About the Department of Ophthalmology


Protecting, preserving and restoring vision

Widely recognized as a leader in patient care, vision research and physician education, the Department of Ophthalmology team members have achieved groundbreaking results in medical discoveries and revolutionary treatments that bring new hope to patients with debilitating eye disease.

Facts & Figures

  • Ranked in Top 12 by U.S. News & World Report each year since rankings began in 1993
  • Ranked in Top 10 by Ophthalmology Times since rankings began in 1996
  • Ranked No. 1 in Top 10 grant funding from the National Eye Institute to Ophthalmology Departments and Eye Institutes for many years
  • Awarded more than 100 patents for innovations in eye care and vision research
  • Over forty faculty members with primary appointments to ophthalmology
  • Twenty-one residents, seven per year in the residency program
  • More than 500 applicants annually to the residency program

Our Mission

The Department of Ophthalmology at the Keck School of Medicine of USC and the USC Gayle and Edward Roski Eye Institute share a bold mission — ending vision loss and blindness. The world-class physicians, scientists, residents and staff members are extraordinary in their pursuit of transforming the lives of those who face one of humankind’s greatest fears — loss of sight. Today’s triumphs and the future’s success depends on being at the forefront of vision research, ensuring that patients come first, while creating the leaders of tomorrow.