The 780th Meeting of the New England Ophthalmological Society (virtual)

Dear NEOS Membership,

Welcome to the Virtual 780th Meeting of the New England Ophthalmological Society which will be available starting on June 5th. Our first ever virtual sessions on April 24th had a record level registration of 415 attendees! We are hopeful that this new format continues to offer increased accessibility and flexibility to all our members and those interested in our educational programs.

Many sincere thanks go out to the moderators, guest-of-honor, the speakers, the Program and IT committees, and our executive assistant, Miguel Ocque, for their diligence and innovation in providing this novel and evolving meeting format. We are pleased to have James Banta, MD, as the guest-of-honor for the session Ocular Trauma: What We Should Know for Our Next Patient, and to offer subspecialty sessions in NeuroOphthalmology, Strabismus, and Uveitis. Trainees from across New England have submitted their posters for the Annual NEOS Scientific Poster Program which can be viewed online. This special program is made possible by the NEOS Education Endowment Fund honoring the late Sanford Hecht, MD, and is to be recognized once again for its support of the awards which will be given to the 1st, 2nd, 3rd place winners along with 3 honorary mentions. Congratulations to all our trainees for their innovative research and for sharing it with us! As always, our vendors are very important to NEOS. Please visit the Virtual Exhibit Hall for information from our valued supporters.

On a personal note, I have had two great privileges in my career. One is to serve and care for the Veterans of the United States, and the other is to have served as the President of this wonderful Society. It was not the year I had predicted! It is one that I will always remember with great pride and deep respect for a Society, which though steeped in tradition, has shown itself to be quite sprite and able to adapt with grace and innovation when tasked to do so! It is the people that make up the Society: the Executive Board, the committees and their chairs, and most importantly, you the members who make it so special. It has been an honor sharing this year with you. I cannot think of a more capable individual to take over as President than Jorge Arroyo, MD. Dr. Arroyo, I (virtually) hand over the NEOS President’s gavel to you!

With warmest Regards,

Mary K. Daly, MD
President of NEOS