• At AAO 2021, learn more about the federal and state policies and regulations that inform Academy advocacy efforts and impact your practice every day. Visit information booths throughout the conference center and attend sessions, such as the Medicare Forum, which is CME-eligible. Register now and join your friends!

    Note: Listed times are local Central Time in New Orleans.

    Advocacy Booths

    Advocacy Booth, Resource Center

    Saturday, Nov. 13 through Monday, Nov. 15, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

    Exhibit Hall in the Resource Center

    IRIS® Registry Booth

    Saturday, Nov. 13 through Monday, Nov. 15, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

    Exhibit Hall in the Resource Center

    OPHTHPAC® and Surgical Scope Fund Booth

    • Friday, Nov. 12–Monday, Nov. 15, 8 a.m.–5 p.m., Main Lobby B2
    • Friday, Nov. 12–Saturday, Nov. 13, 8 a.m.–5 p.m. (Subspecialty Day), Outside LaNouvelle Ballroom

    Advocacy Events

    OPHTHPAC Donor Thank You Reception

    Saturday, Nov. 13, 6–7:30 p.m.

    This special event is open to 2021 OPHTHPAC-invested members.

    Private Reception With Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks, MD, R-Iowa

    Friday, Nov. 12, 7:30-8:30 p.m.

    Westin New Orleans, 100 Iberville St., Riverbend Room

    This event is open to all AAO 2021 attendees. Attendees are asked to make a $250 contribution per guest. You can contribute online or by mail: Miller-Meeks for Congress, 611 Pennsylvania Ave., SE #396, Washington, DC 20003.

    Advocacy Sessions

    SYM67 - Artificial Intelligence and Big Data: How They are Driving Clinical Care Decision-Making in the VA and DoD

    There is tremendous potential for Artificial Intelligence and Big Data to transform the delivery of health care, including ophthalmology. Advancements in Artificial Intelligence are giving ophthalmologists new tools for diagnosing and treating eye disease. Big Data is helping physicians and healthcare systems improve patient care, reduce costs and increase operational efficiencies. During this session, representatives from the Association of Veterans Affairs Ophthalmologists and the Society of Military Ophthalmologists will discuss how the use of Artificial Intelligence and Big Data is helping to drive clinical care decision-making in the veterans’ and military health systems. An audience question and answer period will follow.

    Saturday, Nov. 13, 11:30 a.m.–12:45 p.m.

    In person, on demand

    Morial Convention Center, Room 252-254

    SYM43V - Innovations in Ophthalmology from Around the World:  Intraocular Implants, Artificial Intelligence, and Solutions to Systemic Problems

    This symposium will highlight current therapies and future outlook of cutting-edge initiatives from around the world and across retina, glaucoma, and cornea areas. Speakers will also address health policy initiatives. The Parker Heath lecture will highlight incubation and entrepreneurial initiatives to guide research in these areas. Co-sponsored by the American Medical Association Ophthalmology Section Council 

    Saturday, Nov 13, 2021; 3:45–5 p.m.

    Live broadcast, on demand

    Topic: Health Policy

    Presenters: Future Intraocular Lens Technologies: Iqbal K. Ahmed, MD; Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Ophthalmology: Michael F. Chiang, MD; Parker Health Lecture, AMA Health 2047 – Trends, Advocacy & IT Solution: Bobby Mukkamala, MD; Technology and Smart Phone Innovations: Lisa Nijm, MD, JD

    SYM69 - Q&A With the FDA (SPE50)

    Have questions about the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) drug approval process? Want to talk about new FDA initiatives? Need answers about the latest news affecting ophthalmic drugs? Join FDA ophthalmic drug experts for a session providing the latest on agency initiatives and an open Q&A with the audience.

    Sunday, Nov. 14, 9:45–11 a.m.

    In person only

    Morial Convention Center, Room 340-341

    Topic: General Medical

    Presenters: Wiley Chambers, MD; Supervisory Medical Officer, Office of New Drugs, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Moderator: James Chodosh, MD

    SYM62 - (NOTE: NEW DAY) 2021 Medicare Update Forum

    Sunday, Nov 14, 2021, 3:45-5 p.m.

    In person, on demand

    Morial Convention Center, New Orleans Theater C

    Topic: Health Policy