Pittsburgh Ophthalmology Society  

                      850 Ridge Ave 

      Pittsburgh, PA  15212




2019 - 2020 Monthly Meeting Series 

GUEST FACULTY

The deadline to complete evaluations from meetings attended during the 2019-2020 academic season is February 16th.  

POS Members wishing to receive CME Credit, please visit https://cme.ahn.org and create an account in the AHN Continuing Medical Education site. No CME will be awarded without a member creating an account.

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THANK YOU TO THE FOLLOWING WHO ARE SUPPORTING THE 2019-2020 MONTHLY MEETINGS


NOVEMBER 7 MEETING


DECEMBER 5 MEETING




JANUARY 9. 2020 MEETING


FEBRUARY 6, 2020 MEETING



SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITY FOR MONTHLY MEETINGS

Five monthly meetings are scheduled with all meetings held at the Allegheny County Medical Society, located on the North Side.

Attendance is between 50 and 75 physician members. The format for the evening includes lectures, a social hour/visit with exhibitor, and dinner.  

Please visit the sponsorship page for complete information or contact Nadine Popovich for further information (npopovich@acms.org) or (412) 321-5030.




February 6, 2020


The February meeting drew a large crowd as members welcomed Rish Singh, MD, staff surgeon at the Cole Eye Institute and

medical director of Informatics, Cleveland Clinic; Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at the Lerner College of Medicine in Cleveland, OH.

Dr. Singh specializes in the treatment of medical and surgical retinal disease such as diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration.  He has authored greater than 60 peer reviewed publications, books, and book chapters and serves as the principal investigator of numerous national clinical trials advancing the treatment of retinal disease.

Dr. Singh's current work focuses on the electronic medical records implementation, lean process improvement, and decision support modules for clinical practice.  He operates the Cleveland Clinic Electronic Health Record Consulting program.  He has been honored with several research recognitions such as the Alpha Omega Alpha Research Award and the American Society of Retina Specialists Senior Honor Award.

Dr. Singh presented two stimulating lectures followed by a dynamic question and answer session after each presentation.  Shelley Mo, MD Resident at the University of Pittsburgh Eye Center, presented an interesting case for commentary by Dr. Singh.               

Thank you to Thiery Verstraeten, MD, for inviting Dr. Singh and to Dutch Ophthalmics USA for support of the program.

The February meeting concludes the monthly meeting series for 2019-2020. The 2020-2021 meeting series begins in September.



Left to right: Board member, Thierry Verstraeten, MD with Guest Faculty  Rishi Singh, MD


January 9, 2020

The Society started the new year by welcoming Ho Sun Choi, MD, guest faculty, at the January meeting. Dr. Choi is in solo practice at Santa Clara Ophthalmology in San Jose, CA. He also created the Solo Eye Physicians network, which currently has over 130 members throughout the entire country. 

Dr. Choi is a strong advocate of solo practice and his presentations focused on strategies and pathways to becoming a solo practitioner. Included in his lecture were accounting and corporate tax basic "pearls", as well as taking a closer look at the 21st century ophthalmology practice. Each lecturer included insight from Dr. Choi's experiences while starting his solo practice

Thank you to Kenneth Cheng, MD, for inviting Dr. Choi and to Horizon Therapeutics for support of the program.



Guest Faculty Ho Sun Choi, MD (center) with POS members Viki Christopoulos, MD (left) and Miroya Monsour, MD (right).


December 5, 2019

The Society met on December 5 at the Allegheny County Medical Society and welcomed Collin McClelland, MD, Associate Professor, Neuro-ophthalmology and Adult Strabismus; Reinhardt L. and Ruth H. Schmidtke Endowed Chair in Neuro-Ophthalmology; Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Neurosciences University of Minnesota.

Thank you to Pamela Rath, MD, for inviting Dr. McClelland to speak and to Atlas Ocular and Carl Zeiss Meditec for their support of the program.

Dr. McClelland presented two stimulating lectures on Diplopia and Tips in the Evaluation for Giant Cell Arteritis, with a lively question and answer  session following the presentations.  Jared Weed, MD Resident at the University of Pittsburgh Eye Center, presented an interesting case for commentary by Dr. McClelland.




Left to Right: Presenter: Collin McClelland, MD; POS Member Gabrielle Bonhomme, MD; and President-Elect Marshall Stafford, MD

NOVEMBER 7, 2019

The Society welcomed local faculty and POS members Ian Conner, MD, PhD Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology, Glaucoma and Cataract Service; Chief of Ophthalmology, UPMC Shadyside; Diplomate, American Board of Ophthalmology; Associate Residency Program Director University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Deepinder Dhaliwal, MD, L.Ac  Professor of Ophthalmology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine; Director of Refractive Surgery and the Cornea Service, UPMC Eye Center; Founder and Director, Center for Integrative Eye Care, University of Pittsburgh.

Over 60 members attended to hear Drs. Conner and Dhaliwal present two exceptional lectures, followed by an active session of questions and answers after each session.

Following the first lecture, Jamie Odden, MD Resident at the University of Pittsburgh Eye Center, presented an interesting case for review and discussion by Dr. Conner and attendees.  Thank you to Aerie Pharmaceuticals for sponsoring the meeting.



Inset:  Deepinder Dhaliwal, MD, L.Ac., Presenter; Photo Left to Right: Jamie Odden, MD, Resident Presenter;  Ian Conner, MD, PhD, Presenter and POS Board of Director; David Buerger, MD, FACS , President



POS September 5 meeting

The Pittsburgh Ophthalmology Society (POS), under the leadership of President David Buerger, MD, FACS, hosted their first monthly meeting of the academic season on September 5th.

The Society welcomed Joshua C. Teichman, MD, MPH, FRCSC, Ophthalmology and Vision Sciences, Department of Ophthalmology, University of Toronto; Trillium Partners, Canada. Following the first lecture, Sabrina Mukhtar, MD Resident at the University of Pittsburgh Eye Center, presented an interesting case for review and discussion by Dr. Teichman. Thank you to Deepinder Dhaliwal, MD for inviting Dr. Teichman.

Over 70 members were on hand for the inaugural meeting. In addition, the meeting served to thank vendors who participated in the 2019 Annual Meeting. Over 20 vendors enjoyed networking with POS members during the social portion of the program.   

A reminder that there is no October meeting due to the AAO meeting held in October. The next monthly meeting will take place on November 7, when the POS welcomes I. Paul Singh, MD, Glaucoma specialist. 



Left to right:  Sabrina Mukhtar, MD (Resident Presenter); Joshua Teichman, MD (guest faculty); David Buerger, MD, FACS, President


POS Hosts  3rd Annual Wet Lab

June 4 and June 5

The Pittsburgh Ophthalmology Society hosted the 3rd Annual Ophthalmology Community Wet Lab: Yamane Technique and Iris Defect Repair Workshop at the UPMC Eye Center – Eye and Ear Institute on June 4 and June 5.

Two separate sessions were offered to maximum attendee participation, with each session offering a didactic portion and two-hour hands on workshop.

Thank you to the following companies who were instrumental in providing equipment, support staff and teaching assistance:   Bausch and Lomb and Microsurgical Technology.  The Society also thanks UPMC Eye and Ear for use of the wet lab for this worthwhile endeavor. 

A maximum of 10 physicians attended each session where they had opportunity to explore and learn the indications and surgical steps required for Yamane scleral IOL fixation technique and iris defect repair.

One-on-one learning and coaching were available, and each person was able to self-direct learning and practice opportunities. Attendees become familiar with tools for managing iris or pupillary defects; learned the indications and surgical steps required for Yamane scleral IOL fixation technique; and practiced successful steps for anterior vitrectomy by pars plana approach in the setting of unexpected vitreous presentation during cataract surgery.

Ian Conner, MD, PhD and Sharon L. Taylor, MD, FACS served as course directors and initiated the program offering.  Thank you to POS members Deepinder Dhaliwal, MD, Alex Mammen, MD and Thierry Verstraeten, MD who served as instructors and along with the directors and industry instructors, shared their expertise and pearls of wisdom with their colleagues.  

 Comments from participants were uniformly positive and the Society looks forward to offering sessions in 2020.  While we always plan to have vitrectomy practice available, we also welcome suggestions for future wet lab topics or for other educational sessions members would like to see offered.  If you have a skill set others would benefit from learning and practicing, please let us know.  Submit suggestions to Nadine Popovich, administrator, at npopovich@acms.org.

The Society thanks the following sponsors who provided instruction and equipment for the Program:




  Course Director Ian Conner, MD, PhD, (left) instructs participant Joel Brown, MD. Far right, Instructor Thierry Verstraeten, MD tutors attendee        Michaela Hickey, DO.




Instructor Thierry Verstraeten, MD assists Michaela Hickey DO at the 3rd Annual Wet Lab, sponsored by the Pittsburgh Ophthalmology Society.



Society Mission

To act as the voice of ophthalmologic medicine in the Pittsburgh area, to serve as patient advocate in promoting preventive eye care, quality medical and surgical care and rehabilitative services for individuals with ophthalmologic diseases and to advance the knowledge, science and practice of ophthalmology, to assist in the improvement of the quality of ophthalmologic medicine and training therein, and to promote integrity in the practice of ophthalmic medicine.



Pittsburgh Ophthalmology Society
850 Ridge Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
412-321-5030 FAX 412-321-5323

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