Message from the Chairman

christiansen_stephen_webWhere We Are

The Department of Ophthalmology is located on the campus of Boston Medical Center (BMC) and Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) in the beautiful South End of Boston. The medical campus is roughly 2 miles southeast of the Charles River campus and is easily accessible from Logan International Airport, major north-, south-, and eastbound highways, and public transportation.

Who We Are

Our physicians provide comprehensive and referral subspecialty care covering the gamut of ocular diseases. We see patients in two outpatient facilities on the main campus in addition to outreach clinics in the southern suburbs and at neighborhood health centers around Boston. Combined, we have 67,000 patient visits per year and our ophthalmologists perform over 4,800 surgical procedures yearly. Our faculty and residents also provide eye care at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in neighboring Jamaica Plain. We train four residents per year in a three-year training program in addition to subspecialty fellowship training. Medical students are encouraged to participate in elective rotations on our service. A core mission of our Department is the training of the next generation of ophthalmologists. Also core to our mission is the advancement of understanding and treatment of eye disease. I am very proud of our basic scientists, working in the Massachusetts Lion’s Eye Research Laboratories, and our clinician scientists. Their contributions to our science are making a difference.

Where We Are Going

I am pleased to share with you that our BMC campus clinics will soon be combined into a single, new, state-of-the-art facility in the Yawkey building. This 30,000 sq ft clinic will allow expansion of services and capacity and will improve the clinic experience for patients and physicians alike. Phased construction begins June 2009, and we will be able to occupy the entire space by 2013.

Why We Are Here

“Exceptional Care Without Exception” is a phrase you’ll hear often around Boston Medical Center. Some might write it off as a contrived advertising slogan, but I would disagree. This principle of care permeates the ethos of our medical community and of our Department, and it speaks to our drive for excellence not only in the quality of care we provide but in the way it is delivered, whether it be a simple refraction for a new pair of glasses or cutting edge refractive surgery. I encourage you to come visit us.

Stephen P. Christiansen, MD
Chairman

Primary teaching affiliate
of BU School of Medicine