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.

Comments (4)
  1. Me says:

    Miami actually ranked #1 in something instead of dead last?

    1. Carol says:

      I know they do a lot of good things but to me what they do to innocent baby kittens is horrible sewing their eyes shut to see what happens as they grow is animals abuse.

  2. Carol says:

    I wonder if they are still doing experiments on cats?

    They sew the eyes of babies shut to see what happens to their eyes I worked there and saw it happening and they were very proud of what they were doing and it made me sick to stomach.

    To me that is animal abuse in the worse way.

  3. Alice says:

    If you were in fact involved in such a study, then you are well aware of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) that approves and regulates all animal research. This entity seeks to protect animal welfare and promote the responsible use of animals and would not allow the inhumane treatment of any animal subject. All animal models and all procedures performed on the animals must be well justified, as determined by the IACUC, in order to be accepted, and, if it is determined at any time that the animal subject is experiencing any pain or discomfort, appropriate measures are taken to alleviate its situation.

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