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September 14, 2018
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Emory Eye Center faculty to help lead educational efforts at AAO conference

(ATLANTA) Almost 30 Emory Eye Center physicians will help educate other providers at the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s (AAO) annual conference in October. They will be involved with 61 teaching opportunities that will include presenting lectures, sharing scientific posters, introducing and participating in panel discussions, and facilitating informal discussions on hot topics.

Topics led by Emory Eye Center faculty range from surgical procedures and diagnosis choices to telemedicine in ophthalmology, research findings, and reviews of current scientific literature. Participating Eye Center faculty represent multiple subspecialties of ophthalmology. They are:

• Maria Aaron, MD (comprehensive ophthalmology)
• Allen Beck, MD (glaucoma)
• Soroosh Behshad, MD, MPH (cornea, external disease, and refractive surgery)
• Valérie Biousse, MD (neuro-ophthalmology)
• Anastasios Costarides, MD, PhD (glaucoma)
• Annette Giangiacomo, MD (glaucoma)
• Emily Graubart, MD (comprehensive ophthalmology)
• Hans E. Grossniklaus, MD, MBA (ocular oncology and pathology)
• Andrew M. Hendrick, MD (retina)
• G. Baker Hubbard, III, MD (retina and ocular oncology)
• Amy K. Hutchinson, MD (pediatric ophthalmology)
• Nieraj Jain, MD (retina)
• Jeremy K. Jones, MD (glaucoma)
• Yousuf M. Khalifa, MD (cornea, external disease, and refractive surgery)
• Joung (John) Kim, MD (cornea, external disease, and refractive surgery)
• Phoebe Lenhart, MD (pediatric ophthalmology)
• April Maa, MD (comprehensive)
• Nancy J. Newman, MD (neuro-ophthalmology)
• Jacquelyn O’Banion, MD (comprehensive)
• Ghazala A. Datoo O’Keefe, MD (retina and uveitis/vasculitis)
• Purnima S. Patel, MD (retina and uveitis/vasculitis)
• Jason H. Peragallo, MD (pediatrics and neuro-ophthalmology)
• Prethy Rao, MD (retina)
• Jessica Shantha, MD (retina and uveitis/vasculitis)
• Priyanka Sood, MD (comprehensive)
• Natalie Weil, MD (pediatric ophthalmology)
• Jill R. Wells, MD (comprehensive and ocular oncology and pathology)
• Steven Yeh, MD (retina and uveitis/vasculitis)


One of Emory Eye Center’s surgical retina fellows, Duncan Berry, MD, and first-year ophthalmology resident Rebecca Neustein, MD, also will be at the conference, presenting posters summarizing research they’ve been involved with. Two 2018 graduates of Emory Eye Center’s fellowship program also will be involved with poster presentations.

“The Emory Eye Center is heavily involved with the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s Annual Meeting, one of the largest ophthalmology meetings in the world,” says Allen Beck, MD, interim chair of ophthalmology and interim director of Emory Eye Center.

“We start at the top with Dr. Maria Aaron, Secretary of the Annual Meeting and Board of Trustee member, who is responsible for organizing this enormous event. Many of our faculty are responsible for lectures, courses, and wet labs that allow our expertise to be spread to attending ophthalmologists and technical staff.

Some of our residents and fellows also pitch in with scientific presentations. I am proud to be a part of EEC and glad that we are able to contribute to continuing education at the AAO annual meeting.”


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