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Course Description

The Flaum Eye Institute proudly presents the 67th Rochester Ophthalmology Conference. This year's two-day meeting is highlighted by our Snell Memorial and Frederick Dushay Distinguished Visiting Professor lectures featuring  Lilian Werner, MD, PhD and Rohit Khanna MBBS. In addition, this year's program features the second year of the Ross Debates in Ophthalmology. These Pro vs. Con style lectures present two sides af a controversial topic with audience participation encourages.


  • List the potential risks of office based cataract surgery
  • Describe attributes of intraocular lenses used in cataract surgery
  • Describe medical and surgical approaches to myopia, corneal disease, ocular tumors, ocular inflammatory disease, retinal disease, and neuro-ophthalmic disease
  • List the benefits and challenges of laser therapy vs. pharmaceuticals in the treatment of glaucoma
  • Describe the use of diagnostic instruments in the treatment of eye disease
  • Describe the role of integrated care and screening in the management of eye disease


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 designates this live activity for a maximum of 10.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Physician Program Schedule 

Friday, May 19, 2023

Time Event Details
7:00 - 8:00 Registration / Continental Breakfasts* Exhibits / Zoom Check-in   
8:00 - 8:05 Welcome David A. DiLoreto., Jr., MD, PhD
Section I
8:05 - 8:30 Ross Debate #1: PCR/Culture vs. empirical treatment of conjunctivitis Rachel Wozniak, MD, PhD & Ronald Plotnik, MD, University of Rochester
8:30 - 8:55 Ross Debate #2: Triple vs. Sequential in Fuchs  Ugur Celik, MD & Esteban Santiago, MD, University of Rochester
8:55 - 9:20 Ross Debate #3: Local vs. systemic steroids in uveitis  Wen Fan Hu, MD, PhD & Amde Shifera, MD, PhD, University of Rochester
9:20 - 9:45 Ross Debate # 4: Cataract, office vs. operating room Christine Coward, MD & Janice Lee, MD, University of Rochester
9:45 - 9:55 Panel Discussion Alex Levin, MD
9:55 - 10:15 Break & Exhibits  
Section II    
10:15 -10:35 Choroidal Tumors: Three cases Vikas Khetan, MBBS, University of Rochester
10:35 – 10:55 Histopathological examination of ocular melanomas Rajnish Bharadwaj, MBBS, PhD, University of Rochester
10:55 - 11:15 Approach to HLA-B27 associated eye disease Wen Fan Hu, MD, PhD, University of Rochester
11:15 - 11:35 Seronegative spondyloarthropathies Anatole Kleiner, MD, University of Rochester
11:35 - 11:55 Pediatric Uveitis Alex Levin, MD, MHSc, University of Rochester 
11:55 - 12:10 Panel Discussion  
12:10 - 1:00 Lunch & Exhibits  
Snell Memorial Lecture
1:00 - 1:05 Introduction David A. DiLoreto., Jr., MD, PhD
1:05 - 1:50
Learning from laboratorial analyses of explanted IOLs
Liliana Werner, MD, PhD, Utah University School of Medicine
1:50 - 2:00 Questions & Discussion
Section III
2:00 - 2:20 The capsular bag in cataract surgery Ugur Celik, MD, University of Rochester
2:20 - 2:40 Cataract surgery in difficult situations  Rohit Khanna, MBBS, LV Prasad Eye Institute
2:40 - 3:00
IOLs: Keeping the capsular bag open and expanded
Liliana Werner, MD, PhD, University of Utah
3:00 - 3:15 Panel Discussion  
3:15 - 3:45 Break & Exhibits  
Session IV This session awards no CME credit  
3:45 - 4:05 High Dose Rate (HDR) Episcleral Yttrium-90 Brachytherapy for Ocular Tumors and Benign Growths (no cme credit awarded) Paul Finger, MD, New York University
4:05 - 4:25 Acute macula-on rhegmatogenous retinal detachment treatment approaches (no cme credit awarded) Vamsi Gullapalli, MD, PhD & David Kleinman, MD
4:25 - 4:45 IOL Design (no cme credit awarded) Susana Marcos, PhD
4:45 - 5:05 Myopia progression and its control – fundamental mechanisms and challenges (no cme credit awarded) Len Zheleznyak, PhD
5:05 - 5:15 Panel Discussion  
5:15 pm Announcements David DiLoreto, MD, PhD


Saturday, May 20, 2023

Time Event Details
7:40 - 8:30 Check in |  Breakfasts & Exhibits  
8:30 - 8:35 Welcome David DiLoreto, MD, PhD
Section IV
8:35 - 8:55 Acute Management of Central Retinal Artery Occlusion: Role for TPA Zoe Williams, MD, University of Rochester
8:55 - 9:20 Ross Debate #5: Camera vs. office for diabetic screening
David DiLoreto & Rajeev Ramchandran, University of Rochester
9:20 - 9:45 Ross Debate #6: Topicals vs. SLT Karen Allison, MD & Regina Smolyak, MD, University of Rochester
9:45 - 9:55 Panel Discussion  
9:55 - 10:15 Break & Exhibits  
                        Frederick Dushay, MD Memorial Lecture
10:15 - 10:20 Introduction David A. DiLoreto, Jr., MD, PhD
10:20 - 11:00
Frederick Dushay, MD Distinguished Visiting Professor Lecture:
Reaching the unreached: Impact of an integrated model of eye care
Rohit Khanna, MBBS, LV Prasad Eye Institute
11:00 - 11:10 Discussion  
11:10 - 12:30 Operations excellence Stephanie Darrow & Kristi Filmore, University of Rochester
12:50 Final Announcements  David DiLoreto, MD, PhD