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Dr. Alan Kimura voted President of the CSEPS

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:

  • President – Alan Kimura, MD, MPH
  • President-elect – Leonard Seibold, MD
  • Treasurer/Secretary – Jasleen Singh, MD
  • AAO Councillor – Rebecca Braverman, MD

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5th Magrabi International Congress for Ophthalmology

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.

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VisionWalk

The Colorado Retina Team had a wonderful time this year raising over $10k towards the Colorado VisionWalk!  Foundation Fighting Blindness and Colorado Retina Associates have worked closely on this event for 9 years and every year awareness continues to grow.

 

 

VisionWalk 2016

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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Dr. Stephen Petty & Eva Dewi

Dr. Stephen Petty and Eva Dewi from Indonesia visiting from the Dominican Republic training program also studied with Dr. David Johnson.

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PRACTICAL LESSONS ON LEADERSHIP

Get Politically Active

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.

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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.

CRA Continues Support of Dominican Republic Eye Residents and Fellows

imagejpeg_0Dr. 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.DSCF4715

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.

 

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We are celebrating National Doctor’s Day!  The doctors here at CRA care for our patients and are invested in providing the best care everyday.  Today we celebrate them and give thanks for all they do. Happy Doctor’s Day!!

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