Monthly WAEPS Scientific Meetings


The 2015-16 Monthly Scientific Meeting Series wrapped up on May 18, 2016.  Thanks to all the excellent speakers who came to Seattle to share their expertise with colleagues and a special thank you to Dr. Russell Van Gelder who chaired this year’s series. 

To all 2015-16 attendees, whether you attended in person or via webinar:

If you have not already done so, the WAEPS office needs to receive your CME credit claim form by end of the business day May 31, 2016.  We will be verifying your attendance and sending these forms to the UW CME office. You’ll receive your credit certificate directly from the UW CME office around the beginning of July.  If you have questions about this year’s or a previous year’s CME credit, please contact our office:  206-956-3650

To download the credit claim form for this year’s series, click here

To get a reprint of CME certificates from 2014-15 series (or 2015-16 series):

If attendees need copies of their certificates, an email requesting it should be sent to the CME registrar at the UW at

Additionally, any attendee can access their certificates and transcripts at any time from the UW CME website at

Each attendee has an account that they can log in to by utilizing the email the listed when completing the attendance form. Their log-in id is their email address and their temporary password should be their last name with the first letter capitalized.

The 2015-16 Monthly Scientific
Meeting Series

Program Chair: Russell Van Gelder, MD, PhD
Professor and Boyd K. Bucey Memorial Chair
Univ. of Washington Department of Ophthalmology

Please join your colleagues from around the state and beyond for this exciting series. 

Earning CME credit at no cost through this fascinating lecture series featuring some of the country’s top ophthalmologists is an exclusive WAEPS member benefit!  

For those participating in person the sessions are held in the R&T auditorium at Harborview Medical Center. Please pre-register so we can make sure your name is on the sign-in sheet and have a name-badge ready for you.  Please be sure to sign in!!!

Check in and light refreshments:  6 p.m.

Presentations at 6:30  and 7:30 p.m.

For those wishing to participate via webinar, please contact the WAEPS office by email or phone at least one day before the session you wish to attend.  You will be registered and provided with webinar login instructions for that month’s meeting.  To register, contact or call 206-956-3650.

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.patients.


Series Details:

October 21, 2015 

Kuldev Singh, MD
Professor of Ophthalmology and Director of Glaucoma Service
Stanford University MC


TALK 1 The Landmark Glaucoma Trials: What We have and Have Not Learned

  1. Appreciate the limitations of randomized controlled trials in ophthalmology.
  2. Understand the importance of risk factor assessment in glaucoma care.

TALK 2 Should Modern Cataract Surgery Be Considered an IOP Lowering Procedure

  1. Understand that modern cataract surgery can lower intraocular pressure (IOP).
  2. Gain insight into the management of coexistent glaucoma and cataract.

Speaker Disclosure: Dr. Kuldev Singh has disclosed the following financial relationships: Consulting, Speaking & Teaching: Alcon, Allergan.


November 18, 2015

Nisha Acharya, MD
Associate Professor, UCSF Medical Center
Proctor Foundation


TALK 1 Approach to Anterior Uveitis

  1. To be familiar with the clinical findings on exam in anterior uveitis and their diagnostic significance
  2. To be able to suggest an appropriate diagnostic workup for anterior uveitis
  3. To recognize the signs of viral anterior uveitis, and to become familiar with the diagnostic and treatment options

TALK 2 Treatment of Uveitis

  1. Understand the role of corticosteroid therapy in treating uveitis and the risks/benefits of the various steroid options
  2. Understand when to consider corticosteroid-sparing Immunomodulatory therapy
  3. Understand the risks and benefits of the various therapies and the level of evidence supporting their use

Speaker disclosure: Dr. Acharya has disclosed the following financial relationships:  honoraria, salary for advisory board – Santen.


December 16, 2015

Tamara Fountain, MD
Professor of Ophthalmology
Rush University Medical Center

TALK 1 Hair Dye and Beta Blockers: lessons learned from challenging cases, Part 1


  1.  Understand workup and treatment of blowout factures, periocular cutaneous malignancies, orbital foreign bodies, and Lidmalpositions

TALK 2 Hair Dye and Beta Blockers: lessons learned from challenging cases, Part 2.


  1. Understand workup and treatment of blowout factures, periocular cutaneous malignancies, orbital foreign bodies, and Lidmalpositions

Speaker disclosure: Dr. Fountain has no financial relationships to disclose.


January 13, 2016

Jane Edmond, MD
Associate Professor of Ophthalmology and Pediatrics
Baylor College of Medicine
Texas Children’s Hospital

TALK 1 Pediatric Brain Tumors: What Every Ophthalmologist Must Know


  1. Understand the presenting signs of pediatric brain tumors
  2. Understand how to assess these patients
  3. Learn about the different types of common pediatric tumor

TALK 2 Pediatric Neuroophthalmologic Manifestations of systemic diseases: Case Presentations


  1. Learn the presenting neuro-ophthalmic signs and symptoms of systemic diseases such as neurofibromatosis, neuroblastoma, ciliopathies, and Kawasaki disease

Speaker disclosure: Dr. Edmond has disclosed the following financial relationship: Salary, Honoraria – Alcon Laboratories


February 24, 2016

Henry J Kaplan, MD FACS
University of Louisville
Evans Professor of Ophthalmology
Chair, Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Director, Kentucky Lions Eye Center

TALK 1 Surgical Therapy of CME in Uveitis Non-responsive To Medical Therapy

  1. Understand pathogenesis of chronic CME in uveitis
  2. Understand the indications for surgical intervention in chronic CME
  3. Understand surgical choices for resolution of chronic CME

TALK 2 Medical and Immunomodulatory Therapy in Birdshot Choroidopathy

  1. Identify the clinical characteristics of BSC
  2. Describe the appropriate monitoring regimen for BSC patients
  3. Understand the indications for Immunomodulatory therapy in BSC

Speaker Disclosure:  Dr. Kaplan has no financial relationships to disclose.


March 16, 2016

Christopher Chambers, MD
Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology
UW Medicine Eye Institute

Talk #1 Expansion of the Microphthalmic Orbit

  1. Explain orbital growth’s importance in facial development
  2. Describe the role of hydrogel in orbital expansion
  3. Understand dermis fat grafting importance in pediatric orbital expansion

Talk #2 Dermal Fillers and Chemo denervation

  1. Understand injection techniques for chemo denervation of the face
  2. Understand injection techniques for dermal fillers
  3. Identify different types of dermal filler product and the advantages of each

Speaker Disclosure: Dr. Chambers has no financial relationships to disclose.


April 20, 2016

Anat Galor, MD
Assistant Professor Ophthalmology
Bascom Palmer Eye Institute

TALK 1 A Comprehensive Approach to Dry Eye

  1. Sub-group patients with dry eye symptoms into clinically meaningful categories
  2. Identify treatment options for such patients based on ocular surface findings
  3. Discuss pathophysiology underlying dry eye symptoms

TALK 2 Ocular Manifestations of Systemic Diseases

  1. Identify the common ocular manifestations of a wide variety of systemic co-morbidities
  2. Discuss the pathophysiology behind these manifestations
  3. Develop an appropriate treatment plan in patients with ocular manifestations of a systemic disease

Speaker Disclosures:  Dr. Galor has no financial relationships to disclose.


May 18, 2016

Peter A. Quiros, MD
Professor of Ophthalmology
Doheny Eye Center UCLA

TALK 1 Optic Neuritis: When to Worry

  1. Define typical demyelinating optic neuritis
  2. List Red flags for atypical optic neuritis
  3. List diagnostic tests for atypical optic neuritis

TALK 2 Headache and the Ophthalmologist

  1. List the ICHD-3B criteria for Migraine and other primary headaches
  2. Recognize common signs and symptoms of migraine and other primary headaches
  3. List Red flags in patients with headache

Speaker Disclosure:  Dr. Quiros has no financial relationships to disclose.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the 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 16.0 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)

Planning committee disclosures:
Program chair Russell Van Gelder, MD, PhD, is a recipient of grant/research support from the National Institutes of Health; Theravance, Inc; Nova Bay, Inc.

Planning committee member Michele D’Alessandro has no financial relationships to disclose.

If you participated in the 2014-15 series and have a question about your CME certificate, please contact Debra Alderman, WAEPS Executive Director:  or phone:  206-956-3650.

To view an archive of past Monthly WAEPS Scientific Meetings, please click here.

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