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About Bascom Palmer

Global Leader in Eye Care, Vision Research and Ophthalmology Education

Bascom Palmer Eye Institute serves as the Department of Ophthalmology for the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine in Miami, Florida. Our mission is to enhance the quality of life by improving sight, preventing blindness, and advancing ophthalmic knowledge through compassionate patient care and innovative research. 

This year marks the 22nd time that Bascom Palmer Eye Institute is ranked the #1 eye hospital in the country as published in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals issue. Ophthalmology Times ranked Bascom Palmer among the top two hospitals in the U.S. for our overall, clinical care, and ophthalmology residency programs. Additionally, many of our doctors are listed in Castle Connolly’s America’s Top Doctors. 

In addition to providing excellent eye care to more than 290,000 patients annually at our five patient care centers in Miami, Palm Beach Gardens, Naples, Plantation, and Coral Gables at the Lennar Foundation Medical Center, our faculty members conduct innovative biomedical research and present progressive, industry-leading academic programs to ophthalmologists and other physicians in the community and worldwide.

Advancing Medical Innovation

Consistent with our mission to resolve diseases and disorders of the eye, our scientists and physicians develop new theories, therapeutic techniques and surgical instruments that advance the course of ophthalmic practices worldwide.

The Institute’s full-time faculty of internationally respected physicians and scientists encompass every ophthalmic sub-specialty. Its contribution to ophthalmic knowledge, research, and diagnostics has, in many cases, revolutionized ophthalmologists’ understanding and management of eye diseases and disorders.

World Renowned Research

Bascom Palmer’s scientists and physician-investigators actively search for the causes, preventive measures and most effective treatments for diseases and disorders of the eye. Some current areas of clinical research directly addressing patient care include macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, artificial cornea development and ocular cancer.

Our multidisciplinary research program covers a broad spectrum, from the most basic investigations into the nature of molecules, cells and tissues, all the way to the development of devices for clinical application. We have extended our mission as an umbrella organization uniting all eye and vision researchers at University of Miami and neighboring academic institutions. Research activities have been initiated to enhance the collaborative environment for this multidisciplinary group.

Today’s and Tomorrow’s Ophthalmologists

We regard the education of our ophthalmology residents and fellows, medical students and ophthalmologists from around the world as one of the highest priorities to ensure that the vision needs of future generations are met. This tradition of excellence has been instrumental in earning Bascom Palmer Eye Institute world recognition as an outstanding teaching, research and patient care facility. Our training programs are regarded as the best in the nation. In addition to offering an ophthalmology specialty for residents and sub-specialty training for fellows, physicians may also participate in our continuing medical education programs.