Truhlsen Eye Institute will revolutionize eye care in Nebraska

by Lisa Spellman, UNMC public relations | May 22, 2013

Image with caption: Artist's rendering of the Stanley M. Truhlsen Eye Institute.

Artist's rendering of the Stanley M. Truhlsen Eye Institute.

With today's opening of the Stanley M. Truhlsen Eye Institute, UNMC is poised to not only revolutionize eye care in the region, but also join the ranks of other centers of excellence for eye care and research such as the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore and the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary at Harvard Medical School in Boston.

"The Truhlsen Eye Institute positions UNMC to become a world leader in clinical care, research and education in vision disorders," said UNMC Chancellor Harold M. Maurer, M.D. "More importantly, it elevates eye care for the citizens of Nebraska and brings it to their front door."

The institute is named after legendary Omaha ophthalmologist Stanley M. Truhlsen, M.D., who has been affiliated with UNMC for more than 40 years and made the lead gift on the facility. Dr. Truhlsen, 92, is active in numerous national ophthalmology organizations.

"We thank Dr. Truhlsen and all the donors for making this possible," Chancellor Maurer said.

Located at 40th and Leavenworth streets, the Truhlsen Eye Institute will combine state-of-the art diagnostic medicine with the latest advances in clinical research to bring hope to patients suffering from blinding eye diseases such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, corneal dystrophies, uveitis and other ocular inflammatory diseases.

Three of the unique features of the Truhlsen Eye Institute are:

  • Carl B. Camras, M.D., Center for Innovative Clinical Trials in Ophthalmology;
  • Ocular Imaging Research and Reading Center; and
  • Children's Eye Care Center.

"The Truhlsen Eye Institute bestows upon us an unprecedented opportunity to combine over 10 ophthalmic subspecialty services together in a state-of-the-art facility," said Quan Dong Nguyen, M.D., chairman of the UNMC Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, McGaw Memorial Endowed Professor and director of the Stanley M. Truhlsen Eye Institute.

Dr. Nguyen, a uveitis and retinal specialist from Johns Hopkins, and his wife Diana V. Do, M.D., a retina surgeon who serves as vice chair for education and director of the department's residency training program, joined UNMC earlier this year to lead the new eye institute.

A $20 million, 54,536-square-foot facility, the Truhlsen Eye Institute also features outpatient eye exam facilities, an optical shop and a comprehensive regional diagnostic center. Plans are in the works for an eye surgery center to be built at a future date. The surgery center will be connected to the Truhlsen Eye Institute to provide maximum convenience and best possible care for patients.

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