Message from the Chair

  • Russell N. Van Gelder, M.D., Ph.D.
    Russell N. Van Gelder, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Our mission is to eliminate suffering from eye disease, both in our region and the wider world. We do this by providing the highest quality medical and surgical eye care for patients, seeking new knowledge and treatments for eye diseases through rigorous research, and preparing the next generation of physicians and vision scientists to do the same.

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  • What is like to be a resident here?

    Life in Seattle and the University of Washington

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  • I'm interested in clinical trials.

    Finding better treatments for tomorrow

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  • What research is being done?

    Basic and translational eye research at the University of Washington

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  • How can I support the department?

    Opportunities to volunteer or donate

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  • Online education

    Lectures for patients, residents, and practicing Ophthalmologists

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