International Ophthalmologists Gather in Miami for Bascom Palmer’s Annual CURSO
Bascom Palmer Eye Institute celebrated its 36th Annual Inter-American Course in Clinical Ophthalmology (CURSO) at the Trump National Doral Miami October 26-29. The four-day course was the largest in its history with 745 ophthalmologists from 35 different countries in Latin America and the Caribbean in attendance.
Among the event’s many highlights was legendary TV show host Mario Kreutzberger, “Don Francisco,” who delivered a video presentation focused on the importance of colleagues from different countries working together to exchange ideas and share knowledge in the global effort to prevent and cure blindness.
CURSO is the largest meeting in the United States for Spanish-speaking ophthalmologists and is presented with simultaneous English-Spanish translation.
Designed to emphasize practical approaches to clinical problems, the course is held every year in Miami immediately following the American Academy of Ophthalmology annual meeting. The topics for CURSO span the entire specialty of ophthalmology with particular attention given to the latest developments in cataracts, LASIK, glaucoma, macular degeneration, eye cancers and oculoplastics.
Course Directors Eduardo C. Alfonso, M.D., professor and Chair of Ophthalmology and Director of Bascom Palmer, Victor L. Perez, M.D., professor of ophthalmology, and Paul F. Palmberg, M.D., Ph.D., professor of ophthalmology, joined leading international ophthalmologists and Bascom Palmer faculty in delivering a world-class program. In addition to dynamic lectures, an ophthalmic-themed trade show featured 60 commercial exhibitors showing the newest products and services.
Also featured at this year’s conference was the third annual Francisco E. Fantes, M.D., Distinguished Lecture, named in honor of the longtime co-director of CURSO who passed away in 2012. A dedicated physician and educator, Fantes trained hundreds of Latin American physicians so they could treat patients in their native countries.