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Course Description

The Flaum Eye Institute proudly presents the 65th Rochester Ophthalmology Conference. This year's two-day meeting is highlighted by our Snell Memorial and Frederick Dushay Distinguished Visiting Professor lectures featuring  Reza Dana, MD and David Huang, 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.


At the conclusion of this conference, participants will be able to:

  • State at least 4 ways to reduce post-operative complications and patient dissatisfaction resulting from cataract surgery
  • List new pharmaceutical-based therapies that are potential agents in the treatment of retinal disease, glaucoma and corneal disease
  • Discuss new methods in the surgical and medical treatment of refractive error and strategies to limit and ameliorate potential complications of refractive lens surgery
  • Identify and implement uses of imaging technology in the treatment of ophthalmic disorders
  • Describe the evidence-based approach to managing medical diseases of the cornea and ocular surface, including inflammatory, infectious, and degenerative conditions
  • Demonstrate familiarity with current issues in surgical treatment of glaucoma
  • List best practices in the treatment of diabetic eye disease
  • List strategies diagnosing and treating anterior ischemic optic neuropathy


The University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry designates
this live activity for a maximum of 10.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits.™
Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


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.


Individuals who wish to attend the 2021 Rochester Ophthalmology Conference should complete the registration process by March 25, 2021. Online registration will be available on or before January 15, 2021.

Physician Program Schedule

Friday, March 26, 2021

Time Event Details
7:15 - 8:15 Zoom Check in and Virtual Exhibits  
8:15 - 8:20 Welcome David A. DiLoreto., Jr., MD, PhD
Section I
8:20 - 8:40 The premium IOL patient journey... important keys to success Vance Thompson, MD, South Dakota
8:40 - 9:00 Messing with your Vision: 20 years of surprises and learning with wavefront Scott MacRae, MD, University of Rochester
9:00 - 9:20 The significance of centering cataract surgery on the visual axis Vance Thompson, MD, University of South Dakota 
9:20 - 9:40 Reflections on Office Efficiency in the COVID Era Matthew Gearinger, MD, University of Rochester
9:40 - 10:00 Panel Discussion  
10:00 - 10:20 Break | Virtual Exhibits  
Section II
10:20 - 10:40 Classifying corneal epithelial irregularities as primary deformation versus secondary modulation on OCT maps  David Huang, MD, PhD, Oregon Health Sciences University 
10:40 - 11:00 Measuring real-time retinal blood flow (in vivo) Jesse Schallek, PhD, University of Rochester
11:00 - 11:20 Corneal biomechanics Geunyoung Yoon, PhD
11:20 - 11:40 Panel Discussion  
11:40 - 12:40 Break | Virtual Exhibits  
Frederick Dushay Distinguished Visiting Professor Lecture
12:40 - 12:50 Introduction David A. DiLoreto., Jr., MD, PhD
12:50 - 1:30

Frederick Dushay Distinguished Visiting Professor Lecture
OCT angiography: State of the art & future trends 

David Huang MD, PhD
1:30 - 1:40 Questions  
Section III
1:40 - 2:00 Myopia Management: Foresight for short sight! Michael DePaolis, OD, University of Rochester
2:00 - 2:20 Health disparities and accessing eye care among  patients with diabetes  Rajeev Ramchandran, MD, University of Rochester
2:20 - 2:40

Wavefront analysis and clinical applications

Robert Ryan, OD
University of Rochester

2:40 - 3:00 Panel Discussion  
3:00 - 3:20 Break | Virtual Exhibits  
Section IV
3:20 - 3:40 The truth about MIGS: Do we have data to support the hype?  Joseph Panarelli, MD
3:40 - 4:00 Update on new narrow angle glaucoma treatments and recommendations: How do I make my choice?

Regina Smolyak, MD
University of Rochester

4:00 - 4:20 New medical therapy and new drug delivery platforms for glaucoma  Joseph Panarelli, MD 
4:20 - 4:40 Panel Discussion  
4:40 - 4:50 Announcements  


Saturday, March 27, 2021

Time Event Details
7:15 - 7:55 Zoom Check in | Virtual Exhibits  
7:55 - 8:00 Welcome David A. Diloreto., Jr., MD, PhD
Section V
8:00 - 8:20 Understanding staphylococcus aureus keratitis: Redefining diagnosis and prognosis Rachel Wozniak, MD, PHD University of Rochester
8:20 - 8:40 Ocular Graft-Versus-Host Disease: A common and serious complication of hematopoietic stem cell transplantation
Reza Dana, MD, Harvard University
8:40 - 9:00 Current management of choridal melanoma Prithvi Mruthyunjaya,

Stanford University 
9:00 - 9:20 The spectrum of the retinal drug pipeline David Kleinman, MD
9:20 - 9:40 OCT tips for ocular tumor diagnosis and management. Prithvi Mruthyunjaya,
Stanford University
9:40 - 10:00 Panel Discussion  
10:00 - 10:20 Break | Virtual Exhibits  
                                               Snell Memorial Lecture
10:20 - 10:25 Introduction David A. DiLoreto, Jr., MD, PhD
10:25 - 11:15
Snell Memorial Lecture
New ways of doing old things: Translational investigations in management of common corneal and ocular surface disorders
Reza Dana, MD, Harvard University
11:15 - 11:35 Oscillopsia and diplopia Joyce Liao, MD, PhD Stanford University 
11:35 - 11:55 Hanging by a Thread: Not Your Typical Esotropia Zoe Williams, MD
11:55 - 12:15 Anterior ischemic optic neuropathy- diagnosis, state of research, treatment Joyce Liao, MD, PhD Stanford University 
12:15 - 12:30 Panel Discussion  
12:30 Final Announcements