2014 Symposium

The 63rd Annual Symposium was held March 21-23, 2014, at the Hilton Riverside Hotel.

Speakers included Riva Lee Asbell, Dr. Edward Buckley, Jeffery Daigrepont, Dr. Uday Devgan,  Dr. David Granet, Dr. Terry Kim, Dr. Robert Osher, Dr. J. Bradley Randleman, Dr. William Rich,  Dr. Audina Berrocal, Dr. Edward Wilson, and Dr. Sonia Yoo!

Topics included updates on Cataracts, Cornea, and Pediatrics. As always, the 63rd Annual Symposium offered three days of intensive continuing medical education (up to 20 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™).

The New Orleans Academy of Ophthalmology is an outstanding independent provider of continuing medical education for over 60 years.


Riva Lee Asbell, AB, CO
Edward Buckley, MD
Jeffery Daigrepont
Uday Devgan, MD
David Granet, MD
Terry Kim, MD
Robert Osher, MD
J. Bradley Randleman, MD
William Rich, MD
Edward Wilson, MD
Sonia Yoo, MD
Audina Berrocal, MD


NOAO Speaker

Riva Lee Asbell, AB, CO
Ms. Asbell is the principal of Riva Lee Asbell Associates, an ophthalmic reimbursement consulting firm located in Fort Lauderdale and Philadelphia. A former administrator of a large Philadelphia-based private practice and the Departments of Ophthalmology of Hahnemann University (now part of Drexel University) in Philadelphia and UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in Camden, she is a member of the American Association of Certified Orthoptists, the American Society of Ophthalmic Administrators, the American Association of Ophthalmic Executives, and the Association of University Professors in Ophthalmology – Administrators’ Section (past president). She served on the Board of Directors of the American Society of Ophthalmic Administrators and the Practice Management Coordinating Committee of The American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery. She is Past President of the Association of University Professors in Ophthalmology – Administrators’ Section.

Ms. Asbell has been the designer and co-author of many ophthalmology scientific exhibits, and has written numerous papers, presentations and two books. She authors columns on reimbursement issues and contributes regularly to ophthalmology publications including Ocular Surgery News, Ophthalmology Management, Retinal Physician, Premier Surgeon and EyeWorld and serves on the Editorial Boards of the first four of those publications. Her book, “Tips on Ophthalmic Surgical Coding by Subspecialty” has recently been published. Ms. Asbell serves as a consultant to various private and government agencies.

Her most recent academic appointment is Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery (Ophthalmology) at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School at Camden.

An active participant in teaching ophthalmic coding and reimbursement nationwide, she has been a Coding Instructor for the American Society of Ophthalmic Administrators and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery for the past twenty years. Ms. Asbell teaches reimbursement for many other national and state societies, among them the Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO), The American Association of Certified Orthoptists, the Massachusetts Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons, Georgia Society of Ophthalmology, New Orleans Academy of Ophthalmology the Connecticut Society of Eye Physicians, and The American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery. She is the only one teaching ophthalmic E/M Coding who was trained by Medicare specifically for this (AMA/HCFA (CMS) – Training the Trainers (ASCRS representative – specialty society training for those responsible for training the membership of national societies in E/M Coding). Ms. Asbell served as Staff for Reimbursement for The American Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgery from 1998 – 2008 which included representation at the CPT meetings and interfacing with CMS.


NOAO Speaker

Edward Buckley, MD

Dr. Buckley received his medical degree from Duke University, where he also completed an internship in medicine and a residency in ophthalmology. He also performed a two-year fellowship in pediatric ophthalmology and neuro-ophthalmology at the University of Miami’s Bascom Palmer Eye Institute.

Dr. Buckley is the Banks Anderson, Sr. Distinguished Professor of Ophthalmology and Pediatrics and the director of the pediatric ophth

almology fellowship program at Duke. He is a renowned expert in pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus and has trained over 45 clinical and 10 research fellows.

Dr. Buckley has served as president of the American Association of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (AAPOS), chair of the American Board of Ophthalmology, chair of the Section of Ophthalmology of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and president of the American Orthoptic Society. He has received the Life Time Achievement Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) and AAPOS. He has also served as the Vice Dean for Education at Duke University since 2008.


Jeffery DaigrepontJeffery Daigrepont
Jeffery Daigrepont, Senior Vice President of Coker Group, specializes in health care automation, strategic planning, operations, and deployment of fully integrated information systems for medical practices and hospitals.

A popular program speaker, Jeffery is frequently engaged by highly respected organizations across the nation. Accomplishments include the authorship of several publications and Mr. Daigrepont is often interviewed in industry publications. For FY09, Daigrepont chaired the Ambulatory Information Systems Steering Committee of HIMSS. In addition, as the Ambulatory Committee liaison for FY09 to the ACEC planning Committee, he represented the HIMSS Ambulatory and AISC members. In addition to contributing to several of Coker’s published manuscripts, Mr. Daigrepont recently co-authored a top-selling book, Complete Guide and Toolkit to Successful EHR Adoption, published by HIMSS in 2011.

Daigrepont is credentialed by the American Academy of Medical Management (AAMM) with an Executive Fellowship in Practice Management (EFMP).


NOAO Speaker

Uday Devgan, MD
Dr. Uday Devgan is passionate about ophthalmology with a special interest in cataract and refractive surgery. He is in private practice at Devgan Eye Surgery in Los Angeles and a partner at Specialty Surgical Center in Beverly Hills, California. In addition, he is Chief of Ophthalmology at Olive View UCLA Medical Center where he has personally taught ocular surgery to more than 100 UCLA ophthalmology residents over the past fourteen years. Dr Devgan is an Associate Clinical Professor at the Jules Stein Eye Institute at the UCLA School of Medicine where he is the only faculty member to have been honored with the annual teaching award twice, and now three times (2002, 2007, 2012).

Uday is a Los Angeles local who has achieved balance between his Indian heritage and American upbringing and is proud to represent both cultures. After graduating as high school valedictorian, he majored in microbiology and molecular genetics at UCLA. He completed his MD degree with highest distinction and honors from the USC School of Medicine where he was an early junior year inductee into the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society as well as AOA president. Dr Devgan finished his ophthalmology residency at the Jules Stein Eye Institute at the UCLA School of Medicine where he won awards for both research and achievement. He pursued and achieved Fellowship of the American College of Surgeons (FACS) and Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of Glasgow (FRCS) out of admiration and respect for his father, a head and neck surgeon, who was a fellow of both of these organizations.

Dr Devgan writes monthly columns in multiple ophthalmic journals worldwide, is involved with consulting and lecturing services for ophthalmic organizations and industry, and has performed live surgery showcases at 10 major ophthalmic meetings. His charity surgeon mission trips have taken him around the globe to countries such as Tonga, Vietnam, India, and South Africa, while his lectures have taken him to dozens more. He also does additional charity ocular surgeries every week, delivering the gift of sight to the underserved population of Los Angeles.

At home, Uday enjoys spending time with his kids, Aarun his 11 year old son and Anjali his 13 year old daughter. Together they play tennis, video games, and chess, though these days the kids win most of the time. He is also an expert at 8th grade math homework, which is actually much easier for him now compared to when he was in 8th grade.


NOAO SpeakerDavid Granet, MD, F.A.C.S., F.A.A.P.
Dr. Granet earned a medical degree from Yale University School of Medicine. He then completed a special two year fellowship in pediatric ophthalmology and ocular motility disorders at the renowned Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the Scheie Eye Institute of the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center. Dr. Granet currently serves as the Anne Ratner Chair of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Director of the Anne F. and Abraham Ratner Children’s Eye Center at the University of California, San Diego. He is a Professor of Ophthalmology and Pediatrics at UCSD and the Adult ocular motility specialist for the Shiley Eye Center.

Dr. Granet specializes in Pediatric Ophthalmology and Adult Strabismus. His clinical interests also include state-of-the-art adjustable suture strabismus surgery, childhood eye misalignments and disorders, nystagmus, and the role of vision in learning disorders.


NOAO SpeakerTerry Kim, MD
Terry Kim, MD, Professor of Ophthalmology at Duke University Eye Center, received his medical degree from Duke University School of Medicine and completed his residency and chief residency in ophthalmology at Emory Eye Center. He continued with his fellowship training in Cornea and External Disease and Refractive Surgery at Wills Eye Hospital. He was then recruited to Duke University Eye Center, where he serves as principal and co-investigator on a number of research grants from the National Institutes of Health and other institutions. Dr. Kim was formerly the Director of the Residency Program and now serves as the Director of Fellowship Programs.

Dr. Terry Kim’s academic accomplishments include his extensive publications in the peer-reviewed literature, which include over 200 journal articles, textbook chapters, and scientific abstracts. He is also co-author and co-editor of 2 well-respected textbooks on corneal diseases and cataract surgery. Dr. Kim has delivered over 200 invited lectures both nationally and internationally. His clinical and research work has earned him honors and grants from the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS), National Institutes of Health, Fight for Sight/Research to Prevent Blindness, Heed Ophthalmic Foundation, Alcon Laboratories, and Allergan.

Dr. Terry Kim serves as Chair of the Cornea Clinical Committee for the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, on the Annual Program Committee for the American Academy of Ophthalmology, and on the Board of Directors for the Cornea Society. He was recently inducted into the International Intra-Ocular Implant Club and is consultant to the Ophthalmic Devices Panel of the FDA.


NOAO SpeakerRobert Osher, MD
Robert H. Osher, M.D. is Professor of Ophthalmology at the College of Medicine of the University of Cincinnati and Medical Director Emeritus of Cincinnati Eye Institute. His practice has been limited to cataract and implant surgery by referral for more than three decades.

Dr. Osher served his residency at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute and completed three fellowships in Miami and at the Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia.

Dr. Osher has achieved worldwide recognition in cataract surgery. He has designed many of the contemporary intraocular lenses and instruments used in cataract surgery, in addition to developing new techniques in this subspecialty. Dr. Osher’s surgical videos have won more than 25 first-prize honors at the American, European, Asian and South American Cataract Societies including 3 Grand Prizes at ASCRS and ESCRS. He has delivered more than 100 named lectures to implant societies in more than 40 countries and he has contributed to a dozen textbooks in his subspecialty.


NOAO SpeakerJ. BradleRandleman, MD

Dr. Randleman is a widely-respected cornea specialist whose areas of expertise include: corneal and intraocular refractive surgical procedures, the management of corneal and external eye diseases and corneal transplantation. His primary research interests include the diagnosis, prevention, and management of refractive surgical complications.

Dr. Randleman joined the Emory Eye Center faculty in 2004 and served as assistant residency director for two years while also completing a fellowship at Emory University in cornea/external disease and refractive surgery. He currently serves as service director for the section of Cornea, External Disease and Refractive Surgery, and has helped trained more than 50 physicians in cataract surgery, refractive surgery and corneal transplantation.

Recognized as an authority on the diagnosis and management of corneal surgery and diseases, Dr. Randleman has given more than 200 hours of national lectures and presentations and has won awards for best research presentations at the annual meetings of the AAO, ASCRS, and at the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology.

He is editor in chief for the Journal of Refractive Surgery. He has authored more than 60 publications in leading ophthalmology journals, including the paper, “Intraocular lens power calculations after laser in situ keratomileusis,” and more than 10 book chapters on LASIK evaluation and management of complications.


NOAO SpeakerWilliam Rich, MD
Dr. Rich is currently the medical director of health policy for the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the oldest American medical specialty society. Prior to this Dr. Rich served as the Academy’s secretary for federal affairs. He has had a 25-year involvement in health policy, managed practice management and quality metrics, in addition to consulting with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJ), the National Health Policy Forum, the National Institute of Health Care Management and the Institute of Medicine. He has served on RWJ panels dealing with the future of fee-for-service.

Medicare, economic incentives for promoting quality and health outcomes measures as a determinant of patient choice. He has served as a founder and executive committeeman for a local IPA and the nation’s largest national subspecialty PPO.

Dr. Rich is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Georgetown University College of Arts and Sciences and its medical school. He served a rotating internship at San Francisco General Hospital and completed a residency in ophthalmology at Georgetown, where he is on the clinical faculty. He is currently practicing general ophthalmology as the senior partner in Northern Virginia Ophthalmology Associates.


NOAO SpeakerEdward Wilson, MD
M. Edward Wilson, Jr., M.D. is the director of Albert Florens Storm Eye Institute and the chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). Additionally, he holds the Pierre Gautier Jenkins Endowed Chair. His medical specialty is pediatric ophthalmology and adult strabismus. He has been awarded the academic rank of professor of ophthalmology and pediatrics.

Dr. Wilson received his bachelor degree from Clemson University in Clemson, South Carolina and his medical degree from MUSC. After completion of his internship in internal medicine and his residency in ophthalmology at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, Dr. Wilson completed his fellowship training in pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus at the Children’s Hospital National Medical Center in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Wilson’s patient care and research interests include cataract surgery and intraocular lens implantation for children as well as the full range of strabismus disorders in children and adults.

NOAO SpeakerSonia Yoo, MD
Sonia Yoo MD, is currently Professor of Ophthalmology with a joint appointment in Biomedical Engineering and Associate Medical Director at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.  Dr. Yoo received her B.A. at Stanford University and M.D. at Case Western Reserve University. She completed residency and fellowship at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Harvard Medical School in 1998.

Dr. Yoo’s areas of clinical practice are cornea, cataract and refractive surgery. Her areas of research interest are in laser applications in cornea, cataract and refractive surgery and restoring accommodation. She has authored over 100 book chapters and peer-reviewed journal articles and has been the principle investigator in numerous drug and device trials.

BerrocalAudina Berrocal, MD
Dr. Berrocal is currently Assistant Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology and Medical Director of the Retinopathy of Prematurity Service at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute.  Dr. Berrocal originally earned a degree in political science at Princeton University before deciding to pursue ophthalmology, a field that her father, the first retinal specialist in Puerto Rico, and her elder sister excelled in.  She earned her MD at Tufts University, completed an internship at St. Vincent’s Hospital in New York City, and did her residency in ophthalmology at Tufts University Medical School and a vitreoretinal and uveitis fellowship at Bascom Palmer, where she has remained since.

Dr. Berrocal is one of few ophthalmologists in the country who are willing to work on pediatric patients, and many of hers are premature babies born with various retinal conditions whom she sees in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at University of Miami Miller School of Medicine/Jackson Memorial Hospital.  She also works with adult patients suffering with vitreoretinal conditions, often performing delicate surgery in order to treat them.