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2013 Media Briefing Schedule 117th American Academy of Ophthalmology Annual Meeting

Location for all briefings:
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, Room 282

Questions? Email the Academy's PR team at or
call the newsroom at: (504) 670-6527
from 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. CT, Friday, Nov. 15 - Tuesday, Nov. 19

Members of the media are invited to attend briefing sessions on topics of interest to the general public as well as ophthalmic and other medical professionals. Join us to hear from and explore questions with leading ophthalmic researchers, clinicians, and policy experts.

Sunday, Nov. 17, 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. CT
Big News on Big Data: The IRIS™ Registry, an Ophthalmic Game Changer
IRIS Registry experts will speak about how the nation's first comprehensive eye disease clinical database is set to revolutionize the field of ophthalmology and dramatically improve patient care.
View Presenter Bios and Contact Information

Panelists include:

  • William L. Rich III, M.D., medical director of health policy and chair of the Registry Measure Development Work Group, American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • Michael F. Chiang, M.D., chair of the Medical Information Technology Committee, American Academy of Ophthalmology; and Knowles Professor of Ophthalmology, Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology, Oregon Health and Science University
  • David May, M.D., Ph.D., president of the Texas Chapter of the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and member of the ACC PINNACLE registry steering committee
  • Tim Parr, vice president of technology, FIGMD, Inc., the software and technology firm that is developing the IRIS Registry with the American Academy of Ophthalmology. FIGMD is also involved in developing and maintaining registries for the American College of Cardiology.

Final Slide Set (4.7 MB PowerPoint)

Audio Recordings - MP3

Intro - Linda Apeles (1.5 MB)
Overview - William L. Rich III, M.D. (2 MB)
Significance of the Registry - David May, M.D., Ph.D. (2 MB)
Regulatory Implications and Benefits - William L. Rich III, M.D. (2.5 MB)
Current Status of Registry Pilot - Michael F. Chiang, M.D. (5 MB)
Demonstration and Screenshots - William L. Rich III, M.D. and Tim Parr (6 MB)
Question 1 - Cost to join and potential downsides (3 MB)
Question 2 - What datasets are in development and most relevant? (3 MB)
Question 3 - Integration of different registries (1.5 MB)
Question 4 - Revenue stream (2 MB)
Question 5 - Security of data (1.5 MB)

Whole Briefing (26 MB)

Monday, Nov. 18, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m., CT
Femtosecond Lasers and Cataract Surgery: Is it living up to the hype?
Three researchers discuss the findings of their separate studies examining the safety and efficacy of femtosecond laser cataract surgery. 

Panelists include:

  • Bret L. Fisher, M.D., medical director of the Eye Center of North Florida
  • Mike P. Holzer, M.D., vice chairman and director of refractive surgery, Department of Ophthalmology, University of Heidelberg, Germany
  • Tim Schultz, M.D.,  Department of Ophthalmology, University Hospital Bochum, Germany

Slides - Bret L. Fisher, M.D. only (1 MB PowerPoint)

Audio Recordings - MP3

Introduction - Linda Apeles (1 MB)
Study Results - Bret L. Fisher, M.D. (3 MB)
Study Results - Mike P. Holzer, M.D. (5 MB)
Study Results - Tim Schultz, M.D. (2.5 MB)
Questions (2 MB)

Whole briefing (13.5 MB)