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Excellence in Eye Care, Education & Research

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The department’s mission is to provide outstanding, patient-centered clinical and surgical ophthalmic care to the people of Austin and beyond. Its initial focus is to attract faculty who will be as innovative as Dell Medical School itself. It seeks to build the department with academic ophthalmologists who will provide unique, high-level skills in the domains of clinical care, research and education.

Faculty members partner with the Austin ophthalmology community in the education of all levels of learners, adding value to our educational programs. Medical students learn from private practice ophthalmologists in their offices and operating rooms, and residents care for patients during rotations with community ophthalmologists.

The department’s research is dedicated to the improvement and preservation of vision. Dell Med offers exciting opportunities for collaboration with the local tech industry and with University of Texas at Austin scientists in areas including nanoparticle technology, cell and tissue engineering, regenerative medicine/stem cell research and artificial intelligence/machine learning.

Closely affiliated with the Department of Ophthalmology is the Mitchel and Shannon Wong Eye Institute, which seeks to become a renowned center for eye care, education and research. The Wong family’s commitment to outstanding eye care drives the institute’s approach.

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Meet Jane Edmond

Ophthalmology’s inaugural chair, also the director of the Wong Eye Institute, brings a wealth of experience in strabismus, pediatric ophthalmology and neuro-ophthalmology.