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NEI grants help bolster glaucoma research efforts



Vanderbilt University Medical Center named to nation’s ‘Honor Roll’ of top hospitals


Employee Spotlight: Janet Lemonis, COA , CREDO Award Winner

Compassion, advocacy for patients with visual impairment put Eye Institute employee Janet Lemonis in the spotlight

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Calkins lands innovation award from Research to Prevent Blindness

David Calkins, PhD, vice chair and director of Research at the Vanderbilt Eye Institute, has been granted one of the preeminent awards in vision research — the Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB) Stein Innovation Award.

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Sternberg’s retina research contributions recognized

Paul Sternberg Jr., MD, G.W. Hale Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at Vanderbilt and chair of the department, has been named to receive the 2018 Award of Merit in Retina Research Recipient by the Retina Society.

Study explores accuracy of residency applications

“Although others have identified unverifiable publications as a problem, no one has offered a solution. We are the first to land on a solution, and a really implementable one.”

From Music to Medicine, Eye Institute’s Sobel Follows her Heart

“There is meticulousness and subtlety that goes into carving and shaping reeds that is paralleled in surgery,” said Sobel, assistant professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. “The smallest details matter.”

Vanderbilt Eye Institute and Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences achieved a ranking of 3rd in National Institutes of Health funding among ophthalmology centers in the United States. 

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Dr. Paul Sternberg named president-elect of AUPO 

"It is a tremendous honor to be selected by my peers to lead the association of academic ophthalmology,” said Sternberg, who is also Chief Patient Experience and Service Officer for Vanderbilt University Medical Center. “As a discipline, ophthalmology has been de-prioritized at medical centers across the nation. We have been almost completely eliminated from the medical school curriculum and are provided little to no institutional funds flow to support our academic programs.”

Employee Spotlight: Dr. Reid Longmuir 

VUMC ophthalmologist felled by rare virus has to learn to walk and eat again.

Glaucoma study finds brain fights to preserve vision 

A team of researchers, led by David Calkins, PhD, vice chair and director of Research at the Vanderbilt Eye Institute, has made a breakthrough discovery in the field of glaucoma showing new hopes for treatments to preserve vision.

Aqueous humor, microRNAs and glaucoma

A multi-institutional team of investigators including Rachel Kuchtey, MD, PhD, and John Kuchtey, PhD, at Vanderbilt, explored molecular changes in aqueous humor content in glaucoma.




VEI's 10 year Building Anniversary Event!
April 3, 2018



VEI Recognition

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David Calkins, PhD                                                            
Rudin Prize                                                                         
New York Academy of Medicine   


Janice Law, MD
AAO Commitment to Advocacy


Tonia Rex, PhD                                                                     
Audacious Goals competition winner                                     
National Eye Institute


Laura Wayman, MD
Straatsma Award, AAO/AUPO