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Cleveland Clinic Receives $1 Million Grant to Build Ophthalmic Surgical Education Lab

Innovative Microsurgical Lab Provides Training For Residents

July 1, 2013

Cleveland Clinic’s Cole Eye Institute is home to a new ophthalmic surgical education lab, thanks to a $1 million donation from the Timken Foundation of Canton. The 600-square-foot Louise Timken Microsurgical Education Lab, located on the first floor of the Cole Eye Institute, will serve as the centerpiece of Cleveland Clinic’s ophthalmology residency education program.

Opening Monday, the lab will provide intraocular surgical experience for residents through the use of state-of-the art surgical stations that imitate operating room experiences, as well as through the use of an ophthalmic surgical simulator. The lab will also provide first year residents with a full year curriculum.

“Eyesight is so vital to our everyday lives and we often find ourselves taking our sight for granted until it is compromised,” said Ambassador W.R. Timken, Jr., of the Timken Foundation of Canton. “Our family, through the Timken Foundation, is proud to support transformational learning at Cole Eye Institute and the new high-tech education center.”

The family chose to name the center after a family trailblazer who had macular degeneration, Louise Timken. The late Louise Timken was a pioneer in aviation and is known as the first woman in the country to fly and own a jet aircraft.

The rate of serious eye conditions requiring specialized care is steadily increasing in the U.S., due largely to a growing elderly population. As a result, the demand for ophthalmic services requires increased proficiency among ophthalmologists and significant improvements to post-graduate training programs.

“We view the initiative to build the Louise Timken Lab as a vital undertaking to provide world-class training for our residents and fellows in ophthalmology. Although many training programs have a wet lab, no program has taken it anywhere near this level,” said Daniel F. Martin MD, Chairman of Cole Eye Institute at Cleveland Clinic. “Our goal is for every surgeon to log hundreds of hours in this facility with dedicated faculty, dedicated weekly educational sessions, and a year-long curriculum during the first year of their training. We believe this will produce a better educational experience and in the end a superior result for patients. Through cutting-edge simulation technology, innovative training seminars and hands-on learning, the lab will be home to the most comprehensive ophthalmology surgical training program in the country.”

Cleveland Clinic’s Cole Eye Institute, which opened in November 1999, integrates clinical care, research and education in one 130,000-square-foot building, and is rated among the top 10 ophthalmology centers in the country by U.S.News & World Report.

For more information about Cole Eye Institute, visit: http://www.clevelandclinic.org/eye.

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Abbey Linville, 216.445.9274, linvila@ccf.org