WAEPS - Monthly Scientific Meetings

Presented jointly with the Univ. of Washington Department of Ophthalmology

Join your colleagues for a monthly learning session presented by top experts in a variety of ophthalmology sub-specialties. Program is held at the training auditorium at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. In addition, the series is available to members throughout the state via webinar. To receive login instructions, be sure to register online on the WAEPS website or contact the WAEPS office: waeps@waeps.org

Check in and light refreshments: 6:00 p.m.
Presentations at 6:30 and 7:30 p.m.

WAEPS members may self-register online for each month’s program using the link on this page.  Your automatic confirmation email will contain the webinar login information for that month’s session.  If you need assistance with registration or do not receive your confirmation, please contact the WAEPS office no later than 3 p.m. on the day of the session you plan to participate in. Contact waeps@waeps.org or call 206-956-3650.

Credit for the series is an exclusive WAEPS member benefit and free of charge. Members in good standing of neighboring states' ophthalmology socieities may also be eligible.  Check with the WAEPS office for details. Note that to earn CME credit you must track your attendance and submit a credit claim form at the end of the series and you must sign in to each session you attend. More details will be made available when you register.

If you participated in a previous year's series and have a question about your CME credit, please contact Debra Alderman, WAEPS Executive Director: debra@wsma.org or phone: 206-956-3650.

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2017-18 Monthly Meeting Series:

November 1, 2017
Speaker: Andrew Stacey, MD, MSc
Assistant Professor, UW Medicine, Department of Ophthalmology
Disclosures: Dr. Stacey has no relevant commercial interests to disclose. His presentation will be evidence-based and unbiased.

Lecture 1. The Pale Choroidal Mass

  1. Develop a broad differential diagnosis for pale choroidal masses
  2. Identify clinical signs and tests to properly diagnose choroidal masses
  3. Describe treatment options for the major causes of pale choroidal masses

Lecture 2. Sneaky Eye Tumors: How to spot them and how to treat them


1. Demonstrate familiarity with use of local chemotherapy in ocular surface tumors.
2. Demonstrate familiarity with use of local chemotherapy for intraocular malignancies.
3. Demonstrate familiarity with use of local chemotherapy in retinoblastoma.


December 13, 2017
Speaker: Yewlin Chee, MD,
Assistant Professor, UW Medicine, Department of Ophthalmology
Disclosures: Dr. Chee has no relevant commercial interests to disclose. Her presentation will be evidence-based and unbiased.

Lecture 1. Vitreoretinal surgery for macular disease

  1. Recognize macular pathology that can be treated with vitreoretinal surgery
  2. Understand surgical techniques used to treat macular pathology
  3. Discuss indications, risks, and benefits of surgical intervention

Lecture 2.  Posterior segment disease in ocular trauma


  1. Recognize posterior segment pathology that can occur as a result of ocular trauma
  2. Discuss indications for vitreoretinal surgery after open globe injury
  3. Identify risk factors associated with poor visual outcome and the development of retinal detachment after open globe injury


January 10, 2018

Speaker: Nicholas Volpe, MD, Chair, Department of Ophthalmology
George S. and Edwina Tarry Professor of Ophthalmology
Professor of Ophthalmology, Northwestern Medicine, Feinberg School of Medicine
Disclosures: Dr. Volpe has disclosed the following relationships with ACCME defined commercial interests: Major stockholder in Opticient, Inc; consulting/speaking/teaching on behalf of Opthotech, Inc. His presentation will be evidence-based and unbiased.

Lecture 1. Transient and intermittent symptoms in Neuro-ophthalmology

  1. Demonstrate familiarity with important causes of transient vision loss.
  2. Recognize eye movement abnormalities associated with intermittent double vision.
  3. Identify common causes of intermittent flashing and other positive visual phenomenon

Lecture 2. Double Vision: What you need to know to be Safe not Sorry


  1. Diagnose clinical presentation of double vision that requires emergent work up.
  2. Demonstrate familiarity with the common causes of double vision that are innocent and do not require testing.
  3. List the three most common causes of double vision based on history and exam findings.

February 21, 2018

Speaker: Don Kikkawa, MD
Chief, Division of Oculofacial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology, Vice-Chairman, Department of Ophthalmology
UC San Diego Health-La Jolla, Shiley Eye Institute
Disclosures: Dr. Kikkawa has no relevant commercial interests to disclose. His presentation will be evidence-based and unbiased.

 Lecture 1: Finding new solutions to vexing problems in oculoplastics


  1. Review the pathophysiology and treatment of thyroid eye diseases
  2. Describe the options for orbital reconstruction
  3. Demonstrate familiarity with newer ways of eyelid ptosis assessment
  4. Compare and contrast types of oculoplastic implants

Lecture 2. The challenging and changing landscape of facial aesthetic surgery


  1. Describe key factors in facial aging and anatomy
  2. Demonstrate familiarity with new techniques for blepharoplasty
  3. Name two key advantages to non-invasive rejuvenation techniques

March 21, 2018   This program was cancelled due to speaker illness.  

Speaker:  Anne L Coleman, MD, PhD
Fran and Ray Stark Foundation Professor of Ophthalmology
Director, Center for Eye Epidemiology 
Director, JSEI Center for Community Outreach
Director, Mobile Eye Clinic
UCLA, Jules Stein Eye Institute

April 11, 2018
Speaker:  Douglas R. Lazzaro MD, FACS, FAAO
Professor and Chairman, Department of Ophthalmology
The Richard C. Troutman, M.D. Distinguished Chair in Ophthalmology and Ophthalmic Microsurgery
SUNY Downstate Medical Center
Disclosures: Dr. Lazzaro has no relevant commercial interests to disclose. His presentation will be evidence-based and unbiased.

Updated program for this month:  
Dr. Lazarro will do a two-hour version of  his presentation on Peripheral Ulcerative Keratitis


  1. Recognize the signs and symptoms of peripheral ulcerative keratitis
  2. Demonstrate familiarity the pathophysiology of peripheral ulcerative keratitis
  3. List at least one common and one uncommon cause of the peripheral ulcerative keratitis

His talk, "herpetic keratitis update,"  will not be given on April 11. 

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May 23, 2018

Speaker: H. Nida Sen, MD, MHS
Director of the Uveitis and Ocular Immunology Fellowship Program at the National Eye Institute (NEI), National Institutes of Health (NIH),  National Eye Institute.
Disclosures:Dr. Sen has no relevant commercial interests to disclose. Her presentation will be evidence-based and unbiased.

Presentation #1: Uveitis treatment: Past, present and future


  1. Discuss current treatments for uveitis
  2. Name two complications of uveitis
  3. Demonstrate familiarity with uveitis research and treatment trends for the future

 Presentation #2: Masquerade syndromes in uveitis


  1. Describe diagnostic testing to differentiate inflammatory and malignant processes
  2. Demonstrate familiarity with treatment of the most common malignant ocular diseases

Planning Committee Disclosures: Program Chair Dr. Aaron Lee, MD, PhD, has no relevant commercial interests to disclose. Committee member Dr. Russell Van Gelder has disclosed that he has received research support form the National Institutes of Health.

Accreditation Statement

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of University of Washington School of Medicine and Washington Academy of Eye Physicians and Surgeons. The University of Washington School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians

The University of Washington School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 14.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.  (Each session is 2.0 credits)

To view an archive of past Monthly WAEPS Scientific Meetings, please click here.  Please note, you must be logged in to access the archive page.