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Dr. Shlomit Schaal ophthalmology department chairThe Mission of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Medical School is to improve the health and vision of the residents of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts by providing the highest quality, most readily accessible, and cost-effective patient care.

The Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences actively contributes to national and international efforts to eliminate blindness through excellence in education, exceptional teaching programs, and cutting-edge vision research.

Our highly trained UMass Eye Doctors are dedicated and committed to providing the highest quality of ethical medical care to the people of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Our nationally awarded UMass Eye Researchers engage in innovative projects both to better understand blindness causing diseases and to find practical new solutions to preserve vision.

All our UMass Eye Educators are committed academicians: driven, full-time University of Massachusetts Medical School professors, who devote their entire lives and professional careers to honorable academic values.

We value transparency and enjoy sharing our knowledge, our skills, and our expertise with patients, medical students, residents, fellows, and our colleagues in practice and in academia, both locally and around the globe.

The UMass Eye Care Staff works together as a collaborative team. We aim to provide our patients with the best possible eye care experience, to support out patients’ families, and to answer any questions.

I invite you to join us, trust us with your eye care, and support our academic mission. Please join UMass Eye Community to help us achieve our goals for the benefit of the people of Massachusetts.


Shlomit Schaal, MD, PhD, MHCM

Professor and Department Chair
Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
University of Massachusetts Medical School