The Eye & Ear Foundation of Pittsburgh

Improving the Lives of Others

Imagine living in a world without sight or sound, a world where you can’t see your first grandchild, or hear your family members sing you happy birthday. Every day, people with conditions like these must go about their lives, in the wake of such debilitation. These life-changing conditions push our researchers at The Eye & Ear Foundation, home to the Departments of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology at the University of Pittsburgh, to making strides everyday to improve the quality of life of those affected by diseases and disorders of the eye, ear, nose, throat, head, and neck.

At The Eye & Ear Foundation, we are consistently astonished with the stories of some patients, by the determined confidence shown by someone who lost their vision, or the defiant optimism of a sufferer of nasal cancer. Through the advancement of the research and education efforts of The Eye and Ear Institute, we have helped develop some world-class care and cutting edge research – from the revolutionary Glaucoma therapies, to potential treatment for tinnitus, the development of eye transplant techniques, and the expansion of minimally invasive Robotic Surgery– new science and new solutions are found every day.

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Our Research


Jonas T. Johnson, MD
Jonas T. Johnson, MD, FACS
The Department of Otolaryngology remains focused and committed to our core responsibilities, which include caring for patients, training the next generation of physicians, and research directed at improving healthcare for us all. We are delighted to report that our Collaborative for Research Education and Technology Enhancement in Surgery (CREATES) is up and running.  We aspire to provide an environment for surgical training with emphasis on minimally invasive techniques.  It is now possible to accomplish procedures using telescopes and robots with very small or no incisions for many patients.  CREATES intends to train contemporary surgeons in new techniques.  It is also


José-Alain Sahel, MD
José-Alain Sahel, MD
Building upon the strengths of the Department of Ophthalmology, we have already made great strides to ensure a very bright future. Clinically, we have recruited outstanding physicians in Retina, Glaucoma, and Cornea. All our teams are working diligently on the implementation of many changes in clinical practice, aimed at bringing more innovative, diagnostic, and therapeutic advances to our patients and increasing our focus on patient-centered clinical pathways. I hope to provide many successful examples of these advances next year. On the research side, we have already recruited three talented scientists to join the Department: Ethan Rossi, PhD, joined us from


Gardner MD interview Chordoma
Sight Restoration: From Neuroprotection to Artificial Vision
Sight Restoration: From Neuroprotection to Artificial Vision
Eye & Ear Foundation 30th Anniversary Video