56th Annual Meeting


SAVE THE DATE for 2021!

MARCH 12, 2021

Pittsburgh Marriott City Center
112 Washington Place
Pittsburgh, PA  15219

40th Annual Harvey E. Thorpe Lecturer

Robert H Osher, MD


Professor of Ophthalmology, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
Medical Director, Emeritus of the Cincinnati Eye Institute
Founder & Editor, Video Journal of Cataract, Refractive, & Glaucoma Surgery

The Pittsburgh Ophthalmology Society is honored to welcome Robert Osher, MD as the 40th Annual Harvey E. Thorpe Lecturer. Dr. Osher is the recipient of numerous awards including the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery’s two highest honors, the prestigious Binkhorst Medal and the Innovator’s Award. He also has received the Lifetime Achievement Award and the Kelman Award, the highest honor given to a cataract surgeon by the American Academy of Ophthalmology and more recently the Kelman Award from the Brazilian Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery.

He has designed many of the contemporary intraocular lenses and instruments used in cataract surgery, in addition to developing new techniques in this subspecialty. His surgical videos have won more than 25 first-prize honors at the American, European, Asian and South American Cataract Societies including three Grand Prizes at ASCRA and ESCRS.

Dr. Osher has delivered more than 100 named lectures to implant societies in more than 40 countries and has contributed to a dozen textbooks in his subspecialty. He is the founder and editor of the Video Journal of Cataract, Refractive, and Glaucoma Surgery and has published more than 250 videos and peer-reviewed articles.



 Medical Director, Spectra Eye Institute   Senior Secretary for Advocacy, American   Academy of Ophthalmology Claims   Chairman, Ophthalmic Mutual Insurance     Company Board Member, AAO and OMIC

 Hans Bruhn, MHS

  Risk Manager

  Ophthalmic Mutual Insurance Company      OMIC)

Keith D. Carter, MD, FACS

 Lillian C. O'Brien and Dr. C.S. O'Brien   Chair  in Ophthalmology; Chairman and   Head, Department of Ophthalmology;   Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual   Sciences; Professor of Otolaryngology,   University of Iowa Carver College of   Medicine

 John S. Pollack, MD

 Partner, Illinois Retina Associates, S.C.

  Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology

  Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL

  President, American Society of Retina 


 Carol Shields, MD

 Chief of the Ocular Oncology Service, Wills       Eye Hospital Professor of Ophthalmology       at Thomas Jefferson University in   Philadelphia


As of January 2020 - Subject to Change

 7:00 AM Registration / Continental Breakfast
Visit Vendor & Exhibit Booths (not accepted for CME)
7:35 am David G. Buerger, MD, FACS, President – Welcome and Announcements

7:45 am to 8:15 am

 Carol Shields, MD - Conjunctival Tumors in a Nutshell

8:15 am to 8:45 am Robert Osher, MD – Management of Complications during Cataract Surgery
8:45 am to 9:30 am

John Pollack, MD - Why Ask Why: The importance of questioning why we do what we do…

9:30 am to 10:00 am

 Robert Osher, MD – Challenging Cataract Cases

10:00 am to 10:25 am  Break
 10:25 am to 10:30 am  Sabrina Muhktar, MD - Women in Ophthalmology
10:30 am to 11:00 am Keith Carter, MD, FACS – AAO Update
11:00 am to 11:45 am  Carol Shields, MD - Intraocular tumors: A rare flock of birds
11:45 to 12:30 pm 

Robert Osher, MD Thorpe Lecture: Award Winning Videos: teaching Through Entertainment

12:30 pm to 12:35 pm Thorpe Scroll Presentation to Dr. Osher by Dr. Buerger
 12:35 pm to 12:40 pm Kenneth Cheng, MD - Legislative Update
12:40 pm to 1:20 pm Lunch (not accepted for CME)
1:20 pm to 2:10 pm  Grand Rounds - Carol Shields, MD; Robert Osher, MD; Keith Carter, MD; John Pollack, MD
2:10 pm to 2:55 pm Keith Carter, MD, FACS – The Challenge of Thyroid Eye Disease
2:55 pm to 3:15 pm Break / Visit Vendors and Exhibit Booths (not accepted for CME)
3:15 pm to 3:45 pm  John Pollack, MD – The Future of Retina
3:45 pm to 4:30 pm

 Daniel Briceland, MD / Hans Bruhn - Duty to Patients: Beginning, Ending and Obligations

Annual Banquet

Terrace Room at the
Omni William Penn Hotel

530 William Penn Pl, Pittsburgh, PA 15219


6:30 pm to 7:30 pm Cocktail hour  7:40 pm Dinner  8:35 pm Dessert,  Remarks by David Buerger, MD , President

Join your colleagues for an evening of camaraderie. Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres served from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm. Continue to mingle during dinner as you enjoy selections from several food displays and butler-passed savories.

Parking Mellon Garage (located across the street from the Omni William Penn Hotel).

Additional parking options can be viewed by visiting Pittsburgh Parking Maps

Fee POS Member - $20.00 along with Conference Registration Fee          Guest Fee $95.00

Special dietary requested can be arranged by contacting Nadine Popovich, npopovich@acms.org or phone (412) 321-5030


Should you require overnight accommodations, contact the Pittsburgh Marriott City Center at (1-877-645-3553) to receive a group room rate of $149 (single/double per night plus taxes/fees).

The Room block rate is available Thursday, March 19, 2020 to Saturday, March 21, 2020. Last day to book your room is noon on February 27, 2020.

Click Here to Book Your Room.

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.

Meeting Objectives

This course will highlight the recent developments regarding diagnosis as well as medical and surgical therapy of common eye diseases. The participant should get a comprehensive review of the most current concepts in the management of ophthalmology by experts across the breadth of the field. For example, clinical trials and other evidence in the peer-reviewed literature over the past few years have changed the approach to managing cataract including IOL technology and femtosecond laser cataract surgery, corneal disease including dry eye disease, keratoplasty, and collagen cross linking, glaucoma and minimally invasive glaucoma surgical devices, as well as diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, and retinal vein occlusions. This course also includes legislative updates as it pertains to Ophthalmologists and their practice. At the conclusion of this meeting, participants should be able to:

            • Update their knowledge of diagnosis and treatment of common and rare ophthalmic diseases.
            • Identify major advances in key areas of cutting-edge research and technology in Ophthalmology.
            • Identify (appropriately) subsets of patients who may benefit from new treatment paradigms, diagnostic testing, or surgical interventions.
            • Incorporate new treatment paradigms, diagnostic approaches, and surgical techniques into current clinical practice.
            • Review, modify and hone surgical skills and approaches to specific eye problems and clinical situations.
            • Develop strategies to identify and address their own individual professional practice gaps.

Accreditation Statement

Allegheny General Hospital is accredited by the Accredited Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Certification Statement

Allegheny General Hospital designates this live activity for a maximum of 7.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credits commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Joint Provider Activities Statement

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the

Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of Allegheny General

Hospital and the Pittsburgh Ophthalmology Society.

Faculty Disclosure Statement

In accordance with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), and the policy of Allegheny General Hospital, presenters are asked to indicate if they have any relationship, which, in the context of their presentation, could be perceived as a real or apparent conflict of interest (e.g., ownership of stock, honoraria or consulting fees). Any such relationship will be disclosed to the audience and consideration will be given to possible influence of their presentations.

THE ANNUAL MEETING: (Physician program) and all other continuing medical education programs sponsored by the Pittsburgh Ophthalmology Society will be open to physicians and physicians’ in training only. The continuing medical education programs sponsored by the Society are intended for an audience of participants with a prerequisite medical education. CME credits will be awarded only to the intended audience.


Alcon  - Guest Faculty Dinner Sponsor

Virtual Officeware Healthcare Solutions  Friday Morning Break Sponsor

Thank you to our Exhibitors!

Plan on visiting with these companies to discuss their products and services and how they might help your practice.


   Allergan Eye Care

   Bausch & Lomb                                      

   CARR Healthcare Realty                                    




   Horizon Therapeutics


   Johnson & Johnson Surgical Vision

   MicroSurgical Technology

   New World Medical

   Omeros Corporation

Ophthalmic Mutual Insurance Company (OMIC)

Ophthalogix LLC


Regeneron Healthcare Solutions

SUN Ophthalmics


Vertical Solutions

Virtual Officeware Healthcare Solutions

Zeiss Meditec, Inc   


We are pleased to have the following non-profit organizations represented:

Blind and Vision Rehabilitation Services

Carnegie Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped

CORE – Center for Organ Recovery and Education    

Pennsylvania Academy of Ophthalmology

Prosurant (Allegheny County Medical Society)

Pittsburgh Ophthalmology Society
713 Ridge Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
412-321-5030 FAX 412-321-5323

Need more information?
Contact Nadine Popovich
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