MIAMI (CBS4) – When it comes to excellence in ophthalmology, the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine is clearly a winner.

For the eighth consecutive year the eye institute has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as the best in the country in its 2011-12 Best Hospital rankings. It also makes it the tenth time they’ve ranked number one since the rankings began more than two decades ago.

“Receiving the #1 ranking for eight consecutive years is also a strong reflection of the exceptional expertise of our amazing team. Together, our 1,200 talented ophthalmologists, vision researchers, nurses, ophthalmic technicians, and support staff start every work day with one priority: to ensure that each of our patients receives the ultimate in compassion and medical care. We are honored to be recognized for this important effort,” said the institute’s chairman Dr. Eduardo Alfonso in a written statement.

Four other University of Miami Miller School of Medicine/Jackson Memorial Medical Center programs joined Bascom Palmer in the rankings: neurology and neurosurgery, ranked 33; ear, nose and throat, ranked 34; urology, ranked 43; and nephrology or kidney disorders, ranked 45.