became established as a department separate from Otolaryngology
in 1912 at the University of California San Francisco (see
more history). Since that time the Department of Ophthalmology
has grown steadily and today includes the clinical facilities
of three major hospitals.
The Department of Ophthalmology is organized around faculty
members with subspecialty skills and expertise. The department
combines one of the nation's leading vision research
with outstanding clinical care. The research
and multicenter clinical facilities of the Department of Ophthalmology
comprise the Beckman Vision Center.
The Beckman Vision Center includes the Koret Vision Research Laboratory
Building and the Vision Care and Research Unit (VCRU).
Koret Vision Research
Laboratory houses one of the most active vision science
programs in the country, with extensive support from the
National Eye Institute of the NIH as well as from private
Vision Care and Research
Unit (VCRU) is an outpatient facility designed for
the management of complex cases and for clinical
Vision Center also includes the Ambulatory
Care Center on Parnassus Avenue and Departments of Ophthalmology
at the San Francisco General Hospital (Chief, Dr. Bennie Jeng)
and the Fort Miley Veterans Medical Center (Chief, Dr. Ayman
The Department trains five residents per year in a three year
residency program, and
provides instruction in Ophthalmology to medical students.
programs of clinical fellowship
training are available in cornea, external disease
and refractive surgery, glaucoma, ocular oncology, ophthalmic
plastic surgery, uveitis and vitroretinal surgery.
The establishment of The Beckman Vision Center and the building
of the Koret Vision Research Laboratory is the achievement of
That Man May See, Inc., a foundation
dedicated to vision research and care.