A Note From our Chair

The 2023 letter from Jeffrey Goldberg, MD, PHD

Jeffrey Goldberg, MD, PhD, is the Blumenkranz Smead professor and chair of ophthalmology at the Byers Eye Institute.


THE END OF THE YEAR is a time for reflection that I look forward to. Each December, I am more proud than the last to reflect on the achievements of the faculty and staff at the Byers Eye Institute at Stanford.

The past year was marked with the addition of several talented new faculty members, including Dr. Mary Elizabeth Hartnett, our inaugural Michael F. Marmor Professor of Retinal Science and Diseases, who is building comprehensive clinical, research and educational programs in pediatric retina.

Our talented faculty made groundbreaking research discoveries and advancements at the Mary M. and Sash A. Spencer Center for Vision Research at the Byers Eye Institute at Stanford that earned them prestigious grants, awards, and recognition from peer institutions, and reflect the impact of their hard work embedded in a supportive culture of innovation and collaboration.

We’re also rolling out amazing technical advances using state-of-the-art equipment and leveraging artificial intelligence to make care more accessible around the world now and in the future.

But what I’m most proud of this year is our continued dedication to the improvement of patients’ vision through research and clinical care. The pathway from idea to discovery, from proof-of-concept to validation, from clinical testing to broad implementation, is the work we have highlighted as our cover story in this annual report. I’m constantly inspired by how our faculty find innovative and creative ways to fill gaps in medical care locally and abroad, proactively develop programs to meet new patient needs and grow our clinical practice.

We would not be able to do this work without the support of philanthropic donors, many of whom have seen firsthand the impact of our mission to eradicate blindness and preserve sight.

With immense gratitude, I want to honor those donors, colleagues, staff, alumni, patients and community for helping build a department of ophthalmology that we can all take pride in.

Jeffrey L. Goldberg, MD, PhD
Blumenkranz Smead Professor
Chair of Ophthalmology, Byers Eye Institute at Stanford University