Newswise — Philadelphia PA,– A first-of-its-kind conference taking a broad approach to discussing how Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) can be utilized in valuable ways from the perspective of each section of the eye will take place at Wills Eye Hospital, Saturday, January 25, 2020. 

Topics at this special Wills Retina Update will range from understanding the equipment’s latest, technological advancements to a multi-disciplinary analysis from Cataract, Cornea, Glaucoma, Neuro Ophthalmology, Ocular Oncology and Retina perspectives. The didactic format will include pro/con debates and clinical case discussions plus a special keynote talk by George A. Williams, MD, retinal specialist, health policy expert and the most recent past president of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO.) 

One of the most unique components of the conference will be the unparalleled roster of speakers assembled to tackle the subject. Key opinion leaders and rising stars in the field will provide their experience, perspectives, lessons learned and predictions for the future of this gold standard diagnostic technique. In addition to Dr. Williams, speakers include, Christopher J. Rapuano, MD, Chief, Cornea Service, Robert C. Bailey, Jr., MD, Chief, Cataract and Primary Eye Care Service, Carol L. Shields, MD, Chief, Ocular Oncology Service, Carl D. Regillo, MD, Chief, Retina Service, Sonia Mehta, MD, Allen Chiang, MD and Michael Klufas, MD, of the Wills Retina Service and Robert C. Sergott, MD, Chief, Neuro Ophthalmology Service, just to name a few.  

“We are taking a broad clinical approach to understanding the true benefits and usage of this widely utilized imaging technique so that comprehensive ophthalmologists and subspecialists from all areas of ophthalmology can appreciate how others utilize OCT in their clinical practice.  I am hoping that by sharing perspectives we will all expand our collective knowledge,” said Richard S. Kaiser, MD, Co-Chairman of the Conference, along with Co-Chair, Yoshihiro Yonekawa, MD. 

The event’s keynote will be presented by George A. Williams, MD, Chair, Department of Ophthalmology and Director of the Beaumont Eye Institute at Beaumont Health in Royal Oak, Michigan. Dr. Williams is Professor and Chair of Ophthalmology at Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine and a partner with Associated Retinal Consultants. Dr. Williams has published more than 250 articles and book chapters in the field of vitreoretinal surgery. He has participated in more than 20 clinical trials sponsored by the National Eye Institute and Industry. 

“This is going to be an invaluable, comprehensive look at OCT, which has become the gold standard of imaging we all use. It’s a phenomenal opportunity for all of us to learn more, share perspectives and see practical examples of lessons learned,” said Julia A. Haller, MD, Ophthalmologist-in-Chief, Wills Eye Hospital. 



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