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Physicians Program

Course Description

The Flaum Eye Institute proudly presents the 63rd Rochester Ophthalmology Conference. This year's two-day meeting is highlighted by our Snell memorial and Billitier Family Distinguished Visiting Professor lectures featuring  Julia Haller, MD and Terrence P. O'Brien, MD. 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 resulting from cataract surgery
  • List surgical and pharmaceutical therapies used in the treatment of retinal disease, glaucoma, and corneal disease
  • Discuss screening methods for eye diseases in disparate populations
  •  Identify major advances in key areas of cutting-edge research and technology in ophthalmology
  • Describe the evidence-based approach to managing medical diseases of the cornea and ocular surface, including inflammatory, infectious, and degenerative conditions
  • Describe appropriate methods for imaging eye disease
  • List treatments for common pediatric eye diseases


The University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry designates
this live activity for a maximum of 10.75 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 2018 Rochester Ophthalmology Conference should complete the registration process by March 23, 2018. Online registration will be available on or before January 5, 2018.

Physician Program Schedule

Friday, March 23, 2018

Time Event Details
7:30 - 8:15 Registration and Continental Breakfast  
8:15 - 8:20 Welcome Steven Feldon, MD
Section I
8:20 - 8:40 Some major findings from clinical trials and how they have affected my practice David Friedman, MD, PhD, MPH
8:40 - 9:00 MIGS: Show me the money! Shakeel Shareef, MD
9:00 - 9:20 Surgical and economic analysis of surgical and laser glaucoma treatments Regina Smolyak, MD
9:20 - 9:40 Panel Discussion  
9:40 - 10:00 Break | Exhibits  
Section II
10:00 - 10:20 Should we be less myopic... with respect to myopia? Michael DePaolis, OD
10:20 - 10:40 Implementation science assessment of camera-based screening for diabetic retinopathy Rajeev Ramchandran, MD
10:40 - 11:00 How to screen for glaucoma and other eye diseases in underserved communities David Friedman, MD, PhD, MPH
11:00 - 11:20 Panel Discussion  
11:20 - 12:20 Lunch | Exhibits  
Billitier Family Distinguished Visiting Professor Lecture
12:20 - 12:30 Introduction, Steven Feldon, MD  
12:30 - 1:20 Billitier Family Visiting Professor Lecture
Antimicrobial prophylaxis in cataract surgery: Mission impossible?
Terrence O'Brien, MD
1:20 - 1:30 Questions  
Section III
1:30 - 1:50 A revolutionary approach to refractive surgery Scott MacRae, MD
1:50 - 2:10 Dysfunctional Tear States: Newer Treatment Strategies Terrence O'Brien, MD
2:10 - 2:30 Antimicrobial drug discovery in ophthalmology Rachel Wozniak, MD, PhD
2:30 - 2:50 Panel Discussion  
2:50 - 3:10 Break | Exhibits  
Section IV
3:10 - 3:30 Trisoft shell technique: OVDs make surgery easier, including IFIS Steven Arshinoff, MD, FRCSC
3:30 - 3:50 Gene therapy for inherited retinal disease: Update on Voretigene for LCA Julia Haller, MD
3:50 - 4:10 How to decide who is a good candidate for monovision, and how much Steven Arshinoff, MD, FRCSC
4:10 - 4:30 Intracameral antibiotics: The evidence continues to emerge Steven Arshinoff, MD, FRCSC
4:30 - 4:50 Panel Discussion  
4:50 - 5:00 Announcements  


Saturday, March 24, 2018

Time Event Details
8:00 - 8:55 Continental Breakfast  
8:55 - 9:00 Welcome Steven Feldon, MD
Section V
9:00 - 9:20 Complex neuro-ophthalmology cases made easier with OCT Robert Sergott, MD
9:20 - 9:40 Amblyopia update for the comprehensive ophthalmologist Scott Olitsky, MD
9:40 - 10:00 Strabismus problems in comprehensive practice Matthew Gearinger, MD
10:00 - 10:20 Traumatic brain injury and the eye: Guide for ophthalmologists for concussion evaluations and management Robert Sergott, MD
10:20 - 10:40 Panel Discussion  
10:40 - 11:00 Break | Exhibits  
Snell Memorial Lecture
11:00 - 11:05 Introduction, Steven Feldon, MD  
11:05 - 11:45 Snell Memorial Lecture
Never in vein: The evolution of therapy for retinal vein occlusion
Julia Haller, MD
11:45 - 11:55 Questions  
11:55 - 12:05 Presentation of resident travel awards Benjamin Hammond, MD
12:05 - 12:50 Lunch | Exhibits  
Section VI
12:50 - 1:10 Ergonomics in ophthalmology: Is your job a pain in the neck? Scott Olitsky, MD
1:10 - 1:30 Digitally assisted vitreoretinal surgery David DiLoreto, MD, PhD
1:30 - 1:50 CRISPR/ Cas 9 gene editing in ophthalmology David Kleinman, MD
1:50 - 2:10 Panel Discussion  
2:10 Announcements | End of Program Steven Feldon, MD, MBA