Children's Ophthalmology Foundation, Mass. Eye and Ear Announce New Collaboration in Pediatric Care
June 15, 2009
Boston, Mass. -- The Children's Hospital Ophthalmology Foundation (CHOF), the professional corporation of the Department of Ophthalmology of Children's Hospital Boston (Children's), and the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary (Mass. Eye and Ear) will begin a formal relationship in patient care on Aug. 1, creating one of the most comprehensive pediatric ophthalmology networks in the country.
Joan W. Miller, MD,, Chief of Ophthalmology at Mass. Eye and Ear and Chair of Ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School, and David G. Hunter, MD, PhD,, Chief of Ophthalmology at Children's and Vice Chair of Ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School, have established CHOF at Mass. Eye and Ear in order to streamline care and enhance access for patients. CHOF ophthalmologists will offer comprehensive pediatric eye care at Mass. Eye and Ear locations. Pediatric patients will also have easier access to an integrated team of ophthalmologists and subspecialists for complicated cases affecting a child's eye and vision.
Melanie Kazlas, MD, will serve as Medical Director of CHOF at Mass. Eye and Ear. Other medical staff members who will see patients at the locations operated by Children's and Mass. Eye and Ear include Linda Dagi, MD, Gena Heidary, MD, PhD, Danielle Ledoux, MD, Iason Mantagos, MD, and Kimberley Chan, OD.
As affiliates of Harvard Medical School's Department of Ophthalmology, Mass. Eye and Ear and Children's ophthalmologists have long collaborated on procedures, consultations and academic educational activities and training. This new arrangement offers improved access and greater breadth and depth of service to patients, as well as a more integrated and enriching experience for students and faculty.
"As much as our physicians, students and researchers stand to gain through this collaboration, I am proud to say that children and their families will benefit even more," said Dr. Hunter. "By bringing together the most highly trained specialists with state-of-the-art treatments and equipment, we're ensuring even greater access to the world's best pediatric eye care."
"This new collaboration strengthens the sense of teamwork among Harvard Medical School teaching hospitals and fosters an environment for improved patient care, research activities and educational programs, all of which will benefit our patients," Dr. Miller said.
Mass. Eye and Ear Public Affairs
Founded in 1824, the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary is an independent specialty hospital, an international center for treatment and research, and a major teaching affiliate of the Harvard Medical School. Information about the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary is available on its web site at www.masseyeandear.org.
Children's Hospital Boston is home to the world's largest research enterprise based at a pediatric medical center, where its discoveries have benefited both children and adults since 1869. More than 500 scientists, including eight members of the National Academy of Sciences, 11 members of the Institute of Medicine and 12 members of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute comprise Children's research community. Founded as a 20-bed hospital for children, Children's Hospital Boston today is a 397-bed comprehensive center for pediatric and adolescent health care grounded in the values of excellence in patient care and sensitivity to the complex needs and diversity of children and families. Children's also is the primary pediatric teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School. For more information about the hospital and its research visit: www.childrenshospital.org/newsroom.