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October 6, 2016
Media contact:  Leigh DeLozier, 404-778-3711,

Physicians Teach Each Other About Eye Cancers and Treatments


(ATLANTA)  Physicians from multiple states gathered at Emory Eye Center on September 30 for the opportunity to learn more about eye cancers and possible treatments. The event, known as the SEOP (Southeastern Ocular Oncology/Pathology) conference, featured guest lecturer Bertil Damato, MD, PhD, FRCOphth, a professor of ophthalmology and radiation oncology and the director of ocular oncology with the University of California, San Francisco.

"Dr. Damato lectured on updates in uveal melanoma," says Hans Grossniklaus, MD, MBA, interim vice chair of Emory Eye Center and founding director of the Eye Center's ocular oncology and pathology service. "He was able to draw upon his vast experience, having treated patients with uveal melanoma for approximately 30 years."

"The purpose of SEOP is to discuss ocular oncology and pathology cases that general ophthalmologists and ocular oncologists might see," Grossniklaus continues. "It helps attendees learn how to determine which patients should be referred to ocular oncology centers and updates them on the latest diagnostic and treatment modalities."

Attendees are invited to bring information about some of their own cases to SEOP. There, they can present to the group and get expert opinions on diagnosis and treatment.

This year's cases included children with retinoblastoma and adults with a variety of ocular tumors (metastasis to the eye, conjunctival tumors, eyelid tumors and more). "There was lively discussion of each of these cases," Grossniklaus says.

Most adults who have cancer of the eye or orbit are diagnosed with melanomas (a type of skin cancer). Melanoma is not as common as some other types of cancer, but is much more likely to spread to other parts of the body if not found and treated early. Lymphomas are the second most common type of eye cancer in adults.

SEOP 2017 will be Friday, Sept. 29.

For more information on SEOP and Emory Eye Center, visit


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