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Special Events in Ophthalmology

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HMS Calendar


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Clinical, Assessments, and Intervention Updates in Neuro-Rehabilitation, December 12-14, 2013

Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Charlestown, MA
Course Director: Dr. Lofti Merabet

This course provides participants with an introduction and update on the rapidly advancing field of neurorehabilitation. Overviews of current interventions (including FDA-approved and state-ofthe- art research) aimed at improving cognitive, motor, and/or sensory function will be covered, along with concise and informative lectures.

Registration is required, see:

Orbital Dissection Course, February 1, 2014

MEEI, 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.

Registration is required. Contact jean_bibeau@meei. for information.

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., Boston

Reception to Follow
Course Directors: Drs. Joan Miller, Dean Eliott and Evangelos Gragoudas

To be 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

To be 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

HMS Dept. of Ophthalmology ARVO Reception, May 4, 2014

Details to be announced

HMS Intensive Cataract Surgical Training Course, June 7-8, 2014

Meltzer Auditorium (3rd floor), MEEI, 243 Charles St., Boston

Course Directors: Drs. Sherleen Chen and Roberto Pineda

Designed for second-year residents, this highly popular workshop offers a complete preparatory course covering all aspects of cataract surgery.  The course draws an elite group of cataract surgical preceptors from the top training programs nationwide, and includes didactics, simulation lab, and wet lab sessions.  Space is limited to a maximum of 125 resident attendees.

Registration is required, see:

HMS Dept. of Ophthalmology Annual Meeting and Alumni Reunion, June 20 - 22, 2014

June 20, 2014: Starr Center, 185 Cambridge Street, Boston
Course Directors: Drs. Lucia Sobrin, Ula Jurkunas, and Joan Miller

June 21, 2014: Meltzer Auditorium (3rd floor), MEEI, 243 Charles Street, Boston
Course Directors: Drs. Joseph Rizzo, Joan Miller

June 22, 2014: Optional Boston Activities

This 3-day flagship Departmental event combines scientific exchange with networking events and social activities. Basic, translational, and clinical research updates are provided by Department faculty and alumni. Highlights also include 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. An event not to be missed!

Registration is required, and opens in January 2014.

CME status pending

Residents and Clinical Fellow Graduation, June 26, 2014 , 4:00 pm

Meltzer Auditorium (3rd floor), MEEI, 243 Charles Street, Boston

Vitrectomy Course for First-Year Retina Fellows, July 18-19, 2014

Mass. Eye and Ear, 243 Charles Street, Boston
Course Directors: Drs. John Loewenstein, Demetrios Vavvas and Dean Eliott

Designed exclusively for first-year retina fellows, this course is a unique and comprehensive workshop covering the theory and practice of vitreoretinal surgery. The course combines didactics, video, simulation lab, and wet lab under the direction of a group of eminent international faculty in a setting with a low student-to-teacher ratio.

Registration is required,

Neuro-Ophthalmology Fall Festival, October 18-19, 2014

Meltzer Auditorium (3rd floor), MEEI, 243 Charles St., Boston

Course Director: Dr. Joseph Rizzo

This unique workshop provides a comprehensive overview on the diagnosis and management of common or important neuro-ophthalmic disorders, including optic neuritis, ischemic optic neuropathy, vertical diplopia, giant cell arteritis, idiopathic intracranial hypertension, neuro-ophthalmology of multiple sclerosis, and a variety of eye movement disorders. The course includes case presentations and lectures by the faculty.

Registration is required, and opens in June 2014.

3rd International Biennial Symposium on Age-Related Macular Degeneration, October 24-25, 2014

Starr Center, 185 Cambridge Street, Boston

International AMD experts along with leaders from related disciplines outside ophthalmology come together in an interactive format to discuss current and future topics in AMD research. Past subjects have included genetics, RPE/Bruch’s membrane/choriocapillaris, inflammation, stem cells and tissue engineering, imaging, animal models, and neurodegenerative disease. The 2014 program will explore current, cutting-edge topics in AMD.

Registration is required, and opens in April 2014.

Please click here to read more about this exciting event!








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