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Physicians Program

Course Description

The Flaum Eye Institute proudly presents the 61st Rochester Ophthalmology Conference. This year's two-day meeting is highlighted by our Snell memorial and Billitier Family Distinguished Visiting Professor lectures featuring Victor Perez, MD and Christopher Girkin, MD, MSPH. 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.


This conference is planned so that at its completion, participants should be able to:

  • State at least 4 ways to reduce post-operative visual acuity complications resulting from cataract surgery
  • List new pharmaceutical-based and stem cell therapies that are potential agents in the treatment of retinal disease
  • Discuss the societal costs of glaucoma screenings and the positive and negative aspects of the practice of glaucoma screening
  • Describe methods by which to promote to patients and more accurately convey to physicians the importance and result of routinely scheduled diabetic eye exams
  • 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
  • Demonstrate familiarity with current issues in medical and surgical therapy for glaucoma
  • List best practices in the treatment of diabetic eye disease and age-related macular degeneration
  • Identify modern, evidence-based algorithms in oculofacial plastic surgical management and understand how to effectively apply them
  • Describe appropriate methods for imaging eye disease


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Individuals who wish to attend the 2016 Rochester Ophthalmology Conference should complete the registration process by March 18, 2016. Online registration will be available on or before January 1, 2016.

Physician Program Schedule

Friday, March 18, 2016

Time Event Details
7:30 - 8:15 a.m. Registration & Continental Breakfast  
8:15 - 8:20 a.m. Welcome Steven E. Feldon, MD, MBA

Section I

8:20 - 8:50 a.m.

Ocular Biomarkers of Traumatic Brain Injury

Randy Kardon, MD, PhD
8:50 - 9:10 a.m.

The Natural History of Isolated Microvascular Cranial Nerve III, IV and VI Pareses

Zoe Williams, MD
9:10 - 9:40 a.m.

Aberrant Regeneration of the Pupil: Lessons Learned

Randy Kardon, MD, PhD
9:40 - 10:00 a.m. Panel Discussion  
10:00 - 10:20 a.m. Break and Exhibits  
Section II    
10:20 - 10:40 a.m. Advances in Pediatric Glaucoma Surgery Christopher Girkin, MD, MSPH 
10:40 - 11:00 a.m. To Screen or Not to Screen, that is the Question Regina Smolyak, MD
11:00 - 11:20 a.m. Perioperative Essentials of Intraoperative Gonioscopy Shakeel Shareef, MD

11:20 - 11:40 a.m.

Panel Discussion  
11:40 - 12:40 p.m. Lunch and Exhibits  
12:40 - 12:45 p.m.


Steven Feldon, MD, MBA

Billitier Family Visiting Professor Lecture
12:45 - 1:25 p.m.

The Implications of Variation in Three-Dimensional Morphometry of the Human Lamina Cribosa on the Pathogenesis of Glaucoma

Christopher Girkin, MD, MSPH
1:25 - 1:30 p.m. Questions  
Section III    
1:30 -
1:50 p.m.
Advances in Endoscopic DCR for Adult NLDO Robert Fante, MD, FACS
1:50 -
2:10 p.m.
Anophthalmic Socket Mithra Gonzalez, MD
2:10 -
2:30 p.m.
Periorbital Rejuvenation in 2016: Combining the Best of Surgical and Non-surgical Approaches Robert Fante, MD, FACS
2:30 -
2:50 p.m.

Panel Discussion

2:50 -
3:10 p.m.

Break & Exhibits

Section IV    
3:10 -
3:30 p.m.
Pearls and Pitfalls of Cataract Surgery Scott MacRae, MD
3:30 -
3:50 p.m.
Advancing the Understanding and Treatment
of Endothelial Failure

Holly Hindman, MD, MPH

3:50 -
4:10 p.m.
Topical Application of Ophthalmic Drugs James Aquavella, MD
4:10 -
4:30 p.m.
Panel Discussion  
4:30 - 4:40 p.m. Announcements  

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Time Event Details
8:00 - 8:55 a.m. Continental Breakfast  
8:55 - 9:00 a.m. Welcome Steven Feldon, MD, MBA

Section IV



9:00 - 9:20 a.m.

Value of Ocular Health Screening and Education in Senior Living Communities

Rajeev Ramchandran, MD, MBA
9:20 - 9:40 a.m.

Innovation in the Treatment of Retinal Disease

Suber Huang, MD, MBA
9:40 - 10:00 a.m.

Anti-VEGF treatment versus PRP for Proliferative Diabetic Retinopathy 

David DiLoreto, MD, PhD
10:00 - 10:20 a.m. Advances in Retinal Imaging Mina Chung, MD
10:20 - 10:40 a.m. Forecasting the Future - Health Economic Analysis for Ophthalmology Suber Huang, MD, MBA
10:40 - 11:00 a.m. Panel Discussion  
11:00 - 11:20 a.m.

Break & Exhibits

11:20 - 11:25 a.m. Introduction of Snell Memorial Lecture Steven Feldon, MD, MBA
FEI Distinguished Visiting Professor Lecture
11:25 - 12:25 p.m. Understanding Immune Responses in the Eye: From Corneal Transplantation to Keratoprosthesis

Victor Perez, MD

12:25 - 1:20 p.m. Lunch  

Section V

1:20 - 1:40 p.m. Corneal Disease in Cataract Surgery

Laurence Sperber, MD 

1:40 - 2:00 p.m.

Evaluation of the Ocular Surface
Should be like Glaucoma

Victor Perez, MD
2:00 - 2:20 p.m.

Complex Cataract Surgery 

Laurence Sperber, MD

2:20 - 2:40 p.m. Panel Discussion  
2:40 - 3:00 p.m.