2017 Symposium

Almost here!

The 66th Annual Symposium: Blurred Lines, will be February 10th – 12th, 2017 at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel, 500 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA 70130. 

N.B. The city of New Orleans was not impacted by the weather on Tuesday, February 8th. Homes were damaged in New Orleans East, a section of the city 15 miles away from the center of New Orleans. The Symposium and Technicians’ Conference will go as planned and we welcome you to our city.

For the last 65 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 Cataract, Retina, and Uveitis. 

Online registration for the 2017 Symposium is now closed. Registration and payment will be accepted at the meeting. 
(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 $229.00. Click here to reserve a room or call the Sheraton at (504) 525-2500 and mention the New Orleans Academy of Ophthalmology.


NOAO 2017 Program and Registration Brochure


2017 Faculty Speakers

Learn from the brightest ophthalmologists from around the country on Cataract, Retina, and Uveitis

John Banja, PhD, Emory University, Atlanta, GA

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

Emmett Cunningham, M.D., West Coast Retina Medical Group, San Francisco, CA

Uday Devgan, M.D., UCLA Medical School: Jules Stein Eye Institute & Olive View UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA

Kendall Donaldson, M.D., Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, Miami, FL

Debra A. Goldstein, M.D., Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL

Douglas Jabs, M.D., Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY

Mark Maio, FOPS, M.D., InVision, Inc, Alpharetta, GA

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

Michael Patterson, D.O., Eye Centers of Tennessee, Crossville, TN

J. Bradley Randleman, M.D., University of Southern California – Roski Eye Institute, Los Angeles, CA

Christopher Riemann, M.D., University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH

J. Timothy Stout, M.D., Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX


Friday, February 10, 5:30 – 6:30 PM

Slit-Lamp Imaging
Instructor: Mark Maio, FOPS

With advances in technology, slit lamp imaging in the exam room is becoming easier and more affordable. This course will provide an overview of currently available slit lamp imaging options, the principles of slit lamp imaging hardware in addition to discussing illumination techniques to record a wide range of anterior segment pathologies.

Managing Uncomfortable Professional-Patient Encounters
Instructor: John Banja, PhD

Receive a 1 hour Ethics credit by attending this valuable workshop  Managing Uncomfortable Professional-Patient Encounters. Learn how to better communicate with difficult, emotionally volatile patients and family members.  You’ll be better prepared on what to say when you don’t know what to say and you’re feeling exasperated.

Saturday, February 11, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Update on MACRA/MIPS
Instructor: Jeffery Daigrepont

Join expert consultant to the American Academy of Ophthalmology and Bunkie, Louisiana native son, Jeffery Daigrepont, as he highlights the details you need to know about the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) and one of the tracks of the Quality Payment Program — the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS).

Physics and Engineering – A primer for the Vitreoretinal Surgeon
Instructor: Christopher Riemann, MD

Dr. Riemann will give an overview of the physics and engineering framework for understanding the essential techniques and technologies used in vitreoretinal surgery today. Ideal for the retinal specialist and retina interested residents and fellows. (Due to the complexity of the topic, this workshop may start earlier than 5:30. We will update all workshop attendees prior to the start of the Annual Symposium.)

“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




crandallAlan S. Crandall, MD graduated from the University of Utah, receiving his medical degree from the University Of Utah School Of Medicine. He completed his internship in surgery at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center as well as his residency and fellowship in ophthalmology at the Scheie Eye Institute, University of Pennsylvania. He joined the University of Utah Ophthalmology Department in 1981. Dr. Crandall is the John A. Moran Presidential Professor and Senior Vice-Chair of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Val A. and Edith D. Green Presidential Endowed Chair, Director of Glaucoma and Cataract at the Moran Eye Center, University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah. In addition, he is Co-Director of the Moran Eye Center Outreach Division. As Co-Director of the Moran Outreach Division, Dr. Crandall is passionate about and deeply committed to eliminating the overwhelming burden of curable blindness in the most underserved, neglected and impoverished regions of the world.



Dr. Emmett T. Cunningham Jr., MD, MPH, PhD is currently Director of the Uveitis Service at California Pacific Medical Center, Adjunct Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at Stanford University School of Medicine, Research Associate, The Francis I. Proctor Foundation, UCSF School of Medicine, Partner at West Coast Retina Medical Group, and Partner at Clarus Ventures, LLC. Dr. Cunningham is an internationally recognized authority in the field of infectious and inflammatory eye disease, having written over 300 publications. Dr. Cunningham received an MD and MPH in epidemiology and statistics from Johns Hopkins University, and a PhD in neuroscience from the University of California at San Diego (UCSD) for work done at The Salk Institute. He completed a residency in ophthalmology and fellowship training in Corneal Disease, External Disease and Uveitis at UCSF and The Francis I. Proctor Foundation, a medical retina and uveitis fellowship at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London, and a fellowship in public health ophthalmology at the Wilmer Eye Institute in Baltimore, Maryland.


devganUday Devgan, MD, FACS, FRCS is an international expert in ocular surgery, with a special interest in cataract, refractive lens implant, and LASIK surgery. Dr. Devgan is both in private practice, where he specializes in the full spectrum of vision surgery, as well as in academic medicine as Associate Clinical Professor at the Jules Stein Eye Institute at the UCLA School of Medicine. After graduating as valedictorian of Santa Monica High School, Dr. Devgan accepted multiple scholarships to UCLA where he majored in microbiology and molecular genetics. He earned his M.D. with Highest Distinction at the top of his class at the USC School of Medicine where he was co-president of the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society. He trained at the Jules Stein Eye Institute at UCLA, where he won awards for outstanding achievement as well as research and has personally taught surgery to every UCLA ophthalmology resident surgeon for the past decade in his position at Chief of Ophthalmology at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center.


donaldson_headshot2014-copyKendall Donaldson, MD, is an associate professor of ophthalmology and cornea specialist at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute and completed her residency training and cornea/external disease fellowship at Bascom Palmer in 2004. During her ophthalmology training, she also pursued business courses preparing her to become the Medical Director of the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at the Plantation satellite upon its opening in November of 2004. Since that time, the satellite has grown to include 14 doctors who rotate through the facility providing patients with a full spectrum of ophthalmic services including the highly specialized care available at the Ocular Surface Center in Plantation.



Debra Anne Goldstein, MD received her medical degree from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, where she subsequently completed an ophthalmology residency. She then pursued a fellowship in uveitis and ocular immunology at McGill followed by a second fellowship in uveitis at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Goldstein has published over 100 papers in peer reviewed journals and has lectured widely all over the world. She has done extensive investigator initiated and multicenter research. She has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors including the Senior Achievement Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the AAO Secretariat Award for special contributions to the Academy, as well as an AOA clinical teaching award. She was twice awarded the Golden Apple Award for Best Teacher in Ophthalmology when she was a professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Goldstein is currently a professor of Ophthalmology and the Director of the Uveitis Service in the Department of Ophthalmology at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine.



Douglas A. Jabs, MD, MBA is Professor and Chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine.  He previously was the Alan C. Woods Professor of Ophthalmology and Professor of Medicine at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Professor of Epidemiology at The Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, and Director of the Division of Ocular Immunology at The Wilmer Eye Institute.  He received his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and his M.D. from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.  His training includes an internship in Internal Medicine at the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center, a residency in Internal Medicine at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, a residency in Ophthalmology at The Wilmer Eye Institute, and a fellowship in Rheumatology at The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions.  He received a Masters of Science in Business from The John Hopkins University in 1998, and a Masters of Business Administration from The Johns Hopkins in 2000.  He became Chairman of Ophthalmology at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in March 2007.



Nick Mamalis, MD is a co-director of Intermountain Ocular Research Center, a nonprofit, independent laboratory that performs basic, in depth scientific research on intra-ocular lenses. In addition, the Center provides services and education to surgeons, clinical ophthalmologists, their patients, and intra-ocular lens manufacturers worldwide. The Moran Eye Center is now pleased to announce the formal merger of the Intermountain Ocular Research Center with the Apple Laboratory, to form the expanded David J. Apple Laboratories for Ophthalmic Devices Research. Dr. Mamalis received his medical degree from the University of Utah, School of Medicine in Salt Lake City, UT.


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Michael Patterson, DO is a physician in private practice at Eye Centers of Tennessee. He is a consulting physician at Cumberland Medical Center and serves on the Cookeville Regional Medical Center Editorial Advisory Board. He received his medical degree from the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed his residency at Palmetto Health / University of South Carolina School of Medicine where he served as the chief resident from 2014-2016. He served six years in the Army National Guard earning the rank of Captain and currently is in the United States Army Reserve. He has written numerous scientific articles, papers and posters for national publications. He has been invited to meetings around the globe to help further education abroad.




J. Bradley Randleman, MD is Professor of Ophthalmology at the Keck School of Medicine of USC and Director of the Cornea & refractive Surgery Service at the USC Roski Eye Institute in Los Angeles, California.  A widely respected cornea specialist, his areas of expertise include: corneal and intraocular refractive surgical procedures including LASIK and premium laser-assisted cataract and IOL surgery, complicated cataract surgery, and the management of corneal ectatic disorders.  His primary research focuses on identification and management of corneal ectatic diseases including keratoconus and postoperative ectasia after LASIK, and the avoidance, diagnosis, and management of refractive surgical complications. Dr. Randleman received his BA degree from Columbia College at Columbia University in New York City, his M.D. degree from Texas Tech University School of Medicine in Lubbock, Texas, where he was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society in his junior year, followed by his Ophthalmology residency at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.  Dr. Randleman joined the Emory faculty and served as Assistant Residency Director for two years while also completing a fellowship in Cornea/External Disease, and Refractive Surgery at Emory University.  He served as Director of the Emory Corneal Fellowship program until taking over as Director of the Cornea Service. Dr. Randleman has served as Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Refractive Surgery since 2011.



Christopher D. Riemann, M.D obtained his undergraduate degree in Biomedical Engineering from John Hopkins University Whiting School of Engineering in February 1989. After a six-month period as a Chesapeake Research Foundation Fellow at the National Institute on Aging, he attended University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore. While in medical school, Dr. Riemann performed independent research as a National Institutes of Health Medical Student Research Fellow (1990) as well as an American Heart Association Research Fellow (1991-92). He received a Maryland Senatorial Scholarship in 1991 and served as the Vice President of the University of Maryland Chapter of the American Medical Student Association. Dr. Riemann obtained his medical doctoral degree in the Spring of 1994. Subsequently he undertook a transitional internship at York Hospital in York, Pennsylvania, and completed Residency training in Ophthalmology at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland, Ohio. He then continued his training at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation as a vitreoretinal surgery Fellow where he developed expertise in both the medical and surgical management of retinal disorders. Dr. Riemann specializes in medical and surgical vitreoretinal diseases including diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, retinal detachment, retinopathy of prematurity, vascular diseases of the retina, uveitis, histoplasmosis, complications of anterior segment surgery, endoscopic posterior segment surgery, and ocular trauma.


stoud_jts-orange-tie-head-shotTimothy Stout, MD, PhD, MBA received his undergraduate degree from Rice University in Houston, and his medical degree and doctorate in molecular genetics from Baylor College of Medicine, where he also completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Human Genetics. He completed his Ophthalmology residency at the Doheny Eye Institute, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, a medical retina fellowship at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London and a surgical retinal fellowship at the Doheny Eye Institute. Dr. Stout earned his MBA at the University of Oregon. As the new Chairman of Ophthalmology at Baylor College of Medicine, he intends to expand these studies through the development of two new Centers – a Center for Translational Ophthalmology and a Center for Retinal Studies. 

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