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2019 Mid-Year Wrap Up

This year's OPS Mid-Year program was held in Miami, Florida at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, at the ROOTS of the OPS, June 7-8, 2019.

We had 27 speakers that ranged from world-class physicians, ophthalmic imagers and professionals.  Ten of which are FOPS and of those ten, four legends came out of retirement to share their knowledge and help us celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the OPS:  Ditte, Hess, Paula Morris, Csaba Martonyi and one of our founding fathers, Johnny Justice Jr. 

The program’s content ranged from our keynote lecture, Photographic Options in Diabetic Retinopathy to Imaging in Research, Multimodal Imaging, Molecular Biology, ARMD, the Future of Retinal Imaging, Surgery and the History of the OPS.

Our keynote speaker was Dr. Harry W. Flynn, Director of Retinal Services, a Donald M. Gass Professor, of the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. He and his wonderful staff couldn’t have welcomed us home in any better fashion.

We introduced a new format in Miami for the vendor forums by bringing the vendors to the podium on Friday to speak of their technology and returned them to the floor on Saturday to provide the attendees an up-close and personal look at their products.

Friday night the reception was held at the Conrad Brickell’s Level 25 Bar with sweeping views of the skyline and Biscayne Bay. In a celebration of the 50 years of the OPS we had the 50/50 raffle drawing with the winning ticket drawn by no other than Johnny Justice Jr. Congratulations to our lucky raffle winner, Michael Palczynski!

Mid way through the reception, Johnny gave us all a heartfelt recap of his historic career, the beginning OPS and many momentous memories collected during his lifetime. We were all winners that night.

Saturday we had an unexpected surprise gifted to us by the Godfather of the Slit Lamp, Csaba Martonyi. He donated 5 of his “Slit Lamp Examination & Photography” books to our program! We randomly selected names from amongst our registrants to receive these classic editions with the opportunity for signing at the program’s conclusion.

This was a historic OPS event only made possible by the hard work and efforts of our speakers who graciously donated their time and knowledge to make this program a reality. Thank you to Jim Soque and the Board of Education for their tireless efforts producing this and all the other educational programs, continuing the OPS tradition, 50 years strong! Thank you to Paula Morris, Libba Affel, Amy Goldstein, Olivia Rainey, Holly Cheshier and her gang of 3 for their help with registration and logistics. A very special thanks to our General Chair, Isabel Rams and the incredible Bascom Palmer Staff for letting us come home. Finally, my deepest gratitude and respect to our OPS legends for coming back and giving us an opportunity to walk amongst giants.

We would like to thank our sponsors for their financial support, sharing their equipment and offering their expertise during the program.

Carl Zeiss Meditec, Inc; EyeKor; Fundus Photo, LLC; Heidelberg Engineering Inc.;  Ophthalmic Labs; Optos, Inc.; Topcon Healthcare Solutions; Haimovici Family

  Isabel Rams & Tony Medina
General Chair & Education Chair
OPS Miami Mid-Year Program 2019


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