Retina SIG Newsletter: July 2017

Published November 7, 2017

 
A message from the AAO

 

July 2017


In This Issue:


Message from the Chair

Mission Statement

Academy 2016 Anaheim Recap

Save The Date

SIG Leadership

SIG Chair
Greg Schultz, OD, FAAO

Immediate Past Chair
Steven Ferrucci, OD, FAAO

Vice Chair
Mohammad Rafieetary, OD, FAAO

Secretary
Roya Attar, OD, MBA

Member at Large
Carlo Pelino, OD, FAAO

 

 


 

 

 


Message from the Chair


Greetings, colleagues:

We are all excited to be meeting in the Windy City of Chicago for 2017! We have organized a great symposium with experts in their fields of retinal disease. Our consensus-selected topics will include the differential diagnosis and current management of choroidal melanoma by Eugene Shildkrot, MD, Director of Oncology Service, University of Virginia Medical School and the systemic associations of posterior uveitis by Pauline T. Merrill, MD, Rush University Medical Center. These doctors have been generous to offer our Academy their insights on retinal diseases.

I also want to thank our immediate past chair Dr. Steven Ferrucci for all of his hard work with the Retina SIG. We initially were a committee of two, trying to collect a group of individuals sharing our collective passion for managing diseases of the posterior segment. As we expected, there are many others like us that share this same passion.

My personal background in medical retina comes from 20 years in the referral center and co-management business, working with retinal surgeons closely for numerous years. In that capacity, I have had the opportunity to work with some of the greatest minds and surgical hands in the retina field. They stimulated a desire in me to gain a better understanding of the anatomy and inner workings of the retina and vitreous, and the diseases that affect them.

We have developed a solid committee of four individuals who will guide the course of the Retina SIG into the future. I am the Retina SIG Chair, Dr. Mohammad Rafieetary is vice chair, Dr. Roya Attar, secretary, and Dr. Carlo Pelino is our member at large. We are always in need of others willing to help out with planning in our business meetings. If anyone has interest in that regard, please contact me. The purpose of the committee is to manage the topics and content of the symposium for our membership, obtain the best cutting edge speakers in the field, and, in general, organize our yearly business meeting. It will also be our mission to publicize our symposium through the channels of the Academy.

We hope you will join us in Chicago in October!

Sincerely,
Gregory M. Schultz, OD, FAAO, ABO


Mission Statement


The primary mission of the Retina Special Interest Group (SIG) is to promote excellence and expand the knowledge base in the care of patients with posterior segment eye disease. We aim to achieve this by developing evidence-based educational activities, fostering original research endeavors, and promoting inter-disciplinary collaboration. The goal of the Retina SIG will be to provide the most current and comprehensive clinical content, and ground breaking research on conditions of the retina and vitreous affecting our practice and our patients. Through the fusion of clinicians, educators, and researchers who share a common passion in the area of posterior segment, the SIG will provide the leadership and mentorship that is necessary to enhance and optimize clinical management of the posterior pole throughout the optometric profession.


Academy 2016 Anaheim Recap


On Thursday, November 10th, from 7-9 pm, the Retina SIG held their annual symposium in Anaheim, CA at the American Academy of Optometry annual meeting. The symposium, entitled Retinal Diseases for the Primary Care Optometrist: Diagnosis, Management, and Referral, focused on co-management and appropriate referral of retinal diseases between optometrists and retina specialists. The symposium was moderated by former Retina SIG Chair Steven Ferrucci, OD, FAAO.

In co-management settings, due to the optometrist often being more accessible to patients, it is essential that there be clear discussion on co-management for retinal disease for the aging population. Two retinal specialists from Los Angeles, Hajir Dadgostar, MD, PhD and Amir Guerami, MD, presented data on macular degeneration, vein occlusions, and diabetic retinopathy, including prevalence, and progression of these diseases. Treatment strategies such as laser photocoagulation and comparisons of the various anti-VEGF drugs were discussed. The well attended session was concluded with a lively questions and answer portion, where participants were able to probe the panel regarding specific patients or situations relevant to their practice.


Save the Date


The Retina SIG symposium is scheduled for Friday, October 13th, from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon. We are pleased to announce our speakers - Pauline Merrill, MD and Eugene Shildkrot, MD.

Dr. Merrill, a nationally recognized retinal specialist with the Illinois Retina Associates, will cover the topic, “Systemic Association of Posterior Uveitis”. This one hour portion of the seminar will include the differential diagnosis and management of infectious and non-infectious uveitis as well as recognition of the masquerading syndromes.

The second hour, “Uveal Melanoma Update,” is presented by Dr. Shildkrot, an ophthalmic oncologist and director of the ocular oncology service at the University of Virginia. Dr. Shildkrot will discuss the genetics and other etiologic factors of this potentially devastating condition as well as the contemporary treatment options. The session will be moderated by Carlo Pelino, OD of Salus University, Pennsylvania College of Optometry.

We look forward to seeing you there.


Retina SIG Leadership




Gregory M. Schultz, OD, FAAO
SIG Chair
gschultz@eyecenterofvirginia.com




Steven Ferrucci, OD, FAAO
Immediate Past Chair
steven.ferrucci@va.gov



Mohammad Rafieetary, OD, FAAO
Vice Chair
mrafieetary@charlesretina.com



Roya Attar, OD, MBA
Secretary
RoyaAttar@upike.edu



Carlo Pelino, OD, FAAO
Member at Large
cpelino@salus.edu


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