Public Health Ophthalmology Summit

Public Health Ophthalmology Summit

July 19-20, 2019 - OHSU Casey Eye Institute


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An interdisciplinary forum to help map the future of U.S. based global ophthalmology.

July 19-20, 2019, Portland, Oregon

The Public Health Ophthalmology Summit brings together ophthalmologists, scholars, program leaders, advocates, and others in the field to share their experiences, present evidence and discuss key aspects of ophthalmology in the public health setting. 

From world leaders in the field, our partners from Myanmar and Thailand, and local community teams that have participated in ophthalmic programs in diverse settings, we bring you exciting ideas, perspectives, and information, with the hope of contributing to the development of high quality, evidence-based public health efforts in the sight sciences.

This conference will be held at OHSU Casey Eye Institute and offers AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM.  

Register today!


Friday, July 19 from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 
Saturday, July 20 from 9 a.m. - noon

OHSU Casey Eye Institute
Portland, Oregon
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Mitchell V. Brinks, M.D., M.P.H., Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology; Director, Casey Outreach Program; OHSU Casey Eye Institute
J. Peter Campbell, M.D., M.P.H., Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology; OHSU Casey Eye Institute
Beth Edmunds, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor or Ophthalmology; Director, Childhood Glaucoma Center; OHSU Casey Eye Institute

Additional information


R.V. Paul Chan, M.D.

R. V. Paul Chan, M.D., M.Sc.
The John H. Panton, M.D., Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences 
Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs and Global Ophthalmology; Director, Pediatric Retina and ROP Service 
Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary, University of Illinois at Chicago 

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David S. Friedman, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D.
Professor of Ophthalmology
Director, Dana Center for Preventive Ophthalmology
Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD

Yee Yee Aung, M.D.
Professor of Ophthalmology
Mandalay Eye Hospital, Mandalay, Myanmar

Hunter Cherweck, M.D.
Deputy Director of Program, Clinical
ORBIS International

Michael F. Chiang, M.D.
Knowles Professor of Ophthalmology
Associate Director, OHSU Casey Eye Institute
Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, OR

Joshua R. Ehrlich, M.D., M.P.H. 
Assistant Professor, Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center, Ann Arbor, MI

Bradley K. Farris, M.D. 
Professor of Ophthalmology 
Adjunct Professor of Neurology 
Adjunct Professor of Neurosurgery 
Dean McGee Eye Institute, University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, OK

Suzanne Gilbert, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Senior Director, Research and Strategic Opportunities, Seva Foundation 
North American Regional Chair, International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness

Daniel Gradin, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology
Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, OR

Cristos Ifantides, M.D., M.B.A. 
Assistant Professor, Comprehensive Ophthalmology
Director, Ophthalmic Global Outreach 
University of Colorado, Denver, CO

Jacquelyn A. Jetton O'Banion, M.D., M.Sc. 
Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology, Comprehensive Ophthalmology 
Assistant Director, Global Ophthalmology-Emory 
Emory Eye Center, Atlanta, GA

Jeff Pettey, M.D.
John Moran Eye Center Vice Chair for Education
Associate Clinical Professor 
University of Utah Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Salt Lake City, UT

Rajeev Ramchandran, M.D., M.B.A.
Associate Professor of Ophthalmology
University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY

Ngamkae Ruangvaravate, M.D.
Professor and chair, Department of Ophthalmology, Siriraj Hospital
Bangkok, Thailand

David Sanders, M.D., M.P.H.
Fellow, Glaucoma
OHSU Casey Eye Institute, Portland, OR

Victoria M. Sheffield
President and CEO of International Eye Foundation
Vice-President, International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB)


Public Health Ophthalmology Summit 2019 Program 

Subject to change


7 - 8 a.m. Breakfast

8:00 - 8:10 a.m. Welcome
Mitchell V. Brinks, M.D., M.P.H., J. Peter Campbell, M.D., M.P.H., Beth Edmunds, M.D., Ph.D.

8:10 - 8:15 a.m. The role of "global" ophthalmology in an academic department
David J. Wilson, M.D.

Morning Session I

8:20 - 8:50 a.m. Performing academic research overseas - pearls and pitfalls
David Friedman, M.D.

8:50 - 9:10 a.m. Topic related to the global burden of disease
Josh Ehrlich, M.D.

9:10 - 9:20 a.m. AI and Big Data: what does it mean for global health?
Michael F. Chiang, M.D.

9:20 - 9:30 a.m. Impact of cataract surgery in Ethiopia - NGO/university collaboration
David Sanders, M.D., M.P.H.

9:30 - 10:00 a.m. Panel: What important gaps in knowledge should we prioritize now?
David Friedman, M.D., Josh Ehrlich, M.D., Michael F. Chiang, M.D., Paul Chan, M.D.

10:00 - 10:20 a.m. Break

Morning Session II

10:20 - 10:40 a.m. Data in the NGO, IAPB, and WHO world: how, why and where it's used for maximum impact
Victoria Sheffield

10:40 - 10:50 a.m. U.S. Advocacy efforts
Mitchell V. Brinks, M.D., M.P.H.

10:50 - 11:00 a.m. Identifying site matched capacity building priorities
Allison Jarstad, M.D., Julie Richards, Ph.D., LICSW, Matt Oliva, M.D.

11:00 - 11:15 a.m. Telemedicine and Distance Learning - Cybersight 
Hunter Cherwek, M.D.

11:15 - 11:25 a.m. Lessons From Both Short Term and Long Term Experiences with CBM
Daniel Gradin, M.D.

11:25 - 11:35 a.m. The Role of Mindfulness Practice in Providing Quality Eye Services
Kabindra Bajracharya, M.D.

11:35 - 12:00 p.m. Panel: When is a partner site best suited for a particular intervention?
Hunter Cherwek, M.D., Victoria Sheffield, Yee Yee Aung, M.D., Paul Chan, M.D.

12:00 p.m. lunch

Afternoon Session I

1:15 - 1:45 p.m. International Education Programs
R.V. Paul Chan, M.D.

1:45 - 2:00 p.m. A high altitude view of the evolution of U.S. based PHO programs
Bradley K. Ferris, M.D.

2:00 - 2:15 p.m. Country needs assessments - selecting the best program for the setting
Jacquelyn A. Jetton O'Banion, M.D., M.Sc.

2:15 - 2:30 p.m. Opportunities for synergy among U.S. academic programs
Jeff Pettey, M.D.

2:30 - 2:40 p.m. Engaging ophthalmology trainess in public health ophthalmology
Cristos Ifnatides, M.D., M.B.A.

2:40 - 2:50 p.m. Capacity building in India and University of Rochester
Rajeev Ramchandran, M.D. 

2:50 - 3:00 p.m. Multi-stakeholder collaborations in Southeast Asia
Michell V. Brinks, M.D., M.P.H., Beth Edmunds, M.D., Ph.D.

3:00 - 3:15 p.m. Break

Afternoon Session II

3:15 - 3:45 p.m. Panel: Next Steps for U.S. academic ophthalmology programs 
Paul Chan, M.D., Jacquelyne O'Banion, M.D., Bradley Ferris, M.D., Cristos Ifnatides, M.D., M.B.A., Chaired by Jeff Pettey, M.D.

3:45 - 4:05 p.m. Myanmar Ophthalmology Educational Programs and Experience with International Partnerships
Yee Yee Aung, M.D.

4:05 - 4:25 p.m. Thailand Educational Programs and Experience with International Partnerships
Ngamkae Ruangvaravate, M.D.

4:25 - 4:55 p.m. Panel: Pearls and Pitfalls in Successful International Collaboration
Yee Yee Aung, M.D., Jacquelyn O'Banion, M.D., Bradley Ferris, M.D., Rajeev Ramchandran, M.D., Hunter Cherwek, M.D.

4:55- 5:00 p.m. Final remarks
Mitchell V. Brinks, M.D., M.P.H.


Developing long-term collaborations 

8:00 - 900 a.m. Breakfast with the experts

9:00 - 9:20 a.m. The AAO Ciew and Process on Global Ophthalmology
R. V. Paul Chan, M.D.

9:20 - 9:30 a.m. Scaling Eye Services Through Collective Action
Suzanne Gilbert, Ph.D., M.P.H.

9:30 - 10:00 a.m. Panel: What Steps Should We Take to Strengthen the U.S. Public Health Ophthalmology Community?
Jeff Pettey, M.D., Jacquelyn O'Banion, M.D., Josh Ehrlich, M.D., Rajeev Ramchandran, M.D., Beth Edmunds, M.D., Ph.D.

10:00 - 10:15 a.m. Break

10:15 - 10:35 a.m. Building Capacity in Cataract Surgical Services in Africa: The ACCESS Initiative
David Friedman, M.D.

10:35 - 10:50 a.m. Balancing Short and Long-term Goals in Research, Teaching and Patient Care
J. Peter Campbell, M.D., M.P.H.

10:50 - 11:10 a.m. Panel: How to identify the Best Intervention for a Setting?
Victoria Sheffield, Paul Chan, M.D., Jacquelyn O'Banion, M.D., Peter Campbell, M.D., M.P.H., Ngamkae Ruangvaravate, M.D.

11:10 - 11:30 a.m. Panel: Best Practices for Integrating Research into International Partnerships
David Friedman, M.D., Michael Chiang, M.D., Yee Yee Aung, M.D., Josh Ehrlich, M.D., Chaired by Beth Edmunds, M.D., Ph.D.

11:30 - 12:00 p.m. Panel: Topic suggested by pre-submitted questions from attendees
Paul Chan, M.D., Victoria Sheffield, Michael Chiang, M.D., Mitchell Brinks, M.D., M.P.H.

12:00 - 12:05 p.m. Closing remarks

MSICS wetlab

Learn manual small-incision cataract surgery (MSICS) 

John Clements, M.D., performing cataract MSICS surgery in Angola.  

Interested in learning or improving your MSICS skills? Register for the MSICS wet lab offered in addition to the Public Health Ophthalmology Summit. Our experienced surgeons and educators will guide you through a practical course on MSICS to improve your surgical skill. The wet lab stations will be fully equipped with the latest machines, tools and instruments, and you will be able to practice on both artificial and donated eyes. 

The wet lab will take place on Saturday, July 20, 2019 from 9 am - noon at OHSU Casey Eye Institute. Register



Sunset view of Mt. Hood - Lujan


Hotel accommodations can be made at Portland's historic Sentinel Hotel using the group rate online or by phone at 888-246-5631.   

Visit Portland

July is a great time to visit Portland. Learn more about wine tasting, world-class outdoor activities, outdoor festivals and more!

Continuing medical education

Learning objectives

Participants will be able to:

  • Discuss best practices for involvement in ophthalmic care in under-served regions
  • Develop an appreciation for the multiple avenues for involvement and how multiple organizations with diverse mission statements can work together in the global quest to reduce preventable blindness.
  • Foster excitement about participating in high quality programs in under-developed parts of the world, in education, delivery of care and research.
  • Discuss the role(s) of US-based universities in improving quality and quantity of ophthalmic care provided around the world.


Oregon Health &Science University School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


OHSU School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 5.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity

Casey's commitment to public health and outreach

As a world-class academic eye center, OHSU Casey Eye Institute's underlying mission is to address preventable sight loss through innovative research, top-flight clinical care and outstanding ophthalmic training programs.  

Today, Casey is at the forefront of integrating advanced technology in eye care delivery across the world. By applying our pioneering work in ophthalmic imaging and deep learning to Casey's outreach efforts, we can amplify our impact in population eye health. 

Casey's groundbreaking programs in gene therapy and telemedicine for retinopathy of prematurity are also preserving eyesight in the world's youngest citizens by:

  • Leading the way with more clinical trials in gene therapy than any other center in the world 
  • Being an early provider of the first FDA-approved gene therapy treatment for a rare form of childhood blindness
  • Using telemedicine to improve access to crucial screening of premature infants without access to ophthalmologists trained to detect ROP

Our strengths in these areas have enabled Casey to develop robust partnerships with scores of community health organizations throughout Oregon and global health initiatives in Myanmar and Thailand. To better serve Oregonians at risk of avoidable blindness, Casey is studying the public's perception of vision loss and access to care and collaborating with these communities to create effective solutions.

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