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Physicians Program

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 11.00 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 2020 Rochester Ophthalmology Conference should complete the registration process by May 29, 2019. Online registration will be available on or before February 1, 2020.

Physician Program Schedule

Friday, May 29, 2020

Time Event Details
7:15 - 8:15 Registration and Continental Breakfast  
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 Teaching for understanding in cataract surgery Matthew Gearinger, MD, University of Rochester
9:40 - 10:00 Panel Discussion  
10:00 - 10:20 Break | 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 Imaging the tear film James Zavislan, Phd
11:20 - 11:40 Panel Discussion  
11:40 - 12:40 Lunch | 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 Contact lens Michael DePaolis, OD, University of Rochester
2:00 - 2:20 Population Health  Rajeev Ramchandran, MD, University of Rochester
2:20 - 2:40

New screening tools for refractive error

Robert Ryan, OD
University of Rochester

2:40 - 3:00 Panel Discussion  
3:00 - 3:20 Break  
Section IV
3:20 - 3:40 The truth about MIGS: Do we have data to support the hype?  Joseph Paranelli, MD
3:40 - 4:00 Update on new glaucoma treatments- 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 Paranelli, MD 
4:20 - 4:40 Panel Discussion  
4:40 - 4:50 Announcements  


Saturday, March 30, 2019

Time Event Details
7:15 - 7:55 Registration/ Continental Breakfast/ Exhibits  
7:55 - 8:00 Welcome David A. Diloreto., Jr., MD, PhD
Section V
8:00 - 8:20 Oscillopsia and diplopia Joyce Liao, MD, Stanford University
8:20 - 8:40 Current management of choridal retinoma

Prithvi Mruthyunjaya, MD, MHS
Stanford University 

8:40 - 9:00 Anterior ischemic optic neuropathy- diagnosis, state of research, treatment  Joyce Liao, MD, Stanford University
9:00 - 9:20 Real world practice trends in proliferative diabetic retinopathy

Prithvi Mruthyunjaya,
Stanford University

9:20 - 9:40 TBA Zoë​ Williams, MD, University of Rochester
9:40 - 10:00 The spectrum of the retinal drug pipeline David Kleinman, MD, University of Rochester
10:00 - 10:20 Panel Discussion  
10:20 - 10:40 Break | Exhibits  
10:40 - 11:00

Ocular Graft-Versus-Host Disease: A common and serious complication of hematopoietic stem cell transplantation

Reza Dana, MD, Harvard University

11:00 - 11:20 Antibiotic resistence and the race for novel antibiotics Rachel Wozniak, MD, PHD
University of Rochester
Snell Memorial Lecture
11:20 - 11:25 Introduction David A. DiLoreto., Jr., MD PhD
11:25 - 12:05 Snell Memorial Lecture
New ways of doing old things: Translational investigations in management of common corneal and ocular surface disorders
Reza Dana, MD, MSc,MPH
Harvard Medical School
12:05 - 12:20 Panel   
12:20 - 12:30 Presentation of Resident Travel Awards  
12:30 Final Announcements