EYECARE Bascom Palmer Eye Institute Ranked Nation’s No. 1 in Ophthalmology for 20th Time By Staff Wednesday, August 4, 2021 12:18 AM MIAMI—U.S. News & World Report has ranked Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at the University of Miami Health System as the nation’s best in ophthalmology for its 2021-2022 Best Hospitals ranking. This is the 20th time—and 18th consecutive time—that Bascom Palmer has received this number one ranking since U.S. News & World Report began surveying physicians for its annual Best Hospital rankings 32 years ago. The rankings are based on data from nearly 5,000 medical centers and survey responses from more than 30,000 physicians.Eduardo C. Alfonso, MD, director of Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, said, “Our goal is to deliver the best possible vision care to patients throughout our diverse South Florida community and around the world. We are committed to equity in healthcare, and our team is reaching out to marginalized neighborhoods to provide screening and access to appropriate vision care. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the Institute—as part of the Miller School of Medicine and UHealth, the University of Miami Health System—has been able to deliver specialized vision care to infected and non-infected patients. In fact, clinical protocols developed at our academic medical center showed above-average outcomes for UHealth patients.”In addition to deploying these telehealth services and hybrid visits, Bascom Palmer has also continued to advance education, research and clinical care in collaboration with other vision professionals and industry partners throughout the world. The Institute’s Global Center for Ophthalmic Education offers video and in-person programs that attract a worldwide audience.Bascom Palmer is also actively involved in initiatives to promote diversity equity and inclusion in ophthalmology training. The Institute's ophthalmology residency program was again ranked the best in the United States by Doximity, an online professional network for U.S. physicians.U.S. News & World Report’s 2021-2022 Best Hospital ranking is available online here, and in the publication's “Best Hospitals” 2021 guidebook.