World’s Ophthalmologists Attend Bascom Palmer’s 50th Anniversary Scientific Meeting

Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, the nation’s No. 1 ranked eye hospital and part of UHealth–University of Miami Health System, began its golden anniversary year by hosting a global scientific meeting February 2-4. Nearly 650 ophthalmologists from around the world attended, including 300 Bascom Palmer alumni. With 180 distinguished presenters, topics discussed ranged from research breakthroughs in cataract surgery and gene therapy to targeted goals of new clinical trials regarding the treatment of glaucoma and optic nerve diseases.

“The plethora of information presented at the scientific meeting created a unique collaborative platform, which many of the world’s ophthalmologists can now use to explore new ways of approaching patient care and vision research,” said Eduardo C. Alfonso, M.D., chairman of Bascom Palmer Eye Institute and the Kathleen & Stanley J. Glaser Chair in Ophthalmology. “From advanced medical and surgical treatment options to new trends in refractive surgery and oculoplastics, didactical presentations and interactive panel discussions covered the gamut of both remarkable achievements and exciting possibilities within the ever-changing field of ophthalmology.”

The first day of the three-day event was held at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, continuing at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables, where it concluded with a celebration dinner for all attendees. Bascom Palmer faculty and staff were honored to have both UM President Donna E. Shalala and Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean of the Miller School, attend the dinner and provide congratulatory remarks. Referring to Bascom Palmer Eye Institute as “a shining jewel in the Miller School of Medicine’s crown – and a real treasure for the University of Miami,” President Shalala shared with the audience how within the next few years, Bascom Palmer will expand both its facilities and number of physicians and staff, enhance access to the latest clinical trials, and find fresh solutions to the challenge of preserving vision while meeting the needs of an aging population.

Dean Goldschmidt also congratulated Bascom Palmer on 50 years of excellence and stated that the institute’s scientists and physicians are “pushing the frontiers of ophthalmology, formulating new therapies and capabilities that are saving millions of people around the world from blindness.”

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