Annual Meeting & Alumni Reunion

June 7-8, 2019 | Boston

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Course Overview

The Harvard Department of Ophthalmology Annual Meeting and Alumni Reunion (course 190607-JA) 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. Furthering the impact of emerging technologies and their utilization in ophthalmology will be discussed. 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, who 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
  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 9.25 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 9.25 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.

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.


Friday, June 7
The Starr Center, 185 Cambridge Street, Boston (Directions)

  • Faculty lectures spanning basic, translational, and clinical research
  • Sharon F. Freedman, MD, presents the Mariana D. Mead Lecture
  • Poster contest for trainees and gala dinner at the Boston Harbor Hotel 

Saturday, June 8
Massachusetts Eye and Ear, 243 Charles Street, Boston (Directions)

  • ​​​​​​Scientific and clinical lectures from 10 resident and fellow alumni classes (‘69, ‘74, ‘79, ‘84, ‘89, ‘94, ‘99, ‘04, '09, and ‘14)
  • Elio Raviola, MD, receives the Distinguished Research Achievement Award
  • Nancy J. Newman, MD, receives the Distinguished Clinical Achievement Award
  • Joan W. Miller, MD, delivers the State of the Department update

Sharon Freeman

Sharon F. Freedman, MD

Mariana D. Mead Lecturer
Professor of Ophthalmology and Pediatrics Chief, Pediatric Division Interim Chief,Neuro-ophthalmology Division, Duke Eye Center

Elio Raviola

Elio Raviola, MBA

2019 Distinguished Research Achievement Awardee
Professor of Ophthalmology, Emeritus Bullard Professor of Neurobiology, Emeritus Harvard Medical School

Nancy Newman

Nancy J. Newman, MD

2019 Distinguished Clinical Achievement Awardee
LeoDelle Jolley Professor of Ophthalmology Professor of Ophthalmology and Neurology Instructor in Neurological Surgery Emory University School of Medicine Director, Section of Neuro-Ophthalmology

Deadline: May 24, 2019

The Trainee Poster Contest will take place on Friday, June 7 (5:30-7:00 pm), during the cocktail reception at the Boston Harbor Hotel. The top-two posters in each category (Clinical and 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.


  1. Harvard Ophthalmology fellows and medical students can submit abstracts
  2. Attendance for the entire day (June 7) 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.