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Bright Ideas in Ophthalmology

Phillips Eye Institute

Saturday, September 23, 2017 from 8:00 AM to 1:30 PM (CDT)

Bright Ideas in Ophthalmology

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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Physicians Sep 16, 2017 $170.00 $0.00
Non-Physicians Sep 16, 2017 $65.00 $0.00
Fellows / Residents Sep 16, 2017 $65.00 $0.00

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Educational Needs Assessment

One of the most frequently requested topics for CME is neuro-ophthalmology. All comprehensive ophthalmologists must deal with a wide range of neuro-ophthalmologic problems. However, because they occur relatively infrequently, it is difficult to stay abreast of the latest changes in this field. A practical and systematic approach to some of these problems will be discussed.

Retinal disorders are common causes of visual loss, particularly in our aging patient population. Imaging and other diagnostic modalities are constantly evolving, as are therapeutic options and strategies for treating macular degeneration, epiretinal membranes, and vitreoretinal lymphoma. Practitioners must be continuously updated on these changes.

New technologies and techniques are emerging in the surgical treatment of anterior segment disorders. These include stem cell transplantation, DSEK, DMEK, DALK, K-Pro and IOP repositioning. It is important that ophthalmologists are kept up to date on the various new options available in the treatment of their patients.


Conference Overview

The 2017 Phillips Eye Institute Fall Conference is designed to provide educational and clinical value for all ophthalmologists, including residents, fellows, and those in all practice settings, as well as ophthalmic technicians. The conference will feature three stellar guest speakers who have presented nationally and internationally. There will be two main sessions, each consisting of didactic lectures and a panel discussion with question/answer sessions to learn from the experts. A course syllabus, breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Upon completion of the conference, the participant should be able to:

  • Discuss neuro-ophthalmic diagnostic challenges that present to the comprehensive ophthalmologist.
  • Discuss the possible role of steroids in age related macular degeneration.
  • Describe the neuro-ophthalmic findings of space flight.
  • Describe the management of different types of dislocated lenses.
  • Describe imaging modalities in the diagnosis of primary vitreoretinal lymphoma.
  • Discuss the various surgical options for the treatment of ocular surface disease.
  • Explain the importance of good inflammatory control in uveitic patients with epiretinal membranes.
  • Describe various types of corneal transplant procedures.
  • Recognize the steps in unexplained visual loss and define important exam findings in organic visual loss.

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Event Organizers

Conference Co-Chairs

David R. P. Almeida, MD, MBA, PhD
VitreoRetinal Surgery, PA
Attending Physician, Phillips Eye Institute

Amanda C. Maltry, MD
University of Minnesota - Ophthalmology
Attending Physician, Phillips Eye Institute


Conference Committee

David R. P. Almeida, MD, MBA, PhD
VitreoRetinal Surgery, PA
Attending Physician, Phillips Eye Institute

Marsha R. Bell
Physician Services, Conference Coordinator
Phillips Eye Institute

Michael E. Lins, MD
Medical Director
Phillips Eye Institute

Amanda C. Maltry, MD
University of Minnesota - Ophthalmology
Attending Physician, Phillips Eye Institute

D. Wilkin Parke III, MD
VitreoRetinal Surgery, PA
Attending Physician, Phillips Eye Institute

Margaret M. Watry, RN, MBA
Director, Patient Care Services, Phillips Eye Institute

Phillips Eye Institute is part of Allina Health

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Registration – Continental Breakfast – Exhibits


Welcome & Introductions


Five Bizarre Ideas that Ophthalmologists Believe in Neuro-ophthalmology
Andrew J. Lee, MD


The Role of Inflammation in Age Related Macular Degeneration
Lisa J. Faia, MD


Neuro-ophthalmology of Space Travel
Andrew J. Lee, MD


Surgical Management of the Dislocated Lens Implant
Jonathan B. Rubenstein, MD


Diagnostics and Imaging in Primary Vitreoretinal Lymphoma
Lisa J. Faia, MD


Panel Discussion / Question & Answer


Break, Brunch and Exhibits


Update on Surgery for Ocular Surface Disease
Jonathan B. Rubenstein, MD


Surgical Management of Epiretinal Membranes in Patients with Uveitis
Lisa J. Faia, MD


New Paradigm in Corneal Transplant Surgery
Jonathan B. Rubenstein, MD


Five Easy Steps in Unexplained Vision Loss
Andrew J. Lee, MD


Panel Discussion / Question & Answer



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Guest Speakers

Photo of Dr. Lisa Faia Lisa J. Faia, MD
Royal Oak, MI

Dr. Lisa J. Faia is the Director of Uveitis Service at the Associated Retinal Consultants, PA located in Royal Oak, Michigan. She is a board certified ophthalmologist with special interest and expertise in the surgical and medical management of vitreoretinal diseases and uveitis.

She received her medical degree from the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California. She completed her residency at Mayo Clinic. Dr. Faia went on to do a fellowship in Uveitis at the National Eye Institute at the National Institutes of Health followed by a fellowship in Vitreoretinal Diseases and Surgery at Associated Retinal Consultants in Royal Oak, Michigan.

Currently, she is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, Pan-American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Society of Retina Specialists, American Uveitis Society, American Medical Association, Michigan Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons, and Association in Research of Vision and Ophthalmology. She is involved in a wide array of both basic science and clinical studies in uveitic and vitreoretinal diseases. Dr. Faia has presented nationally and internationally on the topics of uveitis and retina and authored and/or co-authored multiple peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and reviews on these subjects.


Photo of Dr. Andrew Lee Andrew G. Lee, MD
Houston, TX

Dr. Andrew G. Lee is a Professor in the Departments of Ophthalmology, Neurology and Neurosurgery, Weill Cornell Medical College. He is a Neuro-ophthalmologist and is the Chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology, Blanton Eye Institute at Houston Methodist Hospital. He is also an adjunct Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Iowa. Dr. Lee came to Houston Methodist Hospital after serving on the faculty at the University of Iowa, Baylor College of Medicine and the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas.

He was an Alpha Omega Alpha Graduate of the University of Virginia, School of Medicine. Dr. Lee did his Ophthalmology Residency at the Cullen Eye Institute, Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, and completed a Neuro-Ophthalmology Fellowship at the Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. He was a Fight for Sight Post-doctoral Research Fellow at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Department of Neuropathology.

Dr. Lee has published over 400 peer reviewed publications and has been an invited speaker at over 200 regional, national, and international medical meetings. He has been on the editorial board of 14 scientific journals including JAMA Ophthalmology, the Canadian Journal of Ophthalmology, the American Journal of Ophthalmology, the Japanese Journal of Ophthalmology, Eye, and the Journal of Neuro-ophthalmology.


Photo of Dr. Jonathan Rubenstein Jonathan B. Rubenstein, MD
Chicago, IL

Dr. Jonathan B. Rubenstein is the Director of Refractive Surgery at Rush and the Vice Chairman and Deutsch Family Professor of Ophthalmology at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. He is also Chairman of the Section of Ophthalmology at the Skokie Hospital of the North Shore University Health System.

He received his medical degree with AOA honors at Rush Medical College. He completed his residency at Rush University Medical Center and a cornea/external disease/refractive surgery fellowship at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Rubenstein is a past President of the Chicago Ophthalmological Society. He is a member of the board of trustees and the committee of secretaries for the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO). He is a member of the Refractive Surgery Clinical Committee, Skills Transfer Clinical Committee and the Eye World editorial board for the American Society for Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS).

He has received the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s Honor Award, Senior Honor Award and Life Achievement Honor Award. Dr. Rubenstein is a regular examiner for the American Board of Ophthalmology. He was selected as one of Chicago's top 500 doctors by Chicago Magazine, is a Castle Connolly Top Doctor and is one of Ocular Surgery and News 300 premier surgeons.

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Accreditation and Logistics


Physician: Allina Health is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Allina Health designates this live activity for a maximum of 4.5AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nurse: This activity has been designed to meet the Minnesota Board of Nursing continuing education requirements for 5.4 hours of credit. However, the nurse is responsible for determining whether this activity meets the requirements for acceptable continuing education.

Please Note:Continuing medical education credits (ACCME) are accepted by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation (ANCC) for certification renewal if the content is applicable to the area of certification. Continuing education hours approved by the ACCME meet the ANCC-accredited continuing nursing education (CNE) criteria.

Other: Individuals representing other professional disciplines may submit course materials and the Evidence of Attendance certificate to their respective professional associations for continuing education credit.

Registration Fee

The registration fee includes continuing education credit, course registration, course materials, breakfast and brunch.

Location and Parking

Hyatt Regency Hotel
3200 E 81st St, Bloomington, MN 55425
Phone: (952) 922-1234

Adjacent parking lot, no fee.


Rooms may be reserved at the discounted price of $129 by directly contacting the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Bloomington, MN at 952-922-1234 or 1-800-233-1234. Indicate that you are reserving a room for the Phillips Eye Institute room block. The final day to make your reservations for this group rate is September 12, 2017.

Disclosure Policy

It is the policy of Allina Health Learning & Development to provide balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor in all its sponsored educational activities. All faculty and planning committee members participating in sponsored activities and/or their spouses or partners are required to disclose to the conference audience any real or apparent conflict(s) of interest related to the content of this activity.

Special Needs

The sponsors of this conference are fully committed to accommodating the special needs of participants and will do everything possible for requests called in at least seven days in advance of the start date to Marsha Bell at 612-775-8945. Accommodations or special needs requests after that timeframe cannot be guaranteed.

Cancellation Policy

Tuition is refundable (less a 25 percent handling fee) if cancellation is received in writing by Saturday, September 16, 2017. No refunds are available after that date.

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Please contact Marsha Bell at Phillips Eye Institute by phone at 612-775-8945 or by email at

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Hyatt Regency Hotel
3200 E 81st St
Bloomington, MN 55425

Saturday, September 23, 2017 from 8:00 AM to 1:30 PM (CDT)

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Phillips Eye Institute

The Upper Midwest’s Only Eye Specialty Hospital

The Phillips Eye Institute, part of Allina Health, integrates the latest diagnostic, treatment and surgical technologies, a staff dedicated solely to ophthalmic care, and the expertise of affiliated ophthalmologists.  This exceptional team ensures that patients receive compassionate and quality eye care – all within a single hospital committed to preserving, protecting, and restoring vision.

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