Other notable returning faculty members include Douglas Koch, MD, Warren Hill, MD, Richard McCool, MD, Lisa Arbisser, MD, William Fishkind, MD, Ike Ahmed, MD, Michael Snyder, MD, George Waring IV, MD, Deepinder Dhaliwal, MD, Steve Safran, MD, and Robert Weinstock, MD. Newly added faculty include Marguerite McDonald, MD, Thomas Oetting, MD, and Mark Blecher, MD.
“I have tried to continuously re-infuse the meeting with young outstanding teachers, in addition to our perennial faculty, in order to bring new opinions, new life, and new blood,” Dr. Osher said.
The entire faculty is committed to education, he said, noting this is one of the few meetings that provide abundant opportunities for attendees to interact with faculty between sessions and during evening and other social events, as well as in the wet labs.
Although the meeting official begins on Thursday, Jan. 18, Dr. Osher offers a “bonus” afternoon on Wednesday, Jan. 17, with subspecialty updates on oculoplastics, neuro-ophthalmology, ocular oncology, and uveitis. These events are followed with a light dinner and a “Ladies’ Night” at which several noted female faculty members will speak.
“This day is offered at no extra fee,” he said. “It’s a value-added gift to anyone who wants to spend an extra day in Florida.”
Subspecialty events continue Thursday morning, with retina, cornea, glaucoma, and refractive sessions, as well as an update on risk management from the Ophthalmic Mutual Insurance Co. that can result in insurance discounts for attendees.
The meeting officially opens at 2 p.m. Thursday, with “An Afternoon of Technology.” Dr. Osher called this one of the biggest highlights of the meeting, featuring “showdowns” in which new technologies are compared by experienced experts.
“We are the only meeting that gives you head-to-head-to-head comparisons by surgeons,” he said.
Technology that will be reviewed includes phaco machines, minimally invasive glaucoma surgery devices, posterior corneal astigmatism assessment tools, toric alignment technology, and femtosecond lasers for cataract surgery. Thursday also will bring a keynote lecture by Dr. Crandall on “Career Lessons,” as well as an evening Q&A, “Old Friends.”