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December 18, 2019
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Open House for Emory Eye Center Clinic at St. Josephs in Atlanta GA Emory Eye Center’s director, Allen Beck, MD, and chief of the Emory Eye Center at Saint Joseph’s, Soroosh Behshad, MD, MPH, prepare to cut the ribbon in honor of the 5,000 sq. ft. expansion.


Emory Eye Center celebrates clinic expansion with an open house and ribbon cutting ceremony

(Atlanta) – On Wednesday, December 4, 2019, the Emory Eye Center held an open house and ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the renovated and expanded clinic space at Emory at Saint Joseph’s Hospital. The open house consisted of an evening complete with tours of the new space, Emory Eye Center giveaways and swag, and light refreshments.

The renovations and expansion, completed in mid-September, added 16 new exam rooms including two new pediatric ophthalmology lanes, five diagnostic rooms, and a minor OR for oculoplastics. The existing patient waiting room was enlarged to add additional seating.

In addition to the expansion, new equipment was brought in to diagnose or treat the most complex eye conditions: a Lumenis Selecta Trio Laser (used for glaucoma laser procedures); a LipiView II (used in Lipiflow procedure for dry-eye patients); an  Iridex OcuLight Tx laser (used for retinal lasers); Autolensometers, iCare tonometers; Handheld Refractometer & Pachymeters; an Aviso S ultrasound (IOL Measurements/cataract patients, pediatric and other ultrasound needs); a Humphrey Field Analyzer (doubling capacity to complete visual fields); a Cirrus OCT 5000 w/Angiographer; and a Zeiss VisuCam Fundus Camera (both useful for comprehensive and retinal testing).

Patients can schedule appointments for annual eye exams, comprehensive ophthalmology care, and specialty care for glaucoma, cornea, pediatric ophthalmology, cataract, oculoplastics, retina, and neuro-ophthalmology. The Eye Center’s cornea specialists perform LASIK and PRK surgery at the Emory Saint Joseph’s clinic. An optical shop with certified opticians is also on site to help patients with eyeglasses or contact lenses.

The physicians at the clinic are:

Cataract, Cornea, External Diseases and LASIK/PRK:  Maria Aaron, MD, Soroosh Behshad, MD, MPH, John Kim, MD, Priyanka Sood, MD, and Praneetha Thulasi, MD

Comprehensive Ophthalmology: James Bedrick, MD, and Alexa Lu, MD

Glaucoma: Brad Wainright, MD

Neuro-ophthalmology: Kannan Narayana, MD, MBBS

Oculoplastics: Adam de la Garza, MD, and Hee Joon Kim, MD

Optometry: Petra Jo, OD,  Kristen Thelen, OD,  and Ann Van Wie, OD

Pediatric: Phoebe Lenhart, MD, Natalie Weil, MD, and Sarah Lee, MD (joining in March 2020)

Retina: Rachel Shah, MD

“We are happy to open an expansion of Emory Eye Center at Saint Joseph’s,” says Allen Beck, MD, chair of of Ophthalmology and director of Emory Eye Center. “We are now able to offer the services of Emory faculty physicians specializing in retina and glaucoma. EEC at St. Joseph’s is an important part of our plan to expand the reach of the Emory Ophthalmology Department.”

The clinic is in suite 400 of the Doctors Office Building 3, 5671 Peachtree Dunwoody Road. Appointments can be scheduled by calling (404)-778-2020.

To schedule a free LASIK consultation, call 404-778-2SEE (2733).



Emory Eye Center sees approximately 120,000 patients each year in four locations: Emory University Hospital main campus, Emory University Hospital Midtown’s Medical Office Tower, Emory St. Joseph’s Hospital main campus and Emory Johns Creek Physicians Plaza. With programs in cornea, retina (surgical and medical), glaucoma, neuro-ophthalmology, oculoplastics, ophthalmic pathology and pediatric ophthalmology, Emory has long been one of the most sought-after training programs for ophthalmology subspecialties. Innovative treatments, groundbreaking research and personalized care have earned the Eye Center the respect of patients and providers alike.

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