Message from the Department Chair

The Department of Ophthalmology continues to grow in wonderful and exciting ways. At its core, our team adheres to the best principles of the tripartite model of academic medicine, working to provide the highest levels of clinical care, teaching of residents, fellows, and medical students, and research to heal future patients.

From a clinical perspective, the department serves clinicians who specialize in comprehensive ophthalmology, as well as subspecialties, including oculoplastic surgery, pediatric ophthalmology, glaucoma, medical and surgical retina, uveitis, ophthalmic pathology, and cornea and external disease. The nature of the diseases that are treated within the department truly run the gamut from routine matters to uncommon, complex situations; we pride ourselves on our ability to care for a wide array of pathologies. Our clinicians are recognized locally, nationally, and internationally, and members of the department hold important roles in the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Board of Ophthalmology, and a variety of subspecialty and honor societies.

The residency program, begun in 1964, truly offers a comprehensive, outstanding education. Our residents develop sufficient experience to directly enter comprehensive practice after graduation, although many go on to pursue and obtain the most competitive fellowships in the country. The clinical and surgical volumes are extensive and our residents are directly involved in patient care and investigation.

Despite the demands of these clinical responsibilities, the program is warm and nurturing. Residents work at the Lions Eye Institute, Albany Medical Center, and the Albany Stratton VA Medical Center. Direct faculty supervision is a key part of all patient care. The residents have a very strong didactic lecture experience, supervised wet labs, and exceptional support to present their studies at national meetings.

Finally, the physicians and scientists of the department perform high-level translational research. Our investigators play key roles in national trials, well-supported studies of both therapy and disease, and award-winning basic science explorations.

The department, building on these accomplishments, continues to develop. We continue to educate, care, and investigate in exciting, wonderful ways.

Sincerely yours,

Edward Wladis, MD
Professor and Chair

Department of Ophthalmology
Albany Medical Center
391 Myrtle Ave., Suite C103
Albany, NY 12208