About the Robert Cizik Eye Clinic
The opening of the Robert Cizik Eye Clinic was a proud moment for the Ruiz Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science. This outstanding new facility could not have been achieved without the generous support of our many friends and donors.
The Cizik Eye Clinic opened July 2, 2007 and occupies the 18th floor of the Medical Plaza building at 6400 Fannin St. The outer walls are glass, with views of Rice University, Main Street, Downtown, Hermann Park, and the rest of the Texas Medical Center. The Clinic is designed for function – it contains the most sophisticated equipment available for patient care.
The 15th floor of MHMP is dedicated to Memorial Hermann Surgery Center Texas Medical Center. It is beautiful in keeping with the rest of this magnificent building. Most surgery is performed in this new facility but some cases will still require Memorial Hermann Hospital.
Two small certified operating rooms in the Cizik Eye Clinic to help provide surgical care for indigent patients.
- To provide the best eye care possible in a personalized setting
- To act as a center for the referral of difficult cases
- To care for indigent patients with serious eye problems
- To teach ophthalmology at all levels
- To be innovative in diagnosis and treatment
- To make a flexible environment capable of adapting to change
- To develop basic and clinical research programs
- To provide patient education, rehabilitation and social counseling
- To be fiscally responsible
The Preservation of Sight and the Visual Presence of Art
There is no better place to show works of art than a place dedicated to the preservation of sight.
Dr. Ruiz has long been aware of the benefits of art for staff and patients. He was especially interested in having art that can be enjoyed by visually impaired individuals. Abstract paintings, with large areas of bright colors, often enable those with visual problems to perceive the color and general design of the work. In accordance with this idea, the different treatment areas of the Robert Cizik Eye Clinic are color-coded into red, yellow, green, and blue sections. Much of the artwork was placed in accordance with this color scheme. Large canvases of vibrantly colored, abstract themes create a pleasant, cheerful atmosphere throughout the clinic.
Most of the art that is displayed in the new Cizik Eye Clinic was acquired between the years of 1977 and 1979. When Ben Dubose, one the best known local art dealers, died of eye cancer, two of his favorite local artists—David Adickes and Herb Mears—donated paintings in his memory. Since those first donations, works of many other artists have been added to the collection including those of Dixon Bennett, Lamar Briggs, Tony Bass, David Hickman, Peggy Oxford, Oris Robertson, and Alvaro Herran. Many of these were also donated by artists, patients, and patrons.
The Cizik Eye Clinic collection affords a unique opportunity for both patients and staff to daily enjoy beautiful color and design that many would not have otherwise.