About Us
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

Medical facilities

  • 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, Chelsea, Canton, Grand Blanc, Milford, Northville, and Ypsilanti.
  • 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.

Patient visits

  • 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
  • 2012:
    • U-M Medical School Operating Budget = $21.5M
    • Kellogg Clinic and Ambulatory Surgery Budget = $23.9M
    • Kellogg Research Funding = $11.5M

Selected Achievements

  • 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 immune systems.
  • 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: Friday, 20-Feb-2015 11:22:44 EST