renowned Wills Eye medical staff is deeply committed to the pillars of our mission: clinical care, education, and research. It is because of this dedication and great mentoring relationship among our faculty, residents, and fellows that we continue to be recognized and are grateful for this honor,” said Joseph P. Bilson, Chief Executive Officer, Wills Eye Hospital.

Taking the bronze this year in Ophthalmology is Wilmer Eye Institute, part of Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. This marks the 30th consecutive year The Johns Hopkins Hospital has been among the country’s top hospitals. In this year’s results, Johns Hopkins ranked number one in geriatrics, neurology & neurosurgery, and rheumatology and in the top ten in another eight specialties.

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