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August 18, 2016
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Emory Eye Center to Host 6th Annual Southeastern Ocular Oncology/Pathology Seminar (SEOP)

Emory Eye Center will host the sixth annual Southeastern Ocular Oncology/Pathology Seminar (SEOP) on Friday, Sept. 30, 2016, in the Eye Center’s Learning Resources Center, Calhoun Auditorium, from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Hans Grossniklaus, MD, MBA, F. Phinizy Calhoun Jr. Professor of Ophthalmology and director of the L.F. Montgomery Laboratory and the section of Ocular Oncology and Pathology, will again host the seminar.

The event is designed for primary care physicians, ophthalmologists and oncologists who are interested in learning more about identifying and treating ocular malignancies and how to apply this knowledge to their clinical practice.

The meeting is an exciting combination of the latest cutting-edge research in ocular oncology and discussion of clinical management of ocular oncology patients. This group of patients includes those with conjunctival, intraocular, eyelid and orbital tumors. Prominent ocular oncologists and ophthalmic plastic surgeons from around the country will attend, present and discuss cases.

Keynote speaker Bertil Damato, MD, PhD, professor of Ophthalmology and Radiation Oncology and director of the Ocular Oncology Service at the University of California, San Francisco, will deliver the Calhoun Lecture, “Advances in the Management of Patients with Uveal Melanoma.”

Eye Center faculty members G. Baker Hubbard, MD, Jill Wells, MD, Hans Grossniklaus, MD, and Ted Wojno, MD, will serve as moderators during the case presentations.

“This year we are pleased to have Dr. Bertil Damato from UCSF as our Calhoun Lecturer,” says Grossniklaus. “Dr. Damato is a world renowned ocular oncologist and will provide his unique experience regarding the diagnosis and management of ocular oncology patients.”

“Additionally, Drs. Ralph Eagle and Carol Shields will be in attendance and provide cases for discussion,” Grossniklaus adds. “We will also present cases from Emory Ocular Oncology. As always, participants are invited to present cases for discussion during our SEOP meeting. I hope to see you there.”

Emory Eye Center’s Ocular Oncology and Pathology service offers a comprehensive team approach where patients receive optimal care for ocular tumors. Services include evaluation, medical and surgical management, and oncology care in conjunction with Winship Cancer Institute, an NCI-designated (National Cancer Institute) center at Emory, in addition to access to currently available clinical trials.

Grossniklaus, who also serves at Winship, is an investigator for NCI-institute ocular oncology grants, and is past president of the American Association of Ocular Oncologists and Pathologists, explains that the Eye Center’s Ocular Oncology and Pathology service also includes a regular Tumor Board, where recommendations for treatment for individual patients are discussed. Grossniklaus currently serves as executive vice president of the American Ophthalmological Society (AOS).

The SEOP registration deadline is Monday, September 19. For more information and to register, visit



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