AAO 2018 in Chicago
Navigating AAO 2018 meeting offerings — courses, events, exhibit hall and more — can be overwhelming. The Academy and your colleagues on the SO Committee are here to help and have developed several events and sessions just for you.
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Review specific SO programming available in Chicago. Find out meeting details, course recommendations, events you need to attend and much more.
Free: Senior Ophthalmologist Special Program and Reception
Monday, Oct. 29 | 2:30 to 4 p.m. / Reception 4 to 5 p.m.
As is our tradition, the Senior Ophthalmologist (SO) Special Program highlights features of our dynamic host city. This year, two engaging speakers will present.
Kirk H. Packo, MD
The "SO Hall of Fame": The Importance of Knowing the Giants of Our Medical History
Ophthalmology is one of the oldes medical specialties. Cataract surgery was documents to have first occured over 4,000 years ago. For centuries, "giants" in our field evolved our craft into the amazing technical field it currently is. This talk takes us through a selection of high points in ophthalmic medical history, remembering the key giants whose shoulders we now stand.
Giovanni Aloi, PhD
You Won't Believe Your Eyes: Highlights of the Art Institute of Chicago
Hear about the unmissable masterpieces you must see while visiting the Art Institute of Chicago, one of the most prestigious museums in the world.
The program concludes with the presentation of the 2018 EnergEYES Award and a reception for all to enjoy. This year's reception will be hosted by the American Academy of Ophthlamology Foundation. Bring your guests to this entertaining annual event.
SO Symposium — Stem Cells – Hope for the Future
SYM20 | Sunday, Oct. 28 | 2 to 3:30 p.m.
Program Chairs: Susan H. Day, MD, Samuel Masket, MD, and Alfredo Sadun, MD, PhD
Stem-cell therapy has always been controversial. Originally, the science and technology depended cells obtained from fetal tissue. However newer technologies have allowed the development of stem cells created and cultured to induce pluripotent stem cells from a variety of non-embryonic tissues. Even so, a number of controversies still exist. This seminar will focus on recent advances in stem cells that might apply to their use in ophthalmology as well as limitations and dangers that may accompany their use.
Editorial Comments from Across the Pond: Best Papers from the Royal College of Ophthalmologists
Jointly sponsored by the SO Committee, Committee on Aging and the Royal College of Ophthalmologists
SYM27 | Monday, Oct. 29 | 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.
Program Chairs: Hillary A. Beaver, MD, Gwen K. Sterns, MD, and Sobha Sivaprasad, MBBS, FRCS
This symposium reviews leading papers from the United Kingdom and the Royal College of Ophthalmologists (Eye) on the most common ophthalmic conditions in the elderly, including AMD, screening for medication toxicity, cataract surgery, glaucoma management (medications, laser, and surgery) and diabetic retinopathy. Differences in the management and treatment between the United Kingdom and the United States may provide insight into best practices and geographic variation in systems of care, cost effectiveness and evidence-based medicine.
SO Learning Lounge event — Private Equity Partnerships: A good thing?
Monday, Oct. 29 |11 a.m. to Noon | Hall A, Booth 126
Program Chairs: Robert E. Wiggins, MD and Thomas S. Harbin MD, MBA
Listen to experts discuss Private Equity Partnerships and determine whether it’s a good or bad thing.
Breakfast with the SO Experts (Tickets sold separately and are held daily in Hall A from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.)
Stopping Surgery: Why, When and Issues to Consider
Moderator, Thomas S. Harbin, MD, MBA
B122 | Sunday, Oct. 28
B147 | Monday, Oct. 29
Transitions in Practice: Slowing Down and Its Implications
Moderator: Paul N. Orloff, MD
B121| Sunday, Oct. 28
B171| Tuesday, Oct. 30
2018 Orbital Gala at the Chicago Cultural Center
This year, get hip to the AAO scene and let your psychedelic prints fly at the 1960s-themed Orbital Gala-a-go-go on Sunday, October 28. Purchase your Orbital Gala tickets today.
Open daily, Saturday, Oct. 27 to Tuesday, Oct. 30
One of your first stops at AAO 2018 should be at the SO Lounge. Not only does it provide casual space for SOs to take a break during the annual meeting, but it also offers meeting assistance, networking events, and more.
- Free to all Academy SO Members (active, life and retired)
- SO ribbon required to access the lounge