Upcoming Events

Conference Series
08/30/2016 -
7:00am to 8:00am
Endophthalmitis/Infectious Uveitis
Andrew Eller, MD
9th Floor Conference Room

Objectives: At the conclusion of this conference the resident/student should have an understanding of endophthalmitis and should be able to:

  • Describe the epidemiology, causes, characteristics and management of endophthalmitis including:
    • Endogenous Bacterial Endophthalmitis
    • Fungal Endophthalmitis
    • Post-traumatic Endophthalmitis
    • Post-operative Endophthalmitis
    • Chronic Endophthalmitis
  • Discuss the purpose, inclusion criteria and the outcomes of the Endophthalmitis Vitrectomy Study

Reading Assignment: 

Please read the chapters "Infectious Ocular Inflammatory Disease" and"Endophthalmitis" in the Intraocular Inflammation and Uveitis section of the BCSC series.

In addition, please review the EVS.

08/31/2016 -
7:00am to 8:00am
Thomas Friberg, MD, FACS
9th Floor Conference Room

Objectives:  Upon completion of this course, the resident should be able to:

  • Describe retinal changes associated with the normal process of aging.
  • Describe retinal changes that occur with age-related macular degeneration.
  • Provide a differential diagnosis for nonexudative AMD.
  • Describe the clinical management for patients with nonexudative AMD.
  • Be able to describe the major findings of the AREDS trial, and be able to calculate risk of progression to advanced AMD based on the grading scale used in this study.
  • Be able to define neovascular AMD as well as its underlying pathophysiology.
  • Provide a differential diagnosis for neovascular AMD.
  • Describe how ancillary testing can be used to diagnose neovascular AMD.

Assignment:  Please read chapter 4 in the Retina and Vitreous book of the BCSC series.  Note any questions so we can discuss at class.

08/31/2016 -
8:00am to 9:00am
Retina Imaging Conference
Retina Imaging
Joseph Martel, MD
9th Floor Conference Room

08/31/2016 -
5:00pm to 7:30pm
Intralase Wet Lab
Wet Lab
Dr. Dhaliwal
Refractive Surgery Suite

Third year residents and Cornea Fellow required to attend. 

5:00pm - 5:30pm Pizza in Room 840 (Refrative Suite on 8th floor)

5:30pm - 6:30pm - Lecture in 9th floor conference room

6:30pm-8:30pm - Intralase Lab in Room 840

All residents are welcome to attend.

Below is the information for the upcoming Wet Lab and Didactic on the Intralase. All participants must register on AMO Advantage prior to the training on August 31st.

1. Online Training (AMOAdvantage.com): 

  • To access the online training please register at AMOAdvantage.com, inputting the Intralase serial number 0907-40367 when prompted.  
  • For physicians: once registered, log into www.amoadvantage.com, click on “Clinical Training”, say “Yes” to the pop up window, and complete the module entitled “IntraLase iFS Laser System Training”.
  • For residents, you will not need a serial number.

2. Didactic and Wet Lab(for Surgeons and Technicians): This includes a didactic presentation (1 hour) and wet-lab (2-3 hours). 

3. Ten AMO Proctored Procedures:  It is advisable to have ten (10) or more procedures scheduled the first surgical day. Please allow about 30 to 45 minutes per patient on the first day of surgery.  (requirement will not be met by the residents).

09/01/2016 -
5:30pm to 7:30pm
Wet Lab: Formal Eyelid Laceration/Tarsorrhaphy Lab
Surgical Training Lab
Dr. Stefko, Dr. Yu
EEI 1st Floor Temporal Bone Lab and Room

After attending this lab, the student/resident will be able to:

1)  Understand the lid anatomy and function for proper closure of wounds

2) Acquire the skill set to properly close a marginal lid laceration

3) Acquire the skill set to properly perform a permanent tarsorrhaphy


Pizza at 5:15PM in Room 150

Please remember to double bag any waste in the RED Biohazard bags, call maintenance at 412-647-3370 and leave outside the door for pick up.


09/02/2016 -
7:00am to 8:00am
UPMC Eye Center Grand Rounds - Oculoplastics
Grand Rounds
Dante Sorrentino, MD, Tonya Stefko, MD
BST S120

Dr Dante Sorrentino will present a case from the Oculoplastics Service at UPMC Eye Center Grand Rounds on September 2, 2017 at 7 am in BST 120. Dr Sorrention and Dr Stefko will lead a discussion after the case presentation. Please check back here for suggested reading.

09/05/2016 (All day)
HOLIDAY - Labor Day

09/08/2016 -
4:00pm to 8:00pm
POS Monthly Meeting
Kendall E Donaldson, MD, MS
ACMS 713 Ridge Rd 15212

Kendall E. Donaldson, MD, MS
Associate Professor of Ophthalmology
Cornea/Refractive Surgery/External Disease
Medical Director, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Plantation
Cornea Fellowship Co-Director
Plantation, FL

Dr. Donaldson’s clinical specialties include: Cataract and Intraocular Lens, Corneal and External Diseases, LASIK and Laser Vision Correction.


4:00 pm    Registration

4:30 pm    1st Lecture  –  Astigmatism Correction/Integration of Technology for Achieving our Best Outcomes

7:00 pm    2nd Lecture –  Femtosecond Laser Technology (FLACS) – Ethics, Outcomes and Recent Advances

Following this lecture, attendees will be able to:

  • Describe the various forms of technology which are currently available to help measure and treat astigmatism during cataract surgery.
  • Understand to better integrate pre-op, intra-op and post-operative measures in order to achieve their best refractive outcomes in cataract surgery.
  • Review Ethics and Outcomes of FLACS
  • Discuss the Use of FLACS in Complicated Cataract Surgery

09/10/2016 - 9:00am
GES Mission at the 9th Street Clinic in McKeesport
McKeesport 9th Street Clinic

Our mission on Saturday, September 10th will be to the 9th Street Clinic in McKeesport in partnership with the McKeesport Hospital Foundation from 9am to 1pm.  The 9th street clinic serves a community of uninsured adults many of whom require primary and eye care to help them stay productive in the community.  You can read more about the 9th street clinic here. Click here for Google directions

09/13/2016 - 6:00pm
GES Mission at Squirrel Hill Health Center
Squirrel Hill Health Center

Our mission on Tuesday, September 13th, 2016 will be to the Squirrel Hill Health Center. SQHC serves diverse community of patients including immigrants. We often need Nepali, Spanish and Russian translators at SQHC. Click here for Google directions.

09/23/2016 -
7:00am to 8:00am
UPMC Eye Center Grand Rounds - Glaucoma
Grand Rounds
Igor Bussel, MD, Ian Conner, MD, PhD
BST S 120

Dr. Igor Bussel will present a case from the Glaucoma Service at UPMC Eye Center Grand Rounds on September 23, 2016 at 7am in BST S120. Dr. Bussel and Dr. Conner will lead a discussion after the case presentation.  Please check back here for suggested reading materials.

10/01/2016 - 8:00am
GES Mission for the Steubenville VA

Our mission on Saturday October 1, 2016 will be to Steubenville, OH. This will be a screening event for the Steubenville branch of the VA.  This is one of the few “screening-type” of events that GES is involved with, but because the VA provides exceptional follow-up for the veterans, we are able to refer those in whom a potential problem is discovered to the nearest VA where they will get complete care. We'll be screening about 200 veterans over the course of the morning. This event is fast paced, rewarding and alot of fun. The location is at 500 Market Street, Suite 310, Steubenville, OH 43952. Click here for Google directions

10/22/2016 - 9:00am
Heinz Field, The Great Lawn, North Shore

VISIONWALK 2016 – OCTOBER 22, 2016 (The Great Lawn at Heinz Field, North Shore Drive at Three Rivers Park Walkway)
When:  OCTOBER 22; registration 9:00 am; stage presentation 10:00 am; start time 10:30 am
Where:  Heinz Field – Great Lawn
Who:  UPMC Eye Center Team
VisionWalk is the national signature fundraising event for the Foundation Fighting Blindness. Since its inception in the spring of 2006, the program raised over $37 million to fund sight-saving research.  As promising treatments move into critical human studies, the need for research funding is greater than ever before.  Join the tens of thousands of people who have taken important steps toward a cure by participating in this year’s VisionWalk.   We need you!
Let’s cure blindness together!  We invite you to join our team and help us save and restore sight to the 10 million Americans living in darkness.  While participation was great last year, we still didn’t have enough of you on our team. Register your spouse, significant other, kids --- make it a family affair.  There will be Chinese auctions, music, and other surprises as well.   All those registered to  walk will receive a free raffle ticket for the Chinese auction.
Registration is simple – just email your name and the names of those who will be walking with you to wallyl@upmc.edu and we take care of the rest.  No forms to fill out -- it’s that simple!  

Once registered, you can track your personal donations and pledges right on the website.  The website for our team is http://www.fightblindness.org/site/TR/VISIONWALK/VisionWalktr?fr_id=5754&pg=entry&AddInterest=1561#.V7W6ulsrKHs

If you cannot participate, but would like to make a donation, please make checks payable to the Foundation Fighting Blindness, and give to Lauren.  Of if you would like to make an on-line donation, please use the web address above.

Once again, the UPMC Eye Center is a community champion for this walk, further strengthening our commitment to help with the fight against blindness.  Drs. José Alain Sahel, Ian Conner, and Jenny Will will be medical chairs.
We need each and every one of you to be part of our team.  Will you accept the challenge?  We hope so.
See you on October 22.   We hope you will join us in supporting this worthwhile cause.  Any questions, please contact Lauren Wally at 412-864-3283 or wallyl@upmc.edu 

11/03/2016 -
4:00pm to 8:00pm
POS Monthly Meeting
Sean Donahue, MD, PhD
ACMS 713 Ridge Rd 15212

Lecture Topics to be determined


Sean Donahue, MD, PhD
Coleman Professor and Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs
Chief, Pediatric Ophthalmology Service
Vanderbilt Eye Institute – Pediatric Ophthalmology
Nashville, TN

11/15/2016 - 6:00pm
GES Mission at Squirrel Hill Health Center
Squirrel Hill Health Center

Our mission on Tuesday, November 15th, 2016 will be to the Squirrel Hill Health Center. SQHC serves diverse community of patients including immigrants. We often need Nepali, Spanish and Russian translators at SQHC. Click here for Google directions.

11/18/2016 (All day)
No Grand Rounds - Residency Interviews

11/19/2016 (All day)
Residency Interviews

11/24/2016 (All day)
HOLIDAY - Thanksgiving

12/08/2016 -
4:00pm to 8:00pm
POS Monthly Meeting
Nathan Radcliffe, MD
ACMS 713 Ridge Rd 15212

Nathan M. Radcliffe, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Ophthalmology

NYU School of Medicine, NYU Langone Medical Center

New York, NY

Glaucoma Specialist and Cataract Surgeon

12/09/2016 -
7:00am to 8:00am
UPMC Grand Rounds: POS Guest Speaker
Grand Rounds
Nathan Radcliffe, MD
BST S100

Nathan Radcliffe, M.D. is a board certified ophthalmologist who is an experienced glaucoma and cataract surgeon. Prior to June of 2014, Dr. Radcliffe served as the Director of the Glaucoma Service at Weill Cornell Medical College for six years. During his time in academics, Dr. Radcliffe managed the most challenging cataract and glaucoma cases referred from all over the world, published over 40 peer reviewed publications in glaucoma research, gave hundreds lectures on glaucoma and cataract to thousands of ophthalmologists in 40 states and over a dozen different countries, and won awards for his surgical videos and teaching.

12/26/2016 (All day)
HOLIDAY - Christmas (observed)

01/05/2017 -
4:00pm to 8:00pm
POS Monthly Meeting
Joseph Rizzo, III, MD
ACMS 713 Ridge Rd 15212

Joseph Rizzo, III, MD
David G. Cogan Professor of Ophthalmology In the Field of Neuro-Ophthalmology
Director, Neuro-Ophthalmology Service
Massachusetts Eye and Ear
Boston, MA

Lecture topics to be determined.


4:00 p.m. Registration

4:30 p.m. Welcome & First Lecture

5:35 p.m. Case Presentation (Resident and questions /answers by Guest Faculty)

5:50 p.m. Business Meeting of the Pittsburgh Ophthalmology Society

6:00 p.m. Social

6:45 p.m. Social concludes, Guests seated for dinner

7:05 p.m. Second Lecture Begins

8:05 pm Conclusion of Program

02/02/2017 -
4:00pm to 8:00pm
POS Monthly Meeting
ACMS 713 Ridge Rd 15212

Please check back for more information

03/17/2017 (All day)
Annual POS Meeting
Marriott City Center

Please check back for more information

August 2016