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August 18, 2020

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Emory Eye Center earns a spot in U.S. News & World Report's healthcare rankings for 22nd consecutive year


ATLANTA – Emory Eye Center of the Emory University/Emory Healthcare network is once again recognized as one of the top ophthalmology centers in the nation, according to the prestigious U.S. News & World Report's 2020-21 rankings of American’s top hospitals.

Emory Eye Center Top Ophthalmology Badge 2020 “We are honored to be listed as a high performing ophthalmology center again this year,” says Allen D. Beck, MD, chair and director at Emory Eye Center. “The Eye Center continues to grow, and we’ve had more patient visits last year than we’ve ever had before.”

"My vision for Emory Eye Center is to become a top ten eye center based on reputation, grant funding, and quality metrics like patient satisfaction,” he adds.

The Center has consistently earned a high performing nod as one of the "Best Hospitals for Ophthalmology," earning a spot on the list each year since ophthalmology rankings began in 1998.

Emory Eye Center sees more than 157,000 patients each year in four locations: Emory University Hospital main campus, Emory University Hospital Midtown’s Medical Office Tower, Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital and Emory Johns Creek Physicians Plaza.

As a recognized leader in patient care, the Center's internationally recognized physicians see patients for clinical care ranging from wellness exams to the treatment of the most complex eye diseases and disorders. The clinic's ophthalmic specialties include services in cornea; glaucoma; neuro-ophthalmology; ocular oncology and pathology; oculoplastics; pediatric ophthalmology; vitreoretinal surgery and diseases; and uveitis. The Eye Center also offers optometry, low vision, and specialty contact lens services.

The Emory Healthcare Network was well represented on the 2020 U.S. News & World Report list. Emory University Hospital was ranked the number 1 hospital in Georgia and in metro Atlanta. Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital ranked number 2 in Georgia and metro Atlanta, and Emory University Hospital Midtown ranked number 5 in Georgia and number 4 in metro Atlanta. Within a state or metro area, regional rank is determined by a hospital’s performance in the national rankings’ analysis and by its score across nine procedure and condition areas evaluated.

Eight specialties at Emory University Hospital were nationally ranked this year: cancer; cardiology; endocrinology; gastroenterology/gastrointestinal; geriatrics; nephrology; neurology/neurosurgery; and urology. High performing specialties at Emory included ophthalmology, pulmonology, and orthopedics.

The U.S. News rankings are released every year and help guide patients to hospitals that deliver outstanding care medical areas. This year’s list recognizes and honors the efforts of the nation’s health professionals who have stepped up during the COVID-19 pandemic, oftentimes putting themselves at great risk. 

Of the sixteen medical specialties ranked, twelve are primarily judged by data. For the other four specialties – including ophthalmology – rankings are determined entirely by reputation, based on a survey of physician specialists from the past three years. The latest rankings were compiled from U.S. News surveys in 2018, 2019, and 2020.

The specialty rankings and data are produced for U.S. News by RTI International, a leading research organization based in Research Triangle Park, N.C.

To view the entire report, visit


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