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Year in Review: 2023

A Note from Ophthalmology Leadership

The UPMC Vision Institute is a recognized leader in the diagnosis and treatment of eye diseases and disorders. The mission of the Department of Ophthalmology is to improve quality of life through the preservation and restoration of vision.

The mission of the UPMC Vision Institute is to improve patients’ quality of life through vision preservation and restoration. As members of the University of Pittsburgh Department of Ophthalmology and affiliated with UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside, UPMC Vision Institute physicians are also leaders in research and education, and are extensively trained in the use of state-of-the-art ophthalmic technologies and procedures.

An extra exciting highlight this year was the opening of the UPMC Vision Institute on April 20, 2023. This opened as a part of the new UPMC Mercy Pavilion next to UPMC Mercy. The nine-story tower now serves patients who have diseases of the eye or vision impairment and those who need physical rehabilitation. Highlights of the new nine-story tower include:

  • 410,000 square feet of collaborative space for clinicians, researchers, educators, and industry partners;

  • A state-of-the-art facility to deliver gene ad cell therapy for the eye;

  • An innovative, fully mocked-up apartment where patients can relearn critical life skills;

  • A 3-D street lab with simulated city streets, offices, and meeting rooms to help patients with low vision navigate their surroundings.

Other areas in the building include exam rooms, an optical shop, a pharmacy, therapy stations, and a UPMC Center for Rehab Services gym. Training ramps and stairs in a healing garden on the roof terrace offer patients a safe environment in which to prepare for real-life experiences. Learn more about the new UPMC Vision Institute here.

We welcome the opportunity to tell you more about our efforts in 2023 and hope you'll consider voting for UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside in the U.S. News & World Report "Best Hospitals" survey.

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José-Alain Sahel, MD

Director, UPMC Vision Institute

Distinguished Professor and Chair, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Exceptional Class Professor at Sorbonne Université, Paris

The Eye and Ear Foundation Endowed Chair