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Seeing a Clearer Future for All

Department Chair

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Bennie H. Jeng, MD, MS  

The University of Maryland School of Medicine established the first department for diseases of the eye in the United States in 1873. Since then, the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences has played an integral part in the school's curriculum. This dedication to better sight for all has led to many research and surgical innovations, including the creation of the modern-day ophthalmoscope and the first surgery to correct strabismus.

It was a professor at the school, George Frick, who wrote "A Treatise on Diseases of the Eye" in 1824. The first book on ophthalmology by an American author, it immediately became the "bible" for those teaching in the field. Today's faculty continue to maintain high profiles as experts in the visual sciences, as evidenced by their continuous funding in this extremely competitive specialty.

Faculty from the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences are involved in the education of students from their very first year of med school through residencies, fellowships and beyond. This instruction is primarily hands-on, giving student early exposure in dealing with the patient population.

As we strive to improve the services we provide to the community, we continue to place a special emphasis on communication with our patients, our colleagues and the citizens of Maryland. Please contact us with your questions regarding the latest treatments for ophthalmic disease or for information about our research endeavors, open faculty positions or training opportunities.