Event Archive

Biennial International Symposium on AMD
October 21-22, 2016
Organizing Committee: Patricia A. D’Amore, PhD, MBA; Deeba Husain, MD; Ivana K. Kim, MD
Ex-officio: Joan W. Miller, MD
Ephraim Friedman lecturer: Robert E. Marc, PhD
Talk title "Remodeling in Retinal Degenerations"
This lecture celebrated Dr. Friedman’s extraordinary contributions in teaching, research and service in the field of Ophthalmology and AMD.

2nd Biennial International Symposium on Ocular Regeneration
October 20, 2016
Organizers: Michael Young, Ph.D., and Demetrios Vavvas, M.D., Ph.D.  
Keynote Speaker: John E. Dowling, PhD, Gordon and Llura Gund Research Professor of Neurosciences, Harvard University
Talk title:  "Reconstructing the Human Fovea"

Glaucoma Fall Festival & Neuro-ophthalmology Fall Festival
September 23-25, 2016
Course Directors: Louis R. Pasquale, M.D., Joseph F. Rizzo III, M.D., Angela Turalba, M.D.
Speaker: Helen Danesh-Meyer, MD, PhD, The University of Auckland

Ruthanne B. Simmons Lecture in Ophthalmology
March 1, 2016
Course Director: Louis Pasquale, M.D.
Speaker: Peter Netland, M.D., Ph.D., Professor and Chair, University of Virginia Health System, Charlottesville, NC

Frederick A. Jakobiec Lecture
March 21, 2016
Course Director: Frederick A. Jakobiec, M.D., D.Sc.
Speaker: Alan D. Proia, M.D., Ph.D., Duke University Medical Center

Pei-Fei Lee Lecture
April 13, 2016
Course Director: Louis Pasquale, M.D.
Speaker: Paul P. Lee, M.D., J.D., Kellogg Eye Center, University of Michigan

Paul A. Chandler Visiting Professor
Friday, December 18-19, 2015
Course Director: Katherine Talcott, MD
Speaker:
Emmett Cunningham, MD, PhD, MPH
Director, Uveitis Service, California Pacific Medical Center
Adjunct Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology, Stanford University School of Medicine
The Chandler Professorship was established to honor the exceptional teaching, research, and service of Dr. Paul Chandler during his tenure at Mass. Eye and Ear, where he mentored two generations of ophthalmologists interested in glaucoma. The program is centered on resident education and includes lectures and case presentations by residents.

Strabismus Fall Festival
October 17, 2015 Presented by: Harvard Medical School, Mass. Eye and Ear, and Boston Children's Hospital
Faculty: Dean M. Cestari, MD, Gena Heidary, MD, PhD, David Hunter, MD, PhD, and Melanie Kazlas, MD
Designed for anyone interested in strabismus surgery, including physicians, optometrists, orthoptists and trainees, this one-day symposium was CME accredited (7.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits). In this course, we discussed the evaluation and management of common and advanced strabismus cases using a case based approach. "Unknown" cases were presented to a panel of expert strabismus surgeons and the audience will hear a real time discussion of surgical decision making and outcomes. Didactic talks were given by each panelist that covered a broad range of clinical topics. These talks reinforced the learning points emphasized during the case discussions and provided an update on advances in the fields of strabismus surgery and pediatric ophthalmology. Our time honored Robb-Petersen lectureship took place during the course. The Robb-Petersen guest lecturer for this event was Kenneth Wright, MD, Director Wright Foundation for Pediatric Ophthalmology & Strabismus, Clinical Professor Ophthalmology USC - Keck School of Medicine.

29th Biennial Cornea Conference
October 16-17, 2015 Course Director: Reza Dana, M.D., MPH, MSc, FARVO As one of the world’s premier anterior segment conferences, the Biennial Cornea Conference explored current basic and translational research developments of the cornea and anterior ocular surface. The conference promoted interaction and discussion among leaders in the field, and builds links between today’s exciting research and the numerous diseases that affect this portion of the eye.

Harvard Intensive Cataract Surgical Training Course for Second-Year Residents
June 13-14, 2015
This highly popular national course offered a complete preparatory course covering all aspects of cataract surgery. The course drew an elite group of cataract surgical preceptors from the top training programs nationwide. Two one-hour lectures for residents were given Friday morning by faculty from the various specialties within ophthalmology. 
Course Directors: Sherleen H. Chen, M.D., and Roberto Pineda II, M.D.  

Basic Science Research Fellows Recognition Day
June 3, 2015
Course Directors: Patricia D'Amore, Ph.D., MBA, FARVO, and Kip Connor, Ph.D.

HMS Dept. of Ophthalmology Annual Meeting and Alumni Reunion
May 29 - 31, 2015
This 3-day flagship Departmental event combined scientific exchange with networking events and social activities. Basic, translational, and clinical research updates were provided by Department faculty and alumni. Highlights also included the Distinguished Clinical and Research Achievement Awards, the Mariana D. Mead Lecture, tours of Mass. Eye and Ear and Schepens, and the Friday night celebratory dinner. Course Directors: Lucia Sobrin, M.D., Ula V. Jurkunas, M.D., and Joan W. Miller, M.D., FARVO, Joseph F. Rizzo III, M.D., FARVO

Ruthanne B. Simmons Lecture in Ophthalmology 
March 4, 2015 
Don Budenz, M.D., MPH, Kittner Family Distinguished Professor and Chairman, UNC School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, NC 
This lectureship, which gives first preference for glaucoma or glaucoma-related topics, honors the life and career of Ruthanne B. Simmons, MD. Dr. Simmons, along with her father, Dr. Richard Simmons, practiced together, operated at Mass. Eye and Ear and taught in the HMS Department of Ophthalmology 
Course Director: Louis Pasquale, M.D., FARVO

Mass. Eye and Ear Uveitis Instruction Course 
February 28, 2015 
Designed for ophthalmology residents, fellows, medical students, and practicing ophthalmologists from Boston and the surrounding New England area, the day-long course reviews the diagnosis and treatment of common uveitis conditions and covers diagnostic testing, imaging and treatment approaches to ocular inflammatory disease. Invited faculty speakers will include uveitis specialists from Bascom Palmer, Cleveland Clinic, Emory and Weill Cornell in addition to uveitis faculty from Harvard Medical School. 
Course Directors: Ann-Marie Lobo, M.D., and Thomas Albini, M.D.

Ephraim Friedman Lecture 
February 4, 2015 
Masayo Takahashi, M.D., Ph.D. 
RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology, Saitama-ken, Japan 
Course Directors:Evangelos S. Gragoudas, M.D., and Dean Eliott, M.D.

Orbital Dissection Course 
January 31, 2015 
Consisted of didactic lectures, video and live instruction, and fresh human cadaver heads, this exciting course brought together Mass. Eye and Ear residents and oculoplastics fellows, and was open to all ASOPRS fellows in the U. S. Course Directors: Suzanne K. Freitag, M.D., Daniel R. Lefebvre, M.D., and Michael K. Yoon, M.D.

Atlantic Coast Retina Club and Macula 2015 Conference 
January 8-10, 2015 
Revere Hotel, Boston and Mass. Eye and Ear, Boston 
Sponsored jointly by Mass. Eye and Ear/HMS, New England Eye Center/Tufts University School of Medicine, and Ophthalmic Consultants of Boston, the annual Atlantic Coast Retina Club and Macula Conference took place in Boston, MA. On January 8th and 9th, the Atlantic Coast Retina Club featured case studies presented by residents, fellows and invited course faculty. On January 10th, the Macula 2015 Conference featured an elite group of retina specialists from around the country focusing on the latest developments in ocular imaging, management of diabetic retinopathy and retinal vein occlusion, ocular tumors and the future of AMD therapy. 
Course Directors: Dean Eliott, M.D., Jay S. Duker, M.D., and Jeffrey S. Heier, M.D.

Cornea Visiting Professors
December 11, 2014
Julian Stevens, MRCP, FRCS, FRCOphth, DO
Director of Refractive Surgery, Moorfields Eye Hospital
Co-hosted with HMS Department of Ophthalmic Education and the New England Ophthalmological Society

Paul A. Chandler Visiting Professor
December 5-6, 2014 
Carol Shields, MD 
Professor in Ophthalmology, Wills Eye Hospital, Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania  
Course Director: Alice C. Lorch, MD

Neuro-Ophthalmology Fall Festival 
November 8-9, 2014 
Course Director: Joseph F. Rizzo III, M.D., FARVO

Pediatric Ophthalmology Visiting Professor Lecture Series
Boston Children’s Hospital 
November 5, 2014 
Simon John, PhD, Professor, Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute

3rd International Biennial Symposium on Age-Related Macular Degeneration
October 24-25, 2014 
Course Directors: Joan W. Miller, M.D., FARVO, Ivana K. Kim, M.D., and Patricia D'Amore, Ph.D, MBA, FARVO 

Ocular Regeneration: Cell Therapy and Regeneration in the Retina Symposium 
October 23, 2014 
Course Directors: Michael J. Young, Ph.D., and Demetrios Vavvas, M.D., Ph.D. 
Keynote Speaker: Pawan Sinha, PhD, Professor of Vision and Computational Neuroscience, Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, MIT 
Speakers: Larry I. Benowitz, PhD, Constance L. Cepko, PhD 
Dennis Clegg, PhD, Robert M. Lavker, PhD, Bruce R. Ksander, PhD 
Deepak A. Lamba, PhD, Neville Osborne, PhD, In-Hyun Park, PhD, Susanna S Park, MD, PhD, Budd A. Tucker, PhD 

Pediatric Ophthalmology Visiting Professor Lecture Series 
Boston Children’s Hospital 
September 24, 2014 
Jonathan Horton, MD, PhD, William F. Hoyt Professor of Ophthalmology, University of California, San Francisco 

Cornea Visiting Professors 
September 18-19, 2014 
Frank Larkin, MD 
Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, Moorfields Eye Hospital 
Honorary Senior Lecturer, Institute of Ophthalmology, University College London 

Ruthanne B. Simmons Lecture in Ophthalmology 
February 5, 2014 
Meltzer Auditorium (3rd floor), MEEI, 243 Charles St., Boston 
Course Directors: Drs. Louis Pasquale and Teresa Chen 
Delivered by R. Rand Allingham, MD, Professor of Ophthalmology Chief, Glaucoma Service, Duke University Eye Center 
This lectureship, which gives first preference for glaucoma or glaucoma-related topics, honors the life and career of Ruthanne Simmons, MD. Dr. Simmons, along with her father, Dr. Richard Simmons, practiced together, operated at Mass. Eye and Ear and taught in the HMS Department of Ophthalmology. 

Ephraim Friedman Lecture 
February 12, 2014 
Meltzer Auditorium (3rd floor), MEEI, 243 Charles St., BostonCourse Directors: Drs. Joan Miller, Dean Eliott and Evangelos Gragoudas 
Delivered by SriniVas Sadda, MD, Associate Professor of Ophthalmology, Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California 
This annual lecture honors the extraordinary teaching, research, and service of the late Dr. Ephraim Friedman, who made major contributions to the field of Ophthalmology and age-related macular degeneration.

Frederick A. Jakobiec Lecture 
March 24, 2014 
1:00pm Sloane Room, MEEI, 243 Charles Street, Boston 
Delivered by Jonathan J. Dutton, MD, PhD, FACS, Professor, UNC School of Medicine 
The Frederick A. Jakobiec Lecture was established to honor the academic leadership of Frederick Jakobiec, MD, DSc, the Henry Willard Williams Professor of Ophthalmology Emeritus and Emeritus Professor of Pathology at Harvard Medical School. 

Boston Ophthalmic Pathology Lecture 
April 8, 2014 
6:00pm Meltzer Audiotorium (3rd Floor), MEEI, 243 Charles St., Boston 
Course Directors: Drs. Frederick Jakobiec and Rebecca Stacy 
Held in conjunction with the Boston University Department of Ophthalmology. Topic: Diseases of the Orbit: Pathology of Orbital Disorders. To be delivered by Norman C. Charles, MD, Professor of Ophthalmology NYU Medical Center 

Orbital Dissection Course 
February 1, 2014 
Mass. Eye and Ear, 243 Charles St., Boston 
Course Directors: Drs. Suzanne Freitag, Dan Lefebvre, Michael Yoon. This exciting course brings together Mass. Eye and Ear residents and oculoplastics fellows, and is open to all ASOPRS fellows in the U.S. Led by HMS faculty, the course consists of didactic lectures, as well as video and live instruction during the wet lab portion, which will utilize fresh human cadaver heads. 

Clinical, Assessments, and Intervention Updates in Neuro-Rehabilitation 
December 12-14, 2013 
Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Charlestown, MA 
Course Director: Dr. Lofti Merabet 
This course provided participants with an introduction and update on the rapidly advancing field of neurorehabilitation. Overviews of current interventions (including FDA-approved and state-of-the-art research) aimed at improving cognitive, motor, and/or sensory function will be covered, along with concise and informative lectures. 

Strabismus Fall Festival 
November 2, 2013 
Course Directors: Drs. Gena Heidary and Dean Cestari 
Guest Lecturer David Guyton, MD Zanvyl Krieger Professor of Pediatric Ophthalmology, Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine Through case-based panel discussions and lectures, this one-day course focused on techniques and advances in strabismus surgery and pediatric ophthalmology. Discussion followed each surgical case presentation, with follow-up presentations describing actual surgical interventions and post-operative results. 

Featured Grand Rounds and Quality, Humanism and Professionalism (QHP) 
David Shima, PhD, Rothes Professor of Translational Vision Research, Institute of Ophthalmology, London 
September 12, 2013 
“Strategies for improved treatment of AMD and diabetic retinopathy” 
September 18, 2013 
“The challenges and rewards of deep collaboration with biopharma” 
October 10, 2013 
Tien Y Wong MD, PhD, Provost’s Chair Professor 
Chairman, Department of Ophthalmology, National University of Singapore 
October 17, 2013 
Shigeru Kinoshita, MD, PhD 
Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine 
October 24, 2013 
Kevin Pho, MD 
Private Practice Physician speaking on social media 
January 23, 2014 
Lynn Gordon, MD, Jules Stein Eye Institute, UCLA 
February 13, 2014 
SriniVas Sadda, MD, Keck School of Medicine of USC 
May 22, 2014 
Lucia Sobrin, MD, MPH, Retina, Uveitis Services, Mass. Eye and Ear 
May 29, 2014 
Gerrit Melles, MD, PhD, Netherlands Institute for Innovative Ocular Surgery 

Genetics and Genomics of Eye Disease Symposium 
October 21, 2013 
Course Directors: Drs. Janey Wiggs, Eric Pierce, and Luk Vandenberghe 
This inaugural one-day course explored recent genetic- and genomic-based advances in the area of inherited eye diseases and their impact on the care of patients and their families. Open-ended panel discussions and presentations reviewed risk factors for common complex eye disorders such as AMD, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy, as well as disorders caused by highly penetrant mutations, such as inherited retinal degenerations, optic atrophy and strabismus. Discussions centered on therapeutics, ethics, and new methodologies for gene-based testing. 

28th Biennial Cornea Conference
Course Director: Dr. Reza Dana 
October 18-19, 2013 
As one of the world’s premier anterior segment conferences, the Biennial Cornea Conference explored current basic and translational research developments of the cornea and anterior ocular surface. The conference promoted interaction and discussion among leaders in the field, and built links between today’s exciting research and the numerous diseases that affect this portion of the eye. 

Boston Ophthalmic Pathology Lecture Series 
Held in conjunction with the Boston University Department of Ophthalmology. 
September 17, 2013 
Topic: A Challenging Spectrum of Clinicopathologic Presentations: 
Interactive Diagnosis 
Delivered by Morton E. Smith, MD, Professor Emeritus, Ophthalmology Washington University 

Soft Tissue Suture course 
Course Director: Dr. Suzanne Freitag 
August 13, 2013 
Junior residents from Mass. Eye and Ear, Tufts, BU, Brown, and Yale attended this lecture on the principles of soft tissue suturing and suture materials. Participants also experienced a wet-lab session with video and live instruction using pig feet and ears. 

Harvard Visiting Professorship and Residents' Course 
March 8, 2013 
Topic: Ocular Trauma 
Harry W. Flynn, Jr., MD, J. Donald M. Gass Distinguished Chair of Ophthalmology, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, University of Miami – Miller School of Medicine 
M. Bowes Hamill, MD, Associate Professor of Ophthalmology, Cullen Eye Institute, Baylor College of Medicine 

Ephraim Friedman Lecture 
February 13, 2013 
Eric Pierce, MD, PhD, Director, Ocular Genomics Institute, Associate Director, Berman-Gund Laboratory for the Study of Inherited Retinal Degenerations, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary 

International Biennial Symposium on AMD 
September 21-22, 2012 
This interactive symposium provided a platform to collaborate and discuss current and future topics in age related macular degeneration (AMD) research. AMD experts from around the world, along with leading experts from ophthalmology-related disciplines, explore research surrounding genetics, RPE/Bruch’s membrane/choriocapillaris, inflammation, stem cells and tissue engineering, imaging, animal models and neurodegenerative disease. 

Military Vision Research Symposium 
September 18-20, 2012 
Focused on military and civilian ocular research, this symposium addressed combat ocular readiness, blast injury/blast eye, ocular pain, inflammation and infection, telehealth, telepresence & informatics, regenerative medicine and vision funding. 

Paul A. Chandler Visiting Professorship 
December 6-7, 2012 
James C. Tsai, MD, MBA, FACS 
Robert R. Young Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Science, Chair, Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Science, Chief, Ophthalmology, Yale-New Haven Hospital