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2017 MidYear Program Speakers
 

 

 

 

 

 William A Cantore, M.D. 

 

 Dr. William Cantore is an ophthalmologist in Hershey, Pennsylvania, currently Professor of Ophthalmology and Neurology at Penn State College of Medicine. He received his medical degree from State University of New York DownstateMedical Center College of Medicine, Fellowship, Neuro Ophthalmology, Wills Eye Hospital (1991) Residency, Ophthalmology, Saint Vincent's Hospital and Medical Center of NY (1990) Internship, Internal Medicine, Staten Island University Hospital (1987). He has written and published multiple articles, including topics on the Optic Nerve, Optic neuritis and Orbital Tumors.

 

 We look forward to his upcoming lecture "All Choked Up About the Optic Nerve" at the OPS Mid-Year Program.


 

Nathan Roland Diers

 

Mr. Nathan Diers has eight years of preclinical and clinical ophthalmology research experience, including a wide range of experience with ophthalmic devices/software, image management, and project management. He is the director of Clinical Services for EyeKor where he works extensively with study sponsors and Central Reading Centers to develop imaging protocols and grading forms to meet the needs of each clinical trial.  He leads EyeKor’s team of personnel dedicated to site certification, image processing, and image quality review.


We look forward to his upcoming lecture "Clinical Trial Imaging" at the OPS Mid-Year Program.




Joshua Matthew Greene, M.D.

 

Dr. Greene is a physician at Philadelphia Retina Associates, Philadelphia, PA. and is a Clinical Associate in Ophthalmology at the Scheie Eye Institute, University of Pennsylvania.  He has served as Director of Vitreoretinal Surgery at the VA Hospital, Philadelphia, PA with distinction.  

 

Dr. Greene graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh studying Ecology and Evolution.  His academic societies include: Golden Key, Tri-Beta and Alpha Epsilon Delta, for distinguished pre-medical students.  He received his MD from Temple University School of Medicine.  He is a member of the Medical Outreach Society, completed his internship at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, and his Ophthalmology Residency at the Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New Hyde Park, NY and Surgical Retina fellowship at Indiana University.  

His research has yielded several published articles, in addition to presentations at the American Society of Retina Specialists in New York and San Diego.

 We look forward to his upcoming lecture "Update on Wet Macular Degeneration: Current and Emerging Therapies" at the OPS Mid-Year Program.


 

 

 

Kenneth M. Boyd, CRA, BS, BF

 

Mr. Kenneth Boyd is currently the Ophthalmic Technician Coordinator at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.  His training includes the Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, New York, The New York Presbyterian Hospital / Cornell University Medical Center, New York, The Brooklyn Hospital, Brooklyn, and The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York.   He has held various ophthalmic photographer roles during his years of training. His specialty in ophthalmology is anterior and posterior segment tumor imaging.


We look forward to his upcoming lecture "Ophthalmic Oncology Diagnostic Imaging" at the OPS Mid-Year Program.




 

 

 Deepa Yoganathan, MD FRCSC DABO:


Dr. Deepa Yoganathan is a physician at North Toronto Eye Care, Toronto Retina Institute. Dr. Yoganathan has practiced in both Toronto and Buffalo for 5 years. She was the Director of the Retina Service at the Ross Eye Institute and Assistant Professor at the University at Buffalo. She  has since completed the Royal College of Physicians Educators Faculty Development Program to advance Resident Education and Quality Improvement.  

 

Dr. Yoganathan was the principal site investigator for the DRCR.net (diabetic retinopathy clinical research network) at the Ross Eye Institute and continues to be a DRCR investigator at Toronto Retina Institute. She has been a presenter at ASRS, AAO, ARVO, and the Canadian Ophthalmological Society. In 2016,  Dr. Yoganathan completed a Master’s of Science in Health Research Methodology at McMaster University.

Deepa Yoganathan has a special interest in traumatic retinal detachments, diabetic tractional detachments, and retinal imaging. Her area of research is in diabetic macular edema and retinal trauma. She is also interested in volunteering her time, and has completed two cataract missions to the Philippines and performed vitreoretinal surgery at the Jaffna Teaching Hospital in northern Sri Lanka.

We look forward to her upcoming lectures "Double Header: Ultra Wide Field Imaging - What is the Evidence?" and, "What to see in the RPE?  Clinical Pearls in Fundus Autofluorescence" at the OPS Mid-Year Program.


 

 

Paula Morris, CRA, FOPS


Ms. Paula Morris is currently an ophthalmic imager at John Moran Eye Center at the University of Utah. Ms. Morris has 41 years of experience as an ophthalmic imager and has contributed for 30 years as an instructor/lecturer at OPS Educational Programs, as well as AAO and JCAHPO programs. Ms Morris has served as an Assistant Editor of The Journal of Ophthalmic Photography, is a former past President of the OPS and has served several terms on OPS Governing Boards. Her love of this organization is undeniable!  Paula’s lectures, workshops and presence within the OPS community are invaluable.


We look forward to her upcoming lecture "What's So Special About ICG?" at the OPS Mid-Year Program.

 



 

Marco U. Morales, MEng. PhDc:


Dr. Morales is currently a Scientific Consultant with Centervue. Marco graduated from La Salle University in Mexico City in 1991 with a MEng Electronics degree. He has worked in the ophthalmic industry since 1993 as a biomedical engineer. In 2006, he helped developed ophthalmic instruments in Italy, which propelled the creation of complex technologies for retina imaging. He is co-founder of CenterVue, Italy, and holds a consultant position as Chief Scientific Officer.

 

 

In 2012, Marco received his PhD in the Academic Ophthalmology, at the University of Nottingham.  His research involves the analysis of functional changes during the progression of pathologies affecting the central retina, and the development of eccentric vision therapies with microperimetry techniques. Currently, he is working on new methodologies to improve eccentric vision in patients with vision loss.

 We look forward to his upcoming lecture "Microperimetry Theory and Clinical Applications" at the OPS Mid-Year Program.



 

 

Johnny Justice Jr., CRA, FOPS, Professor - Baylor College Medicine


Mr. Justice is the Principal Founding Member of the OPS which began in 1969. He has served two terms as a past President of the OPS. Wikipedia lists Mr. Justice along with Dr. Donald Gass and others at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute as medical firsts in the field of fluorescein angiography. Mr Justice has contributed over 60 years in the field of Ophthalmic Imaging while working at highly regarded institutions such as Duke, Bascom Palmer, Wills Eye and Baylor prior to founding his own Angiographic Reading Center. Mr. Justice is currently Chairman of the Board of Directors of Justice Ophthalmics, The Angiogram Reading Center.


We look forward to his upcoming lectures "The Founding of the OPS" and "A Gass-Justice Style Fluorescein Conference" at the OPS Mid-Year Program.



 

Vesna Jurisic Friberg, MD


Vesna Friberg is currently serving an ophthalmic photographer at CHP of UPMC, Pediatric ophthalmology Department, Pittsburgh, PA. Her background includes international research, education and clinical practice. She served as a Medical Doctor in Europe since 1990, specializing in Ophthalmology from 1997 - 2012 at the University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. In this capacity, she introduced numerous technologies and processes that significantly increased the level of patient care and expanded the business aspect of her clinic. She has completed her fellowship in anterior segment surgery at the University of Paris VII Medical School, Denis Diderot.  As a Fulbright Fellow she performed research in the field of OCT imaging at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. She has also performed research at the Basel University Eye Clinic and at the W.H.O. in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. She is an author and coauthor of 67 papers and abstracts, 17 of which are related to ophthalmic imaging.


We look forward to her upcoming lecture "Pediatric Ophthalmic Imaging: Special Consideration, Challenges and Techniques" at the OPS Mid-Year Program.




 Edward J. Chang, MD:


Dr. Chang is currently a Cataract/Anterior Segment/Glaucoma Physician at Everett & Hurite Ophthalmic Associates. After receiving his medical degree from Bowman Gray School of Medicine/Wake Forest University in North Carolina, he completed an internship at UPMC Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh. This was followed by a residency in ophthalmology at the University of Pittsburgh and a fellowship in glaucoma/anterior segment at the Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary, Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA.

 

Dr. Chang's anterior segment training allows him to perform complicated procedures involving cataracts and cataracts combined with glaucoma. He also specializes in Toric (astigmatism correction) and Multifocal implants with sutureless small incision surgery.

In addition to specializing in the medical and surgical treatment of glaucoma, Dr. Chang has completed research in the areas of antimetabolite use in glaucoma, drainage implants, combined glaucoma/cataract surgery and optic nerve blood flow in low tension glaucoma. Dr. Chang routinely performs SLT lasers and is certified for ECP (endocyclophotocoagulation) and Trabectome procedures.

 

We look forward to his upcoming lecture "Evolution of Imaging and How It's Improved Anterior Segment and Glaucoma Management" at the OPS Mid-Year Program.



 

Brian Detwiler, CRA COT


Mr. Brian Detwiler is a surgical assistant and ophthalmic photographer for Cataract and Refractive Surgery at the Laurel Eye Clinic and Surgery Center, Duncansville, PA.  He has been in the ophthalmic field for over 15 years, and has served as lecturer and instructor for the OPS. His lecture entitled “Can You Do That In There?” will discuss imaging and photography in the operating room theater.


 

 



 

 Robert W Cavicchi, CRA, FOPS


Mr. Robert Cavicchi is currently the Senior Ophthalmic Photographer at the Beetham Eye Institute, Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston, MA. His prolific teaching and lecturing history spans multiple OPS, JCAHPO, ASCRS and NEOPS educational programs. He is the Immediate Past President of the OPS and is currently seated on the OPS Board of Directors.


We look forward to both of his upcoming presentations of "Technology Update: Vendor Exhibits" at the OPS Mid-Year Program.




Dennis  Zukosky, COA, CRA


Dennis Zukosky is currently a Clinical Applications Specialist at Optovue, Inc.  Dennis’ experience includes: Optovue, Inc. Fremont, CA  January 2012 – Present Install Optical Coherence Tomography(OCT) imaging equipment and train physicians and medical staff in OCT equipment operation. He provides ongoing support of customer base including technical training, maintenance, evaluating staff performance and providing physician support in the use of OCT imaging devices.


We are looking forward to his presentation of “Introduction to Optical Coherence Tomography Angiography, OCT-A”.




Pamela P. Rath, M.D. 


Dr. Rath completed her Medical Retina Fellowship at Moorfields Eye Hospital and St. Bartholomew’s Hospital in London, England and her Ophthalmology residency at the University of Minnesota where she then served four years as Assistant Professor in the Retina Vitreous Division of the Department of Ophthalmology. During that time she was Director of the Ocular Oncology Program with special expertise in radiation plaquing for malignant melanoma of the choroid and treatment of retinoblastoma.  Dr. Rath was also Director of the electrophysiology laboratory at the University of Minnesota. She has lectured extensively on inherited retinal diseases, electrophysiology, intraocular tumors and retinoblastoma.


We look forward to her talk on “Spots, Bumps and Lumps: Choroidal Nevi, Choroidal Melanomas and How to Differentiate”.





 

Timothy J. Bennett, CRA, OCT-C, FOPS

 

Mr. Bennett has reprised is “Ophthalmic Jeopardy” lecture for Friday, June 2. 2017. With over 35 years in the field of ophthalmic imaging, he brings a wealth of knowledge and is sure to cover new technology, give some zingers and take us to the way, way back machine….just be prepared to phrase your answers in the form of a question! Timothy Bennett is an Ophthalmic Photographer at the Penn State Hershey Eye Center in Hershey, PA. Mr. Bennett is a former President of the OPS and has served on the Board of Certification and Board of Directors.




 

 

 James B. Soque, CRA, OCT-C, COA

Mr. Soque will contribute a lecture discussing “OCT: Scanning for Surgical Significance”. Mr. Soque is currently Chief of Photography and Imaging Specialist at Island Retina, in Shirley, NY and has over 30 years of experience in ophthalmic research and ophthalmic imaging.  He is prolific in the digital imaging arena as well as an assistant in vitreoretinal surgery, which provides for an informative lecture on the role of OCT and it’s importance with surgical cases. The OPS is honored for his contribution to the 2017 Mid-Year Program as his OPS lectures and workshops have garnered a great response from attendees since 2008.  Mr. Soque is currently the Chair of the Board of Education.

 


 

 

 Elizabeth Affel, OCT-C, CDOS, ROUB, COA, FOPS:  

Ms. Elizabeth Affel is the Director of the Diagnostic Center at Wills Eye Hospital, Philadelphia, PA.  Her daily operations include department staffing, and training related to diagnostic testing. She instructs medical residents, fellows, and ophthalmic technicians on imaging devices, and provides care to broad range of patients. She is a volunteer with ‘ORBIS - Flying Eye Hospital’. She has been a lecturer and instructor for the OPS for over 30 years, is the current Secretary for the Board of Directors, and is the newest inductee as a Fellow of the Ophthalmic Photographers’ Society. 

 

We look forward to her upcoming lecture "Imaging and Imaging Training in Underserved Countries and Communities – A Personally Rewarding Experience" at the OPS Mid-Year Program.

 


 

SPONSORS 

Carl Zeiss Meditec 
Fundus Photo, LLC
Haag-Streit USA
Heidelberg Engineering, Inc
Nidek Incorporated
Optos, Inc.
Optovue, Inc.
Topcon Medical Systems


If you would like to sponsor the program, please contact Barbara McCalley at ops@opsweb.org.  

 
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