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    ASCRS congregates under the cherry blossoms for 2018 event

    Symposia, instructional courses, skills transfer labs, films, poster presentations will be offered during annual conference

    Symposia, instructional courses, skills transfer labs, films, poster presentations will be offered during annual conference

    The American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) will convene its 2018 annual meeting—in conjunction with the American Society of Ophthalmic Administrators (ASOA)—Friday, April 13, through Tuesday, April 17, in Washington, DC.

    For those trekking to the nation’s capital, attendees can expect to learn, network, and partake in an exciting showdown of knowledge during a special panelist discussion familiar to the format of TV’s “The Voice.”

    While there might not be singing, the brightest minds are hitting the ASCRS stage to compete in “The Voice of Ophthalmology,” a high-energy competition featuring accomplished professionals coaching panelists as they defend perspectives on some of the most challenging issues facing ophthalmologists today.

    The host for this event will be Edward J. Holland, MD, and coaches will be Iqbal “Ike” K. Ahmed, MD; John P. Berdahl, MD; Eric D. Donnenfeld, MD; and Elizabeth Yeu, MD. Panelists will be Rosa Braga-Mele, MD; Terry Kim, MD; Dr. Lindstrom; and Vance Thompson, MD.

    Watch the deliberations unfold between judges and panelists in this entertaining, yet informing exchange among the “rock stars” of ophthalmology during Part II of the Sunday Summit General Session.

    Meeting overview

    The ASCRS Opening General Session will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday. Bonnie An Henderson, MD, will give the outgoing presidential address and Thomas W. Samuelson, MD, will give the incoming presidential address. The 2018 ASCRS Honored Guests are Richard B. Packard, MD, and R. Bruce Wallace III, MD, as well as ASCRS Foundation co-chairmen David F. Chang, MD, Stephen S. Lane, MD, and James V. Mazzo. Alan Crandall, MD, will be recognized as the inaugural winner of the Chang Humanitarian Award.

    The ASCRS Ophthalmology Hall of Fame ceremony will be part of this event as well, which includes honored inductees I. Howard Fine, MD, and David M. Maurice, PhD (deceased).

    The ASCRS Binkhorst Lecture will be given by Oliver Findl, MD, titled, “The Challenge of Choosing the Right IOL Power.” Dr. Findl is chairman, Department of Ophthalmology, Hanusch Hospital, Vienna, Austria. As founder and head of the Vienna Institute for Research in Ocular Surgery, Dr. Findl has authored more than 250 articles in international peer-reviewed journals, and is secretary of the European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons and treasurer of the Austrian Ophthalmological Society.

    The Saturday Symposia set includes:

    • Clinical Conundrums in the Surgical Correction of Presbyopia
    • Challenging Video Cases for the Young Eye Surgeon
    • Retina Essentials for Cataract and Refractive Surgery
    • Diagnostic and Therapeutic Challenges and Solutions in Pediatric Cornea
    • Nailing the Best IOL Refractive Outcomes: Let the Experts Update You
    • Taking Your Practice from Good to Great: Clinical and Practice Insights 10 Years Out
    • Survive or Thrive in the Modern Healthcare Environment: Clinical Changes to Practice Management of Complicated Cases in Cataract and Refractive Surgery (presented in Spanish)

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