Annual Meeting & Alumni Reunion

June 8-9, 2018 | Boston

  • Connect with Friends at the 2018 Annual Meeting and Alumni Reunion

    Connect with Friends

  • Learn Together: 2017 Poster Contest

    Learn Together

  • Discover New Ideas at the 2018 Annual Meeting and Alumni Reunion

    Discover New Ideas

  • Celebrate Shared Success at the 2018 Annual Meeting and Alumni Reunion

    Celebrate Shared Success

All current and former residents, fellows, and postdocs and all current and former faculty members are invited to attend this exciting two-day CME* event of scientific exchange and networking.

Highlights

Friday, June 8: Annual Meeting

The Starr Center, 185 Cambridge Street, Boston (Directions)

  • Faculty lectures spanning basic, translational, and clinical research
  • Joseph F. Rizzo III MD, presents the Mariana D. Mead Lecture
  • Poster contest for trainees and gala dinner at the Four Seasons

Saturday, June 9: Alumni Reunion

Massachusetts Eye and Ear, 243 Charles Street, Boston (Directions)

  • ​​​​​​Scientific and clinical lectures from 10 resident and fellow alumni classes (‘68, ‘73, ‘78, ‘83, ‘88, ‘93, ‘98, ‘03, '08, and ‘13)
  • Dimitri Azar, MD, MBA, receives the Distinguished Research Achievement Award
  • C. Stephen Foster, MD, receives the Distinguished Clinical Achievement Award
  • Joan W. Miller, MD, delivers the State of the Department update

Accommodations

We have a small room block at the Liberty Hotel. The discounted rate is $349 when you book by May 4, 2018.

Book online using this link or call  (617)224-4000 and reference the HMS-Mass. Eye and Ear Annual Meeting and Alumni Reunion.

                                                                                                                                                     
CME ACCREDITATION 

*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 11.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in this activity. View the Accreditation tab for complete information.

Course Overview

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 practice.

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. 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 each followed by discussion and an interactive question session with the audience. The lectures will feature Harvard faculty members and distinguished alumni discussing their areas of clinical and/or research expertise.

Learning Objectives

At the completion of the course, attendees will be able to:

  • Discuss new therapeutic and surgical paradigms in areas outside the scope of their own practice
  • Recognize the global impact of eye disease and understand recent efforts towards alleviating this burden
  • Identify recent advances in neuroprotection and regeneration of the optic nerve
  • Recognize those diseases for which gene therapy is being used to treat inherited retinal degeneration and educate patients about this new therapeutic option
  • Recognize the symptoms and signs of non-arteritic ischemic optic neuropathy and utilize the most up-to-date treatment paradigm in managing these patients.

Accreditation

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.

Physicians

Boston Children’s Hospital designates this live activity for a maximum of 11.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits ™. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in this activity. Fees associated with AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ have been provided by the HMS Department of Ophthalmology.

Joseph Rizzo III, MD

Joseph F. Rizzo III, MD

Mariana D. Mead Lecturer
David Glendenning Cogan Professor of Ophthalmology in the field of Neuro-Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School
Director, Neuro-Ophthalmology ServiceMass. Eye and Ear

Dr. Dimitri Azar

Dimitri Azar, MD, MBA

2018 Distinguished Research Achievement Awardee
Senior Director, Alphabet Verily Life Sciences; Distinguished University Professor, BA Field Chair of Ophthalmological Research, University of Illinois College of Medicine

Dr. C. Stephen Foster

C. Stephen Foster, MD

2018 Distinguished Clinical Achievement Awardee
Professor of Ophthalmology, part-time, Harvard Medical School; Founder and President, Ocular Immunology & Uveitis Foundation; Founding Director of Mass. Eye and Ear Immunology and Uveitis Service

 

Annual Meeting: Friday, June 8, 2018

Starr Center
185 Cambridge Street, 2nd Floor, Boston

7:30 - 8:00 am

Registration & Breakfast 

8:00 - 8:10 am

Welcome and Introduction
Ula V. Jurkunas, MD
Associate Professor of Ophthalmology and Co-Director of the Cornea Center of Excellence, Harvard Medical School
Associate Scientist, Schepens Eye Research Institute of Mass. Eye and Ear
(Annual Meeting Co-chair)

Gena Heidary, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School
Director, Pediatric Neuro-Ophthalmology Service, Boston Children’s Hospital
(Annual Meeting Co-chair)

8:10 - 8:30 am

Diabetic Retinopathy
Lloyd Paul Aiello, MD, PhD
Professor of Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School
Director, Beetham Eye Institute at Joslin Diabetes Center

8:30 - 8:50 am

Neuroinflammation, Neuroprotection, and Glaucoma
Milica Margeta, MD, PhD
Instructor in Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School

8:50 - 9:10 am

Glycosylation Pathways at the Ocular Surface
Pablo Argüeso, PhD
Associate Professor of Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School
Senior Scientist, Schepens Eye Research Institute of Mass. Eye and Ear

9:10 - 9:30 am

Regenerating Optic Nerve Pathways
Zhigang He, PhD, BM
Professor of Neurology and Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School
Research Associate, Boston Children's Hospital

9:30 - 9:50 am

Using Academic Ophthalmology to Alleviate Blindness in Africa
John H. Kempen, MD, MPH, MHS, PhD
Faculty, Harvard Medical School
Director of Epidemiology for Ophthalmology, Mass. Eye and Ear
Senior Scientist, Schepens Eye Research Institute of Mass. Eye and Ear

9:50 - 10:15 am

Break - Starr Center, Breakout Space

10:15 - 10:35 am

New Paradigms in Pediatric Retina Surgery
Yoshihiro Yonekawa, MD
Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School
Mass. Eye and Ear and Boston Children's Hospital

10:35 - 10:55 am

Laser Trabeculoplasty and Medication Adherence
Veena S. Rao, MD, MSc
Instructor in Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School, Mass. Eye and Ear

10:55 - 11:15 am

Neuroplasticity in Ocular versus Cerebral Causes of Congenital Visual Impairment
Corinna M. Bauer, PhD
Instructor in Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School
Investigator, Schepens Eye Research Institute of Mass. Eye and Ear

11:15 - 11:35 am

Corneal Injuries in War: Developing a Cornea Donor Program in Syria
Hajirah N. Saeed, MD
Instructor in Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School/Mass. Eye and Ear

11:35 - 11:55 am

Why are Superbugs so Tough? The Ancient Origins of Antibiotic Resistance
François Lebreton, PhD
Instructor in Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School/Mass. Eye and Ear

11:55 am - 12:10 pm

Presentation of the 2018 Gragoudas Prizes
Evangelos S. Gragoudas, MD
Charles Edward Whitten Professor of Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School
Director of the Retina Service, Mass. Eye and Ear

Presentation of the Cornea Center of Excellence Sixth Annual Resident Research Award in Cornea and Refractive Surgery
Reza Dana, MD, MSc, MPH
Claes H. Dohlman Professor of Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School
Vice Chairman and Associate Chief of Ophthalmology for Academic Programs
Director, Cornea & Refractive Surgery, Mass. Eye & Ear 
Senior Scientist, Schepens Eye Research Institute of Mass. Eye and Ear

12:15 - 1:30 pm

Lunch - Starr Center, Breakout Space

1:30 - 1:50 pm

Assessment of Pediatric Patients using Electrophysiology and Psychophysics
Ronald M. Hansen, PhD
Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School
Boston Children's Hospital

1:50 - 2:10 pm

Gene Therapy for Inherited Retinal Disorders
Rachel M. Huckfeldt, MD, PhD
Instructor in Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School/Mass. Eye and Ear

2:10 - 2:15 pm

Introduction of the Mariana Mead Lecturer
Joan W. Miller, MD
David Glendenning Cogan Professor of Ophthalmology
Chief of Ophthalmology, Mass. Eye and Ear and Mass General Hospital
Chair, Harvard Ophthalmology

2:15 - 3:20 pm

Perspective on Mariana Mead and
Unraveling the Enigma of Non-arteritic Anterior Ischemic Optic Neuropathy
Joseph F. Rizzo III, MD
David Glendenning Cogan Professor of Ophthalmology in the field of Neuro-Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School
Director, Neuro-Ophthalmology Service, Mass. Eye and Ear

3:20 - 3:25 pm

Presentation of Mariana Mead Award
Joan W. Miller, MD
David Glendenning Cogan Professor of Ophthalmology
Chief of Ophthalmology, Mass Eye and Ear and Mass General Hospital
Chair, Harvard Ophthalmology

3:25 - 3:35 pm

Closing Remarks
Ula V. Jurkunas, MD
Associate Professor of Ophthalmology and Co-Director of the Cornea Center of Excellence, Harvard Medical School
Associate Scientist, Schepens Eye Research Institute of Mass. Eye and Ear
(Annual Meeting Co-chair)

Gena Heidary, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School
Director, Pediatric Neuro-Ophthalmology Service, Boston Children’s Hospital
(Annual Meeting Co-chair)

3:35 - 3:45 pm

Group Photographs - Starr Center Auditorium

3:45 - 4:45 pm

Tours of the Samuel & Nancy Jo Altschuler Ophthalmology Surgical Training Laboratory and the Rare Book Room

*Immediately following group photo

5:30 - 7:00 pm

Reception and Trainee Poster Contest
Four Seasons Hotel Boston
200 Boylston Street
2nd floor

7:00 - 9:00 pm

Gala Dinner
Four Seasons Hotel Boston
200 Boylston Street
2nd floor

Alumni Reunion: Saturday, June 9, 2018

Massachusetts Eye and Ear
243 Charles Street, 3rd Floor, Meltzer Auditorium

7:30 - 8:00 am

Registration and Breakfast - Mass Eye and Ear, 3rd Floor, Meltzer Lobby

8:00 - 8:20 am

Opening remarks, Introduction of the Resident Class of 2018, and Introduction to Graduating Fellows 
Joan W. Miller, MD (1989, 1991)
David Glendenning Cogan Professor of Ophthalmology
Chief of Ophthalmology, Mass. Eye and Ear and Mass General Hospital
Chair, Harvard Ophthalmology

8:20 - 8:45 am

Retinal Surgery: A Continuing Odyssey through 50 Years
Howard L. Tanenbaum, MD, FRCS (1968)
Clinical Professor Ophthalmology, Albany Medical College
Retina Consultants, Singerlands, NY

8:45 - 9:10 am

Ophthalmology in Armenia—From State of Crisis to Center of Excellence
Roger V. Ohanesian, MD (1973)
Founder, The Armenian EyeCare Project and Harvard Eye Associates
Laguna Hills, CA

9:10 - 9:35 am   

Retina in the Academic Setting
Thomas R. Friberg, MS, MD, FARVO (1978)
Professor of Ophthalmology and Bioengineering
Director, Retina Service, UPMC Eye Center
University of Pittsburgh

9:35 - 10:00 am

Vitreous—Not Just Through It
J. Sebag, MD, 
FACS, FRCOphth, FARVO (1983, 1986) 
Founding Director, VMR Institute for Vitreous Macula Retina
Senior Clinical Scientist, Doheny Eye Institute/UCLA

10:00 - 10:20 am

Break

10:20 - 10:45 am

Diagnostic Imaging Tools for Retinal Diseases
Lucy H. Young, MD, PhD (1988)
Associate Professor of Ophthalmology
Harvard Medical School

10:45 - 11:10 am

Patz, Ashton, and the Concept of Retinopathy of Prematurity
Monte D. Mills, MD (1993)
Director of Ophthalmology and Mabel E. Leslie Endowed Chair of Pediatric Ophthalmology, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology, Scheie Eye Institute and the University of Pennsylvania Department of Ophthalmology

11:10 - 11:35 am

How Non-penetrating Artificial Cornea Can End World Corneal Blindness
Yichieh "E.J." Shiuey, MD (1998)

Sutter Health, Palo Alto Medical Foundation

11:35 am - 12:00 pm

Department Overview
Joan W. Miller, MD (1989, 1991)
David Glendenning Cogan Professor of Ophthalmology
Chief of Ophthalmology, Mass. Eye and Ear and Mass General Hospital
Chair, Harvard Ophthalmology

12:00 - 1:15 pm

Lunch with class photos
Mass. Eye and Ear, 7th Floor, Lank Dining Room

1:20 - 1:25 pm

Introduction of Distinguished Clinical Achievement Awardee
Lucia Sobrin, MD, MPH (2005)
Associate Professor of Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School/Mass. Eye and Ear

1:25 - 1:55 pm

Distinguished Clinical Achievement Award Lecture
History of Therapy for Uveitis

C. Stephen Foster,  MD (1977)
Founder and President, Massachusetts Research and Surgery Institution Ocular Immunology & Uveitis Foundation

1:55 - 2:00 pm

Introduction of Distinguished Research Achievement Awardee
Reza Dana, MD, MSc, MPH (1995)
Claes H. Dohlman Professor of Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School
Vice Chairman and Associate Chief of Ophthalmology for Academic Programs
Director, Cornea & Refractive Surgery, Mass. Eye & Ear 
Senior Scientist, Schepens Eye Research Institute of Mass. Eye and Ear

2:00 - 2:30 pm

Distinguished Research Achievement Award Lecture
Corneal Wound Healing and Angiogenic Privilege: Insights from the Laboratory and Clinic

Dimitri Azar, MD, MBA (1988, 1990, 1991)
Senior Director, Alphabet Verily Life Sciences; Distinguished University Professor, BA Field Chair of Ophthalmological Research, University of Illinois College of Medicine

2:30 - 2:45 pm

Break

2:45 - 3:10 pm

Advances in the Management of Ocular Melanoma 
Ivana K. Kim, MD (2003)
Associate Professor of Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School
Co-Director, Ocular Melanoma Center, Mass. Eye and Ear

3:10 - 3:35 pm

The Results of the Argus II at the University of Minnesota
Sandra R. Montezuma, MD (2008)
Associate Professor, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Neurosciences, University of Minnesota

3:35 - 4:00 pm

Early Career after Mass. Eye and Ear
Mrinali Patel Gupta, MD (2013)
Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology
Director, Medical Retina Fellowship Program
Weill Cornell Medical College

4:00 - 4:05 pm

Closing Remarks
Joseph F. Rizzo III, MD (1986)
David Glendenning Cogan Professor of Ophthalmology in the field of Neuro-Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School
Director, Neuro-Ophthalmology Service, Mass. Eye and Ear
(Alumni Meeting Co-chair)

 

Deadline: May 31, 2018

The Trainee Poster Contest will take place on Friday, June 8 (5:30-7:00 pm), during the cocktail reception at the Four Seasons. The top-two posters in each category (Clinical or Basic Science) will be announced during dinner. The first-place winners will each be awarded $300, and the second-place winners will each be awarded $200. 

Eligibility

  • Harvard Ophthalmology fellows and medical students can submit abstracts
  • Attendance for the entire day (June 8) is required. To be eligible to win, you must be present for the entire reception (5:30-7:30 pm) and be present at dinner, starting at 7:00 pm.

Applications Must Include

  1. Title
  2. Names of all authors and their institutions, with the presenting author first
  3. Separate paragraphs for: purpose, methods, results, and conclusions

*Work that has been presented at other meetings (including ARVO) is welcome.

Submit your Abstract

  1. When you register for the Annual Meeting and Alumni Reunion, select "Reception and Dinner."
  2. When asked if you would like to participate in the Trainee Poster Contest, select "yes" and complete the required fields.
  3. On the final page, you will be asked for a credit card to reserve your spot. You will not be charged at registration.  The card number will be held in the event that you do not attend dinner.  If you do not attend, we will notify you after the event and then charge a $50 "no show" fee.  (If you attend, you will not be charged.)
  4. If your poster is selected, you will receive further instructions.

Questions?

Email Ophthalmology_Events@meei.harvard.edu.