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Upcoming Meeting

Friday, December 1, 2017

at the Back Bay Event Center, 180 Berkeley Street, Boston, MA

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GRAND ROUNDS - 7:30 AM - Freedom Room

AFTERNOON SESSION:  OMIC Discount:  10% discount on OMIC premium for current NEOS members who attend;

                                    5% discount for non-NEOS members


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Our meeting today continues the fine traditions of NEOS in presenting the latest information on extremely important topics relevant to our daily practices of ophthalmology:  dry eye disease and ethics and risk management.  These topics will enrich our understanding of how we can adopt new techniques within our practices and satisfy some requirements for continuing medical education and licensure.  Moreover, we will be challenged to incorporate these topics within our practices. 

Medicine is an ever changing discipline.  NEOS strives to present the highest quality academic programs to further our understanding of topics that are relevant to all of us.   This is done through a variety of techniques within each presentation to insure not only an understanding of the topic presented but also its relevance to our practices and remembrance.  This will be done using the most modern presentation techniques available today in a personalized manner with audience interaction.  The NEOS Educational Endowment Fund not only sponsors Guests of Honor but also is responsible for the audience response system as well as the videotaping of NEOS sessions for later viewing by members.  You are encouraged to continue funding the EEF so that it can continue these and other programs. 

Finally, NEOS is making concerted efforts to attract new members, especially those recent graduates.  If you know of new graduates or have new associates please encourage them to join NEOS.  We have many benefits that they can take advantage of and that they will find useful to their practices. 

Enjoy your time in Boston and thank you for coming,


John J. Dagianis, MD





Dr. Stephen Pflugfelder is Professor and Director of the Ocular Surface Center in the Department of Ophthalmology at Baylor College of Medicine where he holds the James and Margaret Elkins Endowed Chair in Ophthalmology.  After graduating Colgate University summa cum laude with a B.A. in Biology, Dr Pflugfelder attended SUNY Upstate College of Medicine and was awarded membership in Alpha Omega Alpha Society. He was Chief Resident in Ophthalmology at Baylor College of Medicine and went on to do a fellowship in Cornea and External Disease at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute.  Appointed to the faculty of Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in 1985, he became a professor in 1998.  In 2000, he joined the faculty at Baylor College of Medicine.

Dr. Pflugfelder’s clinical practice focuses on the diagnosis and medical and surgical therapy of tear, ocular surface, and corneal diseases, including complicated cases.  He also specializes in transplantation of limbal epithelial stem cells for patients with traumatic or inflammation induced corneal epithelial stem cell deficiency and endothelial transplantation for corneal endothelial disease.

Throughout his academic career, Dr. Pflugfelder has devoted himself to research and teaching.  He has performed clinical trials and translational research focused on tear dysfunction induced ocular surface inflammation and it’s effects on the surface epithelium.  His basic research has been funded by the NIH for the past 25 years.  He served as co-editor of the textbook “Dry Eye and Ocular Surface Disorders”. He has published over 300 peer reviewed articles as well as numerous book chapters and monographs.  Among his many awards, he has been recognized as one of “America’s Top Doctors” since 2007.  He received the American Academy of Ophthalmology Senior Achievement Award and a Research to Prevent Blindness Senior Investigator Award. 

As a leader in the field, he has served on multiple committees of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, and the American Board of Ophthalmology.  He chaired the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s Lifelong Education for Ophthalmologists Committee and served on the Preferred Practice Pattern Committee on Cornea and External Disease. He is the Cornea representative on the ARVO Board of Trustees.  He is the past president of the International Ocular Surface Society.  He has served on a number of editorial boards including the American Journal of Ophthalmology, The Ocular Surface, Cornea, Scientific Reports, and Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences.

Dr. Pflugfelder enjoys running, skiing, and playing guitar in both a jazz and rock band.  When he isn’t lecturing at national and international meetings, he may occasionally be found on stage entertaining ophthalmologists with his music.



George A. Williams, MD, is Chair, Department of Ophthalmology, Director of the Beaumont Eye Institute, and Vice Chief of Surgical Services for Academic Affairs at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan. He is Professor and Chair of Ophthalmology, Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine and a partner with Associated Retinal Consultants. He is Professor at the European School for Advanced Studies in Ophthalmology in Lugano, Switzerland.

A graduate of Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Dr. Williams completed his residency in ophthalmology and his fellowship in vitreoretinal surgery at the Eye Institute of the Medical College of Wisconsin where he was an associate professor until 1988. Dr. Williams has published more than 200 articles and book chapters in the field of vitreoretinal surgery. He has participated as principal investigator or co-investigator in more than 20 clinical trials sponsored by the National Eye Institute and industry. He served on the Board of Trustees of the American Academy of Ophthalmology from 2008 to 2012. He is a recipient of the Special Recognition Award, the Secretariat Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. He has delivered 19 named lectureships, including the 2013 Gertrude Pyron Lecture at the American Society of Retina Specialists, the 2014 Yasuo Tano, MD, Lecture at the Club Jules Gonin, and the 2015 Taylor Smith, MD Lecture at the Aspen Retinal Detachment Society.

Dr. Williams is past chair of the Retina Ophthalmic Technology Assessment Committee, a member of the Health Policy Committee, and currently is Secretary for Federal Affairs of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Since 2006, he has represented the American Academy of Ophthalmology as a member of the Relative Value Update Committee of the American Medical Association. He is past president of the American Society of Retinal Specialists and the Michigan Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons. He served as Chair of the Finance Committee and is a member of the Board and executive committee of the Ophthalmic Mutual Insurance Company. He became Chairman of the Board in January 2016.

He is an Associate Editor for Surgical Techniques for the journal RETINA, and serves on the editorial boards of Retinal Cases & Brief Reports and Current Opinion in Ophthalmology. Dr. Williams is a recertified Diplomate (2005, 2016) of the American Board of Ophthalmology and a member of the Retina Society, the Macula Society, the American Society of Retina Specialists, the Association of University Professors in Ophthalmology and the Club Jules Gonin. He is an elected Fellow of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology.



Dr. Hutchinson was born in Flatwoods, West Virginia.  After graduating from West Virginia University where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, he received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School.  Following internship at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia and two years in the Public Health Service, Dr. Hutchinson returned to Boston for a fellowship in the Howe Laboratory, Harvard Medical School, a residency in ophthalmology and a fellowship in glaucoma at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary.

He is a founding partner of Ophthalmic Consultants of Boston.  He is a past president of the American Academy of Ophthalmology,   past chair of the Advisory Board of the Foundation of the AAO, and has served as a member of the AAO Board of Trustees and the Foundation Advisor Board.In addition, Dr. Hutchinson has served as the first Secretary of Ophthalmic Practice.   He has served for 9 years as a director and one as chairman of the American Board of Ophthalmology as well as a director of OMIC.

As an Associate Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School, he has for over 40 years maintained an active role in the teaching of medical students and residents. He has trained over 100 ophthalmic fellows in the subspecialty management of glaucoma and cataract.  For many years he was the director of the Harvard Post-Graduate Course and for 10 years was the assistant chief editor of Archives of Ophthalmology.  Dr. Hutchinson was a founding officer and is a past president of the Massachusetts Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons, past president of the Society to Prevent Blindness-Massachusetts, and a past president of the New England Ophthalmological Society.  He is also a member of the American Glaucoma Society and a founding director and past president of the Chandler-Grant Glaucoma Society.  Dr. Hutchinson is the author of multiple peer reviewed articles, editorials, and book chapters, and has lectured extensively.

His professional interests also include quality assurance, credentialing and public service programs, and for 25 years Dr. Hutchinson was the founding Chairman of AAO’s Eye Care America, the largest public service program in American medicine.

Dr. Hutchinson has received multiple awards, including the AAO Senior Honor Award, the Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Distinguished Service Award, as well as being Guest of Honor at the Academy’s 100th anniversary.  In addition, he has been Man of the Year from NEOS as well as numerous regional and national awards.

Dr. Hutchinson’s constant dedication to quality of care and ethical medicine has been a pillar of quality in local, regional and national ophthalmology.

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