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Wet Lab: Pars Plana Vitrectomy for the Anterior Segment Surgeon

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Tuesday, May 30th

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Tuesday, June 13th



5:30 pm –  Didactic Session
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm – Wet Lab


UPMC Eye Center – Eye and Ear Institute – First Floor
203 Lothrop St
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


Attendees will learn and practice Pars Plana Anterior Vitrectomy for the anterior segment surgeon. Instructors will facilitate through one-on-one teaching; participants will become comfortable with the technique through practice.


General ophthalmologists, anterior segment, or cataract specialists


Garry Condon, MD
Chairman, Department of Ophthalmology; Director, Division of Glaucoma Services, Allegheny General Hospital; Associate Professor, Ophthalmology, Drexel University College of Medicine; Glaucoma & Anterior Segment Specialist, Allegheny Ophthalmic & Orbital, PC

Ian Conner, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Eye and Ear Institute

Deepinder Dhaliwal, MD
Professor of Ophthalmology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine; Director of Refractive Surgery and the Cornea Service, UPMC Eye Center; Founder and Director, Center for Integrative Eye Care, University of Pittsburgh

Joseph Martel, MD
Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology Retina and Vitreous Service University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Eye and Ear Institute

Thierry Verstraeten, MD
Retina-Vitreous Disease Specialist, Pittsburgh Allegheny Retina Consultants

This program is intended to provide instruction leading to new knowledge and/or skills. The Pittsburgh Ophthalmology Society and UPMC Eye and Ear does not certify competence upon completion of the program.


Advocacy Day – May 22 – Message from Sharon Taylor, MD

Dear POS member,


I want to personally encourage each and every one of you to attend advocacy Day in Harrisburg on May 22.




This is being organized by the Pennsylvania Academy of Ophthalmology and your participation is critical to all of our success.  Ken Cheng is often telling us we are being out spent by Optometry in Harrisburg.  What he doesn’t often say is that we are also being out manned when it comes time to show up in person on advocacy day.


When we take time to personally go to Harrisburg to meet with our Congressional leaders it makes a strong statement.  Unfortunately, when we don’t show up, the statement is just as loud.  We all too often leave this for others to do.  What we need to realize is that WE are the others.  Our friends in office in Harrisburg and our lobbyists tell us again and again that our giving of PAC money and our showing up is noticed, but the more personal we make it, the more effective it is.  We make our best impression in person and can sway minds much better when we, as individuals, explain our position and concerns on important topics like scope of care through real life personal examples from our own patients and practices.


The PAO makes registration painless and provides materials and coaching to prepare you for your meetings with your Senator and Representative. Harrisburg is an easy drive from Pittsburgh and we can help arrange car pooling for those who would like to share a ride.  You have the option of going and coming on the same day, although you are welcome to come the night before on PAO’s dime.


If not you, then who? If not now, then when? Please register today.




Sharon L Taylor, MD


2017 Pittsburgh Ophthalmology Society Annual Meeting held

The Pittsburgh Ophthalmology Society’s 53rd Annual Meeting was held March 17 at the Pittsburgh Marriott City Center Hotel. More than 90 physicians attended this year’s meeting, which featured renowned ophthalmologist Warren E. Hill, MD, who served as the 37th Annual Harvey E. Thorpe Lecturer.

Thierry Verstraeten, MD, POS immediate past president, presented the Thorpe Award to Warren E. Hill, MD, during the POS 53nd Annual meeting held March 17 at the Pittsburgh Marriott City Center.

Dr. Hill, medical director, East Valley Ophthalmology, Mesa, Ariz., has devoted the majority of his professional activities to performing challenging anterior segment surgery for other ophthalmologists and the mathematics of intraocular lens power calculations in unusual clinical situations. Dr. Hill’s presentations included “Understanding Corneal Aberrations;” “The Toric IOL – What You Need to Know;” and the featured Thorpe Lecture, “Improving IOL Power Selection.”

Attendees also were enlightened by presentations from the following guest faculty: Gaurav K. Shah, MD, professor of Clinical Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, The Retina Institute, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Mo.; Arsham Sheybani, MD, assistant professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Mo.; and Daniel J. Briceland, MD, senior secretary for Advocacy, American Academy of Ophthalmology, medical director, Spectra Eye Institute, Sun City West, Ariz.

This year’s vendor support was exceptional, with more than 32 vendors participating. POS gratefully acknowledges and thanks all industry representatives who participated in the event. A complete list of sponsors can be found on the Society website at www.pghoph.org.

Following the meeting, members and their guests enjoyed networking and dinner at the Duquesne Club. In his opening remarks, Thierry Verstraeten, MD, POS immediate past president, thanked the allied course directors, POS Council, and the membership for their support during his tenure. Sharon Taylor, MD, newly installed POS president, presented a plaque to Dr. Verstraeten in recognition of his two years as president of the Society.

The March annual meeting is the final meeting of the program calendar year, with the 2017-18 series to begin in September. The complete list of monthly meetings will be sent to members in July and will be posted on the society website (www.pghoph.org). Members also are encouraged to visit the site periodically for updates. The planning meeting for the 2017- 18 educational series is scheduled for May. If you know of an exceptional speaker whom you would like to see present to the POS, contact Dr. Taylor or the POS office at npopovich@acms. org or (412) 321-5030.

Sharon Taylor, MD, newly installed POS president, presented a plaque to Dr. Verstraeten in recognition of his two years as president of the Society.

2017 Annual Meeting for Ophthalmic Personnel held


Running concurrently with the POS Annual Meeting was the 38th Annual Meeting for Ophthalmic Personnel. This year, more than 150 ophthalmic technicians, assistants, coders, photographers and front staff attended this full-day program. The well-respected program is designed specifically for ophthalmic personnel to enhance the quality, expertise and safety of ophthalmic patient care.

The program featured 28 breakout sessions, all accredited by JCAHPO. Participants had the opportunity to create their own track of programming, and receive up to 7.0 CE credit hours based on course attendance. A balance of front- and back-office sessions were offered to educate office personnel. Popular workshop sessions also were offered as part of the full day course curriculum.

Course directors Pamela Rath, MD, and Laurie Roba, MD, worked tirelessly to plan this high-level educational offering. The Society depends and relies on local expertise and talent to present each session. This year was no exception, with local physicians and health care professionals providing quality presentations.

The Pittsburgh Ophthalmology Society is proud to host this yearly educational forum for ophthalmic personnel. Mark your calendar for next year’s meeting, scheduled for Friday, March 23, 2018, at the Pittsburgh Marriott City Center. If you have a topic that you believe would be beneficial for presen-tation at next year’s meeting, please contact Dr. Rath, Dr. Roba or Nadine Popovich at npopovich@acms.org.


53rd Annual Physician Meeting

Friday, March 17, 2017 7:00 AM5:00 PM
Pittsburgh Marriott City Center



Intent ​and ​Overview
More ​efficient ​detection ​and ​treatment ​of ​ophthalmic ​conditions ​and ​diseases ​are ​constantly ​being ​discovered ​and ​acted ​upon. ​This ​program ​is ​based ​upon ​the ​need ​to ​apprise ​local ​physicians ​of ​the ​diagnostic ​modalities ​and ​treatments ​being ​utilized ​at ​teaching ​centers ​and ​ophthalmologic ​offices ​across ​the ​country.Jointly ​sponsored ​by
The ​Pittsburgh ​Ophthalmology ​Society
Allegheny ​General ​Hospital ​Department ​of ​Continuing ​Medical ​Education


Warren E Hill, MD, FACS
Warren E. Hill, MD, FACS

Medical Director, East Valley Ophthalmology, Mesa, AZ

Dr. Hill has been in private practice in Mesa, AZ for the past 30 years. He completed his ophthalmology training at the University of Rochester in New York and has since devoted the majority of his career to challenging anterior segment surgery and the mathematics of intraocular lens power calculations.
He is best known for his work in helping physicians obtain accurate IOL power calculations.

Dr. Hill has published extensively, served as visiting professor for grand rounds at many institutions, has delivered 19 named lectureships and has presented more than 650 clinical papers at both national and international meetings in 36 countries. In 2007, Dr. Hill was appointed the Cataract and Anterior Segment Subspecialty Editor for the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s Ophthalmic News and Education (O.N.E.) Network, a position he held until 2010.

He has performed live surgery at ophthalmology meetings in North America, South America and Europe and is a member of the International Intraocular Implant Club. In 2014, Dr. Hill gave the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery Innovator’s Lecture, and in 2015 gave the American Academy of Ophthalmology™ Charles Kelman Lecture. In 2016, he received the Rayner Medal of the UKISCRS (United Kingdom & Ireland Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons).

Aside from the practice of ophthalmology, Dr. Hill’s other passion is flying military airplanes in air shows as a member of a close formation demonstration team for which he is licensed as a multi-engine commercial pilot. Each year, his team regularly performs at a wide variety of airshows, including the EAA (Oshkosh) AirVenture, the largest air show in North America.