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News from the Department of Ophthalmology

Learn about the most recent advances of the faculty, students, and staff in the Department of Ophthalmology.

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Joan M. O'Brien, MD

Welcome from Joan O'Brien, MD – Chair

Since its founding in 1874, the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Pennsylvania has been dedicated to providing exceptional patient care, groundbreaking research, and distinguished teaching.
Joan O'Brien, MD

Chair, Department of Ophthalmology
Director, Scheie Eye Institute
William F. Norris and George E. de Schweinitz Professor of Ophthalmology

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About Us

Welcome to Penn Medicine's Department of Ophthalmology, a pioneer in ophthalmic care, research, and training.


Penn offers highly specialized services across the full range of ophthalmic sub-specialties, integrating cutting-edge research with individualized, comprehensive, and compassionate patient care.

Clinical Care

The Scheie Eye Institute provides patient-centered care, combined with leading technology and resources. Visit our program page to learn about our programs and services.

Education and Training

Penn Ophthalmology is dedicated to teaching and maintains a broad presences across disciplines, attracting top students and leaders to the field of ophthalmology.


The Scheie Eye Institute performs the breakthrough research necessary to discover the treatments of tomorrow.