International Ophthalmologists Gather in Miami for Bascom Palmer’s Annual CURSO
Bascom Palmer Eye Institute held its 37th Annual Inter-American Course in Clinical Ophthalmology (CURSO) at the InterContinental Hotel in Miami on November 22-25. The four-day course attracted 633 ophthalmologists from 33 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean.
CURSO is the largest meeting in the United States held for Spanish-speaking ophthalmologists. The course is presented with simultaneous English-Spanish translation. CURSO is designed to provide maximum emphasis on practical approaches to clinical problems. The course is held every year in Miami immediately following the American Academy of Ophthalmology annual meeting. The topics chosen 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.
This year’s course directors were Eduardo C. Alfonso, M.D., Chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology and holder of the Kathleen and Stanley J. Glaser Chair in Ophthalmology, Victor L. Perez, M.D., professor of ophthalmology, and microbiology and immunology, and Paul F. Palmberg, M.D., Ph.D., professor of ophthalmology. They joined leading international ophthalmologists, including other Bascom Palmer faculty members, in delivering a world-class program. In addition to the outstanding lectures, an ophthalmic trade show featured 63 commercial exhibitors showing their newest products and services.
A highlight of this year’s conference was the fourth annual Francisco E. Fantes, M.D., Distinguished Lecture given by Joel Shuman, M.D., Chairman of Ophthalmology at the University of Pittsburgh. Fantes was a beloved Bascom Palmer faculty member and long-time co-director of CURSO who passed away in 2012. A glaucoma specialist, Fantes taught and supervised hundreds of residents and fellows over the course of his career at Bascom Palmer. He was a dedicated physician and educator, who also trained numerous Latin American physicians so they could treat their own patients in their native countries.