55th Annual Meeting - Wallace L.M. Alward, MD 39th Harvey E. Thorpe Lecturer

     40th Annual Ophthalmic Personnel Meeting

ounding co-director of the Johns Hopkins Microsurgery  Advanced Design Laboratory.

      Internationally recognized clinician, surgeon, and educator. His special interests include macular surgery,

      diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, and the development of surgical devices and techniques


CME Transcripts will be available AT  THE END OF THE ACADEMIC YEAR (June, 2019).  A yearly transcript, comprised of meetings from September, 2018 through March, 2019 will be emailed to members in June of 2019.  

If you have a question regarding your CME Transcript, please contact Nadine Popovich at npopovich@acms.org.



On Oct. 24, 2018, Gov. Tom Wolf signed Act 112 – known as the Patient Test Result Information Act – into law. This Pennsylvania law requires entities performing a diagnostic imaging service to directly notify the patient or patient’s designee when, in the judgment of the entity performing the test, a significant abnormality may exist.  The Patient Test Result Information Act is set to take effect on December 23, 2018.  Below are a few key points: 

  • Act 112 applies to any entity that performs a diagnostic imaging service in which a significant abnormality may exit.
  • Act 112 is not limited to radiologists. The law also applies to other health care practitioners.  It applies to “entities,” which likely include both health care facilities and health care practitioners.
  • “Entity” is not a defined term under Act 112. However, as Act 112 applies to any entity performing a diagnostic imaging service in which a significant abnormality may exist, an entity would likely include individuals or facilities performing such a service.

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2018 - 2019 Monthly Meetings  

Members who attended the monthly meeting series will receive their CME Transcript in June.

A copy will be emailed to the email on file. 

Jill Foster, MD (center) pictured with (left to right):  Srinivas Kondapalli, MD; Daniel Buerger, MD; Sharon L. Taylor, MD (President); and    David Buerger, MD (President-Elect)

 Dr. Foster was the final presenter of the POS 2018-2019 academic season and delivered two excellent lectures.  Thank  you to David Buerger, MD for inviting       Dr. Foster to  Pittsburgh.   Following the first lecture, Sohani Amarasekera, MD, Resident at the University of Pittsburgh Eye Center, presented an interesting case for review and  discussion. 

The Society would like to thank Allergan for support of the February meeting. 

Carl Awh, MD, (center) pictured with (left to right):  Sharon L. Taylor, MD; Andrew Eller, MD, Benjamin Botsford, MD and Thierry Verstraeten, MD 

 Dr. Awh started the 2019 meeting season with two interesting presentations. Following the first lecture, Benjamin Botsford, MD, Resident at the University of Pittsburgh Eye Center, presented an interesting case for review and  discussion. Thank you to Dr. Verstraeten for inviting Dr. Awh to Pittsburgh and to Regeneron and Spark Therapeutics for support of the program. 

Debra Goldstein, MD (left) with Pamela Rath, MD (who invited Dr. Goldstein) and Sharon Taylor, MD, President. 

 lFollowing Dr. Goldstein's first lecture, Jennifer Lee, MD, Resident at the University of Pittsburgh Eye Center, presented an interesting case for review and  discussion. Thank you to Carl Zeiss Meditec and Genentech for co-sponsoring the meeting.

Shakeel R. Shareef, MD (left) with Sharon L. Taylor, MD and Ian Conner, MD, PhD. (right). Dr. Shareef was the guest speaker for the October 4 meeting. Thank you to Dr. Conner who extended the invitation to Dr. Shareef and to Alcon for sponsoring the meeting. 

Steven G. Safran, MD (center) pictured with Deepinder Dhaliwal, MD (left) and Sharon L. Taylor, MD (right). 

Dr. Safran opened the 2018-2019 POS monthly meeting series with two outstanding and entertaining lectures to a robust crowd.  Following the first lecture, Julia Kuhn, MD, Resident at the University of Pittsburgh Eye Center, presented "A Case of Watery Eyes:  Approaching Ocular Surface Discomfort" for review and discussion. Thank you to Dr. Dhaliwal for inviting Dr. Safran.  The September meeting served as a Vendor Appreciation. Exhibitors who sponsored the 2018 Annual meeting were invited to network with members during the social portion of the evening.

Society hosts 2nd Annual Ophthalmology Community Wet Lab: MIGS and MORE 

The Pittsburgh Ophthalmology Society hosted the 2nd Annual Ophthalmology Community Wet Lab: MIGS and MORE.  Two separate sessions, an introduction and advanced techniques, were held at the UPMC Eye Center – Eye and Ear Institute May 29 and June 13.   Thank you to the following companies who were instrumental (pun intended) in providing equipment, support staff and teaching assistance for each 2-1/2 hour program: Alcon, Allergan, Bausch and Lomb, Glaukos, IanTech and New World Medical.  We also thank UPMC Eye and Ear for use of the wet lab for this worthwhile endeavor. 

A maximum of 9 physicians attended each session where they had opportunity to participate in dry and wet labs for iLoop, iStent, Kahook blade, CyPass, and pars plana anterior vitrectomy with and without trocars. One-on-one learning and coaching was available, and each person was able to self-direct learning and practice opportunities. 

Sharon Taylor, MD and Ian Conner, MD, PhD served as course directors and initiated the program offering.  The directors, industry instructors, and participants all shared their expertise and pearls of wisdom with their colleagues.  

 Comments from participants were uniformly positive and the Society looks forward to offering sessions in 2019.  While we always plan to have vitrectomy practice available, we also welcome suggestions for future wet lab topics or for other educational sessions members would like to see offered.  If you have a skill set others would benefit from learning and practicing, please let us know.  Submit suggestions to Nadine Popovich, administrator, at npopovich@acms.org.

Thank you to the following who provided program support:


Society Mission

To act as the voice of ophthalmologic medicine in the Pittsburgh area, to serve as patient advocate in promoting preventive eye care, quality medical and surgical care and rehabilitative services for individuals with ophthalmologic diseases and to advance the knowledge, science and practice of ophthalmology, to assist in the improvement of the quality of ophthalmologic medicine and training therein, and to promote integrity in the practice of ophthalmic medicine.

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