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Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences

Residency Program : Mission

We welcome this opportunity to introduce the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences of Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. The selection of a postgraduate program has a lifelong impact on your career, and we believe that faculty, patient diversity, the basic science and clinical curriculum, and the available facilities are all important factors to consider. We hope this material will better enable you to make this important choice.

Our mission is threefold: to deliver unsurpassed patient care, to pursue excellence in research, and to provide outstanding research and clinical training opportunities for future generations of our colleagues. Our faculty and staff are dedicated to excellence, and through that commitment, we have entered a period of steady growth, represented by new faculty and expanding educational opportunities.

Founded in 1972, our clinic serves a diverse population of patients representing the entire range of ophthalmic pathology -- a key ingredient of any ophthalmology training program. With referrals from all regions of West Texas, Eastern New Mexico, Southern Colorado, and Western Oklahoma, our clinical practice serves more than 25,000 patients annually. Our outpatient clinics are the cornerstone of the teaching program and are operated with emphasis on quality care and the philosophy that all patient encounters are part of the educational experience.

Our basic science research programs have established solid track records in developing well-funded and clinically relevant research. The Ocular Cell Biology Laboratory, opened in 1990, has a significant reputation in cell growth modification, including enhancement and inhibition. Our cellular biologist is working with major ophthalmic pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, and the electrophysics unit is recognized as one of the finest in the country.