Speakers

COS Board

Sponsors

Schedule

  • 02 August
  • 03 August
  • 04 August
  • 05 August
  • 06 August

Glenn Strauss

Mercy Ships, HelpMeSee

02 August

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05 August

Dr. Strauss bio.docx Download Link
CURRICULUM VITAE - GLENN STRAUSS (JULY 2017).doc Download Link

Dan Gold

General ophthalmologist
Gold Eye Clinic
Dan is an ophthalmologist in private practice for 29 years in a small Texas community. He has been married to Karen for 37 years and has 5 children and 5 grandchildren. He has been involved with numerous short-term eye care projects in many countries including Romania, Iraq, Jordan, Egypt, West Bank Israel, Nigeria, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Togo, Guinea, Gambia, Armenia, Honduras, Guatemala, Belize and Fiji. He enjoys lake surfing, anything to do with his tractor and college football.

02 August

03 August

03 August

CV - dan gold.docx Download Link

Craig Fowler

Professor & Chair of Surgery
Campbell University

02 August

05 August

05 August

Amy Fowler

Ophthalmic Plastics & Reconstructive Surgery
UNC

02 August

05 August

05 August

Amy Fowler CV 2017.pdf Download Link

Jonathan Tsai

Oculoplastics
Baylor Scott & White Health
Tsai CV revised JHT 20170111.doc Download Link

Jamie Pauuw

Glaucoma
Piedmont Eye Center
Jamie's eye career began when he was 9 when he catapulted a lincoln log into his eye. In high school, he put these aspirations on hold to try out for the junior national luge team. Despite making the team, Jamie's passion for pursuing a medical career won out and he relegated luge to an occasional hobby instead of a gold medal pursuit.

A highlight of the college years was eating pizza with monkey topping on a river in the rain forest in Ecuador with Steve Saint and brothers who had been converted to the gospel after spearing Steve's father when Steve was a boy. While some of Jamie's college years were spent studying, he devoted most of his time to pursuing a girl named Halle. He finally wore her down and convinced her to settle for marrying him despite her being way out of his league. A significant portion of Jamie's medical school and residency years were spent as a high school youth group leader, probably primarily because it matched his maturity level. In residency Jamie learned valuable lessons such as how to pray with patients. He also learned things from Dr. Kyle Smith like how to dance with a Mexican stranger on a mission trip. Ask him. Good story.

Since residency Jamie and Halle adopted 3 of the most active children that now attend the children's program at COS regularly. This is Jamie's 12th time at COS but only his 7th time as a paying customer and 1st time as a speaker. COS has contributed to a passion for short term missions and a focus on evangelism in the workplace every day and Jamie is extremely grateful to be a part of its ministry as a COS Board member.

02 August

Pauuw CV.docx Download Link

Jean Hausheer

Clinical Professor, Comprehensive ophthalmology
Dean McGee Eye Institute
Jean was born in Mount Ayr, Iowa, and raised in Independence Missouri. She started UMKC 6 year school of medicine at the age of 17, and graduated in 1981 with her combined BA / MD. Her internship and ophthalmic residency training were completed at Mayo Clinic Department of Ophthalmology in 1985.

Jean started her career in private practice in the Greater Kansas City area where she worked as comprehensive ophthalmologist with emphasis on cataract and refractive surgery, and volunteered teaching at the UMKC department of Ophthalmology. Over the years Jean served as medical director for the Kansas City Free Eye Clinic, was promoted over the years to the level of Professor, and worked as Residency Program Director at the UMKC Department of Ophthalmology. While there, she was awarded Teacher of the Year.

Jean and Jim moved to Oklahoma in January of 2012 where Jean joined Dean McGee Eye Institute. In 2013, Jean was instrumental in the start up and maintenance of the Lawton Council for the Blind, and remains actively supportive.

Over the years, both Jean and Jim have served as board members for the Oklahoma Hearts that Care free medical clinic, and Oklahoma Friends of the Wichita Mountain Wildlife Refuge governance board.

Jean has served as Associate Examiner for the American Board of ophthalmology since 1994, and has written MOC, DOC, POC, WQE, and oral exam questions during that time.

Since 2011, Jean has served as chair of the AAO Committee for Resident Education, where she has overseen the EyeSi normative data project, Online pathology project, and Medical Student Education Project.
Previously Jean served as president of the Missouri State Medical Board, president of Missouri Academy of Eye Physicians and Surgeons; and is current President of the Oklahoma Academy of Ophthalmology.

Currently, Jean is President Elect of the Oklahoma State Medical Association, and is slated to become president in April of 2018.

In 2014, Jean served as Executive Editor and Sectional Editor for Anterior Segment Surgery, Refractive Surgery, and Globe Trauma Surgery in the 2nd edition of the AAO textbook, Basic Techniques in Ophthalmic Surgery.

Jean traveled to Swaziland with Dean McGee Eye Institute in 2016, and has since returned multiple times to Africa where she and Jim enjoy serving others.

Jean and Jim attend Apache Cowboy Church where they participate on the praise team, and hold a non-denominational community fellowship gathering at their home each month. Together they enjoy their 6 grandchildren ages 3 to 8, and 6 grown adult children and spouses. Jean and Jim reside in rural southwest Oklahoma.

02 August

03 August

04 August

CV Hausheer June 2017 last update.doc Download Link

Dan Siapco

Cataract surgeon
Cascadia Eye
Dr. Siapco is very active in overseas missions to help eradicate preventable blindness in the developing world. He has traveled to Central and South America, Asia, and Africa on various medical mission trips. Dr. Siapco is passionate about Christian music and is a guitar player and songwriter for the band Aldersgate. He and his wife Wendy have been blessed with two sons, Christian and Asher.

03 August

CV 2016 siapco.doc Download Link

John Kempen

Uveitis
Discovery Eye Institute
John Kempen CV16.0120.doc Download Link

Jono Pons

General ophthalmologist
Good Shepherd Eye Clinic

03 August

03 August

J Pons Resume 14.doc Download Link

Van Lansingh

HelpMeSee Latin America Medical Officer
Instituto Mexicano de Oftalmologia

03 August

Dr. Lansingh bio.docx Download Link
V Lansingh Resume JANUARY 2016formateado.doc Download Link

Steve Sarkisian

Glaucoma Fellowship Director
Dean McGee Eye Institute
Steven R. Sarkisian, Jr., MD is the director of the glaucoma fellowship at the Dean McGee Eye Institute and serves as a clinical professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Oklahoma in Oklahoma City. Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Dr. Sarkisian received his undergraduate degree from Wheaton College, in Illinois where he graduated with honors. Following college, Dr. Sarkisian did graduate work at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. Remaining in Philadelphia, he received his MD degree from Jefferson Medical College followed by an internship at Chestnut Hill Hospital. Dr. Sarkisian completed an ophthalmology residency at the State University of New York Health Science Center (SUNY Downstate) in Brooklyn, New York and did a fellowship in glaucoma at the Hamilton Eye Institute at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, following which he was asked to stay on the faculty where he served until July 2006. Dr. Sarkisian joined the faculty at the Dean McGee Eye Institute in August 2006.

Dr. Sarkisian has an active interest in surgical innovation for the treatment of glaucoma with involvement in numerous clinical trials, particularly involving MIGS, or micro-incisional glaucoma surgery. He is a Primary Investigator in the iStent Supra trial, a multicenter, prospective clinical trial investigating this new supraciliary stent for the treatment of mild to moderate glaucoma. He is also a Primary Investigator in the iStent Inject Trial, another large FDA pivotal trial investigating the next generation trabecular microbypass stent. He was a PI for the Compass trial, the FDA trial that lead to the FDA approval of the CyPass supraciliary micro shunt that is now being implanted. Finally, he is a PI in the Glaukos iDose trial, the FDA trial investigating a new sustained release medication implant that if successful, will potentially replace the use of eye drops for this class of IOP lowering drug.

Other clinical trials where her served as a PI include: The Ologen vs. Mitomycin-C study, a multicenter, prospective randomized trial comparing these two methods of wound modulation in glaucoma filtration; the Ex-Press vs. trabeculectomy trial (XVT Study), the Ahmed-Baerveldt Comparison Trial (ABC Study) and for the pilot studies which have taken place for the EagleVision glaucoma drainage implants. He has been a co-investigator on the Trabeculectomy vs. Tube Study (TVT Study), the Primary Trabeculectomy vs. Tube Study (PTVT), the Inn Focus micro shunt trial, and the Anecortave Acetate study.

Due to his involvement in the development of new glaucoma technology, he has been active in presenting and publishing his work both in America and internationally. He also was nominated by the American Glaucoma Society (AGS) to be a consultant to the FDA Ophthalmic Device Panel, where he has served since 2009.
Dr. Sarkisian currently serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, and also on the Editorial Board of Glaucoma Today. He is also an editorial reviewer for numerous ophthalmology journals. His professional service also currently includes membership on the glaucoma program committee for both the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) and formerly on that of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO). He has served as a moderator and speaker at the annual meetings of the AGS, ASCRS, European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, the World Glaucoma Congress, the World Ophthalmology Congress and the AAO. He also is the Program Chairman for the University of Oklahoma Department of Ophthalmology Annual Ophthalmology Symposium.

Dr. Sarkisian is listed in Woodward/White’s “The Best Doctors in America”, Castle and Connelly’s “Top Doctors”, Oklahoma Super Doctors, and “America’s Top Ophthalmologists” by the Consumers’ Research Council of America. He is also listed in Cambridge Who’s Who and the Global directory of Who’s Who and has been listed in “The Best Doctors in Oklahoma” by Oklahoma Magazine.

Certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology, Dr. Sarkisian is also a member of the American Glaucoma Society, the Chandler-Grant Glaucoma Society, the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Medical Association, the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, the European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, and numerous other international, local and state ophthalmology societies.

He and his wife Anne have four children and reside in Edmond, Oklahoma.

04 August

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SRS CV October 4, 2016.doc Download Link

Matthew Cooke

Glaucoma
Mayo Clinic Health System
Matthew Cooke grew up in Berrien Springs, MI as the son of an ophthalmologist. He spent his summers before medical school working at his dad's office as a scribe, where he worked with Stan Pletcher (COS president). After attending medical school at University of Michigan, he completed ophthalmology residency at Medical College of Wisconsin and glaucoma fellowship at University of Oklahoma (Dean McGee). He is married to Sarah, a mental health counselor and a fellow Michigander, and recently moved to Eau Claire, WI to join Mayo Clinic.

04 August

04 August

Matthew Cooke CV 8_9_16.pdf Download Link

Leon Herndon

Professor, Chief of Glaucoma
Duke Ophthalmology
Leon W. Herndon, Jr., MD, is a Professor of Ophthalmology at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina. He earned his MD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine, and served his internship and residency at the University of North Carolina Hospital in Chapel Hill. Dr. Herndon then completed a clinical fellowship in glaucoma at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina.

Dr. Herndon is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) and the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology. He is on the editorial board of Glaucoma Today. He is an Associate Examiner for the American Board of Ophthalmology and has been involved in the Leadership Development Program of the AAO. He has authored numerous papers, lectured nationally and internationally, and participated in several research projects related to glaucoma. He currently serves as Chief of the Glaucoma Division at the Duke University Eye Center. Dr. Herndon has been recognized for his service in the community by receiving the Senior Achievement Award from the AAO and the Dedicated Humanitarian Service Award presented by Dr. Leonel Fernandez Reyna, President of the Dominican Republic, on the occasion of the 2nd Ophthalmology Mission in the Dominican Republic. He received the “Service to Mankind” Award from the Hillsborough Sertoma Club in. Dr Herndon is the recipient of the Distinguished Medical Alumnus Award from the UNC School of Medicine.

Dr. Herndon’s research interests include studying novel treatment approaches in the diagnosis and management of glaucoma. He has ongoing research projects evaluating the high prevalence of primary open angle glaucoma in Ghana, West Africa, where he travels yearly.

04 August

04 August

Herndon CV 1-17.doc 3-14-16.doc Download Link

Mildred Olivier

Glaucoma
Midwest Glaucoma Center, PC

04 August

04 August

Olivier - CV February 23, 2017.docx Download Link

Scott Lawrence

Glaucoma
Discovery Eye Institute

04 August

04 August

LawrenceSD_CV_092016.pdf Download Link

Steven Ma

Genera/Refractive
Vancouver, British Columbia
Dr. Steven Ma began his interest in eyes during a 1987 summer research project in Glaucoma at the University of Toronto, followed by a 1988 summer research program in Glaucoma at the Jules Stein Eye Institute at UCLA. Although he eventually became a refractive surgeon, he has always maintained an academic interest in Glaucoma. While in private practice, he discovered he had glaucoma. This was a personally devastating discovery. Since then he has become acutely aware of the perspective of the glaucoma patient, and transferred that personal experience to his practice, both as a physician, and a fellow Christian.

Dr. Steven Ma currently is in part-time practice, sharing office space and doing locums with other ophthalmologists in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

04 August

Ron Krueger

Cornea & Refractive Surgery
Cleveland Clinic

05 August

05 August

05 August

Krueger Ronald CV (2015).doc Download Link

Kurt Heitman

General ophthalmologist
Southern Eye Associates
Kurt Heitman is a former flight surgeon and ophthalmologist with the US Air Force. He resides with the love of his life, Robin, in Greenville, SC where he practices comprehensive ophthalmology and is an associate clinical professor of the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. He is an owner of Southern Eye Associates and a founder of Surgeons for Sight, a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation meeting the vision needs of the disadvantaged in the upstate of South Carolina. His proudest achievement is helping his wife raise two sons. His hobbies include scuba diving, fly fishing and anything else that keeps him close to his sons and wife.

05 August

CURRICULUM VITAE for KFH 2017.doc Download Link

Brad Williams

General ophthalmologist
Southern Eye Associates

05 August

CV DR WILLIAMS.doc Download Link

Bruce Shields

Professor Emeritus of Ophthalmology
Yale School of Medicine
Dr. Shields began his career in ophthalmology as a resident at Duke University. Following a glaucoma fellowship at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary of Harvard University, he returned to Duke in 1974 as Director of the Glaucoma Service and was appointed Professor of Ophthalmology in 1984. He moved to Yale University in 1996 where he served for ten years as the Marvin L. Sears Professor and Chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science and remained on the full time faculty until his retirement in June, 2011.

Dr. Shields has published 10 books, 36 chapters in other books and over 180 scientific papers in referred journals. His Textbook of Glaucoma is in its sixth edition and was cited in the year 2000 among 100 important ophthalmology books of the twentieth century. It has been translated into Spanish, German, Japanese, Portuguese and Chinese and his Color Atlas of Glaucoma has been translated into Chinese. His research interests have included secondary glaucomas, evaluation of the optic nerve head in glaucoma and laser and incisional surgeries for glaucoma. He coined the term Axenfeld-Rieger Syndrome and worked out the mechanism for that spectrum of disease. In 1980, he described the gray crescent in the optic nerve head. In May, 2006, he was issued a patent for a uveoscleral glaucoma drainage device, which led to the formation of a start-up company, Vidus Ocular. The company was subsequently acquired by OPKO Health, which sponsored clinical trials.

In addition to his research and scholarly activities, Dr. Shields enjoyed a busy clinical practice. For more than a quarter century, he was cited in nearly every list of Best Doctors in America. His greatest joy, however, was as an educator. He participated in the training of over 130 residents and 50 glaucoma fellows at Duke and Yale. At Duke, he received the Golden Globe Award for outstanding attending of the year in his department and the Davison Council Award for excellence in teaching from the School of Medicine, and at Yale he received the Excellence in Teaching Award, which now bears his name. He has given 46 named lectures, served as visiting professor at over 50 universities, and has been a guest speaker at 150 major meetings in the United States and 34 outside the US. The Annual Shields Glaucoma Lecture was established at Yale in 2007.

He received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology in 2008 and was Guest of Honor at the annual Academy meeting in 2014. He was the annual honoree of the American Glaucoma Society in 2008 and received the Society’s President’s Award in 2010. In 2016, he was awarded Physician of the Year Academic Medicine by the Oklahoma College of Medicine on the 50th reunion of his medical school class.

Dr. Shields has served as President of the American Glaucoma Society, the North Carolina Ophthalmology Society and the Chandler-Grant Glaucoma Society. He has been Chairman of the Board of Directors of the American Board of Ophthalmology, the Glaucoma Committee of the National Society to Prevent Blindness and the Glaucoma Program Committee of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology. He has served on several committees of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the Residency Review Committee for Ophthalmology and the American Board of Medical Specialties.

In retirement, he has completed and published a book entitled Gifts and Sight, which tells stories of patients he cared for at Duke and Yale and the lessons he learned from them. He continues to teach residents as a volunteer at Duke and started a free eye clinic in his home town of Burlington, NC. He is also involved in community activities, including Habitat for Humanity, Meals on Wheels and a Furniture Ministry in his church.
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Bob Burlingame

05 August

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Rebecca Chait

PGY3
Ohio State University - Havener Eye

03 August

Scott Davis

PGY3
University of Arkansas

03 August

Christine Martinez

PGY3
Ohio State University

03 August

Josh Paschall

Graduate 2017
Rock Hill Eye Center

03 August

Lauren Rushing

PGY2
University of North Carolina

03 August

J. David Stephens

PGY4
Wills Eye Hospital

03 August

Vincent Venincasa

PGY2
Dean McGee Eye Institute

03 August

Helen Pons

Female spouse speaker
About me :
* Born in Johannesburg in 1963
*Raised in an unbelieving family with strong moral principles
*Gave my life to Jesus at the age of 14
*Graduated from university with a degree in Education
*Married Dr Jonathan Pons ,a missionary doctor ,in 1991
*Mother and home-educator of 4 children : Emma ,Timothy ,Daniel and Ruth
* Now managing a family farm in rural Swaziland

03 August

03 August

Jessica Cropsey

Female spouse speaker
Jessica is a daughter of the King, wife to an amazing husband, and mother to three delightful children. Born and raised in Ypsilanti, Michigan, she has been working alongside her ophthalmologist husband in Africa since 2009. In 2013, their family and team moved to Kibuye Hope Hospital in Burundi, East Africa to transform a rural mission hospital into a university teaching hospital.

Trained as a secondary mathematics teacher with a Master’s in ESL, she now finds herself teaching elementary math to the team's kids and supervising their Kirundi language classes. In addition to teaching, she serves with her husband as Team Leader, focusing on team administration/logistics and member care.

05 August

05 August

Halle Paauw

Female Spouse Speaker
Halle is a woman who tries to daily walk in faith in the places God has put her. She and her husband, Jamie, are busy raising 3 children, Nathaniel (7), Alexandra (5), and Victoria (5). In her spare time she is the head cross country coach and assistant head track and field coach at Liberty Christian Academy, the largest private school in Virginia.

04 August

Stan Pletcher

President
Niles, MI

Matt McCauley

Vice President
Houston, TX

John Cox

Treasurer
Huntsville, AL

Jeff Taylor

Co-Treasurer
Paducah, KY

Jonathan Tsai

Chair of Prayer & Spiritual Direction
Temple, TX

02 August

Jamie Paauw

Chair of Housestaff
Lynchburg, VA

Paul Chen

Chair of West Coast Development
Redwood City, CA

Glenn Strauss

Chair of Missions
Tyler, TX

Grace Patel

Chair of Female Membership Development
Greensboro, NC

Ben Mathew

Chair of Regional Refresh
Rockville, IL

Eddie Mengarelli

Chair of Social Media
Fayetteville, AR

Cecil Berlie

Chair of Membership Development
Eau Claire, WI

Jonathan Walgama

Chair of Young Ophthalmologists
Longview, TX

Alcon

Platinum
 Alcon is the global leader in eye care. As a division of Novartis, we offer the broadest portfolio of products to enhance sight and improve people’s lives. Our products touch the lives of more than 260 million people each year living with conditions like cataracts, glaucoma, retinal diseases and refractive errors, and there are millions more who are waiting for solutions to meet their eye care needs. Our purpose is reimagining eye care, and we do this through innovative products, partnerships with eye care professionals and programs that enhance access to quality eye care. Learn more at www.alcon.com.

ChOSEN

Platinum
ChOSEN exists to Faithfully share the Gospel of Jesus Christ through compassion and restoration of sight through ophthalmic surgery.

Glaukos

Platinum
Our mission is to preserve the vision and quality of life for people with glaucoma through micro-scale technologies that achieve sustained reduction in intraocular pressure and reduce the risks and challenges of traditional therapies.

Veracity

Platinum
We exist to create and deliver innovative software solutions that empower eye doctors to optimize and personalize patient care. Veracity’s powerful and intuitive tools help you with eye surgery from the moment you decide to suggest surgery through the entire planning and scheduling process. It then guides you and your surgical team through the surgery itself. Ultimately, these tools work together to improve your efficiency, eliminate errors, and improve your patient outcomes.

Allergan

Platinum
Allergan is a $23 billion diversified global pharmaceutical company and a leader in a new industry model - Growth Pharma. The company is anchored by strong and sustainable brand franchises, a leading global generics business, a premier pipeline, highly efficient operations and an experienced management team creating an unrivaled foundation for long-term growth.

Beaver-Visitec

Gold

New World Medical

Gold
New World Medical is a global ophthalmic device company dedicated to preserving and enhancing vision by delivering innovations to all of humanity. Our firm pursues this mission by developing, manufacturing, and commercializing cutting-edge medical devices such as the AHMED® GLAUCOMA VALVE and the KAHOOK DUAL BLADE® intended to alleviate the suffering of glaucoma patients. New World Medical also supports the vision of benefiting humanity through partnerships with eye care professionals that utilize medical missions to deliver high quality care as well as promote the transfer of surgical skills for enhanced and sustainable eye care delivery.

Sight Sciences

Gold
Sight Sciences is a medical device company serving the ophthalmic community and dedicated to the development of technology-driven solutions that address the underlying physiology of eye diseases.

The company operates two business lines: surgical and non-surgical devices. Its surgical product portfolio comprises the VISCO™360 Viscosurgical System and TRAB™360 Trabeculotomy System, which provide 360-degree access from a single corneal incision. The VISCO™360 Viscosurgical System uses an advanceable microcatheter to facilitate the delivery of controlled volumes of viscoelastic fluid anywhere in the anterior segment. The TRAB™360 Trabeculotomy System uses a flexible trabeculotome to cut up to 360 degrees of the trabecular meshwork.

For more information, please visit www.sightsciences.com.

HelpMeSee

Gold
HelpMeSee is a non-profit organization committed to ending the global health crisis of cataract blindness, the leading cause of preventable blindness. Working with partners around the world, along with a focus on training using cutting-edge technology, HelpMeSee aims to build sustainable solutions to eliminate cataract blindness.

Untreated cataracts impact at least 20 million blind people and another 82 million visually impaired would go blind without cataract surgery, which remains out of reach to millions in the developing world who cannot access or afford treatment. HelpMeSee’s solution is to use simulation-based training for the thousands of cataract specialists needed to support safe, high-quality surgery to millions in need.

HelpMeSee’s approach is focused on developing a high-fidelity simulator to train skilled surgical specialists in Manual Small Incision Cataract Surgery (MSICS), a cost-effective and high-volume procedure that has proven safe and effective to restoring sight. Based on the success of simulation training in commercial aviation, HelpMeSee’s Eye Surgical Simulator enables the rapid transfer of surgical skills to proficiency, in a virtual reality learning environment which allows for immersive training without any risk of harm to live patients.

In addition to training, HelpMeSee has developed sustainable solutions to reducing blindness. HelpMeSee’s Reach App enables community health workers to canvas communities using a smartphone to identify prospective patients and refer them to local hospitals and receive treatment. Qualified patients can receive treatment using HelpMeSee’s pre-sterilized, single-use surgical kit which provides all the tools and pharmaceuticals needed to perform standardized MSICS procedure. Patient data and surgical reports are recorded in our cloud-based reporting system to ensure high-quality outcomes for every patient.

Since 2012 HelpMeSee has supported over 256,000 sight-restoring cataract surgeries, working with 303 partner surgeons in 11 developing countries across Asia, Africa, and Latin America.

Johnson & Johnson Vision

Gold
We are committed to transforming the world’s vision, bringing healthy vision to everyone, everywhere, every day.

Johnson & Johnson has completed the acquisition of Abbott Medical Optics (AMO), which brings ophthalmic products in three areas of patient care: cataract surgery, laser refractive surgery (LASIK) and consumer eye health.
Johnson & Johnson Vision brings together insights, technology, and people to encourage professionals and patients to proactively preserve and enhance vision for a lifetime of overall well-being. We deliver meaningful innovation to improve patients’ sense of sight and enhance professionals’ abilities to deliver better outcomes.

Iridex

Gold
IRIDEX is a worldwide provider of laser-based medical systems, delivery devices, and consumable instrumentation for the treatment of glaucoma and retinal diseases. We maintain a deep commitment to the success of our customers, with comprehensive technical, clinical, and service support programs. Our products are sold in the United States through a direct sales force and internationally through a combination of a direct sales force and a network of 70 independent distributors into over 100 countries. For more information, visit iridex.com.

eyeMobil Innovations

Bronze

EYEMOBIL INNOVATIONS WAS FORMED WITH THREE PURPOSES IN MIND:

  1. To assist ophthalmologists working in areas of high need globally to accomplish their goals in humanitarian cataract surgery.
  2. To create innovative mobile products for ophthalmic surgery in developing countries.
  3. To create affordable products that are economically viable for global use.

eyeMobil is happy to launch a portable surgeon's stool at the 41st COS meeting!

Christian Eye Network

Bronze
The Christian Eye Network serves the small niche of ophthalmologists, optometrists, and eye care providers who are in the body of Christ by helping recruit and place ophthalmologists and optometrists for your practice. We are also available to offer pro bono recruitment of staff for your mission trips or help you connect with mission opportunities globally or in the U.S. We see ourselves as a gathering spot, a resource, and a place of encouragement for this unique community. We want to help you get connected for Missions, Ministry and Work. Please talk with us while you're at the COS meeting. We'd love to meet you!

Bausch & Lomb

Bronze
Bausch + Lomb, a Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. company, is a leading global eye health organization that is solely focused on protecting, enhancing and restoring people’s eyesight. Its core businesses include over-the-counter supplements, eye care products, ophthalmic pharmaceuticals, contact lenses, lens care products, ophthalmic surgical devices and instruments. Bausch + Lomb develops, manufactures and markets one of the most comprehensive product portfolios in the industry, which is available in more than 100 countries.

Global Sight Network

Nonprofit
Global Sight Network™ is a service of the Alabama Eye Bank that began in 2008 to re-purpose medically eligible corneas not suitable for optical keratoplasty, through long-term preservation in glycerol.

Our vision is to provide GlycerolPlus Corneas for surgeries in domestic and international settings, in an evidence-based, regulation-compliant, and financially sustainable manner.

Health Talents International

Nonprofit
Health Talents International is a non-profit Christian organization that works within the Churches of Christ to promote medical evangelism in developing countries. As Christians, we feel that God expects us to use our talents, medical and otherwise, in His service. (Matthew 25)

Jewish Voice International

Nonprofit

Lighthouse for Christ

Nonprofit
"More than 32,000 patients are seen each year at the Lighthouse for Christ Eye Centre, 4 Lighthouse coastal satellite clinics and in Mobile Eye Camps. In2015, over 2,400 major eye surgeries were performed and nearly 6,200 eye glasses were dispensed. Over 80% of the patients are the Unnreached or followers of traditional tribal religions. Many would never darken the door of a church but are willing to listen to a gospel presentation which includes the “Jesus” film and a personal witness. This all occurs while patients wait for medical treatment along with family members or at any of our "Bush" eye camp outreaches.

Last year there were over 3,700 that prayed to receive Christ. Volunteer ophthalmologists from the U.S., Canada and Europe serve short-term 2-4 weeks throughout the year conducting sub-specialty outreach such as: cataract, cornea, pediatric, glaucoma, plastics and medical retina.They also share hands-on training for our 3 Kenyan national eye doctors, equipping them with the latest technique in surgery and diagnostics."

SEE International

Nonprofit
SEE International provides sustainable medical, surgical and educational services through volunteer ophthalmic surgeons with the objectives of restoring sight and preventing blindness to disadvantaged individuals worldwide.

Medical Ministry International-Canada

Nonprofit

Medical Ministry International is an opportunity to serve Jesus Christ by providing spiritual and compassionate health care in this world of need.

Vision Outreach International

Nonprofit
Motto:
Following Christ in changing lives, one eye at a time.

Vision Statement:
Empowering the poor through sight restoration on a global scale in the name of Christ.

Mission Statement:
We equip, enable, and train leaders in sight restoring skills and in Christ-like qualities through international mission endeavors, training camps, conferences, digital resources, networking, and devotionals in order to give high quality vision care to the physically and spiritually blind around the world.

World Medical Mission/Samaritan's Purse

Nonprofit
The medical arm of Samaritan's Purse places volunteer Christian physicians, dentists, and other medical personnel in mission hospitals and clinics around the world. We also staff a biomedical department and warehouse that provides critically needed medical equipment and supplies to medical mission facilities.
Physician and spouses

Registration & Exhibits Visitation

05:00 PM 07:00 PM

Physician sessions

Pursuing Excellence

07:00 PM 09:00 PM Harrell Center Auditorium

Upon completion of this presentation, participants should be able to:
1. Gain a broadened perspective on integrating excellence and what that means practically for training, practice and/or surgery.
2. Understand how commitment to excellence for family, mission or ministry, is critically important to the practice of medicine at the highest level.
3. Discuss at least 3 positive changes that they have been challenged to incorporate into their professional lives.

Speakers

Physician sessions

Breakfast & Exhibit Visitation

07:00 AM 08:15 AM

Physician sessions

Scientific Poster Session

07:45 AM 08:15 AM Harrell Center Auditorium

Physician sessions

Welcome and Opening Prayer

08:15 AM 08:20 AM

Speakers

Physician sessions

The New Culture in Residency Training - How Do We Interface in Faith and Academics

08:20 AM 08:45 AM Harrell Center Auditorium

After attending the activity the physician should be able to:
  • Recognize the importance of leading by example
  • Discuss altruistic projects: ‘involvement in projects greater than you’
  • Discuss the role of God and Heaven topics in an academic environment.

Speakers

Physician sessions

Missions for the Next Generation

08:45 AM 09:10 AM Harrell Center Auditorium

Learning objectives-
1) Explore current techniques and devices in ophthalmology for use in a developing world setting.
2) Consider opportunities to expand the possibilities for international service
3) Stimulate thinking about multiple pathways to become involved in caring for underserved populations.

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Children's sessions

Drop off kids

08:45 AM 09:00 AM Wilson Children's complex

Female spouse sessions

Introductions & Welcome

09:00 AM 09:15 AM Wilson's Childrens Complex

Male Spouse sessions

Male Spouse Meet & Greet / Hike

09:05 AM 11:00 AM Terrace Hotel 2nd Floor Porch

We will have a short meet and greet followed by a hike and then at 11:00 AM we have a Boat Tour scheduled.  We will have introductions and then a discussion about our event schedule for the rest of the conference.  See you then. 
Physician sessions

Transitioning to MSICS

09:10 AM 09:35 AM Harrell Center Auditorium

Learning objectives
1. Participants will be able to list some common challenges faced by phaco surgeons as they transition to learning MSICS.
2. Participants will be able to identify techniques to avoid common complications and challenges faced by beginning MSICS surgeons.
3. Participants will see why it is important to be proficient at this procedure for both missions and their home practice.

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Female spouse sessions

Worship Time

09:15 AM 09:35 AM

CJ and Lauren Siapco will be leading the female spouses each morning.
Physician sessions

Simulation in Surgical Skills Training: How Do We Get it Right

09:35 AM 10:00 AM Harrell Center Auditorium

Objectives:
Participants will be able to
1. Discuss key issues in surgical training validation
2. Evaluate economic issues related to incorporation of simulation in training
3. Evaluate models for simulation based training solutions

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Female spouse sessions

How can I raise Godly children in an ungodly world ?

09:35 AM 10:45 AM

Helen will share her joys, struggles and strategies with the group for this very important topic.

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Physician sessions

Break & Exhibits Visitation

10:00 AM 10:25 AM Susan Todd Lounge

Physician sessions

Snakebite, spitting snakes, and reconstruction after tissue loss

10:25 AM 11:05 AM Harrell Center Auditorium

Learning objectives:
1) to recognize the clinical signs of trachoma
2) to recognize the clinical signs of onchocerciasis
3) to learn to implement the recommended public health strategies to address trachoma and onchocerciasis.

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Female spouse sessions

Female Spouse Morning Snack Break

10:45 AM 11:00 AM Wilson's Childrens Complex

Female spouse sessions

Morning Discussion with Helen Pons

11:00 AM 12:15 PM Wilson's Childrens Complex

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Female spouse sessions

Hike around the Lake

11:00 AM 12:15 PM

Walk the 2.3-mile Lake Junaluska Walking Trail that circles the lake. During the walk, you will cross the Turbeville Footbridge, pass 210 rose bushes along the Rose Walk, see two gazebos, cross the bridge above the dam and see unparalleled vistas and awe-inspiring beauty. For more information about these buildings and locations, you are encouraged to download and print our walking trail guide (PDF).

During the walk, we will stop to feed Lake Junaluska’s swans. There have been swans on Lake Junaluska for over 20 years. Their legacy stems back to a small group of community members who introduced swans to the lake in the mid-1990s. A volunteer group called The Junaluskans contributes to feed the swans.
Female spouse sessions

World Methodist Museum Tour

11:00 AM 12:15 PM World Methodist Museum

The World Methodist Museum houses the largest collection of Methodist history, artifacts and memorabilia in the world. Here you can see history come to life as the museum unveils the story of John Wesley, his family, the formation of Methodism in the 18th century, and the Methodist movement’s subsequent global expansion.
World Methodist Tour Brochure.pdf Download Link
Male Spouse sessions

Male Spouse Boat Tour

11:00 AM 12:00 PM Terrace Hotel Front Lobby

Male Spouse Boat Tour of Lake Junaluska
Physician sessions

Post-op Cataract Outcomes Monitoring in the Developing World Setting

11:05 AM 11:30 AM Harrell Center Auditorium

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Physician sessions

4th Annual Superbowl of Grand Rounds

11:30 AM 12:20 PM Harrell Center Auditorium

Upon completion of this presentation, participants should be able to:
1. distinguish the clinical presentations of different ophthalmic unknowns and their differential diagnosis
2. identify the specific clinical findings that suggest a clinical diagnosis
Physician sessions

Enucleation without Consent: An Ethical Dilemma

11:30 AM 11:37 AM

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Physician sessions

Cracking the Code

11:37 AM 11:44 AM

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Physician sessions

Complete Bilateral Ophthalmoplegia

11:44 AM 11:51 AM

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Physician sessions

The Wobbly Wonder

11:51 AM 11:58 AM

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Physician sessions

Block early, stain late. Things you should appreciate!

11:58 AM 12:05 PM

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Physician sessions

Occam's Rusty Razor

12:05 PM 12:12 PM

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Physician sessions

More than a Red Eye

12:12 PM 12:19 PM

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Physician sessions

Adjourn

12:20 PM 12:21 PM

Housestaff special session

Housestaff and Medical Student Luncheon

12:30 PM 02:00 PM Nancy Weldon Gymnasium

Family Time around Western NC & Lake Junaluska

01:00 PM 06:30 PM

Male Spouse sessions
Physician and spouses
Female spouse sessions

Evening Banquet

06:30 PM 09:30 PM Harrell Center Auditorium

Physician sessions

Breakfast & Exhibit Visitation

07:00 AM 08:15 AM Susan Todd Lounge

Small Group Prayer

07:15 AM 08:15 AM

Opening Prayer

08:15 AM 08:20 AM

Physician sessions

MIGS - Not Your Father's Glaucoma Surgery

08:20 AM 08:30 AM Harrell Center Auditorium

Learning Objectives
1) be able to comprehend the need for safer glaucoma surgeries
2) be able to see how traditional glaucoma surgery may still have a role in the treatment of glaucoma
3) to learn how MIGS will make a surgeon a more effective instrument of God's grace

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Physician sessions

Cyclophotocoagulation - No Longer the Procedure of Last Resort

08:30 AM 08:55 AM Harrell Center Auditorium

At the end of the discussion, participants will be able to consider which patient might be candidates for TSCPC
1. Understand more about treatment of resistant cases
2. Describe the Mechanism of action
3. Recognize the Post operative considerations and treatment

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Children's sessions

Drop off kids

08:45 AM 09:00 AM Wilson's Childrens Complex

Physician sessions

Addressing Glaucoma in the Developing World: Why MIGS should be a Game Changer

08:55 AM 09:20 AM Harrell Center Auditorium

Upon completion of this presentation, participants should be able to:
  • Recognize the relationship between cataracts and glaucoma with respect to the role of Micro Invasive Glaucoma Surgery (MIGS) in low resource settings.
  • Describe the physiology of the supraciliary space and potential ways it relates to the treatment of glaucoma.
  • Evaluate the role of a supraciliary MIGS device based on results from a randomized, controlled trial (COMPASS).

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Male Spouse sessions

Male Spouse Wheels of Time and Cherokee Visit

09:00 AM 12:00 PM Front Lobby Terrace Hotel

Come join us for a fun morning of exploring two great museums, Wheels of  Time and Cherokee Museum (time permitting) 
Physician sessions

Fighting the Enemy with Smart Weapons - Using MIGS to Hit Your Target without Destroying the Village

09:20 AM 10:00 AM Harrell Center Auditorium

Objectives for my main lecture:
1) understand the anatomy and reasoning behind MIGS
2) understand the different categories of MIGS
3) be able to explain different situations for when the MIGS devices may be used to lower intraocular pressure.

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Female spouse sessions

God's Providence - A Testimony of how God's Ways are Better than Ours

09:30 AM 10:45 AM Wilson's Chirldren's Complex

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Physician sessions

Break and Exhibits Visitation

10:00 AM 10:25 AM Susan Todd Lounge

Physician sessions

I've Never Done This Before! How to Get Started with MIGS

10:25 AM 10:50 AM Harrell Center Auditorium

Upon completion of this presentation, participants should be able to:
1. Understand how to counsel patients preoperatively regarding micro-invasive glaucoma surgery (MIGS) procedures
2. Understand how to obtain a view of the angle of the eye during intraocular surgery
3. Understand basic techniques needed to perform specific micro-invasive glaucoma surgery (MIGS) procedures

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Female spouse sessions

Female Spouse Morning Snack Break

10:45 AM 11:00 AM Wilson's Children's Complex

Physician sessions

How Ab Interno Canal Surgery Has Changed My Practice

10:50 AM 11:15 AM Harrell Center Auditorium

Learning objectives
1. Understand the indications for ab interno canal surgery
2. Discuss the different surgical options available for ab interno canal surgery
3. Be familiar with the potential complications associated with ab interno canal surgery

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Female spouse sessions

Garden Tour

11:00 AM 12:15 PM Rose Walk

Explore the gardens at Lake Junaluska, including the Rose Walk, Corneille Bryan Native Garden, Inspiration Point, the Susanna Wesley Garden and the Biblical Garden. Lake Junaluska is home to 16 unique and beautiful gardens. Learn about the gardens from a staff horticulturist, who maintains the landscaping around Lake Junaluska.
Physician sessions

How to be the Sharpest Instrument of God's Grace Against Glaucoma, Right Here, Right Now - MIGS Case Studies

11:15 AM 11:55 AM Harrell Center Auditorium

Learning Objectives
1) interact with real case scenarios and be able to better understand how MIGS can. E incorporated into practice
2) understand how MIGS can be used in mild, moderate and severe glaucoma.
3) note the differences of opinion among different specialists as to how MIGS can be utilized.

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Physician sessions

"MYGS" - My Glaucoma Surgery

11:55 AM 12:20 PM Harrell Center Auditorium

After attending this activity, the physician should be able to:
1. Understand more fully the patient's perspective on various MIGS surgery
2. Recognize realities of practical visual limitations from glaucoma and the surgical peri-operative period
3. Develop increased empathy for various clinical situations our patients encounter

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Physician sessions

Working Luncheon Buffet

12:20 PM 01:15 PM

Physician sessions

What Does Heaven Have to do with my Practice?

12:50 PM 01:15 PM Harrell Center Auditorium

Course Objectives:
After attending the activity the physician should be able to:
1. Describe Past, Present, and Final Heaven
2. Recognize obstacles to Heaven and God
3. Describe useful tools to stay focused on Heaven and God

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Physician sessions

MIGS Wetlab

01:15 PM 04:25 PM Basement Far Right Classroom, Harrell Center

Objectives:

  • 1.Gain an understanding of surgical anatomy involved in various MIGS procedures
  • 2.Hands-on experience with wet lab models for various MIGS devices
  • 3.Ability to discuss technique variations with experts in MIGS surgery

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Family Time in Lake Junaluska - Supper & Fellowship with Other Attendees

04:25 PM 08:30 PM

Children's sessions
Physician and spouses
Housestaff special session

Ice Cream Social and Missions Night

08:30 PM 10:00 PM Harrell Center Auditorium

Join us for a fun evening of ice cream while listening to vairous mission speakers
Physician sessions

Breakfast & Exhibit Visitation

07:00 AM 08:15 AM Susan Todd Lounge

Small Group Prayer

07:15 AM 08:15 AM

Physician sessions

Opening Prayer

08:15 AM 08:20 AM Harrell Center Auditorium

Physician sessions

The Political and Social Threat to Excellence in Eye Care

08:20 AM 08:45 AM Harrell Center Auditorium

Participants upon completion of the presentation should be able to:
1. Understand the social/political forces causing the scope expansion of lower level health care providers in eye care
2. Have an up to date idea of the current landscape of eye care in the US
3. Understand the importance of advocacy for excellence in eye care for our patients.

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Children's sessions

Drop off kids

08:45 AM 09:00 AM Wilson's Childrens Complex

Physician sessions

Pursuing Excellence in Presbyopia Correction: Options & Obstacles

08:45 AM 09:10 AM Harrell Center Auditorium

Upon completion of this presentation, participants should be able to:

1. Identify the three major mechanisms for surgically correcting presbyopia and their potential limitations
2. Understand the age based target range of monovision, leading to it's success as the most utilized method for surgically correcting presbyopia
3. Understand the pearls and pitfalls of newly approved corneal inlays and extended depth of focus (EDoF) IOLs in correcting presbyopia

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Male Spouse sessions

Male Spouse Canoe/Kayak

09:00 AM 11:30 AM Front Lobby Terrace Hotel

Come join us for a Canoe or kayak trip on beautiful Lake Junaluska
Physician sessions

Will LASIK still be King of Refractive Surgery in the Next Decade?

09:10 AM 09:35 AM Harrell Center Auditorium

Upon completion of this presentation, participants should be able to:

1. Describe the reasons for success of modern day LASIK, as the most frequently performed elective procedure in all of medicine
2. Understand the surgical steps and potential complications of Small Incision Lenticular Extraction (SMILE), as a new laser refractive procedure
3. Identify the five major reasons why SMILE might replace LASIK as King of refractive surgery within the next decade

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Female spouse sessions

Loving One Another in Intense Community” (Lessons Learned from a Missionary’s First Term)

09:30 AM 10:45 AM

I will be sharing about our family and our team in Burundi with the focus on what God has been teaching me about loving others & dealing with conflict.  Those who desire or experience close community dynamics at home will have interest.

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Physician sessions

Anterior Segment Highlights and Update

09:35 AM 10:00 AM Harrell Center Auditorium

Learning Objectives
  • Discuss updates and changes in current therapy for various corneal diseases
  • Understand new treatment protocols that any attendee may want to incorporate into his own practice

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Physician sessions

Panel & Questions - Morning Speakers

10:00 AM 10:15 AM Harrell Center Auditorium

Upon completion of this panel discussion, participants should be able to:
  • Understand if they wish to incorporate newer presbyopic correction surgeries into their practice
  • Understand the rationale behind different oculoplastic surgery considerations in men
  • Be able to discuss the future for refractive surgeries beyond LASIK

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Physician sessions

Breaks and Exhibits Visitation

10:15 AM 10:40 AM Susan Todd Lounge

Physician sessions

Oculofacial Surgery in Men

10:40 AM 11:05 AM Harrell Center Auditorium

Learning objectives:

  • Learn why it is important to treat male oculofacial patients differently than women
  • Learn some of the aesthetic considerations for eyelid surgery in men
  • Learn some of the aesthetic considerations for brow and forehead surgery in men

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Female spouse sessions

Female Spouse Morning Snack Break

10:45 AM 11:00 AM Wilson's Children's Complex

Female spouse sessions

Guided Pontoon Boat Tour

11:00 AM 12:15 PM Boat Dock (Behind Harrell Center, across from Terrace Hotel)

For more than a hundred years, guests have taken excursions on Lake Junaluska’s boat, The Cherokee. Now the excursions include a historic tour of the architecture and history of Lake Junaluska. The Cherokee IV is the successor of the original 1914 boat, which used to transport guests from the train station to the rest of the grounds.
Female spouse sessions

Discussion on community

11:00 AM 12:15 PM Wilson's Children's Complex

Followup discussion on morning topic with Jessica

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Physician sessions

Excellence in Efficient Surgery (aka Jonah and the Ophthalmologist)

11:05 AM 11:30 AM Harrell Center Auditorium

Upon completion of this presentation, participants should be able to:
  • Identify pitfalls in efficient management of patient flow
  • Understand how efficiency impacts other priorities for patient care

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Physician sessions

Beyond Excellence in Your Practice

11:30 AM 11:55 AM Harrell Center Auditorium

3 things participants should be able to do:
1. Develop a vision for yourself
2. Develop a vision for family
3. Develop a vision for the workplace

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Physician sessions

COS Annual Business Meeting

11:55 AM 12:20 PM Harrell Center Auditorium

Physician sessions

Adjourn

12:20 PM 12:21 PM

COS Board Luncheon

12:45 PM 02:00 PM

Children's sessions
Physician and spouses

COS Family Olympics

02:30 PM 04:00 PM Lakefront Tent next to Harrell Center

Teams compete in North Carolina-themed events for fun and to glorify the Lord through laughter and fellowship. A local band will be on hand in this open air venue. ALL ages welcome, ages 9+ are encouraged to participate!
Physician sessions
Housestaff special session

Practice Opportunity Meeting

04:00 PM 05:00 PM

The COS is a special place to meet potential future partners or associates.  This annual gathering will be led by Drew Caldwell and Bryan Glanzer of Christian Eye Nework
Physician sessions

Simulation-based training and education for cataract specialists

04:00 PM 06:00 PM Harrell Center 105

Led by Glenn Strauss, MD &
            Jon Pollack, Chief of Training Operations


This is a special session for discussion, highlighting the training potential using a high fidelity simulator within a highly structured simulator-based curriculum.”

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Jon - Short Bio v1.docx Download Link
Physician and spouses

Evening Banquet

06:15 PM 09:00 PM Harrell Center Auditorium

Breakfast

07:30 AM 08:30 AM

Breakfast in the Terrace Hotel for those signed up 
Children's sessions
Physician and spouses

Preachin & Pickin North Carolina Worship Service

08:30 AM 10:30 AM Chapel

Greeting – Dr. Dan Eichenbaum
Opening Prayer - Pastor Tommy Hayes
Songs of Praise - Hayes Family (Southern Gospel)
Welcome from Pastor Pat Garrett, Pastor of Journey Church of God (Murphy, NC)
Songs of Praise - The Wilson Family (Blue Grass Gospel)
Sermon - Pastor Pat Garrett (Journey Church of God)
Final Songs of Praise - The Wilson Family