Hamilton Eye Institute Continues to Receive International Attention

Friday, May 8, 2009 -- Drs. Xiaorong Li and Jiantao Wang, the director and vice-director of the Tianjin Eye Institute-one of the most advanced eye centers in China-visited the Hamilton Eye Institute (HEI). Dr. Qiang Wu, vice-president of the Tennessee Chinese Chamber of Commerce (TCCC), accompanied the delegation. Siegal Professor of Ophthalmology Dr. Peter A. Netland arranged the visit after the president of the TCCC, Dr. Ming Wang, recommended our institute to Dr. Li as the highest ranked ophthalmology program in the state.

Dr. James C. Fleming, Philip M. Lewis Professor of Ophthalmology, welcomed the delegation and led them on a tour of our facilities. On the research floor, Dr. Eldon E. Geisert, Jr., director of the Center for Vision Research, showed our guests many of the advances in ophthalmic science being made here at the Hamilton Eye Institute. Next, Dr. Mary Ellen Hoehn, assistant professor of ophthalmology, and Orli Weisser-Pike, assistant director of low vision services, provided a closer look at the pediatric and low vision clinics.

The visitors were impressed by our sophisticated telemedicine system, advanced ophthalmic photography center, state-of-the-art surgery center, and skills transfer lab. They enjoyed exploring the ophthalmology surgical simulator, a highly advanced system designed to safely train medical students and residents in delicate eye surgeries. The tour culminated with a luncheon in which our guests joined Drs. Sarwat Salim, Jerre M. Freeman, Ralph S. Hamilton, and several other HEI faculty members to discuss the similarities and differences in ophthalmology between China and in the United States.

It was an honor to receive this delegation from the Tianjin Eye Institute. We are grateful to them and the Tennessee Chinese Chamber of Commerce for choosing to learn more about the Hamilton Eye Institute.