Technicians’ Conference

Join us for the 11th Annual NOAO Technicians’ Conference (In-Person Only), Friday, February 11, 2022, at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel!

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Hotel Information Click here to reserve your room at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel  (500 Canal Street,  New Orleans, LA) or call (504) 525-2500 and ask for the room block under the NOAO. Rooms are $219 per night, and it is recommended that reservations should be made well in advance, as there will be limited room availability after January 13, 2022.

For our 11th Anniversary, our Technicians’ Conference faculty are expert-level teachers and deeply committed to making this meeting worth your time.  We want every attendee to leave this meeting feeling more confident about providing better patient care. Unfortunately, we are unable to offer this course in a virtual format. Here are a few of our faculty for this meeting:

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Jeffery Daigrepont, senior vice president at Coker Group, specializes in healthcare automation, system integration, cybersecurity, operations, and deployment of enterprise information systems for large integrated delivery networks and medical practices. His specific interests deal with data migration, vendor contracting, strategic IT planning and optimization, security, and compliance.

A popular national speaker, Jeffery is frequently engaged by highly respected organizations across the nation, including many non-profit trade associations and state medical societies. He has co-authored a top-selling book, Complete Guide and Toolkit to Successful EHR Adoption (2011 HIMSS), and is a contributor to The Healthcare Executive’s Guide to ACO Strategy (2015 HCPro).

John C. Hart, Jr, MD is a board-certified ophthalmologist practicing at Associates in Ophthalmology and also serves as Co-Chief of Anterior Segment Surgery at William Beaumont Hospital. In addition to his practice duties, Dr. Hart is also a Clinical Assistant Professor of Biomedical Sciences at Oakland University.

Dr. Hart received his medical degree with distinction in Biomedical Research from Wayne State University School of Medicine, before completing Transitional and Ophthalmology residency training at William Beaumont Eye Institute, where he served as Chief Resident during his final year.

As an active member of the medical community, Dr. Hart is a member of several professional organizations, including the American College of Surgeons, the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the Michigan Society of Eye Physicians & Surgeons, the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons, the Michigan State Medical Society, and the Oakland County Medical Society.

Throughout his practice experience, Dr. Hart’s work has appeared in numerous publications, award-winning presentations, and abstract papers. He remains on the cutting edge of new technology in the field of ophthalmology. Dr. Hart also enjoys spending quality time with his family, hunting and is an avid fan of wrestling.

Faruk H. Örge MD, FAAO, FAAP, is the William R. and Margaret E. Althans Chair and Professor in Pediatric Ophthalmology, Professor of Ophthalmology and Pediatrics at Case Western Reserve University, and director of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Adult Strabismus at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital. After completing a two-year research fellowship, internship, residency, and a clinical fellowship at Indiana University, Dr. Örge returned to his native country, Turkey, to join the faculty at Yeditepe University. He has been at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospitals since 2007.

Dr. Örge is widely recognized for his clinical expertise and is listed in the Best Doctors of America (since 2009), Top Doctors (since 2011), and Who’s Who (2014). Dr. Örge has served on and led many committees (Online, Public Education, Program committees) of the American Association of Pediatric Ophthalmology and has joined the AAPOS Board of Directors in 2018 as a director at large. He is an examiner for the American Board of Ophthalmology and serves as the AAPOS liaison to the ABO. He is currently the fellowship program director and the UH Eye Institute residency associate director. His innovations in teaching include work with ORBIS/Cyber-sight, AAPOS, and the AAO, with interests in telemedicine, live webinars (first to produce national and international sessions in the field of ophthalmology), online journal clubs, and unique learning tools such as an interactive strabismus and retinoscopy simulators. He is the editor-in-chief for the AAO’s newly formed KTEF Pediatric Ophthalmology Education Center; the largest online educational source in the world for pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus, it has been visited more than 1 million times from more than 200 countries since its inception in 2015.

Dr. Örge’s research interests comprise almost all aspects of pediatric ophthalmology (ocular imaging, drug release, ROP, glaucoma, microsurgery, cataract, genetic conditions, eyelid trauma, consultation, sedation, strabismus, nystagmus, amblyopia, etc.) His dedication to research and clear direction resulted in him being awarded grants including the prestigious Knights Templar Eye Foundation Research Grant for his project in retinopathy of prematurity (ROP), Cleveland Foundation grants (New glaucoma device formation, suture sterilization, resident microsurgery course assessment) through Minimally Invasive Pediatric Surgery Center, Rainbow research awards, Case Western Reserve University PFI Funding (for I-Strab Objective Strabismus Measurement Device), Ohio Amblyope Registry (An organization that fights amblyopia in state-level) and UH Innovation day award for his newly designed eye speculum. He holds a patent for a novel glaucoma device and also filed several patents on drug delivery, eye imaging, wound healing, and other therapeutic technologies.

NOAO President, Pulin Shah MD, was raised in the heart of Cajun Country: Lafayette, Louisiana, where he attended the Episcopal School of Acadiana. His parents, a doctor and an engineer who immigrated to the US from India in the 1960s, taught him the value of professionalism and hard work.

He went on to attend Emory University in Atlanta, then LSU Medical School in New Orleans. He completed his Ophthalmology Surgical Training at California Pacific in San Francisco and the prestigious Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami, before returning to New Orleans shortly after Hurricane Katrina, to establish his medical practice at Ochsner Medical Center.

For over a decade, he has led the Ophthalmology department as Section Head of Cataract and Corneal Surgery and Medical Director of the Ochsner Baptist Laser Vision Center. Dr. Shah has personally performed over 10,000 cataract procedures, taught many medical students and residents, and was Principal Investigator of a major Clinical Research Trial which has brought innovative new technology to our region.

Dr. Shah serves as a Medical Director for the Southern Eye Bank, a local non-profit organization that supports organ and tissue donation and provides precious eye tissue for patients undergoing corneal transplantation. He also partners with St. Thomas Clinic and Daughters of Charity to provide free cataract surgery to needy New Orleanians. Dr. Shah’s contributions extend beyond our borders, through his position as Board President of the International Eye Institute, where he leads a team of volunteer medical professionals every year to Central America to perform sight-restoring cataract and corneal surgeries. Dr. Shah also serves on Ochsner’s International Advisory Board and has established the Ochsner International Eye Care Fund to allow grateful patients and donors to directly support his efforts in the fight against preventable blindness worldwide.


Attendees Say:

“Excellent; look forward to coming back next year”

“Program improves every year.  Thanks for your hard work and dedication”

“The program was very informative; Learned something from every lecture”