Speakers

Steven J. Gedde, M.D.

Professor of Ophthalmology and John G. Clarkson Chair
Vice Chairman of Education and Residency Program Director
Bascom Palmer Eye Institute

Dr. Gedde received his medical degree from Vanderbilt University. He completed his ophthalmology residency at Wills Eye Hospital and fellowship in Glaucoma at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute of the University of Miami where he is currently professor of ophthalmology, Vice Chair of Education and Residency Program Director. Dr. Gedde received the Straatsma Award for Excellence in Resident Education at the AAO annual meeting in 2016. He has received numerous awards for his commitment to education, including the Department of Ophthalmology’s “Professor of the Year” in 1998 and 2003, the “First Year Teaching Award” in 2000, “Resident Teaching Award” in 2011, and South Florida’s Excellence in Health Care Educator of the Year. Dr. Gedde’s research interests include glaucoma drainage implants, complications of glaucoma surgery and medical education.

Presentations:

1. Lessons Learned from Glaucoma Clinical Trials

2. The (R)evolution in Glaucoma Surgery

Anthony J. Aldave, M.D.

Professor of Ophthalmology
Walton Li Chair in Cornea and Uveitis
Chief, Cornea and Uveitis Division
Director, Cornea and Refractive Surgery Fellowship,
The Jules Stein Eye Institute

Dr. Aldave received his medical degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. He completed an ophthalmology residency at Wills Eye Hospital and a fellowship in Cornea, External Disease, Uveitis and Refractive Surgery at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Aldave joined the Jules Stein Eye Institute at UCLA in 2002 as a full-time member of the Cornea and Refractive Surgery Services. He is currently a Professor of Ophthalmology, holds the Walton Li Chair in Cornea and Uveitis, is Chief of the Cornea and Uveitis Division and Director of the Cornea and Refractive Surgery Fellowship Program. In addition to his busy clinical practice, Dr. Aldave directs the Corneal Genetics Laboratory at the Jules Stein Eye Institute. Dr. Aldave’s NIH-funded laboratory research focuses on the molecular genetics of the corneal dystrophies, a group of inherited disorders that affect corneal clarity and constitute one of the primary indications for corneal transplantation. Dr. Aldave has authored over 100 peer-reviewed scientific publications, and serves as a scientific reviewer for 18 ophthalmology and genetics journals.

Presentations:

1. Cataract Surgery in Patients with Corneal Disease: Pearls and Pitfalls

2. Customized Corneal Transplantation: a Revolution in Evolution

Elliot Sohn, M.D.

Associate Professor
Director of Retina Fellowships
University of Iowa Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

Dr. Sohn received his medical degree and completed an ophthalmology residency at the University of Washington in Seattle. He completed a medical retina fellowship at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London and a Vitreoretinal Surgery fellowship at Doheny Eye Institute at the University of Southern California. Dr. Sohn is an Associate Professor and the Director of the Surgical and Medical Retina Fellowships at the University of Iowa. He has written or co-authored over 50 peer-reviewed manuscripts and 5 book chapters and served as Associate Book Editor for the AAO Basic Techniques of Ophthalmic Surgery, 3rd edition. He is on the editorial board of Nature Scientific Reports and is an on-going reviewer for multiple ophthalmic and scientific journals.

Presentations:

1. Progress in Treating Inherited Retinal Diseases

2. Age-Related Macular Degeneration: New Insights Into an Old Disease

Helen Wu, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology,
Tufts University School of Medicine
New England Eye Center

Dr. Wu received her medical degree from Ohio State University. She completed a residency in ophthalmology at the Kellogg Eye Center, University of Michigan. She completed fellowships in Ocular Immunology and Uveitis and Cornea and External Disease at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. Dr. Wu is an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and the Director of Refractive Surgery at the New England Eye Center, Tufts University School of Medicine, in Boston, Massachusetts. She has been performing cataract and refractive surgery for her entire career and interested currently in improving outcomes in post-refractive surgery patients undergoing cataract surgery with intraoperative wavefront aberrometry. She is also interested in the role of the ocular surface in refractive, cataract, and corneal surgery patients and looking forward to investigating the efficacy and mechanism of action of intense pulsed light, or IPL, therapy in dry eye patients.

Presentations:

1. Optimizing the Ocular Surface for Cataract and Refractive Surgery

2. Phakic IOLs: Where Do They Fit In Our Refractive Toolbox Today?

David Blodgett, M.D.

Eye Surgical Associates
Lincoln, Nebraska

Dr. Blodgett received his medical degree from Creighton University School of Medicine. He completed a residency in Ophthalmology at the Medical College of Virginia and fellowship in Oculoplastic Surgery, Neuro-Ophthalmology and Orbital Disease with Dr. Thomas Spoor in Warren Michigan. He was the program director of the Oculoplastics Fellowship at Michigan Neuro-Ophthalmology and Oculoplastics until June 2017 at which time he moved his practice to Eye Surgical Associates in Lincoln, Nebraska. Dr Blodgett is an accomplished author and lecturer on a variety of subjects in ophthalmology, surgery & neurology.

Presentations:

1. Latest in Thyroid Eye Disease

2. Pseudotumor Cerebri and The Role of The Optic Nerve Sheath Fenestration

Sophia M. Chung, M.D.

Professor, Department of Ophthalmology
Walter and Sharon Ryan Davisson Endowed Chair
St. Louis University School of Medicine

Dr. Chung received her medical degree from Duke University. She completed both a residency in ophthalmology and a fellowship in Neuro-Ophthalmology at the Cullen Eye Institute, Baylor College of Medicine. She is a professor in the departments of ophthalmology, neurology and neurosurgery and is the Walter and Sharon Ryan Davisson Endowed Chair in the Department of Ophthalmology at Saint Louis University School of Medicine. She is involved in research with the Neuro-Ophthalmology Research Disease Investigator Consortium. Dr. Sophia Chung specializes in diseases of the optic nerve, double vision, abnormal eye movements, and eye problems caused by diseases of the brain.

Presentations:

1. Clinico-radiologic Correlates in Neuro-ophthalmology

2. Help! This is a FLON!