Facts, Figures and Firsts
- Chair: Paul P. Lee, M.D., J.D.
- Clinical faculty: 63
- Research faculty: 20
- History: The Department of Ophthalmology was established in 1872
- Endowed professorships: 9
- Institutional organization: The W.K. Kellogg Eye Center is home to the University of Michigan Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, which is part of the University of Michigan Medical School and the University of Michigan Health System
Education and Training
- Residency Program Director: Shahzad I. Mian, M.D.
- Residents: 21
- Clinical fellows: 13
- Research fellows: 16
- Alumni: 586 active alumni across the country and around the world
- In March 2010, the new 8-story Brehm Tower, a 230,000
sq. ft. addition to the Kellogg Eye Center, opened with
9 eye clinics, 6 operating rooms, and new suites for refractive
surgery and cosmetic surgery.
- Supporting services include genetic counseling, ophthalmic
photography, diagnostic electrophysiological testing, and
ocular prosthetics. A library, optical shop, and café are also
on site. Our 20 research laboratories are located in the new
building and in the adjoining research tower.
- The Kellogg Eye Center has community clinics in:
Ann Arbor, Brighton, Canton, Livonia, Milford,
- The Veterans Affairs Hospital is a 100-bed acute care facility.
The VA Ophthalmology Clinic has 12 exam lanes, plus
an ophthalmic photography/ultrasound room and resident
office space. Residents who staff this clinic see 16,500
patients and perform 2,080 surgical procedures each year.
- 1904: 1,400 patient visits to the Eye & Ear Ward
- 1985: 36,852 visits to the newly opened Kellogg Eye Center
- 2012: 138,967 patient visits and over 6,319 surgical procedures
- 1884: End-of-year balance in the Eye & Ear Ward Treasury = $2.77
- U-M Medical School Operating Budget = $21.5M
- Kellogg Clinic and Ambulatory Surgery Budget = $23.9M
- Kellogg Research Funding = $11.5M
- 1994: Kellogg resident, Ron Kurtz, M.D., discovers the
femtosecond laser's potential for eye surgery. Further
research results in the formation of IntraLase Corp, which
produced the first ultrafast laser for clinical applications.
- 2008: Victor Elner, M.D., Ph.D., and Howard Petty, Ph.D.,
report on a new imaging device that measures metabolic
stress to give early warning for eye disease and diabetes.
- 2009: Dr. John Heckenlively reports that patients with a
rare blinding retinal disease—autoimmune retinopathy—
saw improved vision after taking drugs to suppress their
- A study by Dr. Terry Smith and Dr. Raymond Douglas
shows that the drug rituximab is effective in treating
patients with severe Graves' eye disease who did not
respond to standard treatments.
- 2011: Our diabetes research team, with colleagues across the U-M Health System, is part of a $3.5M grant to study the multiple complications of diabetes.
- 2012: Under a new grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, our faculty will evaluate why some children do not receive follow-up care after failed vision screenings. Researchers will also analyze data on the incidence and prevalence of strabismus and amblyopia and will seek to improve vision care for premature babies.
Last Modified: Wednesday, 21-Aug-2013 13:27:24 EDT