New York, NY (September 2004) -- The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary recently opened one of the most unique medical training facilities in the tristate area, the Jorge N. Buxton Microsurgical Education Center. It will provide eye and ear surgeons with opportunities for hands-on experience in a variety of surgical procedures before actually treating patients in the operation room.
The center is equipped with 11 workstations, each with state-of- the-art operating microscopes, microsurgical instruments and audiovisual technology. Otolaryngology residents learn to repair perforated eardrums, perform cochlear implants and treat facial paralysis. Ophthalmologist residents gain experience in removing cataracts and performing corneal and retinal surgeries. The facility can also be used by Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeons, and will conduct post-graduate courses in for practicing physicians in all three specialties to acquire new skills.
The new center replaces the former Temporal Bone Laboratory, which trained more than 2,000 physicians from around the world. The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary first had a temporal bone laboratory before the turn of the last century, as extensive practice with this part of the anatomy is crucial in developing expertise necessary to perform delicate surgery in the inner ear and around the facial nerves.
"The Microsurgical Center bridges the gap between academic medicine and the operating room," says Joseph Corcoran, President and CEO of The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary. "Training the physicians and surgeons of the future is a tremendous contribution to health care and one The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary has proudly supported for almost 185 years."
The center is named in memory of the noted corneal surgeon Jorge N. Buxton, MD, who practiced and taught at The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary for more than four decades.
A dedication ceremony and ribbon cutting was held on September 23, 2004. Participants included:
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