2020 WAEPS Annual Meeting

Physician Scientific CME Program

The Conference Center
Seattle, WA
March 19-20, 2020

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Meeting Brochure

The Washington Academy of Eye Physicians and Surgeons presents an annual meeting which is attended by approximately 180 ophthalmologists as well as approximately 700 ophthalmic personnel, practice managers and coding professionals. The physician program, which begins on Thursday night, March 19 and continues with a full day program on Friday, March 20, is rich and diverse.


Donald L. Budenz, MD, MPH

*Sponsored by the Washington Eye Foundation*

Donald L. Budenz, MD, MPH, received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School, USA. He completed an ophthalmology residency at the University of Pennsylvania, Scheie Eye Institute. Dr Budenz then completed a Heed Foundation Fellowship in glaucoma at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, University of Miami School of Medicine, where he subsequently was a faculty member for 17 years. In 2004, he received a Masters in Public Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He is currently the Kittner Distinguished Professor and Chairman of Ophthalmology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, USA.

Dr. Budenz is an editorial reviewer for numerous medical journals, is on the Editorial Board of the American Journal of Ophthalmology and the Journal of Glaucoma, as well as serving as the Editor of the Glaucoma issue of Current Opinion in Ophthalmology. He has been principal investigator in numerous glaucoma clinical trials. Concurrent with his research, Dr Budenz has been published widely in the field of glaucoma; he has authored a textbook, Atlas of Visual Fields, contributed chapters to several other books, and written or coauthored 250 peer-reviewed journal articles.

Dr. Budenz is the recipient of a Golden Apple Award for Best Resident Teacher (University of Pennsylvania, School of Medicine) and has received the teaching award for Best Course in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at the University of Miami.

Mitchell A. Jackson, MD

Mitchell A. Jackson, MD, is the Founder and CEO of Jacksoneye, his private practice of 27 years located in Lake Villa, Illinois. He graduated from Pomona College, completed his medical training at FUHS/The Chicago Medical School, and completed his Ophthalmology residency at the University of Chicago Hospitals. He serves on the editorial boards of Cataract and Refractive Surgery Today, Ophthalmology Management, Advanced Ocular Care, and Ocular Surgery News. Dr. Jackson is also a board member of the American College of Eye Surgeons (ACES), founding member of the American College of Ophthalmic Surgeons (ACOS), and founding member and past 2018 President of the Cataract External Disease and Refractive Surgery Society (CEDARS/ASPENS).

In addition to being selected to the top 250 PS250 Premier Surgeon list, OSN300 top 300 Refractive Surgeon list, and ASCRS clinical subcommittee for cataract and refractive surgery, Dr. Jackson has been involved in many FDA pharmaceutical and surgical clinical studies (Dry Eye, Viscoelastics, IOLs, Presbyopia, topical NSAIDs) over the tenure of his practice, including serving as the Global Medical Director of ACE Vision Group.

David A. Plager, MD

David A. Plager, MD, graduated from Stanford University in 1979 followed by an MD degree from Indiana University where he graduated with highest honors. Following ophthalmology residency at Indiana, he completed his fellowship in pediatric ophthalmology and adult strabismus at the Children’s Hospital National Medical Center in Washington DC. He became Professor of Ophthalmology and Director of the IU pediatric ophthalmology fellowship program and the section of pediatric ophthalmology at Riley Children’s Hospital in 2000.

Dr. Plager has published or coauthored over 100 scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals, 15 book chapters and was editor and co-author of the textbook Strabismus Surgery: Basic and Advanced Strategies.

Sunil K. Srivastava, MD

Sunil K. Srivastava, MD is an ophthalmologist in Cleveland, Ohio and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Cleveland Clinic and MetroHealth Medical Center. He received his medical degree from University at Buffalo, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and has been in practice between 11-20 years. His Specialty Interests are Vitreoretinal surgery and medical treatment of retinal disorders, ocular inflammatory diseases including uveitis, and retinal infectious diseases. He did his Fellowship at Duke University Medical Center in Vitreo-retinal Surgery in 2005 and at the National Institutes of Health in Uveitis/Medical Retina in 2003.

His Residency was at Emory University Hospitals and School of Medicine and his Internship at Saint Vincent’s Hospital and Medical Center in Internal Medicine in New York, NY.

OMIC Presentation

Andrew G. Iwach, MD

Andrew G. Iwach, MD is an associate clinical professor of ophthalmology at the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF), and a faculty instructor at the California Pacific Medical Center Department of Ophthalmology. Dr. Iwach is a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and was its Secretary of Communications.




Anne M. Menke, RN, PhD

Anne M. Menke, RN, PhD, received her diploma in registered nursing from Christ Hospital School of Nursing, her BA from San Francisco State University, and her MA and PhD from Harvard University. Dr. Menke is the Patient Safety Manager at OMIC (Ophthalmic Mutual Insurance Company)





Thursday, March 19, 2020

Physician dinner with CME program: 7 to 9:30 p.m.

Friday, March 20, 2020

Physician program continues 8 a.m. to noon and reconvenes 2 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.

  • Continental breakfast and registration open at 7 a.m.
  • Physician CME program with short presentations by our four guest lecturers throughout the morning from 8 to noon and continuing after the WAEPS annual members’ business meeting and luncheon.
  • The day finishes with the President's Reception at 5:15 p.m.
  • Breaks offer the opportunity to visit with commercial and non-profit exhibitors

To see the entire schedule for the program and speaker bios, please click below to view the brochure.


Accreditation Statement

 This activity is being jointly provided by the University of Washington School of Medicine and WAEPS. 


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 The University of Washington School of Medicine and WAEPS. 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 8.5AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Registration Fee

Note: In order to take advantage of the significant member discounts on registration fees, the member's 2020 dues must be paid prior to registration.

   On or Before Feb 15 After Feb 15
WAEPS Active Member



WAEPS Senior / Military Members



WAEPS Retired Members



Non-Member Physician



Allied Health Professionals




No Charge

“Dual Meeting Pass” (This additional fee gives Physician Program attendees access to the Practice Management Program)




Reciprocal society members

WAEPS has reciprocal arrangements with ophthalmology societies in Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Alaska, and British Columbia. Physicians, providing proof of membership in their respective state and province societies, may register at the Active WAEPS Member rate. Please contact our office for details if you would like to take advantage of this opportunity: [email protected]

Overnight accommodations

A discounted hotel room block has been reserved for our conference participants at the brand new  “Seattle Marriott Bellevue” (located an easy two block walk from Meydenbauer Center in downtown Bellevue).  The room block (available until March 6, 2019) is limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.  The rate is $189 and discounted parking has also been negotiated.  To go directly to the special reservation page for our group, click here.


We encourage participation by all individuals. If you require accommodations, please notify the WAEPS office at 206-956-3650 at least two weeks prior to the conference. Advance notification is essential in order for us to serve you better. Note that our conference venue is fully accessible and ADA compliant.

Other attendee needs
Moms needing access to our “pump room” during breaks should contact staff at the registration desk upon arrival at the venue.
Special dietary needs? Indicate these on your registration form or contact us via phone or email at least two weeks ahead of time and we’ll do our best.


Cancellation requests must be submitted in writing. There is a $50.00 fee for cancellation before March 1, 2020. There are no refunds for cancellations after March 1, 2020.

For more information or questions

Please contact the WAEPS office at 206-956-3631 or email [email protected]

Information about each of the other components of our annual meeting 

For information about the other programs and for printable brochures, please click on the links below:

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Ophthalmic Coding, Documentation, and Reimbursement Seminar
Ophthalmic Medical Personnel Program (Tech Program)
Practice Management Program


For assistance with registration, contact the WAEPS office at 206-956-3631  or email:  [email protected]