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    UCLA Stein Eye Institute marks 50th anniversary

    Multiple programs for specialized education, training at core of institute’s mission

     

     

    Collaboration with Doheny Eye Institute

    In late 2013, the UCLA Stein Eye Institute formed a historic affiliation with the Doheny Eye Institute at the University of Southern California, opening new opportunities for collaboration and research by creating a single, integrated UCLA Department of Ophthalmology supported by both institutes.


    Through this partnership, several Doheny Eye Center UCLA centers have opened, improving access to ophthalmic care in more sectors of Los Angeles.

    The Doheny centers are located east and south of the vision-science campus, areas where the Stein Eye Institute did not previously have a presence.

    “It gives us a much broader footprint in the Los Angeles area,” said Bartly J. Mondino, MD, chairman of the UCLA department of ophthalmology and director of the Stein Eye Institute.

    The dream of a vision-science campus came full circle with the recent adaptations to the Jules Stein Building, where finishing touches were completed earlier this year and a formal opening was held in April, said Dr. Mondino.

    The decision to renovate and reconfigure the flagship building was motivated by two factors, he explained. First, it was imperative to modernize the outdated infrastructure and bring the building up to date with seismic codes.

    At the same time, changes in the delivery of healthcare prompted new ideas on how best to use the physical space.

    “In the 1960s, our surgery was inpatient, and our operating rooms were created around hospital beds,” said Dr. Mondino. “But now surgery has moved to the Wasserman Building and centers around outpatient care.”

    Creation of the outpatient surgical facilities in the Edie and Lew Wasserman Building meant there was space in the Jules Stein Building to meet another important need: more flexible space for the institute’s research program. The vision-science researchers now work in a modular, flexible laboratory space.

    “This will allow our investigators to expand and contract according to their level of funding,” Dr. Mondino explained.

    The building also includes a new urgent care clinic, the comprehensive ophthalmology program, and additional space for the glaucoma service. Community outreach programs and administrative and faculty offices are also housed in the Jules Stein Building.

    “With more space, we can recruit more faculty and develop programs to remain competitive and serve our community,” Dr. Mondino said.

    The structure also harmonizes with the other two buildings, blending the marble and columns of the neoclassical architecture characteristic of the original building and the Doris Stein Building with modern features of the Wasserman Building, such as its light-filled atrium.

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