Public Health Ophthalmology Summit

An open eye with the world map painted on the face

An interdisciplinary forum to help map the future of U.S. based global ophthalmology.

July 19-20, 2019, Portland, Oregon

The Public Health Ophthalmology Summit brings together ophthalmologists, scholars, program leaders, advocates, and others in the field to share their experiences, exchange evidence and converse on key aspects of ophthalmology in the public health setting.

From world leaders in the field, our partners from Myanmar and Thailand, and local community teams that have participated in ophthalmic programs in diverse settings, we bring you exciting ideas, perspectives, and information, with the hope of contributing to the development of high quality, evidence-based public health efforts in the sight sciences.

This conference will be held at OHSU Casey Eye Institute and offers 5.75 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM.  


Friday, July 19 from 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 
Saturday, July 20 from 9:00 a.m. - noon

OHSU Casey Eye Institute
Portland, Oregon

OHSU map and directions


Mitchell V. Brinks, M.D., M.P.H., Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology; Director, Casey Outreach Program; OHSU Casey Eye Institute

J. Peter Campbell, M.D., M.P.H., Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology; OHSU Casey Eye Institute

Beth Edmunds, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor or Ophthalmology; Director, Childhood Glaucoma Center; OHSU Casey Eye Institute

Meeting highlights

Attendees are welcome to participate in presentations, panel discussions with audience submitted questions, small group breakfast with key note speakers, surgical skills transfer sessions, and a social event at one of Portland's finest restaurants.

The target audience of this meeting includes practicing ophthalmologists, public health leaders, researchers, residents interested individuals engaged in the exciting field of ophthalmology. 

Additional information

Guest speakers

R. V. Paul Chan, M.D., M.Sc.

R. V. Paul Chan, M.D., M.Sc.
The John H. Panton, M.D., Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences 
Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs and Global Ophthalmology; Director, Pediatric Retina and ROP Service 
Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary, University of Illinois at Chicago 

David S. Friedman, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D.

David S. Friedman, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D.
Professor of Ophthalmology
Director, Dana Center for Preventive Ophthalmology
Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD

Yee Yee Aung, M.D.
Professor of Ophthalmology
Mandalay Eye Hospital, Mandalay, Myanmar

Kabindra Bajracharya, M.D., M.A.
Pediatric Ophthalmologist
Lumbini Eye Institute and Research Center, Nepal

Hunter Cherweck, M.D.
Deputy Director of Program, Clinical
ORBIS International

Michael F. Chiang, M.D.
Knowles Professor of Ophthalmology
Associate Director, OHSU Casey Eye Institute
Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, OR

Joshua R. Ehrlich, M.D., M.P.H. 
Assistant Professor, Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center, Ann Arbor, MI

Bradley K. Farris, M.D. 
Professor of Ophthalmology 
Adjunct Professor of Neurology 
Adjunct Professor of Neurosurgery 
Dean McGee Eye Institute, University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, OK

Suzanne Gilbert, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Senior Director, Research & Strategic Opportunities, Seva Foundation
North America Region Chair, International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness

Daniel Gradin, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology
Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, OR

Cristos Ifantides, M.D., M.B.A. 
Assistant Professor, Comprehensive Ophthalmology
Director, Ophthalmic Global Outreach 
University of Colorado, Denver, CO

Allison Jarstad, M.D.
International Fellow
Himalayan Cataract Project

Jacquelyn A. Jetton O'Banion, M.D., M.Sc. 
Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology, Comprehensive Ophthalmology 
Assistant Director, Global Ophthalmology-Emory 
Emory Eye Center, Atlanta, GA

Jeff Pettey, M.D.
John Moran Eye Center Vice Chair for Education
Associate Clinical Professor 
University of Utah Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Salt Lake City, UT

Rajeev Ramchandran, M.D., M.B.A.
Associate Professor of Ophthalmology
University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY

Ngamkae Ruangvaravate, M.D.
Professor and chair, Department of Ophthalmology, Siriraj Hospital
Bangkok, Thailand

David Sanders, M.D., M.P.H.
Fellow, Glaucoma
OHSU Casey Eye Institute, Portland, OR

Victoria M. Sheffield
President and CEO of International Eye Foundation
Vice-President, International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB)

Public Health Ophthalmology Summit 2019 Program 

*Subject to change


7 - 8 a.m. Breakfast

8:00 - 8:10 a.m. Welcome
Mitchell V. Brinks, M.D., M.P.H., J. Peter Campbell, M.D., M.P.H., Beth Edmunds, M.D., Ph.D.

8:10 - 8:15 a.m. The role of "global" ophthalmology in an academic department
David J. Wilson, M.D.

Morning Session I: Academic research endeavors

8:15 – 8:35 a.m. Global Burden of Blindness and Vision Impairment: Past, Present, and Future
Josh Ehrlich, M.D., University of Michigan

8:35 - 8:55 a.m. AI and Big Data: what does it mean for global health?
Michael F. Chiang, M.D., Casey Eye Institute

8:55 - 9:15 a.m. Balancing Short and Long-term Goals in Research, Teaching and Patient Care
J. Peter Campbell, M.D., M.P.H., OHSU Casey Eye Institute

9:15 - 9:35 a.m.  Academic Global Ophthalmology and the American Academy of Ophthalmology 
R. V. Paul Chan, M.D. 

9:35 - 10:05 a.m. Panel: What important gaps in knowledge should we prioritize over the next five years? 
Paul Chan, M.D., Michael F. Chiang, M.D., Josh Ehrlich, M.D., Suzanne Gilbert, M.D. 

10:05 - 10:20 a.m. Break

Morning Session II: Evidence driven programs

10:20 - 10:40 a.m. Data in the NGO, IAPB, and WHO world: How, why and where it's used for maximum impact 
Victoria Sheffield

10:40 - 10:50 a.m. U.S. Advocacy efforts
Mitchell V. Brinks, M.D., M.P.H.

10:50 - 11:05 a.m. Identifying site matched capacity building priorities
Allison Jarstad, M.D.

11:05 - 11:20 a.m. Telemedicine and Distance Learning - Cybersight 
Hunter Cherwek, M.D.

11:20 - 11:30 a.m. Lessons From Both Short Term and Long Term Experiences with CBM
Daniel Gradin, M.D.

11:30 - 11:40 a.m. The Role of Mindfulness Practice in Providing Quality Eye Services
Kabindra Bajracharya, M.D.

11:40 - 12:05 p.m. Panel: When is a partner site best suited for a particular intervention?
Hunter Cherwek, M.D., Victoria Sheffield, Yee Yee Aung, M.D., Paul Chan, M.D.

12:05 - 1:00 p.m. Lunch

Afternoon Session I: Academic and educational programs – what is underway and what opportunities are there for collaboration

1:00 - 1:30 p.m. International ROP Program Development: Lessons Learned After a Decade of Academic International Collaborations
R.V. Paul Chan, M.D.

1:30 - 1:45 p.m. A High Altitude View of the Evolution of US Based PHO  Programs
Bradley K. Farris, M.D.

1:45 - 2:00 p.m. Country needs assessments - selecting the best program for the setting
Jacquelyn A. Jetton O'Banion, M.D., M.Sc.

2:00 - 2:15 p.m. Opportunities for synergy among U.S. academic programs 
Jeff Pettey, M.D.

2:15 - 2:30 p.m. Engaging ophthalmology trainess in public health ophthalmology
Cristos Ifantides, M.D., M.B.A.

2:30 - 2:45 p.m. Rochester-L.V. Prasad Relationship: Focus on Allied Health Training, Ophthalmic Nurse Assistant Program
Rajeev Ramchandran, M.D. 

2:45 - 3:00 p.m. Multi-stakeholder collaborations in Southeast Asia
Mitchell V. Brinks, M.D., M.P.H., Beth Edmunds, M.D., Ph.D.

3:00 - 3:15 p.m. Break

Afternoon Session II: International partnerships

3:15 - 3:45 p.m. Panel:  Pros and cons, resources and obstacles to organizing U.S. ophthalmology programs
Beth Edmunds, M.D., Jacquelyn O'Banion, M.D., Bradley Ferris, M.D., Cristos Ifantides, M.D., M.B.A., Jeff Pettey, M.D. 

3:45 - 4:05 p.m. Myanmar Ophthalmology Educational Programs and Experience with International Partnerships
Yee Yee Aung, M.D.

4:05 - 4:25 p.m. Thailand Educational Programs and Experience with International Partnerships
Ngamkae Ruangvaravate, M.D.

4:25 - 4:55 p.m. Panel: Pearls and Pitfalls in Successful International Collaboration
Yee Yee Aung, M.D., Jacquelyn O'Banion, M.D., Bradley Farris, M.D., Rajeev Ramchandran, M.D., Hunter Cherwek, M.D.

4:55- 5:00 p.m. Final remarks
Mitchell V. Brinks, M.D., M.P.H.


8:00 - 900 a.m. Breakfast with the experts

Session I: Organizational strategies

9:00 - 9:45 a.m. Talks by David Friedman. M.D.

  1. Performing academic research overseas - pearls and pitfalls
  2. Building Capacity in Cataract Surgical Services in Africa: The ACCESS Initiative"

9:45 - 10:00 a.m. Q&A with David Friedman

10:00 - 10:15 a.m. Role of the IAPB and Vision 2020 Around the Globe
Victoria Sheffield

10:15 - 10:30 am Break

Session II: Developing programs and capacity

10:30 - 10:45 a.m. Scaling Eye Services Through Collective Action 
Suzanne Gilbert, Ph.D., M.P.H. 

10:45 - 10:55 a.m. Big Questions and Implications from a study of cataract blindness programs in Amhara, Ethiopia 
David Sanders, M.D., M.P.H. 

10:55 - 11:25 a.m. Panel: Strategies for expanding cataract and other surgical services? 
Victoria Sheffield, Paul Chan, M.D., Jacquelyn O'Banion, M.D., Yee Yee Aung, M.D., M.P.H., Ngamkae Ruangvaravate, M.D. 

11:25- 11:55 am Audience submitted questions and open discussion
Moderated by Pete Campbell, Beth Edmunds and Mitch Brinks 

11:55 a.m. Closing remarks

Learn manual small-incision cataract surgery (MSICS)

Interested in learning or improving your MSICS skills? Register for the MSICS wet lab offered in addition to the Public Health Ophthalmology Summit. Our experienced surgeons and educators will guide you through a practical course on MSICS to improve your surgical skill. The wet lab stations will be fully equipped with the latest machines, tools and instruments, and you will be able to practice on both artificial and donated eyes. 

The wet lab will take place on Saturday, July 20, 2019 from 9 am - noon at OHSU Casey Eye Institute. Register

John Clements, M.D., Director of wetlab surgical training.

Dr. Clements performing surgery internationally

Visit Portland

July is a great time to visit Portland. Learn more about wine tasting, world-class outdoor activities, outdoor festivals and more!

Mt. Hood at sunset

Learning objectives

Participants will be able to:

  • Discuss best practices for involvement in ophthalmic care in under-served regions
  • Develop an appreciation for the multiple avenues for involvement and how multiple organizations with diverse mission statements can work together in the global quest to reduce preventable blindness.
  • Foster excitement about participating in high quality programs in under-developed parts of the world, in education, delivery of care and research.
  • Discuss the role(s) of US-based universities in improving quality and quantity of ophthalmic care provided around the world.


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 a maximum of 5.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity

Leading the way

As a world-class academic eye center, OHSU Casey Eye Institute's underlying mission is to address preventable sight loss through innovative research, top-flight clinical care and outstanding ophthalmic training programs.  

Today, Casey is at the forefront of integrating advanced technology in eye care delivery across the world. By applying our pioneering work in ophthalmic imaging and deep learning to Casey's outreach efforts, we can amplify our impact in population eye health. 

Casey's groundbreaking programs in gene therapy and telemedicine for retinopathy of prematurity are also preserving eyesight in the world's youngest citizens by:

  • Leading the way with more clinical trials in gene therapy than any other center in the world 
  • Being an early provider of the first FDA-approved gene therapy treatment for a rare form of childhood blindness
  • Using telemedicine to improve access to crucial screening of premature infants without access to ophthalmologists trained to detect ROP

Our strengths in these areas have enabled Casey to develop robust partnerships with scores of community health organizations throughout Oregon and global health initiatives in Myanmar and Thailand. To better serve Oregonians at risk of avoidable blindness, Casey is studying the public's perception of vision loss and access to care and collaborating with these communities to create effective solutions.

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