Research and Clinical Facilities
The principal academic offices, research laboratories, educational facilities, and administrative offices of the Department of Ophthalmology are located in the Cullen Eye Institute in the Neurosensory Center of Houston, jointly owned and operated by Baylor College of Medicine and The Methodist Hospital. The Neurosensory Center also houses the academic offices and research laboratories of the Departments of Neurology, Otorhinolaryngology and Communicative Sciences, and Neurosurgery of Baylor College of Medicine. The center contains four floors for inpatient beds, an intensive care unit, a skilled nursing facility, and operating rooms for inpatient and outpatient eye, ear, nose, throat, and head and neck surgery.
The department has 38,000 square feet in the Cullen Eye Institute dedicated to basic and clinical research. The space comprises five major laboratories: the Sid W. Richardson Ocular Microbiology Laboratory, the Molecular Virology Laboratory, the Retina Research Laboratory, Ocular Surface Center, and the Ocular Pathology Laboratory; and three Core Modules supported by the Department's National Eye Institute Core Grant for Vision Research. The Ophthalmic Microsurgical Laboratory, a seven-station wet lab teaching facility, and an animal experimental surgery laboratory are located on the fifth floor. Investigators also have access to the Center for Comparative Medicine-Neurosensory Facility on the fifth floor of the Neurosensory Center, which comprises 9,828 square feet for animal care and research. In addition, the Department has dedicated space in the Clinical Care Center of TCH for support of clinical trials.
The principal outpatient facilities are located in the Alkek Eye Center in the Smith Tower, the adjacent Scurlock Tower, and the Eye Clinic of the Clinical Care Center of TCH. The Alkek Eye Center comprises 23,026 square feet on two floors of the Smith Tower and includes 24 fully equipped examining rooms, minor surgery room, specialty test areas, Photography and Ultrasonography Unit, Oshman Laser Pavilion, and Contact Lens Department. The Department's space in the Scurlock Tower comprises 13,572 square feet and includes fully equipped examining rooms, specialty test areas, and photography and ultrasonography equipment. The Low Vision Unit is now also in the Scurlock Tower Location. The Eye Clinic of the Texas Children's Hospital Clinical Care Center comprises 7,000 square feet, eight fully-equipped examining rooms, Orthoptics Clinic, clinical research laboratory, and faculty and administrative offices.
The principal sites for inpatient care and outpatient and inpatient surgery for the Baylor Eye Physicians & Surgeons are the Neurosensory Center, Texas Children's Hospital and St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital. The Neurosensory Surgery Center houses Neurosensory Eye Surgery, comprising seven ophthalmology operating rooms, three laser rooms, and support facilities for outpatient surgery. Texas Children's Hospital and St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital possess comprehensive, full service inpatient and outpatient areas and fully equipped operating rooms for ophthalmic surgery.
The principal facilities for the residency and clinical fellowship training programs are the Ben Taub Hospital (BTH) and the Houston Veterans Affairs Medical Center (HVAMC). The Eye Clinic of BTH comprises 2,600 square feet, seven fully equipped examining rooms, specialty test areas, photography and ultrasonography facilities and a contact lens unit. BTH provides comprehensive full service inpatient care and facilities and equipment for eye surgery. The Eye Clinic of the HVAMC comprises 6,800 square feet, nine fully equipped examining rooms, specialty test areas, photography and ultrasonography equipment, low vision unit, contact lens department, and outpatient microsurgical unit. The HVAMC has a dedicated ophthalmology inpatient unit and two fully equipped microsurgery rooms for ophthalmology.