Message From the Chair
Dear Patients, Friends, and Colleagues,
Sight is often taken for granted when we enjoy a good book or when we admire a beautiful work of art. Unfortunately, when vision is lost, the impact on our daily functioning can be very significant. Our team of physicians and scientists at Columbia Ophthalmology is dedicated to understanding the causes of vision disorders, to preventing them, and to treating them should they occur. Our doctors and staff provide the best medical and surgical eye care available with compassion and sensitivity to their patients' needs. There has also been a tradition of excellence in research at Columbia that has brought new methods of treating eye diseases. Our faculty has pioneered the development of lasers, modern retinal surgery techniques and glaucoma drugs. We continue to seek new and better methods of preventing vision loss and all eye disorders. Our surgical suites are state-of-the-art and staffed by expert nurses and anesthetists to ensure the best possible outcome after surgery.
We are also committed to training the next generation of ophthalmologists who will provide excellent care and be leaders in their field. We are extremely proud of our residency and fellowship graduates for their outstanding clinical skills and personal qualities as physicians.
Maintaining high standards of excellence in clinical care and research also requires financial assistance. The generosity of our patients and friends is needed to provide valuable support for our programs of research, education, and clinical care. We are most grateful to all those who have made generous donations and who have committed to advancing our work in the field of vision care.
George A. Cioffi, MD
Chairman, Department of Ophthalmology