Stein Eye Institute

Message from the Director

Board of Trustees

SEI Facilities

History & Future

UCLA Department of Ophthalmology Association

Contact Us

Bartly J. Mondino, MD
Director, Stein Eye Institute. Chairman,
Dept. of Ophthalmology.
Bradley R. Straatsma, MD, Endowed Chair in Ophthalmology.


The Stein Eye Institute, UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, is dedicated to the preservation of sight and the prevention of blindness. As we enter the 21st Century, our vision scientists and clinicians embrace the challenge to foster innovative and groundbreaking advances in research, clinical care and education necessary to diagnose and treat eye diseases.

UCLA campus officials dedicated the Edie & Lew Wasserman Building at a ceremonial ribbon cutting on October 28, 2014, and in their remarks, described the landmark research and patient-care facility as “the new gateway to UCLA.” Dedicated to ophthalmology and synergistic programs between the Stein Eye Institute and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, the Building’s name honors late philanthropists Edie and Lew Wasserman. We also welcomed Doheny Eye Institute researchers and clinicians to the faculty roster of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and formed a single, integrated UCLA Department of Ophthalmology.

Many of our past successes will be continued, while other achievements will revolutionize the future of vision science. New centers in genetics and proteomics, unique in the world to the Stein Eye Institute, as well as our comprehensive cataract center and expanded ocular inflammatory disease center, are pivotal to expanding our knowledge and skills to provide the best in eye care.

UCLA Administration has often spoken about shrinking public resources for higher education and medical research. Just 21 percent of UCLA's current budget comes from the State of California, far below the 80 percent it once was. As a consequence, public universities have become increasingly dependent on private funding sources. To compensate, the Stein Eye Institute, in concert with UCLA, seek outside support to retain the outstanding basic science and clinical faculty and maintain their outstanding and revolutionary research.

UCLA ranks among the world's preeminent universities. Its School of Medicine ranks among the top 10 American medical schools in the country, and the Medical Center has been rated "Best in the West" for more than two decades, according to the U.S. News & World Report annual survey. The Stein Eye Institute is a leader in ophthalmology, consistently ranked as the number one eye care center in the Western United States. A strong tradition of private philanthropy has nurtured the Institute to this level of national and international prominence.

Patient Care | Clinical Resources | Research | Education | About JSEI | Home