The Pittsburgh Ophthalmology Society, under the leadership of President Marshall Stafford, MD, hosted their 57th Annual Meeting on March 10 at the Omni William Penn Hotel. After two years of virtual offerings the in-person event attracted over 90 physicians who welcomed distinguished ophthalmologist Uday Devgan, MD, FACS, Private Practice, Devgan Eye Surgery, Los Angeles; Partner, Specialty Surgical Center, Beverly Hills; and the original Cataract Coach, who served as the 41st Annual Harvey E. Thorpe Lecturer.

The named lecture honors Harvey E. Thorpe, MD, an ophthalmologist whose techniques and inventions of medical instruments contributed to the study of the eye series.

Dr. Devgan is world renowned in the field of ocular surgery and has taught surgery in 40 countries and writes teaching columns in eye surgery journals which are distributed worldwide. He has written more than 200 books, chapters, medical papers, and journal articles about techniques of cataract, lens, and LASIK surgery. These writings as well as his instructional surgical videos have helped thousands of ophthalmologists and their patients.

Attendees were enlightened and educated with presentations from the following prominent and distinguished guest faculty: Emily Chew, MD Director, Division of Epidemiology and Clinical Applications (DECA), at the National Eye Institute, the National Institutes of Health ; Chief, Clinical Trials Branch, Bethesda, MD;  Chris Albanis, MD Comprehensive Ophthalmology and Refractive Surgery;  Chief Medical Officer, Ocular Partners, Inc. President, Arbor Centers for EyeCare, Clinical Associate, The University of Chicago;  Chairperson, Advocate Christ Medical Center, Department of Ophthalmology Chicago, IL;  and Steven R. Sarkisian, Jr., MD, founder, and CEO of Oklahoma Eye Surgeons, PLLC.

In addition, attendees welcomed local faculty José- Alain Sahel, MD, Distinguished Professor and Chairman, The Eye and Ear Endowed Chair, Department of Ophthalmology; Director, UPMC Eye Center, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA, Kenneth Cheng, Pittsburgh Ophthalmology Society Board of Director, provided a brief and informative legislative update.

57th Annual Meeting Guest Faculty

(l to r) Chris Albanis, MD (front)José-Alain Sahel,  MD (rear); Marshall Stafford, MD, President; Uday Devgan, MD, 41st Annual Harvey E. Thorpe Lecturer;

Steven Sarkisian, Jr., MD; Kenneth Cheng, MD

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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