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Stein Eye Institute and Doheny Eye Institute join forces to improve patient access to top vision specialists

Affiliation expands UCLA faculty, adds new clinics to UCLA Health

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Doris and Jules Stein

Two of the nation’s top eye institutes have united in an affiliation that will improve patients’ access to leading vision specialists.

UCLA’s Stein Eye Institute and the Doheny Eye Institute — both created by families whose legacies helped shape Los Angeles — have joined forces to offer the best in patient care, vision research and training for future eye specialists. The affiliation adds 14 clinicians and researchers from Doheny, formerly associated with the University of Southern California, to the ophthalmology faculty at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

“The Stein–Doheny affiliation is a beautiful fit,” said Dr. Bartly Mondino, director of the Stein Eye Institute and chair of ophthalmology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. “We share similar missions and have a long history of collaboration. This partnership expands UCLA’s footprint tremendously by providing patients with greater access to the top doctors in cornea, retina, glaucoma, neuroophthalmology and oculoplastics.”

As part of the agreement, Doheny’s clinics will join the UCLA Health network. Two Doheny Eye Center UCLA sites will expand community access to specialty care in newly renovated offices in Arcadia and Fountain Valley. A third clinic, in a new medical–surgical suite in Pasadena, will act as Doheny Eye Center UCLA’s primary hub.

Each organization will preserve its identity while combining clinical and teaching operations. Both institutes have earned international recognition for the quality of their patient care and research. U.S. News and World Report’s 2015 “Best Hospitals” survey ranked the combined Stein Eye and Doheny Eye institutes as the No. 5 center for ophthalmology based on feedback from specialists in the field.

“Since our establishment in 1947, the Doheny Eye Institute has worked to become the premier vision research and education eye institute in the world through the discovery of new knowledge, innovative eye-care therapies and the education of the leaders of ophthalmology and vision science,” said Ed Landry, chair of the Doheny Eye Institute board of directors. “UCLA and the Stein Eye Institute share our values and high standards for education, patient care and research. We expect that the combination of our two leading programs will result in even greater recognition and accomplishments.”

“We are honored to work with the Doheny Eye Institute to improve patient care throughout Southern California, while simultaneously extending the Stein Eye Institute’s research and educational outreach, which hold immense value for the nation and world,” said Dr. David Feinberg, president of the UCLA Health System, CEO of the UCLA Hospital System and associate vice chancellor of the Geffen School of Medicine. “We appreciate this rare and unique opportunity to strengthen relationships with our distinguished colleagues at Doheny, many of whom have long collaborated with us in serving the Los Angeles community.”

The Stein Eye Institute at UCLA is a vision science campus dedicated to the preservation and restoration of vision through its internationally recognized programs in research, patient care and integrative education. The center’s ophthalmic specialists treat the full spectrum of vision-threatening conditions, including glaucoma; macular degeneration; diseases of the cornea, retina and vitreous; cataracts and uveitis; intraocular inflammation; Graves’ disease; ptosis and lacrimal disease; and eyelid disease. Community outreach efforts range from its mobile eye clinic, which travels to schools, shelters, health fairs and other organizations that assist homeless and low-income families; to programs like Vision IN-School, for vision education; Shared Vision, for the collection and donation of used eyeglasses; the Preschool Vision Screening program; and the Indigent Children and Families program.

The Doheny Eye Institute, established in 1947, is a top-ranked nonprofit organization dedicated to the conservation, improvement and restoration of human eyesight. Recognized as an outstanding center for vision research, education and clinical care, the Doheny Eye Institute has emerged as a world leader in basic and clinical vision research and advanced patient care. The institute’s innovative research has led to new diagnostic and treatment procedures and is internationally regarded for changing people’s lives by improving their sight.

Editors: Archival photos of Jules and Doris Stein, Carrie Doheny and Greystone Mansion are available upon request.

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