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AAO 2014 Media Briefing Schedule

Location for all briefings:
McCormick Place, Room N426A

Questions? Email the Academy's PR team at media@aao.org or
call the newsroom at: (312) 791-6622
from 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. CDT, Friday, Oct. 17 - Tuesday, Oct. 21

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.


Saturday, Oct. 18, 4:15 p.m. - 4:50 p.m. CDT
AAO Leadership Provide Update on Medicare, Key Legislative Priorities
The American Academy of Ophthalmology's CEO David W. Parke, II, M.D. and Medical Director for Governmental Affairs Michael X. Repka, M.D., will provide a comprehensive update to press on the Academy's legislative agenda and responses to policy changes. These policy developments - both currently in process and anticipated for the near future - will have great impact on eye physicians and surgeons' practices.

Topics include:

  • 2015 Medicare Fee Schedule, devaluing of codes and sustainable growth rate reform
  • Medicare Advantage and narrow networks
  • The Drug Quality and Security Act/compounding laws and access to Avastin for office use
  • CMS Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) requirements and Meaningful Use
  • CMS public reporting of physician reimbursement and physician payments (Sunshine Act)

Audio Recordings - MP3

Full briefing audio (24 MB, MP3)

Monday, Nov. 20, 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m., CDT
Smartphones, Tablets and 3-D Printers:
How Innovative Consumer Technologies Are Improving Access to Eye Care
Five researchers present their studies using consumer technology to improve access to eye care throughout the world.  

Panelists include:

  • Jiaxi Ding, M.D., SUNY Buffalo ophthalmology resident, Ross Eye Institute. Topic: iExaminer: A Portable and Inexpensive Option for Fundus Photography and Videography in the Pediatric Population (PO191)
  • Andrea Russo, M.D., Brescia Civil Hospital Ophthalmology Clinic resident, Italy. Topic: Comparison of Smartphone-Based Ophthalmoscopy With Dilated Ophthalmic Examination for Diabetic and Nondiabetic Eye Disease (PO282)
  • Chris Johnson, Ph.D, director, U. of Iowa Visual Field Reading Center and ophthalmology professor. Topic: Use of an iPad Tablet to Perform Visual Field Screening in Nepal (PO412)
  • David Myung, M.D., Ph.D, Stanford University ophthalmology resident, Byers Eye Institute. Topic: Design and Rapid Prototyping of a Novel 3-D Printed Smartphone Lens Adapter System (PO328)
  • Landon Grace, Ph.D, director, U. of Miami Composite Materials Laboratory, assistant professor of engineering. Topic: Rapid and cost-effective orbital prosthesis fabrication via automated non-contact facial topography mapping and 3D printing (PO467)

Slide Set

Smartphones, Tablets and 3-D Printers full-briefing slide deck (9 MB, PPTX)

Audio Recordings - MP3

Full briefing audio (23 MB, MP3)


Monday, Nov. 20, 2:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m., CDT
Q&A with ABC News Journalist Bob Woodruff
ABC news journalist, Bob Woodruff, will speak at the world's largest ophthalmology conference, AAO 2014, in a special session titled Visual Impact of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI): Lessons Learned. Woodruff suffered vision loss after being critically injured in 2006 by a roadside bomb in Iraq. The experience inspired him to co-found the Bob Woodruff Foundation to help veterans with TBI and post-traumatic stress disorder access support and resources.

TBI has become a significant focus in the Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Defense and the private sector due vehicular accidents, football and other sports-related injuries. Neurotrauma exhibits in diverse clinical presentations often requiring complex coordination of care. Topics for discussion include ocular and visual outcomes, mechanisms of injury and the integrated, multidisciplinary approach to treating a TBI patient.

This is a question and answer session held with press after Woodruff's session.

Audio Recordings - MP3

Full briefing audio (8 MB, MP3)