International Ophthalmology Meeting

Friday, July 28 - Saturday, July 29

International and Community Ophthalmology Meeting - OHSU Casey Eye Institute

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International and Community Ophthalmology 2017: A World of Opportunity

A symposium on evidence, strategies and the future of international and community ophthalmology.

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Friday, July 28 - Saturday, July 29, 2017
OHSU Casey Eye Institute | Macdonald Auditorium 
3375 SW Terwilliger Blvd., Portland, OR 97239

Friday, July 28, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 
Saturday, July 29, 9:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

View the full meeting program.

Meeting Highlights

This is the fourth biennial international and community ophthalmology meeting at Casey Eye Institute, where ophthalmologists will engage directly with experts in an examination of the latest in scientific evidence and strategies to improve eye health at home and around the world. 

This year's meeting will review and address the recommendations from the National Academy of Science, Engineering and Medicine's report on "Making Eye Health a Health Care Priority: A Vision for Tomorrow."

The target audience of this meeting are practicing ophthalmologists, ophthalmologists in training, researchers and others engaged in the field.

This year's meeting will feature guest speakers, panel discussions, breakfast with the experts, and surgical skills transfer sessions in SICS and MIGS procedures to better empower those interested in serving this mission in ophthalmology.

Extra Offerings 

SICS wetlab course
MIGS wetlab workshop (non-CME credit)
Friday evening: Dinner with the speakers at Portland's famous Simpatica Dining Hall 
Saturday afternoon: Wine tasting, tour and lunch at Lange Estate Winery and Vineyards in nearby Dundee, OR

Course dates coincide with the 31st Annual International Pinot Noir Celebration and the Oregon Brewers Festival.

Hotel accommodations can be made using the group rate at Hotel Monaco

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Speakers Include:

Reeta Gurung, M.D., CEO, Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology, Kathmandu, Nepal

Alan L. Robin, M.D., Professor of Ophthalmology, University of Michigan; Associate Professor of Ophthalmology and International Health, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland

Yee Yee Aung, M.D., Professor and Head, Department of Ophthalmology, University of Medicine, Mandalay, Myanmar

David J. Wilson, M.D., Professor, Ophthalmology; Director, Casey Eye Institute, Oregon Health and Science University 

Jinan Saaddine, M.D., M.P.H., Head, Vision Health Initiative, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA

Suzanne S. Gilbert, Ph.D., M.P.H., Senior Director, Innovation and Sight Program, Seva Foundation, Berkeley, California

Matt S. Oliva, M.D., Medical Eye Center, Medford, Oregon; Board Member of the Himalayan Cataract Project

Agenda (Subject to change)

Friday, July 28

7:00 - 8:00 a.m. Registration and breakfast
8:00 - 8:05 a.m. Chairman's welcome and introduction, David J. Wilson, M.D.
8:05 - 12:00 p.m. First Session: "Wide View, A Population Perspective," concurrent with iStent wet lab course
  • Reeta Gurung, M.D., "Success of the Eye Care System in Nepal"
  • Alan L. Robin, M.D., "Lessons from the bottom of the Pyramid"
  • Yee Yee Aung, M.D., Advancing the Eye Care System in Myanmar
  • Jinan Saaddine, M.D., M.P.H., "Improving Vision and Eye Health in the United States: The Role of Public Health"
  • David J. Wilson, M.D., "Our Need and Plan to Address Eye Health in Oregon"
  • Candice Jimenez, M.P.H., "A Cultural Approach to Eye Health from a Tribal Perspective"
  • Panel Discussion: "Experience with National Eye Plans - Pros and Cons," moderated by David J. Wilson, M.D.
1:00 - 4:30 p.m. Second Session: "Boots on the Ground, Programs at Work," concurrent with iStent wet lab course
  • Matt S. Oliva, M.D., "Building Meaningful Long Term Relationships in International Ophthalmology"
  • Mitchell V. Brinks, M.D., M.P.H., "Casey Collaborations with Partners in SE Asia - Structure and Design"
  • Suzanne Gilbert, Ph.D., M.P.H., "Filling the Global Ophthalmologist Gap: Training Strategies"
  • John H. Haines, M.D., "Lessons Learned after 35 Eye Camps on 4 Continents"
  • Michael F. Chiang, M.D., "Information Technology and Big Data for International and Population Health"
  • John Clements, M.D., "Eye Diseases of the Developing World"
  • Devin M. Gattey, M.D., "Learning SICS"
  • Rachel Siegel, "SEE International: Educational Initiatives"
  • Panel Discussion: "Putting Policy into Play: Organizing and Training Teams to Deliver Care" moderated by John Clements, M.D.

Saturday, July 29

8:00 - 9:00 a.m. Breakfast with the experts 
9:00 - 11:30 a.m. Third Session: "Collaborations and the Future," concurrent with MSICS wetlab course
  • Reeta Gurung, M.D., "Small Incision Cataract Surgery: A Novel Approach to Reduce Cataract Blindness in the Developing World"
  • Jinan Saaddine, M.D. M.P.H., "An Eye on the Future: Working Together for Impact"
  • Alan Robin, M.D., "Educational Collaborations"
  • Yee Yee Aung, M.D., Health Care Challenges and Working with NGO's in 2017
  • J. Peter Campbell, M.D., M.P.H., "ROP Tele-Education and Quantitative Image Analysis"
  • Panel Discussion: "Where is the Cutting Edge: What Can We Learn from Other Countries?" moderated by Daniel Karr, M.D.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this event, participants will be able to:
  • Recognize the challenges faced in the U.S. and various developing countries in addressing unnecessary blindness
  • Comprehend the strategies currently being employed to improve vision health
  • Identify the organizations working in vision health and what the opportunities are for participation
  • Demonstrate basic competence in surgical techniques helpful for severe cataract and co existent glaucoma


Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 


OHSU School of Medicine designates this live activity for maximum of 8.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

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