MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT
Thank you for attending the 771st meeting of the New England Ophthalmological Society.
It is an honor and privilege to serve as your 114th president during this 2018-2019 year. I look forward to working with each of you and with our board to enhance the ophthalmic education of our members, other health care providers, and the public.
One of the things I value most about NEOS is its history. As many of you know, the New England Ophthalmological Society is one of the oldest continuously meeting regional medical societies in the United States. NEOS was formed in 1884. The original meetings were held on the first Tuesday of each month from 8 to 10 pm at a member’s home. The first President, Dr. Hasket Derby, presided over the inaugural meeting of 18 ophthalmologists from Boston, Salem, Bedford, Providence, Newport, Portland, and Harford. Subsequent meetings included ophthalmologists from New Hampshire and Vermont, furthering NEOS’ mission to advance ophthalmology across the five New England states.
Now in 2018, 134 years after its inception, NEOS continues to evolve to meet the increasingly complex and dynamic needs of our members and the changing times. In recent years, our hard working committee members and Executive Board have introduced Grand Rounds, made important updates to our website, conducted and responded to membership surveys, and created the Young Ophthalmologists committee, just to name a few initiatives. If the original NEOS members could see how we continue to respond to today’s challenges with innovative educational programs about medical and surgical ophthalmology, electronic health records, and medical ethics and risk management, they would be proud to know their organization is stronger than ever.
Despite all of this innovation and change, some things remain the same. What initially drew me to NEOS was its powerful sense of collegiality, professionalism and esprit de corp. We strongly believe in the value that education brings to our profession and to our patients and we truly value each other as colleagues. What better way to obtain advice regarding a difficult case or a professional dilemma than to attend a NEOS meeting and interact with the colleagues that we respect and admire?
I was first introduced to NEOS by my esteemed colleague and mentor, B. Thomas Hutchinson. Tom was a robust advocate and supporter of NEOS and a wonderful role model for many of us. In the coming year, I challenge each of you to consider inviting a colleague and non-NEOS member as a guest to a NEOS meeting to experience our unique educational forum and esprit de corps first-hand. I also welcome hearing from each of you with your ideas about how to continue to improve our remarkable organization.
Our September 2018 meeting offers an exciting educational program. The morning session, moderated by Susannah Rowe, MD, features the Paul Pender Cataract and Refractive Lecture by visiting lecturer, Dr. Elizabeth Yeu. Dr. Rowe has gathered an impressive panel of cataract surgery experts to discuss successful surgical strategies for complex and high-risk cataract surgery. Concurrently with this cataract session we will hold our annual meeting for ophthalmic medical personal, nurses and technicians. This session, which focuses on interesting developments in the field of ophthalmology, promises to be full of novel clinical pearls. For our afternoon session, we will switch gears to discuss ethics, risk management and the dysfunctional physician. Joining us are Jon Burroughs, MD, MBA, a leading expert in this field, and Ron Pelton, MD, chair of the AAO Ethics Committee and member of the Board of Directors of the Ophthalmic Mutual Insurance Committee.
I hope you enjoy this educational session and also take some time to connect with your friends and colleagues. Thank you for your attendance today, for your commitment to NEOS, and for the opportunity to serve you and NEOS in the coming year.
Laura C. Fine, MD
A.M. GUEST OF HONOR
PAUL M. PENDER LECTURER
ELIZABETH YEU, MD
Dr. Yeu earned her medical degree through an accelerated program at the University of Florida College of Medicine that combined undergraduate education and medical school. She completed her Ophthalmology residency at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, where she served 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, where she served as an Assistant Professor after her fellowship training. Dr. Yeu joined Virginia Eye Consultants in 2013, now a partner since 2014, and also continues her commitment to residency training in Ophthalmology as an Assistant professor at the Eastern Virginia Medical School. She is the Medical Director of the Virginia Surgery Center.
Dr. Yeu provides guidance and governance across several national medical boards and committees, including an examiner for the American Board of Ophthalmology, current Chair of the Young Eye Surgeons (YES) Committee of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS), and as a Communications Secretariat for the American Ophthalmology (AAO).
Doctor Yeu has authored numerous articles and is a frequent lecturer in the areas of refractive cataract surgery, anterior segment reconstruction, ocular surface disease management and surgical management of astigmatism. She is the editor-In-chief of U.S. Ophthalmic Review and serves as the medical editor of the digital journal, Millennial Eye. Dr. Yeu was awarded The Ophthalmologist’s global Power List: Rising Stars in 2017 and their Top 40 Under 40 honors in 2015, recognized as a Castle Connelly Top Doc 2016-2017 and received their Exceptional Women in Medicine Award in 2017, earned the Best Doctors Award by her peers from 2013-2016, the Millennial Eye Award in 2015, and more recently recognized as Top 40 Under 40 through Virginia’s Inside Business Journal.
PAUL M. PENDER CATARACT AND REFRACTIVE LECTURE
Joanne and Paul Pender have given their energy and time to the New England Ophthalmological Society over many years. Their contribution to the Education Endowment Fund of NEOS will support quality education of its Members and the public for years to come. Dr. Pender has served on the NEOS board for 18 years in several capacities, including President, Treasurer, Chair of the Ophthalmic Services Committee and Chair of the Education Endowment Fund. He is honored to have NEOS establish a bi-annual lecture in his name on the subject of Cataract and Refractive Surgery.
Dr. Pender is a founding partner of NH Eye Associates, an ophthalmic group practice with offices in Manchester and Londonderry, NH. He founded the NH Eye Surgicenter in Bedford, NH, the first state-licensed and Medicare-certified Ambulatory Surgery Center in New Hampshire and served as its Medical Director. At the national level, he instructed ophthalmologists on the subjects of laser vision correction and how to create, manage and market ambulatory surgery centers.
An honors graduate of Harvard College and of the University of Michigan Medical Center in Ophthalmology and Neurology, he attended a neurology rotation at The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen Square, London, UK. There, he presented a paper on ophthalmic manifestations of giant cell arteritis. Dr. Pender completed his internship at Mercy Catholic Medical Center in Philadelphia and his residency in ophthalmology at Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia before moving to New Hampshire.
An early proponent of refractive surgery, Dr. Pender served as New Hampshire’s Principal Investigator for FDA Clinical Trials sponsored by VISX for excimer laser treatment of hyperopia, myopia and myopic astigmatism. His resume includes 40 presentations and publications, a book chapter in The Excimer Manual, reviewer for the Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, Editorial Advisory Board member for Review of Ophthalmology, teaching responsibilities and service as a Trustee for Catholic Medical Center in Manchester, NH. He was the first ophthalmologist in New England to use an eye tracking device for LASIK, and the first to moderate an online webinar for ophthalmologists hosted by the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO). He received the Secretariat Award from the AAO for his work in online clinical education for ophthalmologists and for residents-in-training.
"I believe that my career has spanned some of the most innovative developments in ophthalmology, and I am proud to have played some part in those developments. I thank those mentors and peers who inspire me to offer the best services I can deliver to my patients. I am grateful to the supporting staff members who help to make the experiences of my patients so positive."
P.M. GUEST OF HONOR
JON BURROUGHS, MD, MBA, FACHE, FAAPL
Jonathan H. Burroughs, MD, MBA, FACHE, FAAPL is President and CEO of The Burroughs Healthcare Consulting Network, Inc. and works with some of the nation’s top healthcare consulting organizations to provide ‘best practice’ solutions and training to healthcare organizations throughout the country in the areas of governance, physician–hospital alignment strategies, credentialing, privileging, peer review and performance improvement/patient safety, medical staff development planning, strategic planning, physician performance and behavior management, as well as ways in which physicians and management can work together in new ways to solve quality, safety, operational, and financial challenges through the creation of population health programs and clinically integrated networks.