2018 Symposium

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The 67th Annual Symposium will be February 23rd – 25th, 2018 at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel, 500 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA 70130.

For the last 66 years, the New Orleans Academy of Ophthalmology (NOAO) puts on an annual meeting which offers hours in Category 1 credit towards the AMA Physician’s Recognition Award™. NOAO is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to sponsor continuing medical education for physicians.

Learn from the brightest ophthalmologists from around the country on the topics of  Cornea, Refractive and Oculoplastics.

Register online for the 2018 Symposium now!
(Technicians- please visit the Technicians’ Conference page for information and registration)

Hotel Information
A block of rooms at the host hotel, the Sheraton New Orleans, have been reserved for registrants, exhibitors, and technicians, at the special rate of $239.00. Click here to reserve a room or call the Sheraton at (504) 525-2500 and mention the New Orleans Academy of Ophthalmology.


2018 Confirmed Faculty 

Learn from the brightest ophthalmologists from around the country on Cornea, Refractive and Oculoplastics

James C. Fleming, M.D., University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center, Memphis, TN

David Hardten, M.D., Minnesota Eye Consultants, Minneapolis, MN

Doyle Stulting, M.D.,  Director of the Stulting Research Center, Woolfson Eye Institute & Emory University, Atlanta, GA

Geoffrey Tabin, M.D., University of Utah – John A. Moran Eye Institute, Salt Lake City, Utah

Elizabeth Yeu, M.D., Eastern Virginia Medical School, Virginia Eye Consultants, Virginia Beach, VA

Speaker Biographies


James C. Fleming, MD, is the Lewis Professor of Ophthalmology and Chair of the Hamilton Eye Institute, University of Tennessee Health Science Center. He is the Division Head of the Oculoplastic Department, Director of the HEI Orbit Center, and is a former President of ASOPRS.

Over the course of his career, Dr. Fleming has authored more than 50 articles in peer-reviewed journals and presented more than 100 talks nationally and internationally. He has served as president of the Tennessee Academy of Ophthalmology (TNAO), the Tennessee Medical Association, the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and the Reconstructive Surgery and the Tennessee Medical Association. He is also on the council of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and chair of the American Medical Association’s southeast delegation. Dr. Fleming is currently a member of the TNAO’s Board of Directors.

David Hardten Photo

David R. Hardten, MD, a board-certified ophthalmologist and founding partner of Minnesota Eye Consultants, is one of the nation’s most prominent leaders in the treatment of the cornea, external disease, anterior segment, cataract, refractive and laser surgery – as well as in research and education.

As director for Minnesota Eye Consultants’ Clinical Research Department, Dr. Hardten leads research projects surrounding LASIK Eye Surgery, refractive surgery, complex case management, cataract surgery, natural lens replacement surgery, glaucoma management, corneal transplantation, iris reconstruction, surgical instrumentation and drug therapies.

Dr. Hardten entered private practice in 1993 with Drs. Richard L. Lindstrom and Thomas W. Samuelson, also founding partners of Minnesota Eye Consultants. He is an attending ophthalm
ologist at Phillips Eye Institute in Minneapolis, Minnesota, as well. In addition to an active clinical and surgical practice, Dr. Hardten has focused on education throughout his career. He is an adjunct associate professor of ophthalmology at the University of Minnesota Department of Ophthalmology. Additionally, he is an instructor for VISX/AMO and TLCVision, where he teaches ophthalmologists from around the world to perform LASIK.


Doyle Stulting, MD, PhD, is the Director of the Stulting Research Center at Woolfson Eye Institute in Atlanta, Professor of Ophthalmology Emeritus at Emory University, and Adjunct Professor of Ophthalmology at the Moran Eye Institute in Salt Lake City, UT.

Dr. Stulting is regarded as one of the foremost experts on LASIK and corneal disease in the world, having chaired the Ophthalmologic Devices Panel (an advisory group to the FDA), and served as president of the American Society for Cataract and Refractive Surgery.  He has performed more than 3000 LASIK cases, published often-cited papers in the field, and is sought as a consultant for patients with questions about their refractive surgery outcomes.  In 2016, he delivered the Binkhorst Lecture at the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery in New Orleans, an honor that recognizes outstanding contributions in the understanding and practice of anterior segment surgery.

He graduated summa cum laude from Duke University, receiving his BS degree in chemistry.  He also received his MD degree and PhD in microbiology and immunology from Duke.  He completed his internal medicine internship and residency at Washington University’s Barnes Hospital and his ophthalmology residency at the University of Miami, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute.  Dr. Stulting completed a fellowship in cornea and external disease at Emory University, where he practiced, taught, and performed research from 1982 to 2010. In 2010, he left Emory University to found the Stulting Research Center at Woolfson Eye Institute, where he conducts a variety of clinical trials in cataract, refractive surgery, cornea, and external disease. 

Tabin Photo Geoffrey Tabin, MD, is a Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the John A. Moran Eye Center at the University of Utah and co-founder and chairman of the Himalayan Cataract Project. He has published more than 45 peer-reviewed articles, two books, and a dozen book chapters related to his work in ophthalmology and the developing world.

He is the fourth person in the world to reach the tallest peak on each of the seven continents. His passion for mountain climbing directed him to his professional career in eye care. After summiting Mt. Everest on one of his expeditions, he came across a Dutch team performing cataract surgery on a woman who had been needlessly blind for three years. It was then that he understood his life’s calling.

Together, Dr. Tabin and Nepalese eye surgeon Dr. Sanduk Ruit established the Himalayan Cataract Project in 1995, vowing to work to eliminate all preventable and treatable blindness from the Himalayan region within their lifetime. Dr. Tabin was the distinguished recipient of the 2008 Outstanding Humanitarian Service Award given by the American Academy of Ophthalmology in recognition of his international humanitarian efforts and, in 2009, he was presented with the Unsung Heroes of Compassion Award by the Dalai Lama.

Dr. Tabin graduated from Yale University, received an MA in Philosophy from Oxford University, and earned an MD from Harvard Medical School. After completing an ophthalmology residency at Brown University and a fellowship in corneal surgery in Melbourne, Australia, Dr. Tabin returned to Nepal to work with Dr. Sanduk Ruit. Currently, he spends a considerable part of the year working abroad throughout the Himalayas and Sub-Saharan Africa.

YeuPhoto Elizabeth Yeu, MD, is an assistant professor in ophthalmology and residency educator at the Eastern Virginia Medical School and a Corneal, Cataract, and Refractive Surgeon at Virginia Eye Consultants, where she specializes in advanced treatment options for keratoconus, the diagnosis and treatment of dry eye disease, surgical management of astigmatism, laser cataract surgery and complex lens-based surgery.

Dr. Yeu earned her Doctorate of Medicine in 2003 at the University of Florida. She then trained in an ophthalmology residency at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, where she acted as chief resident. Dr. Yeu continued to the Cullen Eye Institute, Baylor College of Medicine to complete a fellowship in Cornea, Anterior Segment and Refractive Surgery.

She is actively involved in clinical research of new technologies and therapies to enhance overall vision and ocular health and is highly regarded for her commitment to exceptional patient outcomes by incorporating novel therapeutics and advanced surgical techniques into her practice. She has authored several industry journal publications and book chapters and is the Co-Chief Medical Editor for MillennialEYE, an all-digital publication and online community for future leaders in ophthalmology.  Dr. Yeu also serves as an examiner for the American Board of Ophthalmology and is a Governing Board member and Chair of the Young Eye Surgeons Committee of ASCRS.

“I thought it was one of the MOST WONDERFUL meetings in the world! GREAT information, lots of fun and learning and GREAT attendees.” – Kathleen Digre, Salt Lake City, Utah

“Covers clinically significant subjects, nice group size, good facility, and of course, NOLA.” anonymous, 2016 Symposium

“Excellent conference with three areas of interest, updates and new technologies discussed, 20 hours of CME credit.” -anonymous, 2016 Symposium

“Overall, one of the best meetings as far as content and speakers, a very good learning environment.” -anonymous, 2016 Symposium

“Quality of lectures, ability to personally interact with the experts” – anonymous, 2016 Symposium

“Another phenomenal meeting sponsored by the NOAO!!” – anonymous attendee, 2015 Symposium

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