CSEPS member elections were conducted in October for leadership positions including president, president-elect, treasurer and councilor to the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO). CSEPS is pleased to announce the winners of this election:
Dr. Alan Kimura visited Abu Dhabi in January to speak at the 5th Magrabi International Congress for Ophthalmology.
The largest international congress for ophthalmologists in the UAE. They are dedicated all efforts to provide a rich and interactive experience of the scientific congress.
Discussing Vital topics, Scientific breakthroughs and the future of ophthalmology.
On Oct. 22, 2016 Colorado Retina Associates had a wonderful surprise party for Dr. Stephen Petty. Wishing him all the best on his new adventures in the coming year. The words expressed to such a caring, funny, and passionate man warmed all of our hearts! Please enjoy these videos and photos of the event.
Team Colorado Retina Associates had a blast Saturday, October 8 at Foundation Fighting Blindess’s VisionWalk. Team CRA raised over $10,400.00 helping with the walks total of over $120k was raised this year!! Such a wonderful event!!
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Alan Kimura (LDP XIV-2012) shared how he and his LDP colleagues are participating in local advocacy in his home state of Colorado.
Leo Seibold (LDPXVII-2015) organized the Colorado Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons’ (CSEPS) Day at the Capitol, an opportunity for physicians to meet with legislators at the state capitol. Jeff Pettey’s (LDP XIV-2012) strong work in Utah at the Moran Eye Center stimulated the Colorado society to emulate their ophthalmology residency advocacy. “We can all learn from one another!” said Alan.
LDP graduates Alan Kimura (LDP XIV-2012), Dave Johnson (LDP V-2003, and former LDP Director) participated in the event as CSEPS Board Members along with organizer Leo Seibold (LDPXVII-2015). On the day of the event a morning snowstorm snarled traffic all across Denver, interfering with planned participation in the event by Colorado ophthalmologists. Fortunately, however, young ophthalmologists (YOs) from the residency program were all able to attend.
Photo: Alan Kimura (LDP XIV-2012), Dave Johnson (LDP V-2003, and former LDP Director), and Leo Seibold (LDP XVII-2015) meet with Colorado state representative Beth McCann during the Colorado Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons’ Day at the Capitol.
Several young ophthalmologists who have participated in the Academy’s Mid-Year Forum as Advocacy Ambassadors were also present, including 2016 ambassadors Cara Capitena, MD and Gabriela Rodriquez-Colon, MD, and 2015 ambassador Amy M. Cherof, MD. “Hopefully Colorado can develop a farm team and develop future players for the Big Leagues,” said Alan. Alan hopes that as the careers of these young ophthalmologists develop, they will also develop into key players in Colorado’s advocacy efforts.
During the CSEPS Day at the Capitol, Dave, Leo and Alan discussed optometric scope of practice, the Surgical Scope Fund, OPHTHPAC, and how young ophthalmologists can and should participate in advocacy.
Alan also incorporates advocacy efforts into his other interactions with YOs. As one of two community doctors that lecture to ophthalmology residents at the University of Colorado, Alan shared, “I always weave in population health, the patient experience of care, and costs into my retina lectures to them. Residency is ideal time to speak about advocacy, for once residents are out of training and just starting their practice, it is very challenging to get them to take even a day off work.
Dr. David Johnson and Dr. Stephen Petty recently completed week-long return trips to Hospital Elias Santana, home of the ophthalmology residency and fellowship training programs run by Juan Batlle, MD, in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The hospital has seen an increase in patient visits and surgeries. The increased demand for services has led the Retina Department to expand with additional fellows and equipment, including a second microscope and a second Constellation vitrectomy machine.
During his recent visit in March 2016, Dr. Johnson focused on surgical training with the retina fellows and he also gave daily lectures to the residents. Cases ran the gamut from macular pucker and macular holes to complex diabetic traction detachment and trauma. In April 2016, Dr. Petty gave lectures, mentored surgery, and spent time with the residents and fellows teaching exam techniques, including scleral depression and retina drawing.
Visits to this special place continue to encourage international bonds. Graduating fellow, Gevorg Ghahramanyan, MD, visited with us in Denver after the AAO Annual Meeting in November 2015, before returning to Armenia. Current senior fellow, Eva Dewi, MD, plans to visit Denver in July 2016, before returning to Indonesia. Upcoming fellows Jimmy Borda, MD (Bolivia) and Audrey Juan, MD (Dominican Republic) are progressing nicely and round out the international contingent.
After a week of hard but rewarding work, Dr. Johnson was taken on a tour of Los Tres Ojos (The Three Eyes) national park, by Drs. Dewi and Borda. The three underground limestone caves and small lakes are unique and beautiful. Taino Indians were the first inhabitants and used the area for religious ceremonies.
Dr. Mark Dacey published a paper in the American Journal of Ophthalmology entitled Dexamethasone Intravitreal Implant in the Treatment of Uveitic Macular Edema in the Peri-operative Cataract Setting.