Dr. Eduardo C. Alfonso Becomes President of Pan American Association of Ophthalmology

Eduardo C. Alfonso, M.D., Chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology and holder of the Kathleen and Stanley J. Glaser Chair in Ophthalmology, was recently installed as President of the Pan American Association of Ophthalmology (PAAO) at its 31st Congress in Bogotá, Colombia. The PAAO has members in more than 35 countries in the Western Hemisphere, and its mission is to provide continuing education, prevent blindness, and promote scientific and cultural exchange among ophthalmologists.

“It is an honor to become president of the PAAO,” said Alfonso when addressing the 3,200 physicians attending the Congress. “Bascom Palmer and PAAO have worked closely together for decades to educate and bring together medical professionals from around the globe to exchange information with other ophthalmologists, and to share fresh ideas and approaches to patient care.”

At this year’s PAAO Congress, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute organized the BPEI Symposium to provide an opportunity to bring together Bascom Palmer Eye Institute alumni, former trainees, faculty, and observers from Latin America and the Caribbean to discuss special clinical cases in cornea, retina, glaucoma and pediatric ophthalmology. More than 300 doctors attended the symposium, where speakers from the Bascom Palmer faculty presented challenging ophthalmic cases using an interactive case-based approach.

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