Pittsburgh Ophthalomogy Society Pittsburgh Ophthalmology Society

Sanjay Asrani, MD – October 5, 2017

The Society is Pleased to Welcome
Sanjay Asrani, MD
Professor of Ophthalmology; Director, Duke Eye Center of Cary;
Head, Glaucoma OCT Reading Center, Duke University, Durham, NC

4:00 pm Registration
4:30 pm 1st Lecture – Intermittent Angle Closure – the Missed Epidemic
7:00 pm 2nd Lecture – Pearls and Pitfalls of OCT in Glaucoma

Following this program, attendees will be able to:
1ST Lecture – Identify narrow angles correctly
Identify populations to be screened for intermittent angle closure
Create an appropriate treatment plan

2nd Lecture – Describe the principles of OCT use in Glaucoma
Explain pitfalls in use of OCT in general
Illustrate the use of OCT for progression of disease




Special thanks to Allergan for providing support for this program.

John C. Hart, Jr., MD, FACS – September 14, 2017

The Society is Pleased to Welcome

John C. Hart, Jr., MD, FACS

Professor of Ophthalmology, Oakland University/William Beaumont Hospital School of Medicine; Co-Chief of Anterior Segment Surgery, Department of Ophthalmology William Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, MI


4:00 pm    Registration

4:30 pm    1st Lecture –  Conquering the Complex Cataract

7:00 pm    2nd Lecture –  Malpositioned IOLs – Diagnosis and Management


Following this program, attendees will be able to:


1ST Lecture –    Demonstrate ways to improve visualization during cataract surgery.

Demonstrate signs of zonular weakness and management options.

Demonstrate management of a posterior polar cataract.


2nd Lecture –   Improve understanding of UGH syndrome.

Improve understanding of Crystalens malpositions.

Review iris and scleral fixation of IOLS.



Pittsburgh Ophthalmology Society hosts Wet Lab Series


The Pittsburgh Ophthalmology Society sponsored an Ophthalmology Community Wet Lab: Pars Plana Vitrectomy for the Anterior Segment Surgeon. Sessions were held at the UPMC Eye Center – Eye and Ear Institute on May 30, June 13 and due to the overwhelming response, a third session was added on June 14. Ryan Vaughn, representative from Alcon, and Robert Nelson, representative from Bausch and Lomb, were instrumental in providing equipment, support staff, consumables, and teaching assistance for the 2-1/2 hour course.


A maximum of 9 physicians attended each session where they learned and practiced Pars Plana Vitrectomy for the anterior segment surgeon. Each work space included standard infrastructure such as a microscope, phaco machine, head model, all disposable ophthalmic products, instruments, and fresh pig eyes. One station was set up with a camera and monitor to allow demonstration and observation. Both 23 and 25 gauge systems and trocars were available for practice.


Sharon Taylor, MD and Ian Conner, MD, PhD served as course directors and initiated this program offering. A special thank you to the following POS members who served as faculty: Garry Condon, MD, Deepinder Dhaliwal, MD, Joseph Martel, MD and Thierry Verstraeten, MD with didactic support from Andrew Eller, MD. Each shared their expertise and pearls of wisdom with colleagues. We also thank UPMC Eye and Ear for use of the wet lab for this worthwhile endeavor.


Comments from participants were stellar and the Society looks forward to offering sessions in 2018. We welcome suggestions for future wet lab topics or for other educational sessions you would like to see offered. Submit suggestions to Nadine Popovich at npopovich@acms.org.

The POS gratefully acknowledges from the following who provided support for the program

POS 54th Annual Meeting slated for March 23, 2018

The 2018 POS Annual Meeting will take place Friday, March 23, 2018, at the Pittsburgh Marriott City Center, with the Annual Banquet at the Duquesne Club.

Lisa Arbisser, MD
38th annual Harvey E. Thorpe Lecturer

The Society is pleased to announce Lisa Arbisser, MD, as the 38th annual Harvey E. Thorpe Lecturer. Dr. Arbisser teaches cataract and anterior segment surgery worldwide and is a Princeton University graduate. She is an adjunct associate professor at University of Utah Moran Eye Center. She authors, edits and reviews textbook chapters, journal articles and the American Academy online news network, Focal Points, and has two regular journal columns. Her residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics prepared her to specialize in refractive and complex cataract surgery, both adult and pediatric. She has been on the Best Doctors list nationally multiple times, was voted as one of the top 50 opinion leaders in cataract and refractive surgery by the readership of Cataract and Refractive Surgery Today (CRST), and was chosen as one of the 250 leading innovators in the field of premium IOL implant surgery by the editors of Premier Surgeon. She serves on the editorial board of CRST and Eye World and pens a quarterly column for each. She serves on the cataract committee for the AAO Online and Education Network and is the cataract editor for Focal Points. Dr. Arbisser was extended the invitation by President Sharon L. Taylor, MD.

39th Annual Meeting for Ophthalmic Personnel set

The 39th Annual Meeting for Ophthalmic Personnel, presented by the Pittsburgh Ophthalmology Society, is scheduled for Friday, March 23, 2018, at the Pittsburgh Marriott City Center.

Planning for this well-respected annual program, which is designed for ophthalmic technicians, assistants, technologists, scribes and administrative personnel, is currently underway. Course directors Pamela Rath, MD, and Laurie Roba, MD, are identifying clinical topics for presentation. POS members interested in presenting a breakout session are asked to contact Nadine Popovich (npopovich@acms. org). Last year, the program attracted more than 160 attendees and course directors look forward to planning an excellent program for 2018.

Complete information, including topics and speaker details, will be available on the Society website at www.pghoph.org.