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Chair’s Message

The Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Florida is committed to the pursuit of excellence in all its missions. We believe that the success of our department depends on the quality of the clinical care we provide our patients, training outstanding future ophthalmologists and scientists, and developing new knowledge and innovative therapies for vision threatening diseases.

The clinical sites at the UF Health Eye Center – Medical Plaza and UF Health Eye Center – Hampton Oaks see approximately 32,000 patients with routine as well as very complex ocular problems. The department also boasts a state-of-the-art iLASIK refractive suite at the Hampton Oaks location. The faculty of the department pride themselves on providing compassionate, skilled, and cutting-edge care to these patients; covering all the ophthalmic subspecialties. We serve a large referral base and patients travel long distances to benefit from the expertise provided by our ophthalmologists.

The residency-training program is one of the most highly sought after ophthalmology training programs in the country. The residents rotate primarily at the clinical sites at UF Health as well as the adjacent Veterans Hospital. The program has one of the highest surgical numbers and volume of clinical pathology in the country. The exceptional training that the residents receive is demonstrated by the significantly higher than average Ophthalmology Board pass rate as well as choice fellowship placement in top subspecialty programs in the country. In addition, the department trains clinical ophthalmology fellows and PhD as well as post-doctoral students. The clinical and research faculty are frequently invited to lecture and educate at national and international conferences.

Faculty members in the Department of Ophthalmology conduct groundbreaking research in basic and translational arenas. Key research areas include the development of gene therapy for retinal and macular degenerations, retinal neuro-protection, photo-transduction, wound healing, and the treatment of herpetic eye infections. This research is funded by grants from the NIH and other organizations, as well as privately endowed funds. The department also conducts clinical research and recently completed a clinical gene therapy trial for treatment of Leber’s Congenital Amaurosis, based on treatment modalities developed by our scientists. Our Vision Research Center provides support to nine departments and six colleges involved with vision research.

Please navigate through our website to learn more about our clinical, educational, and research programs as we continue to build on our achievements to reach even greater excellence in all our endeavors.

Sonal Tuli, M.D., M.Ed.
Chair and Residency Program Director