2019 - 2020 Monthly Meeting Series







Five monthly meetings are scheduled with all meetings held at the Allegheny County Medical Society, located on the North Side.

Attendance is between 50 and 75 physician members. The format for the evening includes lectures, a social hour/visit with exhibitor, and dinner.  

Please visit the sponsorship page for complete information or contact Nadine Popovich for further information (npopovich@acms.org) or (412) 321-5030.

POS September 5 meeting

The Pittsburgh Ophthalmology Society (POS), under the leadership of President David Buerger, MD, FACS, hosted their first monthly meeting of the academic season on September 5th.

The Society welcomed Joshua C. Teichman, MD, MPH, FRCSC, Ophthalmology and Vision Sciences, Department of Ophthalmology, University of Toronto; Trillium Partners, Canada. Following the first lecture, Sabrina Mukhtar, MD Resident at the University of Pittsburgh Eye Center, presented an interesting case for review and discussion by Dr. Teichman. Thank you to Deepinder Dhaliwal, MD for inviting Dr. Teichman.

Over 70 members were on hand for the inaugural meeting. In addition, the meeting served to thank vendors who participated in the 2019 Annual Meeting. Over 20 vendors enjoyed networking with POS members during the social portion of the program.   

A reminder that there is no October meeting due to the AAO meeting held in October. The next monthly meeting will take place on November 7, when the POS welcomes I. Paul Singh, MD, Glaucoma specialist. 

Left to right:  Sabrina Mukhtar, MD (Resident Presenter); Joshua Teichman, MD (guest faculty); David Buerger, MD, FACS, President

POS Hosts  3rd Annual Wet Lab

June 4 and June 5

The Pittsburgh Ophthalmology Society hosted the 3rd Annual Ophthalmology Community Wet Lab: Yamane Technique and Iris Defect Repair Workshop at the UPMC Eye Center – Eye and Ear Institute on June 4 and June 5.

Two separate sessions were offered to maximum attendee participation, with each session offering a didactic portion and two-hour hands on workshop.

Thank you to the following companies who were instrumental in providing equipment, support staff and teaching assistance:   Bausch and Lomb and Microsurgical Technology.  The Society also thanks UPMC Eye and Ear for use of the wet lab for this worthwhile endeavor. 

A maximum of 10 physicians attended each session where they had opportunity to explore and learn the indications and surgical steps required for Yamane scleral IOL fixation technique and iris defect repair.

One-on-one learning and coaching were available, and each person was able to self-direct learning and practice opportunities. Attendees become familiar with tools for managing iris or pupillary defects; learned the indications and surgical steps required for Yamane scleral IOL fixation technique; and practiced successful steps for anterior vitrectomy by pars plana approach in the setting of unexpected vitreous presentation during cataract surgery.

Ian Conner, MD, PhD and Sharon L. Taylor, MD, FACS served as course directors and initiated the program offering.  Thank you to POS members Deepinder Dhaliwal, MD, Alex Mammen, MD and Thierry Verstraeten, MD who served as instructors and along with the directors and industry instructors, 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 2020.  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.

The Society thanks the following sponsors who provided instruction and equipment for the Program:

  Course Director Ian Conner, MD, PhD, (left) instructs participant Joel Brown, MD. Far right, Instructor Thierry Verstraeten, MD tutors attendee        Michaela Hickey, DO.

Instructor Thierry Verstraeten, MD assists Michaela Hickey DO at the 3rd Annual Wet Lab, sponsored by the Pittsburgh Ophthalmology Society.

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.

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

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