MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT
LAURA C. FINE, MD
Dear NEOS Members,
Happy 2019! I hope all of you had the opportunity to relax and recharge over the holidays and to spend time with friends and family. The new year brings with it a renewed sense of gratitude and purpose. The New England Ophthalmological Society is committed to helping you navigate the challenges and changes facing all of us by continuing to offer the highest level of educational content, ideas, inspiration, and experience. I am increasingly grateful to be a part of this dynamic society, which consists of over 700 members from six New England States.
Our March 2019 meeting begins at 7:30 am with Grand Rounds. Cases will be presented by trainees at the Mass. Eye and Ear and discussed by a panel of experts. Following Grand Rounds, we have an outstanding morning session on the medical management of corneal diseases. We are delighted to welcome our Guest of Honor, Dr. Carol Karp, Professor of Ophthalmology at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami, Florida and a renowned expert in the management of ocular surface tumors and anterior segment surgery. As usual, we have a superb panel of local speakers. To conclude the session there will be a panel discussion with ample time for your questions.
In the afternoon, we have our ever-popular subspecialty sessions. These three sessions aim to expand the professional scope of our membership by addressing specific practice gaps. In March, there are three topics from which to choose: Trends in Refractive Surgery, Advances in Posterior Segment Imaging, and Paradigm Shifts in Pediatric Ophthalmology.
Please make sure you also take some time during the breaks to catch up with colleagues and to visit our exhibitors’ booths. Please visit the NEOS table to learn how you can donate to the Educational Endowment Fund and/or participate in the Public Health and Education Committee’s activities. Remember that it is you, our members, that make NEOS such a unique organization and it is our members that also help promote the value of our society. Thank you for the opportunity to serve as President this year and we continue to welcome your involvement and feedback. Enjoy the meeting!
Laura C. Fine, MD
GUEST OF HONOR
Carol Karp, MD
Bascom-Palmer Eye Institute
Dr. Carol Karp is a tenured Professor of Ophthalmology at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at the University of Miami School of Medicine, and holds the Richard K. Forster Chair in Ophthalmology. She is an expert in the management of ocular surface tumors and anterior segment surgery. Dr. Karp joined the faculty of Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in 1994, after completing a fellowship in cornea and external diseases at the center. In the late 1990s, Dr. Karp pioneered the use of interferon for the treatment for ocular surface squamous neoplasia.
A leader in the area of ocular surface oncology, her research has produced several landmark articles on the topic. Her current interests are in the management of ocular surface tumors and ocular surface imaging using the ultra-high resolution OCT.
Among the significant recognition, Dr. Karp has received the Secretariat Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) in 2015 and the Mentorship Award from Women in Ophthalmology and the American Medical Association Women Physicians Sector in 2013. In addition, she was honored with the Senior Achievement Award for her accomplishments and service to the AAO, where she served on numerous task forces, and regularly teaches at the annual meetings. She was a co-chair of the Cornea Day for the last 3 years. Along with her service to the AAO, Dr. Karp serves on the executive committee of the Pan-American Academy of Ophthalmology as the secretary of English language, and is an associate examiner for the American Board of Ophthalmology. She is the co-director of the Inter-American Course in Clinical Ophthalmology (Curso). She has repeated inclusion in “Florida Superdoctors” and “Best Doctors in America”. Outside of Bascom Palmer, Dr. Karp is an avid athlete, exercising daily in the wee hours of the morning.