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2015 in Review at the USC Roski Eye Institute

Los Angeles USC Roski Eye Institute Review2015 was a remarkable year for the USC Roski Eye Institute at Keck School of Medicine of USC. Not only did our Department of Ophthalmology celebrate its 40th anniversary, but our team of accomplished physicians and researchers were honored with numerous awards and made incredible strides in advancing our unending pursuit of preventing blindness and restoring sight to those who suffer from vision loss. Here is a brief look at just some of the biggest accomplishments and milestones of the USC Roski Eye Institute in 2015.

USC Roski Eye Institute Ranks Among Top 10 Ophthalmology Hospitals

The USC Roski Eye Institute was honored to be named one of the top 10 ophthalmology hospitals according to U.S. News and World Report for 2015-2016. The annual hospital rankings are a consumer service aimed at helping patients find the best medical care in the nation, whether for general or specialty care. U.S. News and World Report evaluates each hospital based on patient safety, mortality rates, and reputation among nearly 9,500 physicians in the U.S. Receiving such high praise from our colleagues is an honor that we hope to continually earn.

“Bionic Eye” Argus II Restores Functional Sight in 72-Year-Old Woman

With the assistance of Dr. Mark Humayun, Prof. of Ophthalmology at the USC Roski Eye Institute and co-inventor of the Argus II bionic retinal implant, a 72-year-old women who had been blind for two years was able to regain functional sight. The patient had lost her sight as a result of a genetic disease called retinitis pigmentosa, which is a genetic degenerative eye disease. Dr. Humayun and Dr. Gregg T. Kokame of the Eye Surgery Center of Hawaii conducted the groundbreaking bionic retinal implant surgery with great success, restoring the patient’s ability to at least see shades of gray initially.

USC Roski Eye Institute Provides Earthquake Relief in Nepal

Two massive earthquakes, the first a magnitude of 7.8 and and the aftershock a 7.3, struck Nepal in April and May of 2015. Thousands of people lost their lives or were injured by the devastating earthquake that reached as far as Bangladesh, China, and India. The world responded by sending aid to those who had lost so much in a matter of minutes. USC Roski Eye Institute sent a six-member medical trauma team to Nepal to help provide medical and surgical care, as well as shelter and food.  Additionally, USC Roski Eye Institute was able to raise thousands of dollars for those in Nepal with the help of USC alumnus and former resident and colleague at Keck School of Medicine of USC.

40th Anniversary of the USC Department of Ophthalmology

The USC Roski Eye Institute celebrated the Department of Ophthalmology’s 40th anniversary at the renowned Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens with a full-day academic symposium. Nearly 400 eye care professionals attended with USC President C.L. Max Nikias, PhD, Dean of Keck School of Medicine of USC Carmen A. Puliafito, MD, MVA, and Thomas E. Jackiewicz, MPH, senior vice president and CEO, Keck Medicine of USC among many others. Stanley Chang, MD, of the K.K. Tse and Ku Teh Ying Professor of Ophthalmology at Columbia University also received the inaugural USC Roski Eye Institute Laureate Award for his work in vitreoretinal surgery and his many contributions to the field.

Contact the Renowned Ophthalmologists at USC Roski Eye Institute

Please do not wait to make an appointment with a skilled ophthalmologist at USC Roski Eye Institute for comprehensive eye exams and the most state-of-the-art, advanced treatments available for vision problems and disorders.

To help support the USC Roski Eye Institute, make a tax-deductible gift today by contacting Rebecca Melville, senior director of development, at 323.442.5396 or via email at

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