Annual Meeting and Alumni Reunion

AMAR 2020


2019 CME accreditation

The Harvard Department of Ophthalmology Annual Meeting and Alumni Reunion is a two-day course aimed at updating ophthalmologists (including ophthalmology residents and fellows) and vision researchers about the latest advances in ophthalmology clinical care and research. 

New research advances and therapies are changing the practice of ophthalmology. The pace of these advances leads to gaps in knowledge, as practice clinicians face the challenge of keeping up-to date on new information; and competence, as physicians often lack strategies for incorporating these advances into their practices.

This course is designed to address a wide range of gaps in knowledge and competence regarding ophthalmic clinical practice and ophthalmic research. Our program is designed to proportionally cover the anterior and posterior segments of the eye, as well as optics and visual function. Speakers will also address emerging technologies and how to apply them to ophthalmology.  The main goal is to familiarize the audience with new research and updates on emerging clinical practices in the field of ophthalmology. 

The format consists of short didactic lectures, which are each followed by a discussion and an interactive question session with the audience. During the lectures, Harvard faculty members and distinguished alumni will discuss their areas of clinical and/or research expertise.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Discuss new therapeutic and surgical paradigms in areas outside the scope of their own practice areas
  2. Recognize the use of smartphone applications and telemedicine in ophthalmology
  3. Identify recent advances in neuroprotection and regeneration of the optic nerve
  4. Recognize the global burden of corneal disease and the management of these conditions


In support of improving patient care, Boston Children’s Hospital is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.


Boston Children’s Hospital designates this live activity for a maximum of 9.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits ™. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in this activity. 

AAPA accepts AMA category 1 credit for the PRA from organizations accredited by ACCME.


Boston Children’s Hospital designates this live activity for a maximum of 9.5 COPE credit hours. Optometrists should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Fees associated with AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ have been provided by the HMS Department of Ophthalmology. Fees associated with COPE credit hours have been provided by the HMS Department of Ophthalmology.

COVID-19 Advisory

Be advised that we are monitoring the current health crisis to see how the situation develops. In the event that we need to modify, postpone, or cancel this event, attendees will be notified immediately. Thank you for your patience and understanding.


All alumni, including current and former faculty, residents, fellows, and postdoctoral fellows, are invited to join us for a 1.5-day celebration of scientific exchange and networking.

Friday, June 12, 2020

The Starr Center, 185 Cambridge Street, Boston

Faculty lectures highlighting basic, translational, and clinical research
Faculty lightning talks
Scientific and clinical lectures from alumni classes 2015, 2010, and 2005
Mariana D. Mead Lecture
Trainee poster contest and gala dinner

Saturday, June 13, 2020

Mass. Eye and Ear, 243 Charles Street, Boston

Scientific and clinical lectures from alumni classes 2000, 1995, 1990, 1985, 1980, 1975, 1970
Faculty lightning talks
Distinguished achievement awards in research and clinical care

Robin Cook Image

Robin Cook, MD (1975)

Class Speaker
Ophthalmologist and Best-Selling Author 
Mark C. Kuperwaser Image

Mark C. Kuperwaser, MD (1989)

2020 Mariana D. Mead Lecturer
Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School/Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Hélène Boisjoly Image

Hélène Boisjoly, MD, MPH (1983)

2020 Distinguished Clinical Achievement Awardee
Dean, Faculty of Medicine, Université de Montréal

Jean Bennett Image

Jean Bennett, MD, PhD (1986)

2020 Distinguished Research Achievement Awardee
F.M. Kirby Professor of Ophthalmology, Department of Ophthalmology, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania