Speakers

COS Board

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Schedule

  • 03 August
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  • 05 August
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  • 07 August

Pedro Gomez, MD

General Director; Retinal specialist
Instituto de La Visión

04 August

04 August

Mark Terry, MD

Director Cornea
Devers Eye Institute
Dr. Terry has been the Director of Corneal Services at the Devers Eye Institute in Portland, Oregon since 1990. He is also a Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology at Oregon Health Sciences University. He received his undergraduate degree at Yale, his medical degree at St. Louis University and completed his residency in Ophthalmology in San Francisco at the Naval Hospital Oakland. He completed his Corneal Fellowship in 1985 at the University of Oklahoma under the mentorship of J. James Rowsey. Since that time Dr. Terry has limited his referral practice to the subspecialty of Cornea, Anterior Segment and Refractive Surgery. He has been the Medical Director of Lions VisionGift Eye Bank in Oregon and the Scientific Director of the Lions VisionGift Research Laboratory since 1990.

Dr. Terry has lectured extensively internationally* and widely published his research work in the areas of corneal transplantation, corneal physiology, refractive surgery, dry eye and endophthalmitis. In 2000, after a year of laboratory development, he began the first U.S. clinical series of Endothelial Keratoplasty (EK) that he named DLEK. Over the past 16 years he has pioneered the further development of EK with over 120 peer-review publications on DLEK, DSEK, DSAEK and now DMEK. He is the president of the international Endothelial Keratoplasty Group (EKG), which he founded in 2002, and this group continues international collaboration in the development of EK.

*Dr. Terry has presented invited lectures in the following countries:

Country (number of trips)

Japan (X4), England (X4), Italy (X6), Spain (X4), Greece, India, China (X3),
Brazil (X4), Peru, Cuba, Columbia, Mexico(X4), Canada (X5), Dubai (UAE), Egypt (X2), South Africa (X2), Saudi Arabia, Poland (X2), Kuwait, Iran, Germany, New Zealand, Taiwan



05 August

Dr Terry CV -Mar 2016.doc Download Link

Howard Gimbel, MD

Cataract & Refactive Surgeon
Gimbel Eye Centre
Dr. Gimbel has been the chairman of the ophthalmology residency at Loma Linda University in addition to being an innovator in ophthalmology for 40 years.

As a committed Christian, Dr. Gimbel chooses to trust in God for guidance and strength. He also lives and promotes a healthy lifestyle. His wife Judy is his valued personal and business partner and her enthusiasm, dedication, and hard gardening, hiking and spending time with their five grown children and twelve grandchildren. With an appreciation for fine music, Dr. Gimbel enjoys listening to classical music, singing in choral groups, and playing the musical saw and trombone.

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Johan Semby, MD

President CMDA of Sweden
Senior consultant in Glaucoma, Sweden
Dr. Semby is chair and CEO of Christian Doctors and Medical Students in Sweden leading the defense of Christian values in possibly the most secularized country in the world. He work as a senior consultant in ophthalmology in the wealthiest and healthiest state in Sweden, where he is chief of glaucoma service, overseeing the glaucoma work at hospitals as well as private clinics within the state.

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Dan Gradin, MD

Comprehensive Ophthalmologist
OHSU Healthcare
Dr. Dan Gradin received his medical degree from Oregon Health & Science University in 1990. He completed his residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. and after military service, he spent 11 years with Christoffel Blindenmission (CBM) in Nairobi, Kenya, East Africa at the Kikuyu Hospital Eye Unit. Since returning to the US in 2010, he has worked at a satellite clinic of Casey Eye Institute, and continues to participate in cataract camps in South Sudan and Kenya.  He and Sally, and their two youngest adopted children, Alex and Grace, enjoy living in the Portland area again, near extended family and friends.

04 August

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Jeff Rutgard, MD

Missionary Ophthalmologist

03 August

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Glenn Strauss, MD

Missions Director
COS Board
Glenn is a general ophthalmologist from Texas serving full time in missions since 2005 with his wife Kim.  They have worked together in many countries discipling and developing training solutions for those who have limited access to good training.  His most recent work with HelpMeSee has resulted in the development of a state of the art surgical simulator for developing nation surgeons. 

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Mitch Brinks, MD

Comprehensive Ophthalmology
OHSU Healthcare
Dr. Brinks is the co-director of International Ophthalmology and Medical Director for Domestic Outreach. He received his Masters in International Health from Oregon State University after completing his medical degree at OHSU. Dr. Brinks has dedicated his medical career to improve the quality of eye care to underserved communities throughout the Pacific Northwest and abroad.

Domestically, he oversees the Outreach Van that provides vision screening to under and un-insured individuals and is studying the cause, and the solution, for avoidable blindness in Oregon. Internationally, he focuses on training local surgeons, nurses, public health personnel and technical support staff to build the broad base of professional talent needed to deliver high quality eye care and address avoidable blindness. His international work has taken him to Cambodia, Bhutan, East Timor, Myanmar, Thailand, Guatemala, the Marshall Islands, and the Samoas.

04 August

04 August

Brinks C V - 6.17.doc Download Link

Kevin Miller, MD

Comprehensive, Pediatric ophthalmology
Mendocino Coast District Hospital
Immediately after residency Kevin spent 9 months with Diego Mejia in Honduras. He entered a peds fellowship off cycle and that opened up the possibility of working at CCBRT, where he did half peds and adults and ran the pediatric ophthalmology fellowship there, following further MSIC education with Piet Noe in Rwanda for 3 months in 2011. Kevin returned to the states in early 2014 with his wife in a small town on the California coast. He is active in campaign finance reform in California.

04 August

04 August

April 2014 cv KMiller.docx Download Link

Bob Arnold, MD

Pediatric ophthalmologist
Alaska Children's Eye and Strabismus
I was raised in Bellingham, Washington and accepted Christ during my freshman year at University of Washington. Then, as a commercial fisherman, I moved to Alaska ever since other than to attend Yale, Mayo and Indiana University training with Gene Helveston and Daryl Ellis in pediatric ophthalmology.

Following up on a fascination with the Brückner Reflex of asymmetric red reflex in mis-aligned eyes, I embraced photoscreening and coordinated a charitable, cooperative research project called “the Alaska Blind Child Discovery.” With help of an Alaska native missionary couple, my children and I took vision screening to some remote Alaska villages subsequently sending sturdy glasses back to the newly-discovered amblyopic children who needed them.

When my children entered high school, I took them to Burma to adapt our Alaska village techniques to even more remote needs there. Delivering spectacles was a particular challenge, the story of which constitutes today’s presentation.

In Alaska, with no eye residency to help cover call, I envisioned an opportunity matching adventure-minded young ophthalmologists with a mini fellowship in the Last Frontier. As such, It gave me pleasure to become the first employer of Dr. Stan Pletcher when he served as “Alaska Summer Emergency Ophthalmologists” in 1994.

04 August

04 August

CV RWA 01-2016.pdf Download Link

John Welling, MD

Cornea specialist
Medical Eye Center
John just completed a year abroad as the Himalayan Cataract Project / University of Utah International Fellow.  He completed cornea fellowship at Emory University.  He recently joined Medical Eye Center in Medford, Oregon.  He enjoys camping, fishing and photography and especially spending time with his wife and kids. 

04 August

Stan Pletcher, MD

General ophthalmologist
Great Lakes Eye Care
Stan practices general ophthalmology with a bent towards oculoplastics at Great Lakes Eye Care in St. Joseph and Niles, MI since 1997. Prior to this he worked in southeastern KY for three years. His residency was at Indiana University.

He has been involved in ophthalmic missions for 13 years. He started Mission Eyes Network (www.missioneyes.net) in 2006 which was the seed for Global Sight Alliance in 2009 (www.globalsight.org) Besides this he and his wife Shelley and their four children enjoyed living and serving in Shell, Ecuador between 2010 and 2012.

Hobbies have included jazz trumpet and piano, beekeeping, running and creating websites and gardening. He has recently been involved with building mobile instruments for the developing world such as the mobile microscope and surgeon’s stool. Ask him about his latest “stool sample.”

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Carlos Gomez, MD

President
Dominican Republic Society of Ophthalmologists

04 August

04 August

Dan Siapco, MD

General ophthalmologist
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.

04 August

Daniel Chang, MD

Cataract & Refractive Surgeon
Empire Eye & Laser Center
Daniel is a cataract and refractive surgeon in private practice in Bakersfield, California. His research interests include the surgical correction of vision—specifically with respect to the optics and positioning of IOLs. He co-founded the Advanced Center for Eyecare, a local nonprofit to provide care for the underserved, with his brother in 2010. He enjoys staying active, traveling, watching Duke Basketball, and spending time with his wife, Lisa, and their two daughters.

05 August

CV 2015-09_dan_chang.pdf Download Link

Nathan Greene

Contemporary Painter
Nathan Greene is a contemporary painter whose artistic heritage is grounded in the honored tradition of a golden era in American illustration.

Greene is only in his forties, but his tie to the spirit of the great illustrator/painters of the 1940s like Harry Anderson, Hayden Sundbloom (noted for his classic Santa paintings for Coca Cola), and Tom Lovell is a tangible one. Nathan knew the elderly Anderson personally and looked to the legendary artist for inspiration and creative insight.

His skill and reputation grew as he worked his way up to 50-60 illustration commissions annually. He also painted a number of key commissions for the NASA space program while being granted access to launchings, landings, and astronaut training to photograph painting reference.

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Matt McCauley, MD

Cornea and Refractive
Berkeley Eye Center
Dr. McCauley has tremendous experience performing cataract, laser cataract, phakic intraocular lens, the new split-thickness corneal transplants (DSAEK and DMEK), laser and refractive surgery. He was honored during his time teaching residents with the Best Surgical Teaching Award at the San Antonio Uniformed Services ophthalmology residency. Dr. McCauley served as Internship Class President and was Chief Resident during his final year of residency. He has received other numerous honors and recognitions including the H. Michael Lambert Outstanding Chief Resident Award, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Achievement and Commendation Medals, academic excellence and outstanding merit honors.

06 August

Donna Kim, MD

Comprehensive Ophthalmology
OHSU Healthcare
Donna was born and raised in Seattle, Washington. She completed her residency training at Stanford University and Oregon Health and Science University. She is now Assistant Professor at the Casey Eye Institute where she serves as Director of the Inpatient Ophthalmology Consult Service and is involved with resident education. She completed a two year medical ethics fellowship and is part of the OHSU Ethics Consult Service and is also a Senior Scholar at the OHSU Center for Ethics. She enjoys playing violin, cooking, and waltzing in her free time. 

06 August

06 August

John Kempen, MD

Missionary ophthalmologist
Sight for Souls
Dr. John H. Kempen is Professor of Ophthalmology and Epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. His research evaluates treatment for ocular inflammatory and infectious diseases, including diseases in developing countries. He is Chairman of the Systemic Immunosuppressive Therapy for Eye Diseases (SITE) Cohort Study and Vice-Chairman of the Multicenter Uveitis Steroid Treatment (MUST) Trial Network. He also serves as Associate Editor-in-Chief of Ophthalmic Epidemiology, and is an Editorial Board member for the American Journal of Ophthalmology, Ocular Immunology and Inflammation, and the Journal of Ophthalmic Inflammation and Infection. He was appointed to the NIH Office of AIDS Research Advisory Council by President Bush, and served from 2004-2008. He is President and Co-Founder of the eyecare organization Sight for Souls, developing self-sustaining comprehensive eye institutes in less-developed countries. Dr. Kempen has been living in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia since August, 2015 implementing this ministry while continuing as an international ophthalmology faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Thomas Hwang, MD

Retinal specialist
Casey Eye Institute
Thomas Residency Program Director and Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at Casey Eye Institute, Oregon Health and Science University. He completed his residency at the Wilmer Eye Institute and vitreoretinal fellowship at Casey Eye Institute. He is interested in resident education, clinical informatics, and ophthalmic imaging research. He is also involved at his church, serving on the worship ministry. 

06 August

06 August

Pete Campbell, MD

Assistant Professor, Retina
Casey Eye Institute
Pete is an assistant professor of Vitreoretinal surgery at the Casey Eye institute, Oregon Health & Science University where he takes care of adults and children with retinal disease from all over the Pacific Northwest. His research focuses on pediatric retinal imaging and using technology to improve the care of patients in the US and around the world.  He and his wife Jean, a geriatrician, spend most of their free time with their three young children. 

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06 August

Winston Chamberlain, MD, PhD

Professor, Cornea
OHSU, Casey Eye Institute
Dr. Chamberlain received his B.S. in biology from California Institute of Technology. He holds a Ph.D. in immunology and an M.D. from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. He is board certified in ophthalmology, and a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. His research interests include the outcomes of corneal transplant surgery with the femtosecond laser and DSAEK techniques, and inflammatory responses in the cornea.

He and his wife and two sons just returned from a nearly month long trip to Peru and Machu Picchu.

06 August

Brad Farris, MD

Professor, Neuroophthalmology
Dean McGee Eye Institute
Dr. Farris, a native Oklahoman, obtained his undergraduate and Medical degree from the University of Oklahoma. He completed a year of Neurology residency in Oklahoma City, as well as his Ophthalmology residency at the Dean A. McGee Eye Institute. After completing a year of Neuro-ophthalmology Fellowship at the University of Miami and Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, he returned to the University of Oklahoma and Dean A. McGee Eye Institute in 1986. He presently serves as Professor of Ophthalmology, and Adjunct Professor of Neurology & Neurosurgery at the University of Oklahoma. He has a wife and three sons.

06 August

Scott Lawrence, MD

Missionary Ophthalmologist
Sight for Souls

05 August

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07 August

Jim Guzek, MD

Ophthalmologist
PCLI
Thoughtful, kind and pleasant, Dr. Guzek has a good natured demeanor that is valued by colleagues and patients alike. His soft-spoken, easy-going temperament and careful attention to detail puts people at ease. A native of Scranton, Pennsylvania, where his father practiced as an ophthalmologist, Jim grew up in this old coal mining town playing basketball every moment he could squeeze into the day. Jim graduated from college with a degree in biology and then pursued medicine. After earning his medical degree, he completed a residency in ophthalmology and went on to specialize in cornea and external disease. For 7 years, Dr. Guzek was chief of ophthalmology at the VA Hospital in Loma Linda, California. He also practiced 3 years in Saudi Arabia and 6 years as a medical missionary in Sri Lanka and West Africa. Dr. Guzek enjoys relaxing with a good book, bicycling, hiking and listening to classical music. He and his wife Roberta, a nurse, have 2 sons and twin daughters—James, Joseph, Leah and Rachel. There is little Dr. Guzek has not encountered in his broad scope of experience. His concern is for the greater welfare of people. “Everyone has needs and I consider it a privilege to be able to help as many people as I possibly can.”

04 August

Diane Comer

Featured spouse's speaker
Diane Comer was a young pastor’s wife, a mother with a family and a future. Her life appeared charmed, perfect. Yet just beneath the surface a vastly different story was unfolding.

Disappointed with all she had been told was supposed to fulfill her, Diane begged God in desperation to give her more.

And he did.

But first he took her through a trial so debilitating it almost destroyed what little faith she had.

He allowed her to go deaf.

In her brokenness and grief, in the midst of deep doubt and raging anger, she heard God’s voice as clear as if he were speaking in her ear. He showed her a way out of her despair, out of her performance-driven life, a way into a tender, intimate relationship with him.

Using vivid parallels between her deafness and every woman’s struggle to hear God, during these sessions, Diane willlead you on your own journey to learn to listen to God, pointing you to finding intimacy with the Savior and the soul-deep satisfaction we all long for.

Check our her website here:  http://www.hespeaksinthesilence.com/

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David Herren

PGY4
Vanderbilt University

05 August

James Lin

PGY4
Columbia University

05 August

Joseph Simonett

PGY1
St. Vincent 16-17 then CaseyEye

05 August

Drew Thomas

PGY4
Louisiana State University

05 August

Wyatt Messenger

PGY2
University of Illinois Chicago

05 August

Christina Martinez

PGY2
Ohio State University

05 August

Fran Wu

PGY4
Casey Eye Institute

05 August

David Simons

Fellow
Devers Eye institute

05 August

Stan Pletcher

President
Niles, MI
Dr. Pletcher has served a president of the society since summer 2014.  He is excited to see God working within our society to impact those around us for the Kingdom.  He is passionate to see the society impact its members directly in the daily practice of ophthalmology to speak or work more boldly for Christ, to live out the gospel in creative and inspiring ways and to exhibit wisdom and vision for patients and staff that we work with.
He is focusing his efforts on:

  • Helping to develop leadership within the society for future years
  • Engaging our greater membership in various ways of meaningful involvement.
  • Continuing meeting planning development to include further outside resources with the goal of lower cost, high quality family meeting that serves the society
  • Exploring other regional outreach ministries with spiritual impact for residents, fellows and staff around the country.

Matt McCauley

Vice President
Houston, TX

John Cox

Treasurer
Huntsville, AL

Cecil Berlie

Chair of Membership Development
Eau Claire, WI

Grace Patel

Chair of Female Membership Development
Greensboro, NC

Paul Chen

Chair of West Coast Development
Redwood City, CA

Matt Clary

Chair of Housestaff Development
Colombia, SC

Jonathan Walgama

Chair of Social Media
Longview, TX

Glenn Strauss

Chair of Missions Committee
Tyler, TX

Jonathan Tsai

Chair of Prayer and Spiritual Direction
Temple, TX

Jamie Paauw

Annual Meeting Advisor & Sponsorship Liaison
Lynchburg, VA

Empty Spot

Board position
Christian Ophthalmology Society
We are looking for anyone wanting to be involved  on a subcommittee level for any area.  We are looking for someone to involved as a program director for our annual meetings.  Please email if you have interest.

We are looking for those with financial smarts to help with society finances.  We need creative sorts for social media, our website and marketing.  We are looking for some techies for helping with our lecture recordings and archives.

Stan Pletcher

Meeting Program Director
Niles, MI

John Kempen

Scientific session subcommittee
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Winston Chamberlain

Scientific Session subcommittee
Portland, OR

Erick Bothun

Scientific session subcommittee
Rochester, MN

Glenn Strauss

Missions Committee Chair
Tyler, TX

Dan Gold

Missions session subcommittee
Palestine, TX

Nick Patel

Missions session subcommittee
Greensboro, NC

JD Bonner

Missions session subcomittee
Soddy Daisy, TN

Anya Gushchin

Missions session subcommittee
Chicago, IL

Lori Clements

Spouse's session planner

Peg Chamberlain

Spouse's session planner

Alcon

Platinum
Mission and Values
Alcon has one mission: to provide innovative products that enhance quality of life by helping people see better.

Lion's VisionGift

Platinum
Lions VisionGift is a non-profit organization founded in 1975 by Lions Clubs of Oregon (MD-36), which recognized the need for an eye bank to provide ocular tissue for transplants, research and medical education.

Since its inception, over 20,000 people have received the gift of sight from tissue procured and screened by Lions VisionGift, which works closely with transplant surgeons. Additionally, ocular tissues have been utilized for valuable research projects and surgical training.

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.

Bausch & Lomb

Gold
Bausch + Lomb, a division of Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. (NYSE: VRX) (TSX: VRX), is solely dedicated to protecting and enhancing the gift of sight for millions of people around the world – from the moment of birth through every phase of life. Our mission is simple yet powerful: Helping you see better to live better.

The company is one of the best-known and most respected healthcare brands in the world, offering the widest and finest range of eye health products including contact lenses and lens care products, pharmaceuticals, intraocular lenses and other eye surgery products.

BioTissue

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Evidence-based Healing

Changing the practice of eye care by providing products that deliver better clinical outcomes

Christian Eye Network

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The Christian Eye Network desires to challenge, encourage and edify the body of Christ so that Jesus would be glorified. We will work to build up a community of strong ophthalmology practices across the United States committed to ministry, mission and work for the purpose of sharing God's gospel of love and forgiveness through His son Jesus Christ.

The Christian Eye Network has grown from a network and recruiting website to a community involved in mentorship, ministry, and missions. We can accomplish this by offering high quality recruitment services to our customers.

We welcome your involvement in our community and are grateful for the opportunity to work with you, your practice or your future practice. We know that our existence means nothing if it is not used as a ministry to serve and glorify Jesus Christ. That's our mission and passion and we will strive to honor God with excellence in our ministry and in our work.

Moria

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MORIA is one of the best-known and most respected ophthalmic companies in the world, offering the finest range of medical devices such as hand-held instrumentation and equipments for refractive and corneal transplant surgeries.

At MORIA, we are committed to innovate pushing the boundaries of medical technology and improve the way ophthalmic pathologies are treated.

Glaukos

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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.

Daka Medical

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Daka Medical was founded with the purpose of benefiting eye surgeons and healthcare professionals with instruments that allow them more efficient performance. While demands in ocular surgery have increased, the fees collected are continually cut drastically by Medicare and other health insurance providers. Because of these restrictions, healthcare professionals are purchasing less expensive instruments, which results in less than acceptable quality. For this reason, we have worked hard to specialize in the artistic skill of manufacturing quality handheld surgical instrumentation while keeping cost our true focus.

Although Daka Medical has a strong foothold in the ophthalmic industry, we continue to expand our brand and offer a diverse array of innovative medical instruments, products, and services. With over 100 years of combined manufacturing expertize it allows us to enable surgery centers, hospitals, and private practice surgeons to produce quality results, helping their patients lead more active and satisfying lives. We strive to focus on the surgeons’ requirements for extraordinary surgical instruments, while reducing your costs and increasing your profitability. Together, we will be able to broaden therange of options to best meet the patients’ surgical needs. Our goal is to earn your trust and to position ourselves as your first choice for surgical instrumentation solutions. We invite you to grant us an opportunity to show you our level of quality and customer service.

eyeMobil Innovations

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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 40th anniversary COS meeting!

Abbott

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At Abbott, we're committed to helping you live your best possible life through the power of health. For more than 125 years, we've brought new products and technologies to the world – in nutrition, diagnostics, medical devices and branded generic pharmaceuticals – that create more possibilities for more people at all stages of life. Today, 74,000 of us are working to help people live not just longer, but better, in the more than 150 countries we serve.

Omeros

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Omeros is a Seattle-based biopharmaceutical company committed to discovering, developing, and commercializing small-molecule and protein therapeutics for large-market as well as orphan indications targeting inflammation, coagulopathies, and disorders of the central nervous system.

Microsurgical Technology

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MST's Philosophy statement is "We make great products that people love", which guides us in the way we choose and design our products.

In every product that we provide we try to build a "soul", which to us means paying attention to the way a product feels, the way that it works, the packaging, the lack of intrusion, let alone its function. On top of the products we add great warranties and personal service with the goal of providing you with a high end customer experience. It is only when we have done all the above that we add our mark.

KLM Surgical Products

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KLM Surgical Products is a manufacturers rep agency engaged in the sales and service of Ophthalmic medical devices such as microsurgical instruments, implants and capital equipment (lasers). We contract with manufacturers to represent their products in a defined geography (Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana). We strive to be a trusted resource and consultant to surgeons and staff members on new surgical techniques and the latest innovations in the industry. Our objective has been to represent our respective companies with honesty and integrity and to be the first choice provider to our network of contacts and relationships built over a 27 year period. Our product offering is the following:

Ocular Therapeutix/ ReSure Sealant
Rhein Medical/ High quality Ophthalmic instruments
FCI Ophthalmics/Lacrimal, cataract, oculoplastic and retina products
MedOne Surgical/ Retinal Instruments
LightMed/Lasers for the Cataract, Glaucoma, and Retina specialties
Tissue Banks International/Ocular Tissue provider
Rayner IOL's

Haag-Streit USA

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For over 150 years, Haag-Streit has been a leading provider of medical equipment for ophthalmologists, optometrists, and opticians. Our experience is the foundation for developing, designing, and producing unparalleled medical instruments and equipment. From slit lamps to surgical microscopes, digital imaging to procedure chairs, we set the standard for precision mechanics and innovative technology.

With Haag-Streit, you can count on durability, ease of use, and accuracy—so you can focus on providing the best patient care.

Vision Outreach International/Global Sight Alliance

Nonprofit
Vision Outreach International (VOI –www.visionoutreach.org) began in 2001 through short term mission endeavors. Since that time VOI has grown into a MAJOR advocate for helping the blind poor in under-served regions of the world. Not only do they send teams abroad, they develop ophthalmological surgical trainers and ancillary leaders who are encouraged to train others in the International MSICS (Manual Small Incision Cataract Surgery) technique.
Through their Global Sight Alliance (globalsight.org) web portal they are developing a network of like-minded organizations, striving to connect quality eye care professionals with the greatest needs around the world. In addition they have created an international network for collaboration and education through their web portals, which provide learning through multiple articles, webinars, and videos.
The groundwork was laid well before David N. Brown, M.D. (OPH, 95), took his first trip to Kenya in 1998. After completing his ophthalmological residency at the Cleveland Clinic in 1995, he joined Great Lakes Eye Care, a Christian Ophthalmological group practice in St. Joseph, Michigan. If not for the group's "like-mindedness" and support, Dr. Brown says that he would not have been able to go to Africa."
“The physicians at Great Lake Eye Care have been a major factor in what I have been able to do," Dr. Brown says gratefully. “I've taken long leaves of absence, working overseas in the developing world. They have been a major support for me to being able to do that.” Vision Outreach International (VOI) was birthed several years later.

Vision Outreach International has an eight-member board of directors that meets yearly and collaborates monthly on issues concerning the organization. These directors are connected via email and receive all agendas and minutes created by the Executive team. The board of directors appointed an Executive team, with limited powers, to handle the on-going oversight of the work of VOI. This team meets monthly and is composed of three board members, the executive director, financial personnel, and administrative assistants.
Roger W. Cabe serves as the full time Executive Director of Vision Outreach International and its subsidiary, Global Sight Alliance. He oversees all the aspects of the organization including: (1) Strategic Planning, (2) Mission Endeavors (3) Leadership Training (4) Networking (5) and Growth
Other paid staff includes one part-time financial officer and one part-time administrative assistant. These individual, in coordination with the executive director and the executive team, work to recruit regular volunteers to assist in international endeavors, surgical training, networking, education, web development and on-going administrative duties.

Stan Pletcher, MD, a VOI board member, is a strategic volunteer for VOI. He has led the efforts in launching Global Sight Alliance and continues to be a KEY component in its on-going success.




MMI Canada

Nonprofit

MMI CANADA IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE JESUS CHRIST BY PROVIDING SPIRITUAL AND COMPASSIONATE HEALTH CARE IN THIS WORLD OF NEED.

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."

Project MedSend

Nonprofit
MedSend makes it possible for highly qualified and dedicated Christian healthcare professionals to bring healthcare – and the good news of Jesus’ love – to people in need around the world. MedSend healthcare professionals staff and run mission hospitals and rural clinics and are involved in community health education and training and mentoring Christian caregivers.

For MedSend healthcare professionals from the U.S., we provide grants that remove the obstacle of educational debt and specialized training to equip them for the unique challenges they face. For MedSend Nationals healthcare professionals, our grants help them get advanced medical training, Christian mentoring and leadership training.

YWAMShips

Nonprofit
YWAM Ships Kona exists to reach the most isolated and disadvantaged islands in the Pacific. Using ships to access these villages is not just the best option… it is the only one.
“I honestly did not believe there was any hope for me before I heard of the PACIFIC LINK” said Maor, a recent patient. Knowing it would take money her family did not have to discover why she could not see clearly, let alone transportation to a location where she could be evaluated and treated, she resigned herself to being unable to see.

Returning a day after her eye surgery on board the PACFIC LINK, Maor was delighted to be able to see clearly. The last we saw Maor her eyes were sparkling as she was caring for her family cooking over a fire.

For these forgotten families, your service truly makes a world of difference—and the impact is eternal. If you’re interested in learning more about how you can serve these islands, please contact us at medicalvolunteers@ywamships.net.

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.

Jewish Voice International

Nonprofit
Jewish Voice has been hard at work offering free medical clinics to the most impoverished pockets of Jewish People around the world. The history of JVMI’s medical outreaches began in Gondar, Ethiopia, in 1999, where 1,300 people were treated. Those small beginnings have grown, thanks to the blessings of God and our faithful and skilled staff and volunteers. Now, some 12 years later, we are treating on average 9,000+ patients per short-term medical clinic trip! We plan our medical trips throughout the entire year so that we can reach as many needy people around the world as possible.

HelpMeSee

Nonprofit
HelpMeSee is a non-profit social enterprise committed to ending the global crisis of cataract blindness, the leading cause of blindness.

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Onsite Registration

05:00 PM 09:00 PM Mezzanine Level

Register online and check-in for the meeting
Physician sessions

Exhibitor Visitation

05:00 PM 07:00 PM Colonel Lindbergh

Physician sessions

The Ethos of Boldness in Faith and Practice

07:00 PM 09:00 PM Queen Marie Ballroom

Join Howard Gimbel and Jeff Rutgard in an interactive audience discussion of the practice of boldness in our faith and in our practices.

After attending this lecture, the attendee will:
  • Recognize ethical principles for establishing excellent practice patterns for conducting a successful ophthalmology practice or mission
  • Discuss various methods of meaningful patient or staff engagement on both physical and spiritual levels
  • Distinguish the risks and benefits in being involved in a cutting edge medical practice

Speakers

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Embassy Suites Buffet Breakfast (hotel guests)

06:30 AM 08:45 AM Basement breakfast area

Please bring your breakfast upstairs to the exhibitor area at 7:00 to interact with our exhibitors.
Physician sessions

Exhibitor Visitation

07:00 AM 08:15 AM Colonel Lindbergh Ballroom

Please interact with our many exhibitors who have graciously sponsored our meeting!  Feel free to bring your breakfast upstairs.
Physician sessions

Welcome and Opening Prayer

08:15 AM 08:20 AM Queen Marie Ballroom

Speakers

Physician sessions

The Surgeon as an Instrument

08:20 AM 08:45 AM Queen Marie Ballroom

After attending this lecture, the attendee will:
  • To appreciate the privilege we have as surgeons to serve people with visual impairment or visual aid dependancy
  • To understand the requirement to always do what is best for the patient
  • To accept the responsibility to share what we have learned from others or by our own experience with colleagues

Speakers

Physician sessions

Building a Community of Service in Ophthalmology

08:45 AM 09:10 AM Queen Marie Ballroom

After attending this lecture, the attendee will:
  • Anticipate the view of our overseas hosts when we work as individuals
  • Name the top ten reasons ophthalmologist burn out on missions trips
  • Be able to describe the benefits of working together overseas, even if you're not there at different times.

Speakers

2 -Brinks COS Aug 2016 Transitions.pptx Download Link
Male Spouse sessions

Male spouse coffee & devotions

08:45 AM 09:10 AM Stumptown Coffee Roasters

Meet other male spouses of ophthalmologists for coffee and devotions.
Children's sessions

Children's sessions (by age)

08:45 AM 12:30 PM Lobby Level rooms

Our theme will be "POW" for the conference which stands for
Preserve
Open
Worship

Today we study P - PRESEVERE, no matter what. The importance of continuing in the faith, despite our culture. Story of Daniel. (Aug 4th)
Female spouse sessions

Female Spouse Welcome and Worship

09:00 AM 09:30 AM Gevurtz Ceremonial

Physician sessions

A Wholistic Approach to Resident Education

09:10 AM 09:35 AM Queen Marie Ballroom

After attending this lecture, the attendee will:
  • Understand a broader perspective on essentials for ophthalmologist training
  • Compare and contrast differences in training philosophies
  • Gain perspective on how incorporating wholistic teaching approach changes lifelong practice patterns for trainees

Speakers

3 - gomez - Portland presentation Aug 2016.pdf Download Link
Male Spouse sessions

Kayaking Portland - Male Spouses

09:10 AM 12:30 PM River Place Marina

Join us for a guided Kayaking tour with Portland Kayak
Walk to the riverfront, turn right and walk along the riverfront to the Marina
Directions
Meet in the lobby after devotions for 20 minute walk to Portland Kayak.  Tour is 2 hours and will be from 9:30 - 12:00.

Female spouse sessions

Female Spouse Session #1: He Speaks in The Silence - My Story

09:30 AM 10:45 AM Gervurtz Ceremonial

Diane will share the story of how God led her out of her despair that she was going deaf, past her performance-driven “good girl” faith, into a tender, intimate relationship with Himself. Using vivid parallels between her deafness and learning to listening to God, she will encourage you on your own journey to find the soul deep satisfaction each of us longs for.

Speakers

Physician sessions

The Art of Training Up the Next Generation of Ophthalmologists

09:35 AM 10:00 AM Queen Marie Ballroom

Upon completion of this presentation, participants should be able to:
  • Discuss the challenges of training in the new cultural context
  • Discuss key skills, knowledge, and attitudes needed for training
  • Evaluate themselves as to their potential impact as trainers.

Speakers

4 - Impacting the next generation - strauss.ppt Download Link
Physician sessions

Break & Exhibits Visitation

10:00 AM 10:25 AM Queen Marie Ballroom

Physician sessions

A Foot in Both Worlds: Cooperative Practice Experience with a Nonreligious and a Religious Hospital System

10:25 AM 10:50 AM Queen Marie Ballroom

Upon completion of this presentation, participants should be able to:
  • Recognize the unique strengths of a religious-based hospital system
  • Enumerate factors motivating a nonreligious university to form ties with a Catholic hospital
  • Explain potential pitfalls and conflicts involved in joining two institutions with differing world views

Speakers

5- Gradin- Foot in both worlds 8-4-16.pptx Download Link
Female spouse sessions

Female spouse break

10:45 AM 11:00 AM Colonel Lindbergh

Physician sessions

Maintaining the Impact of Long Term Eye Care Missions: A Survey from the Front Lines of Service.

10:50 AM 11:15 AM Queen Marie Ballroom

After attending this lecture, the attendee will:
  • Learn what may be roadblocks in finding a posting abroad
  • Learn what may be professional difficulties in the mission setting
  • Propose solutions to keep mission opportunities available to those qualified

Speakers

6b - Guzek cos talk.ppt Download Link
6- kevin miller - Presentation.pptx Download Link
Female spouse sessions

Female Spouse Discussion Session

11:00 AM 12:00 PM

We explore the morning topic by breaking into small groups for a guided time of listening to each other's stories.

Speakers

Female spouse sessions

Portland Mani/Pedi with Lori

11:00 AM 12:00 PM Meet in Lobby

If you'd like to experience a Portland manicure or pedicure, join hostess Lori Clements for one during our second sessions time.  This will be self pay.
Physician sessions

Arming Local Providers to Do “Spectacular” Work

11:15 AM 11:40 AM Queen Marie Ballroom

After attending this lecture, the attendee will:

  • Review / highlight the practical optics of cylinder and plus lenses
  • Provide training on an option where typical optical dispensing cannot yet reach
  • Highlight the degree to which deficient spectacles contribute to practical world blindness.

Speakers

7- Spectacles- Arnold Powerpoint.pdf Download Link
Physician sessions

Panel Discussion – am speakers

11:40 AM 11:55 AM Queen Marie Ballroom

Upon completion of this panel discussion, participants should be able to:
  • Identify excellent patterns for resident education
  • Discuss models of health care delivery between religious and nonreligious institutions
  • Identify potential problems with serving in a mission setting and possible solutions
  • Identify practical methods that ophthalmologists can create an environment of service in their specialty

Speakers

Physician sessions

Thursday Lunch with spouses

11:55 AM 12:30 PM Queen Marie Ballroom

Childcare ends at 12:30 pm.  Advance reservation needed for the lunch buffet
Physician sessions

Luncheon Talk – “Serving God in a Fallen Europe”

12:30 PM 01:00 PM Queen Marie Ballroom

Speakers

Physician sessions

Tips in Management of Fungal and Bacterial Corneal Ulcers in the Developing World

01:00 PM 01:25 PM Queen Marie Ballroom

After attending this lecture, the attendee will:

  • Understand the differential diagnosis for infectious keratitis in tropical and subtropical settings
  • Be familiar with medical and surgical treatment strategies for infectious keratitis in the developing world
  • Be conversant with the Gunderson flap technique as a treatment for recalcitrant keratitis

Speakers

COS Fungal Keratitis_JW_novideo.pptx Download Link
Children's sessions
Female spouse sessions

Portland Zoo Trip - Spouses & Kids

01:00 PM 04:30 PM Portland Zoo

Go as a group to Portland Zoo.  Plenty of restaurants there for lunch.
Group rate (> 15 tickets at one time) is $12/adult (12 yrs and up) and $8/child (11 yrs and down)
Various times on subway which is 2 blocks away $5.00 round trip/adult  $2.50 round trip/child.
Red line leaves at 1:16 pm from Skidmore Fountain MAX Station







Children's sessions
Female spouse sessions
Male Spouse sessions

OMSI Museum Trip - Spouses & Kids

01:00 PM 04:30 PM OMSI 1945 SE Water Ave

Take a trip to the OMSI Science Museum. No group rate is available without advance reservation. Price is $14/adult and $9.75/child.
Board 17-Holgate/Broadway Bus towards SE 134th Ave at 1:17 pm
Get off at OMSI/SE Water

Use this link:  Directions using Bus


Physician sessions

Ophthalmic Missions: Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Headed

01:25 PM 01:50 PM Queen Marie Ballroom

After attending this lecture, the attendee will:
  • Upon completion of this presentation, participants should be able to:Discuss the changes in volunteering as cataract surgeons that have occurred over time
  • Understand the various roles of being involved as an eyecare professional in supporting needy areas of the world
  • Understand resources for engaging opportunities

Speakers

10- Missions where been and where headed - pletcher.pptx Download Link
Physician sessions

The impact of ophthalmic training on global blindness

01:50 PM 02:30 PM Queen Marie Ballroom

Upon completion of this presentation, participants should be able to:
  • Discuss the roll of advances in educational technology to increase capacity for cataract blindness reduction
  • Express perspectives on the economic impact of cataract blindness and blindness reduction
  • Compare traditional and non traditional cataract training models

Speakers

Physician sessions

Break and Exhibits Visitation

02:30 PM 02:50 PM Colonel Lindbergh Ballroom

Physician sessions

Tips for Learning MSICS

02:50 PM 03:15 PM Queen Marie Ballroom

Upon completion of this lecture, participants should be able to:
  • Explain the variations developed for manual small incision cataract surgery
  • Learn how to avoid common mistakes associated with MSICS
  • Discuss pearls for improving their own technique for MSICS

Speakers

Physician sessions

Tips for Teaching MSICS

03:15 PM 03:40 PM Queen Marie Ballroom

Upon completion of this lecture, participants should be able to:
  • Recognize the importance of being a trainer
  • Discuss the unique challenges for training residents, ECCE or experienced US phaco surgeons.
  • Learn safe techniques to allowing a trainee gain independence quickly

Speakers

Physician sessions

Approach to Difficult Training Situations in MSICS: A Panel Discussion

03:40 PM 04:25 PM Queen Marie Ballroom

Upon completion of this lecture, participants should be able to:
  • Recognize specific challenges in developing world cataract surgery settings
  • Discuss teaching techniques that are specific to MSICS
  • List strategies for dealing with training challenges

Speakers

14b - training challenges panel.ppt Download Link
Physician sessions

Adjourn

04:25 PM 04:26 PM Queen Marie Ballroom

All

Family Time in Portland

04:25 PM 08:30 PM Downtown Portland

All

Chocolate Fountain/ Mission Speakers

08:30 PM 10:00 PM Queen Marie Ballroom

All

Embassy Suites Buffet Breakfast (hotel guests)

06:30 AM 08:45 AM Basement breakfast area

Please bring your breakfast upstairs to the exhibitor area
Physician sessions

Exhibitor Visitation

07:00 AM 08:30 AM Colonel Lindbergh Ballroom

Please interact with our many exhibitors who have graciously sponsored our meeting! Feel free to bring your breakfast upstairs.
Physician sessions

Small group prayer

07:30 AM 08:30 AM Gevurtz Ceremonial - Mezzanine

Join us for a time of prayer in the morning
Physician sessions

Opening Prayer

08:30 AM 08:35 AM Queen Marie Ballroom

Male Spouse sessions

Male Spouses Segway Tour

08:30 AM 11:00 AM Nation Tours - 120 SW Stark St

Join us on a 2 hour Downtown Historic Segway Tour.  Meet in the lobby to walk 3 blocks to Nation Tours at 120 SW Stark St.

Physician sessions

Avoiding and Managing Cataract Surgery Complications

08:35 AM 09:50 AM Queen Marie Ballroom

Speakers

Children's sessions

Children's sessions (by age)

08:45 AM 12:00 PM Lobby Level Rooms

Our theme will be "POW" for the conference which stands for
Preserve
Open
Worship

Today we study O - OPEN, the Bible. Importance of reading the book God wrote, regularly. How do we hear God? Also, learn how the Bible came to be - history of the canon.
Female spouse sessions

Welcome and Worship - Female spouses

09:00 AM 09:30 AM Gevurtz Ceremonial

Female spouse sessions

Female Spouse session #2: Creating Space To Hear God - our story

09:30 AM 10:45 AM Gevurtz Ceremonial - Mezzanine

Diane will share the two barriers that, more than anything else, keep us from hearing God. She will show, through the Scriptures, how to recognize and overcome those blockages and find freedom and delight on the other side.

Speakers

Physician sessions

Cataract Surgery and Presbyopia Correction: The Perfect Opportunity

09:50 AM 10:15 AM Queen Marie Ballroom

Speakers

Physician sessions

Break and Exhibitor Visitation

10:15 AM 10:45 AM Colonel Lindbergh Ballroom

Physician sessions

Developing Endothelial Keratoplasty: A Personal Journey

10:45 AM 11:40 AM Queen Marie Ballroom

Speakers

3- Dr Terry - Developing EK- A personal journey_novideos.pptx Download Link
Female spouse sessions

Female Spouse Break

10:45 AM 11:00 AM Colonel Lindbergh Ballroom

Female spouse sessions

Drawing with Nathan Greene

11:00 AM 12:30 PM

Speakers

Female spouse sessions

Female Spouse Discussion Session

11:00 AM 12:15 PM

We further unpack the morning's session by breaking into small groups to talk about the three things that keep us from hearing God speak.

Speakers

Male Spouse sessions

Male Spouse Devotions and Coffee

11:15 AM 12:00 PM Stumptown Coffee Roasters

Join us for morning devotions after our Segway tour with Nick Patel sharing.
Physician sessions

3rd Annual Superbowl of Grand Rounds

11:40 AM 12:25 PM Queen Marie Ballroom

Physician sessions

A World Away

11:42 AM 11:47 AM Queen Marie Ballroom

Speakers

1 -COS - A World Away - Herren.pptx Download Link
Physician sessions

Muddled about Mottling

11:48 AM 11:53 AM Queen Marie Ballroom

Speakers

2- COS meeting JamesLin .pptx Download Link
Physician sessions

A Buzzworthy Case

11:54 AM 11:59 AM Queen Marie Ballroom

Speakers

3 - COS Martinez buzzworthy.pptx Download Link
Physician sessions

Photopsia: Not Just a PVD

12:00 PM 12:05 PM Queen Marie Ballroom

Speakers

4- COS_Messenger_photopsia.pptx Download Link
Physician sessions

Enlarging, bilateral retinal lesions

12:06 PM 12:11 PM Queen Marie Ballroom

Speakers

5- Simonett COS 2016.pptx Download Link
Physician sessions

Blue Rubber Bleb Nevus - A Tale of Two Eyes

12:12 PM 12:17 PM Queen Marie Ballroom

Speakers

6- COS presentation 2016, Simons.pptx Download Link
Physician sessions

2 AM Edema

12:18 PM 12:23 PM

Speakers

Physician sessions

Double Edged Foam Sword

12:24 PM 12:29 PM Queen Marie Ballroom

Speakers

8 - 2016 COS Wu.pptx Download Link
Physician sessions

Grand Rounds Voting

12:30 PM 12:31 PM Queen Marie Ballroom

Physician sessions

Adjourn

12:35 PM 12:36 PM

Housestaff special session

House staff and Medical Student Luncheon (Spouses/Kids welcome)

12:45 PM 02:00 PM Old Town Pizza

Physician sessions

EuroAfrican COS Subchapter Brainstorming Session

05:00 PM 06:00 PM Gevurtz Ceremonial

Join this open brainstorming session as we explore the potential for a COS subchapter for Christian ophthalmologists in Europe and Africa.

Speakers

Children's sessions

Children's evening session

06:00 PM 09:30 PM Lobby Level Rooms

Physician sessions

Evening Banquet (Advance reservation required)

06:15 PM 09:30 PM Queen Marie Ballroom

Physician sessions

Worship with SardiuS

07:30 PM 08:00 PM Queen Marie Ballroom

SardiuS is a Christian worship band that started in the Pacific Northwest created from an eclectic group of musicians that lead worship at a local church. Drawing from a wide variety of influences ranging from U2 and Hillsong to the Piano Guys, the band has a larger than life acoustic sound with its use of vocal harmony and strings.

The band has recently recorded its first official album, Aldersgate, a small collection of hymn rearrangements. SardiuS is currently working on an album of original music due to be released in the fall of 2016.
Physician sessions

Personal Experiences – Physicians in Training

08:00 PM 09:30 PM Queen Marie Ballroom

All

Embassy Suites Buffet Breakfast (hotel guests)

07:00 AM 08:45 AM Basement breakfast area

Please bring your breakfast upstairs to the exhibitor area
Physician sessions

Exhibitor Visitation

07:00 AM 08:30 AM Colonel Lindbergh Ballroom

Please interact with our many exhibitors who have graciously sponsored our meeting! Feel free to bring your breakfast upstairs.
Physician sessions

Small group prayer

07:30 AM 08:30 AM Gevurtz Ceremonial - Mezzanine

Join us for a time of prayer in the morning
Physician sessions

Opening Prayer

08:30 AM 08:35 AM Queen Marie Ballroom

Speakers

Physician sessions

Ethical Issues in Ophthalmology: Cases That Have You Asking “What Should I Do?”

08:35 AM 09:00 AM Queen Marie Ballroom

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