Atlantic Coast Retina Club/Macula 2019

January 10-12, 2019 | Boston, MA

ARCR Macula 2019

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Course Description

On Thursday and Friday, January 10-11, the Atlantic Coast Retina Club will feature interesting case studies presented by residents, fellows and physicians. 

On Saturday, January 12, the Macula 2019 Conference will host an expert group of invited retina specialists from around the country who will highlight the latest innovations in retinal disease detection and imaging, as well as pharmacologic and surgical therapies. Topics will include:  

- Current and future approaches to AMD
- Advances in ocular imaging
- Expert perspectives on retinal vascular disease
- Tumors and uveitis
- Vitreoretinal surgery
- New therapies
This CME conference is expected to bring together 300-400 practicing retina specialists, comprehensive ophthalmologists with an interest in vitreoretinal diseases, and trainees. 

Atlantic Coast Retina Club

Residents and fellows will present 3-5 minute cases on Thursday.  Physicians will present 5-7 minute cases on Friday.

Case Presentations are sold out! The deadline to submit a case was Monday, December 10.  You will be notified in December if you are selected to present.


January 10: Mass. Eye and Ear, Boston
January 11 and 12: Seaport Hotel & World Trade Center, Boston

Course Directors

Joan W. Miller, MD - David Glendenning Cogan Professor of Ophthalmology; Chair, Harvard Ophthalmology; Chief of Ophthalmology, Mass. Eye and Ear and Mass General Hospital

Dean Eliott, MD - Stelios Evangelos Gragoudas Associate Professor of Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School; Associate Director, Retina Service, Mass Eye and Ear

Jay S. Duker, MD - Professor and Chairman of Ophthalmology, Tufts Medical Center and the Tufts University School of Medicine; Director of the New England Eye Center

Jeffrey S. Heier, MD - Co-President and Medical Director, Ophthalmic Consultants of Boston 

Course Faculty

Thomas A. Albini, MD
J. Fernando Arevalo, MD
Neil M. Bressler, MD
Susan B. Bressler, MD
Peter A. Campochiaro, MD
Donald J. D’Amico, MD
Janet L. Davis, MD
James P. Dunn, MD
Geoffrey Emerson, MD, PhD
Philip J. Ferrone, MD
K. Bailey Freund, MD
Julia A. Haller, MD
James T. Handa, MD
Allen C. Ho, MD
Michael S. Ip, MD
Peter Kaiser, MD
Richard S. Kaiser, MD
Rahul Khurana, MD
Judy E. Kim, MD
Albert M. Maguire, MD
Brian Marr, MD
Carl D. Regillo, MD
SriniVas R. Sadda, MD
David Sarraf, MD
Adrienne W. Scott, MD
Carol L. Shields, MD
Richard F. Spaide, MD
Sunil Srivastava, MD
John T. Thompson, MD
Cynthia A. Toth, MD
Larry Yannuzzi, MD
David N. Zacks, MD, PhD










Atlantic Coast Retina Club
Faculty/Practicing Physicians: Complimentary
Residents/Fellows: Complimentary

Macula 2019
Faculty/Practicing Physicians: $375
Residents/Fellows: $250**
Sponsor a Resident/Fellow: $250

Trainee Sponsorship

A limited number of trainee sposorships are available.  For more information, please email:

Cancellation/Refund Policy

If you cancel your registration before January 4, 2019, a $5 administrative fee will be retained to cover registration costs.  If you cancel your registration after January 4, 2019, the entire registration amount may be subject to forfeit.

You can cancel or change your registration via your Cvent confirmation registration. For more information, email:


** Trainees from host and former host programs will be offered a discount to attend upon verification. Email for a discount code if you are from: Mass. Eye and Ear, Ophthalmic Consultants of Boston, New England Eye Center/Tufts Medical Center, Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins University, Boston University, Lahey Hospital & Medical Center, Wills Eye Hospital, Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat, and Vitreous-Retina-Macula Consultants of NY.




There is a room block at the Seaport Hotel & World Trade Center until December 11, 2018-or sellout.
Call 1-877-SEAPORT and request the group rate ($159 per night, not including taxes and fees) for the Atlantic Coast Retina Club/Macula.
Please note, to take advantage of the rate, you must identify your affiliation when the reservation is made.


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In support of improving patient care, Boston Children’s Hospital is accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for the health care team. 
Boston Children’s Hospital designates this live activity for a maximum of 7.0 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 7.0 COPE credit hours. Optometrists should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Thursday, January 10 - Atlantic Coast Retina Club Meeting

Mass Eye and Ear, Boston 
12:00-6:30 pm
6:30-8:00 pm
Case Studies presented by Residents and Fellows
Networking Reception

Friday, January 11 - Atlantic Coast Retina Club Meeting

Seaport Hotel and World Trade Center, Boston
8:00 am-5:30 pm
5:30-7:30 pm
Case Studies presented by Physicians
Networking Reception

Saturday, January 12 - Macula 2019 Conference

Seaport Hotel and World Trade Center, Boston
8:00-8:20 am
8:20-8:30 am
Welcome Remarks
Current and Future Approaches to AMD
8:30-8:45 am

Timing of Peak Vision Improvements and 24 Month Outcomes with Ranibizumab in nAMD Patients: A Post Hoc Analysis of the HARBOR Trial
Rahul Khurana, MD - Northern California Retina Vitreous Associates
8:45-9:00 am
Inflammation/Endophthalmitis with anti-VEGF Drugs-Aflibercept
Geoffrey G. Emerson, MD, PhD - The Retina Center, MN
9:00-9:15 am
A New Meta-analysis of Anti-VEGF Treatment for Neovascular AMD
Richard F. Spaide, MD - Vitreous Retina Macula Consultants of New York
9:15-9:30 am

Polypoidal Choroidal Vasculopathy (PCV)/Type 1 – Aneurismal Choroidal Neovascularization
Larry Yannuzzi, MD - Vitreous Retina Macula Consultants of New York
9:30-9:45 am
Treatment of GA: Is It Time for Neuroprotection?
David N. Zacks, MD, PhD - University of Michigan’s Kellogg Eye Center
9:45-10:00 am
Clinical Trial Pipeline
Peter Kaiser, MD - Cleveland Clinic
10:00-10:30 am
VR Surgery
10:30-10:45 am
Best Approaches for Pediatric RD
Philip J. Ferrone, MD - Long Island and Queens Vitreoretinal Consultants
10:45-11:00 am
Medical Therapies for PVR
Richard S. Kaiser, MD - Wills Eye Hospital
11:00-11:15 am
Lamellar Macular Hole: Is Surgery Indicated?
John T. Thompson, MD - Retina Specialists
11:15-11:30 am
Pre-Operative Intravitreal Bevacizumab for TRD Secondary to PDR
J. Fernando Arevalo, MD - Wilmer Eye Institute
11:30-11:45 am
Surgical Approaches for Stem Cell Therapy
Allen C. Ho, MD - Wills Eye Hospital
Retinal Vascular Disease - RVO/DME/DR Interactive Panel
12:50-1:30 pm

Retinal Vascular Disease Panel with Cases
- Does a delay in therapy result in irreversible loss?
- Is there a "best" anti-VEGF agent for DME? RVO?
- PRP vs anti-VEGF therapy: Is laser continuing to fade out?

Donald J. D'Amico, MD - Weill Cornell Medicine
Susan B. Bressler, MD - Wilmer Eye Institute
Julia A. Haller, MD - Wills Eye Hospital
Judy E. Kim, MD - Medical College of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
Michael S. Ip, MD - Doheny Eye Institute/UCLA Stein Eye Institute
Adrienne W. Scott, MD - Wilmer Eye Institute
Tumors & Uveitis Section
1:30-1:45 pm
Multimodal Imaging of Intraocular Tumors
Carol L. Shields, MD - Wills Eye Hospital
1:45-2:00 pm
What's New with Tumors?
Brian P. Marr, MD - Columbia University Medical Center
2:00-2:15 pm
Infectious Posterior Uveitis – Don’t Miss It
Janet L. Davis, MD - Bascom Palmer Eye Institute
2:15-2:30 pm
Local Therapy for Posterior Uveitis
Sunil Srivastava, MD - Cleveland Clinic
2:30-2:45 pm
New Drugs that Cause Uveitis
James P. Dunn, MD - Wills Eye Hospital
2:45-3:15 pm
Ocular Imaging: What's Coming in Imaging?
3:15-3:30 pm
Artificial Intelligence Including Deep Learning in Retinal Disease – Revolution or Just a Fad
Neil M. Bressler, MD - Wilmer Eye Institute
3:30-3:45 pm
OCT/OCTA: PAMM and the Ischemic Cascade (what it is, why is it important)
David Sarraf, MD - Doheny Eye Institute/UCLA Stein Eye Institute
3:45-4:00 pm
K. Bailey Freund, MD - Vitreous Retina Macula Consultants of New York
4:00-4:15 pm
Widefield Imaging
SriniVas R. Sadda, MD - Doheny Eye Institute/UCLA Stein Eye Institute
4:15-4:30 pm
Intraoperative OCT
Cynthia A. Toth MD - Duke Ophthalmology
New Therapies
4:30-4:45 pm
Gene Therapy Surgery: Pearls and Pitfalls
Albert M. Maguire, MD - Scheie Eye Institute
4:45-5:00 pm
Gene Therapy Pipeline
Peter A. Campochiaro, MD - Wilmer Eye Institute
5:00-5:15 pm
What's in the Pipeline for Drug Delivery?
Carl D. Regillo, MD - Wills Eye Hospital
5:15-5:30 pm
Stem Cells: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
Thomas A. Albini, MD - Bascom Palmer Eye Institute 
5:30-5:45 pm
Future Developments in AMD - How Do We Break the Log Jam?
James T. Handa, MD - Wilmer Eye Institute
5:45-5:55 pm

6:00-9:00 pm
Closing Remarks and Adjourn

Post-conference reception - Harpoon Brewery (optional)