Our Mission

Mission Statement

Our mission is to serve our patients with excellence in personalized eye care, educate and inspire the next generation of clinicians and scientists, and translate innovative research into new treatments that preserve and restore vision. 

Welcome from the Chair

I am delighted to join an exceptionally talented group of faculty members in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at Vanderbilt. So much has been accomplished with Dr. Sternberg’s leadership over the past two decades, and there are opportunities for us to excel even more in clinical care, vision research, and education. At the heart of the Vanderbilt Eye Institute’s mission is our commitment to patient-centered care – giving our patients the best care, at the right time, in the right place, by the right doctors and team members. We look to harness technology and “big data” to deliver top-notch care that is personalized to an individual’s unique needs. Our internationally renowned team of vision scientists work daily to find new ways to treat eye diseases and preserve sight. Our educational programs encompass all areas of eye care and vision science and include ophthalmology residents and fellows, postdoctoral research fellows, and medical and graduate students, as well as training programs for pediatric optometrists, orthoptists, and ophthalmic technicians. We are grateful to our donors whose generosity has fueled advances in vision research, supported our training programs, and helped us to recruit and retain the best and brightest in the field through numerous endowed chairs and directorships. Already I can feel the collaborative spirit of Vanderbilt University Medical Center, and I am excited for what we will accomplish together in the years to come!


David K. Wallace, MD, MPH
George W. Hale Professor and Chair