Physicians Program

Course Description

The Flaum Eye Institute Proudly presents the 59th Rochester Ophthalmology Conference. This year's two-day meeting is highlighted by our Snell memorial and Distinguished Visiting Professor lectures featuring David W. Parke, II, MD, and Alfredo Sadun, MD, PhD. In addition, this year's program hosts other nationally renowned lecturers from across the sub-specialties as well as our own expert faculty. We hope that you will find their lectures enlightening and useful to your practices.


This conference is planned so that at its completion, participants should be able to:

  • Compare and contrast surgical interventions and pharmacological treatments for the management of elevated eye pressures in order to achieve an optimal patient IOP target
  • List strategies in the diagnosis and treatment of diabetic retinopathy to treat and counsel patients in order to minimize vision loss in both the proliferative and non-proliferative stage
  • Describe pre- and intra-operative techniques to reduce complications resulting from cataract surgery
  • Discuss how changes in the health care system will affect the practice of ophthalmology
  • Describe an evidence-based approach to determining the severity of dry eye disease and approaches to its treatment including pharmacology and therapeutic devices
  • List the patient benefits in lowering the amount of energy used in cataract surgery
  • Identify emerging developments in retinal imaging
  • Review advances in the treatment of macular degeneration
  • Compare and contrast current methods for presbyopic correction as related to patient satisfaction
  • Discuss potential therapies for Leber's heriditary optic neuropathy


The University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


The University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry has made an application for category I credits towards the AMA Physician’s Recognition Award. The total number of credit hours allowed will be posted at this Web site when made available. Each physician should claim only those hours of credit that he/she actually spent in the educational activity.

Criteria for successful completion of this activity includes attendance at entire event, completion and submission of post evaluation survey.


Individuals who wish to attend the 2014 Rochester Ophthalmology Conference should complete the registration process by March 20, 2014. Online registration will be available on or before January 1, 2014.

Physician Program Schedule

Friday, March 21, 2014

Time Event Details
7:30 - 8:15 a.m. Registration & Continental Breakfast  
8:15 - 8:20 a.m. Welcome  

Section I

8:20 - 8:40 a.m.

Detecting Neurodegeneration in Diabetic Macular Retinopathy.

Howard S. Ying, MD, PhD
8:40 - 9:00 a.m.

New Modalities in Diagnostic Imaging of the Retina.

Mina Chung, MD
9:00 - 9:20 a.m.

Fixation Stability is a Marker fro Amblyopia in AMD

Howard S. Ying, MD, PhD
9:20 - 9:40 a.m. Panel Discussion  
9:40 -10:00 a.m. Break and Exhibits  
Section II    
10:00 - 10:20 a.m. Cancer Associated Retinopathy David DiLoreto, MD, PhD
10:20 - 10:40 a.m. Classification of Retinal Tumors Gabrielle Yeaney, MD
10:40 - 11:00 Disease of the Nasolacrimal System Mithra Gonzalex, MD

11:00 a.m.- 11:20 a.m.

Panel Discussion  
11:20 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. Lunch and Exhibits  
12:30 p.m.- 12:40 p.m.


Steven Feldon, MD

59th Albert Snell Memorial Lecture
12:40 p.m.- 1:30 p.m.

Healthcare Reform and the Practice of Ophthalmology 2014 and Beyond

David W. Parke II, MD
1:30 p.m. - 1:50 p.m. Telemedicine Enabled Primary Care Based Surveillance of Diabetic Retinopathy Rajeev Ramchandran, MD
1:50 p.m. -
2:10 p.m.
Registries: Why They Will Rock Your World David W. Parke II, MD
2:10 p.m. -
2:30 p.m.
Panel Discussion  
2:30 p.m. -
2:50 p.m.
Break & Exhibits  
Section III    
2:50 p.m. -
3:10 p.m.

Quest for an Accommodating Gel IOL with Ex Vivo Accommodation Simulator (EVAS) and Phaco-Ersatz

Mukesh Taneja, MD
3:10 p.m.-
3:30 p.m.

Efficiency of Femtosecond Laser Assisted Cataract surgery - A Review of the Femto Learning Curve Among Experienced Surgeons.

Kendall Donaldson, MD
3:30 p.m.-
3:50 p.m.

Femto-second Laser Assisted Anterior Lamellar Keratoplasty (FALK) for Anterior Corneal Pathologies.

Mukesh Taneja, MD
3:50 p.m.-
4:10 p.m.
Astigmatism Management with Femtosecond Laser Cataract Surgery Compared to Traditional Cataract Surgery - Nomogram Development. Kendall Donaldson, MD
4:10 p.m.-
4:30 p.m.
Astigmatism: How Various Magnitudes and Manifestations Impact Optical Quality and Patient Satisfaction. Scott MacRae, MD
4:30 p.m.-
4:50 p.m.
Panel Discussion  
4:50 p.m.-
5:00 p.m.
Wrap Up and Announcements  
5:00 p.m. Reception in Forbes Lounge  

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Time Event Details
8:00 a.m. - 8:55 a.m. Continental Breakfast  
8:55 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Welcome  

Section IV



9:00 a.m. - 9:20 a.m.

Trabeculectomy Surgery Techniques (with videos)

James Tsai, MD
9:20 a.m. - 9:40 a.m.

What's New in Glaucoma?

Shakeel Shareef, MD
9:40 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

The Past and Future of Glaucoma .

Regina Smolyak, MD
10:00 a.m. - 10:20 a.m. Medication Adherence Issues in Glaucoma James Tsai, MD
10:20 a.m.- 10:40 a.m. Macular Degeneration Silvia Sorensen, PhD
10:40 a.m.- 10:55 a.m. Panel Discussion  
10:55 a.m. - 11:10 a.m.

Break & Exhibits

11:10 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. Introduction Steven Feldon, MD
Flaum Eye Institute Distinguished Visiting Professor
11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. FEI Distinguished
Visiting Professor Lecture: Why the Optic Nerve is the Canary in the Coal Mine: Mitochondria and Myelin


Sadun, MD, PhD

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Lunch  

Section V

1:00 p.m. - 1:20 p.m. Visual Prognosis with ParasellarTumors

Zoë Williams, MD

1:20 p.m. - 1:40 p.m.

Is Leber's Heriditary Optic Neuropathy Treatable?

Alfredo Sadun, MD, PhD
1:40 p.m. - 2:05 p.m.

Tear Instability and Visual Impairment

Holly Hindman, MD

2:05 p.m. - 2:20 p.m. Unraveling the Role of Tear Film Lipids James Aquavella, MD
2:20 p.m. - 2:40 p.m.

Panel Discussion


2:40 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. Announcements