UCSD Dedicates New State-of-the-art Glaucoma and Retina Centers 


November 30, 2005 

Completion of the Hamilton Glaucoma Center and the Joan and Irwin Jacobs Retina Center was celebrated in dedication ceremonies on January 27 at UCSD’s Shiley Eye Center. The 24,500 square-foot expansion will house clinical practice and research activities. The project also includes a new library, conference room, increased space for the Division of Community Ophthalmology, and major renovations for the Shiley Eye Center, part of the UCSD Medical Center-La Jolla complex on UCSD’s East Campus.

The $9 million glaucoma and retina facility expansions were largely funded through philanthropic gifts from Joan and Irwin Jacobs and Frances and Philip White, representing the Hamilton White Foundation. The additional space and renovations were supported by gifts from donors including Donald and Darlene Shiley and Arthur Brody.

“We are grateful to our generous donors who have made this possible. These new facilities will allow our faculty to substantially increase their efforts in understanding and treating some of the most serious conditions leading to vision loss,” said Stuart I. Brown, M.D., chairman of the UCSD School of Medicine’s Department of Ophthalmology and director of the Shiley Eye Center. “Our experience shows that providing talented people the necessary resources to solve these problems leads to an explosion in new and important contributions that benefit patients.”

The second major addition since the Shiley Eye Center opened in 1991, the new facility will expand the Center’s ability to provide advanced eye care for an ever-growing number of patients. In June 1995, the Center opened the Abraham Ratner Children’s Eye Center, dedicated to pediatric care.

The Hamilton Glaucoma Center will house laboratory and clinical research facilities for glaucoma, the leading cause of preventable blindness in the United States. “The research will translate into innovative programs to prevent and cure glaucoma blindness,” said Robert N. Weinreb, M.D., chief of the Shiley Eye Center’s glaucoma division and director of the Hamilton Glaucoma Center.

The Joan and Irwin Jacobs Retina Center will house research projects seeking to find solutions for people of all ages who suffer from retina problems, which include such debilitating disorders as macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy, tumors and inherited disease.

“Our team is dedicated to developing new treatments for retinal disease that will translate into improved clinical care,” said William R. Freeman, M.D. co-chief of the retina division and director of the Jacobs Retina Center.

Designed by Anshen and Allen (Los Angeles), the new centers will include clinical research space, wet bench and computer analysis laboratories and office space.

The Shiley Eye Center expansion also includes a new library, supported through philanthropic donations, and additional space to support the Center’s expanding community outreach efforts. These outreach activities include a successful program that provides free vision screenings and, when needed, glasses, for children in underserved areas. An estimated 9,000 children have been screened through this effort.

“This expansion is going to enable us to increase our clinical activities, pursue new research opportunities, and continue providing our community a broad range of educational and outreach programs, particularly those targeting the elderly and children who are among the most vulnerable to the problems that accompany vision loss,” said Brown.

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Shiley at nightThe Shiley Eye Center opened in 1991 to provide a state-of-the-art facility to consolidate the clinical, research and educational activities of the UCSD School of Medicine’s Department of Ophthalmology. Located at 9415 Campus Point Drive on UCSD’s East Campus, the facility is named after major donors to the project, Donald and Darlene Shiley.

  • The Center handles 15,600 patient visits per year

  • UCSD’s Department of Ophthalmology ranks 7th in the nation in National Institutes of Health funding receiving $5,263,379 for the 2003 fiscal year.  

The Abraham Ratner Children’s Eye Center opened in June 1995, supported by a major gift from Ann Ratner In memory of her husband Abraham. The Center treats more than 5,000 patients each year.

The new building expansion was designed by Anshen and Allen (Los Angeles)

  • A total of 24,500 GSF and 14,000 ASF
  • Hamilton Glaucoma Center: 12,500 GSF, 7,150 ASF
  • Jacobs Retina Center: 12,000 GSF, 6,850 ASF,
  • Shiley Eye Center second floor expansion includes: 2,100 GSF, 1,650 ASF including the Library, 650 ASF and Community Outreach Offices, 1,000 ASF

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