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Recognized Nationally for Clinical Excellence

Posted on February 13, 2015 by SERA

KNOXVILLE, TN (January 30, 2015): Southeastern Retina Associates recently received a prestigious industry award for its contributions to advancing medical research of diabetes-induced retinal disorders. Southeastern Retina Associates was awarded the Top Site Award for 2014 and 2013 by the Diabetic Retinopathy Clinical Research (DRCR) Network for demonstrating outstanding performance in the DRCR Network.

“We are honored to be acknowledged again at this level for our clinical excellence,” said Dr. Joseph M. Googe, Jr. of Southeastern Retina Associates. “Our entire staff has always been committed to providing the finest care possible and offering our patients the newest and best treatments of vision-threatening diseases.”

The DRCR is a collaborative network funded by the National Eye Institute (NIH) and is dedicated to clinical research of diabetic retinopathy, diabetic macular edema and associated conditions. The DRCR includes over 120 participating sites (offices) with over 320 physicians throughout the United States.

“If you are diabetic and have vision issues, as a patient of Southeastern Retina Associates, you can be assured you have the most experienced medical team in the region working to preserve your eyesight,” said Googe. “We have been leading clinical trials for more than 15 years and continue to advance leading edge research to stay abreast of the latest refinements in surgical technique and scientific discovery for our patients.”

For patients who would like more information on enrolling in a clinical trial, please contact one of the Southeastern Retina Associates clinical trials coordinators:

Knoxville: Kristina Oliver & Lisa Lovelady, (865) 588-0811

Chattanooga: Steve McBee, (865) 756-1002

Tri-Cities: Deanna Long, (423) 578-4364

Southeastern Retina Associates is an ophthalmological practice of 14 board-certified vitreoretinal surgeons who specialize in the diagnosis, treatment and management of diseases of the retina, macula and vitreous of the eye such as macular degeneration, macular holes, diabetic retinopathy, detachment and tears of the retina and vitreous hemorrhage. Southeastern Retina Associates has central locations in Knoxville, Chattanooga and Tri-Cities, and other satellite offices in East Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, Virginia, and the Cumberland Plateau.