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Physicians Program

Course Description

The Flaum Eye Institute proudly presents the 68th Rochester Ophthalmology Conference. This year's meeting is highlighted by our Snell Memorial and Frederick Dushay Distinguished Visiting Professor lectures featuring  Michael Chiang, MD and Valerie Biousse MD. In addition,the program features the third year of the Ross Debates in Ophthalmology. These Pro vs. Con style lectures present two sides af a controversial topic with audience participation encouraged.


  • List the potential risks of intraocular injectable pharmaceutical agents used in the treatment of age-related macular degeneration
  • 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 trabecular procedures in the treatment of glaucoma
  • Describe the use of diagnostic instruments in the treatment of eye disease
  • Describe the role of artificial intelligence 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 8.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Physician Program Schedule
University of Rochester School of Medicine Class of '62 Auditorium 

Friday, June 14, 2024

Time Event Details
7:00 - 7:45 Registration / Continental breakfast  
7:45  Welcome David A. DiLoreto., Jr., MD, PhD, University of Rochester
Section I
7:55 - 8:10 Atypical choroidal melanomas Vikas Khetan, MBBS, University of Rochester
8:10 - 8:25 LASIK flap complication Scott MacRae, MD, University of Rochester
8:25 - 8:40 Analytic approach to complex anterior segment cases. Alternative pathways review H. Ugur Celik, MD, University of Rochester
8:40 - 8:55 Cataract surgery with uveitis Wen Fan Hu, MD, PhD, University of Rochester
8:55 - 9:15 Panel Discussion  
Section II    
9:15 -9:30 Two cases that changed my practice Valerie Biousse, MD, Emory University
9:30 – 9:45 Neuro-ophthalmology topic Bayan Al Othman, MD, University of Rochester
9:45 - 10:00 Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension: Is Glymphedema the Mechanism? Zoe Williams, University of Rochester
10:00 - 1:15 Disc edema in patients with severe renal insufficiency Natalie Brossard Barbosa, MD, University of Rochester
10:15 - 10:30 Panel Discussion  
10:30 - 10:50 BreakExhibits  
Frederick Dushay, MD Distinguished Visiting Professor Lecture
10:50 - 10:55 Introduction David DiLoreto, MD, PhD
10:55 - 11:35 Clinical management and novel approaches to PVR Ajay Kuriyan, MD
11:35  - 11:40 Questions  
11:40 - 12:30 Lunch & Exhibits 
Ross Debates in Ophthalmology
12:30 - 12:35 Introduction of Ross Debates David A. DiLoreto., Jr., MD, PhD
12:35 - 1:05 Ross Debates in Ophthalmology: Geographic Atrophy Treatments Ajay Kuriyan, MD, Thomas Jefferson Medical College & Aleksandra Rachitskaya, MD, Cole Eye Institute, Cleveland Clinic
1:05 - 1:25 Ross Debates in Ophthalmology: Trabs vs. tubes in glaucoma treatment Karen Allison, MD, University of Rochester & Ruba Muhtaseb, MD, University of Rochester
1:25 - 1:45 Ross Debates in Ophthalmology: Topical steroid use in corneal ulcer management: Early vs. late Ronald Plotnik, MD, University of Rochester & Rachel Wozniak, MD, PhD, University of Rochester
1:45 - 2:05 Keratoconus and misdiagnosis Ugur Celik, MD, University of Rochester 
2:05 - 2:25 Break & Exhibits  
Session III Pediatric Spotlight
2:25 - 2:55
Potholes on the research road - navigating them from bench to bedside
Alex Levin, MD, MHSc, University of Rochester
2:55 - 3:20 Babies in the research world Matthew Haynie, MD, University of Rochester
3:20 - 3:40 Discussion  
Research Presentations (Rachel Wozniak, Moderator)
3:40 - 3:47 Prediction of post-operative IOL tilt using pre-operative 3D OCT imaging and machine learning

Derick Ansah, MD, University of Rochester

3:47 - 3:54
Functional Classification of Primate Foveal Ganglion Cells in the Living Eye                               

Sara Patterson, PhD

3:54 - 4:01 Evaluation of Online Content of Conea Fellowship Programs

Eric Chen, MD

4:01 - 4:08 To be announced Daniel Savage, MD, PhD
4:08 - 4:15 TBA Joseph Okudolo, MD
4:15 - 4:22 The Audacious Goals Initiative – Accelerating photoreceptor replacement therapy

Soumaya Belhadji, PhD

4:22 - 4:30 Discussion
68th Snell Memorial Lecture 
4:30-4:35 Introduction, David DiLoreto, Jr., MD, PhD David DiLoreto, MD, PhD

Snell memorial Lecture
Ophthalmoscopy in the 21st century

Valerie Biousse, MD
5:15-5:30 Questions & Discussions
5:30 Announcements