Two children at 2014 RB picnic

Child survivors gather for Retinoblastoma Day (RB) picnic

(ATLANTA) The sixteenth annual Retinoblastoma "RB Day" Picnic, coordinated by Emory Eye Center, was a day of fun and celebration for both the young patients and their families who have faced this formerly fatal childhood cancer of the eye called retinoblastoma (RB). On May 10 young patients, typically ranging in ages from infancy up to 12 years of age, and their families came from all over Georgia and the Southeast spend time with other families and volunteer staff from the Center and enjoy games, games, crafts, music, great food, and “Happy Tails” pet-assisted therapy dogs.  

“The RB Picnic is my favorite event of the year,” says Baker Hubbard, (res. ’95-98) Emory Eye Center’s pediatric retinal specialist who treats these children. “I love getting to see all of our RB families together in an enjoyable setting away from the hospital.”

2014 graduating residents

Residents and Fellows graduation dinner

This year's Residents and Fellows Graduation Dinner on June 7, 2014, was happy time for all. Congratulations to our graduates and their families: Residents: Jihan Akhtar, Felicia Fountain, Vincent Ho, Luke Peterson, James Sargent and Christopher Stelton; Fellows: Sonia Belliappa, Samir Vira, Juan Almodovar, Gagan Sawhney, Devid Mackay, Laurel Vuong, Pia Mendoza, Justin Saunders, Beatrice Brewington, Cindy Hwang, Brandon Johnson and Philip Laird.   It was an emotional time of saying our goodbyes as Paul Pruett bid goodbye to return to his home state of Tennessee to work as a glaucoma specialist, and Geoff Broocker and Henry Edelhauser retire after long and brilliant careers with Emory Eye Center.

Timothy Olsen, Hans Grossniklaus, Matthew Wilson and Baker Hubbard

Southeastern Ocular Oncology/Pathology Seminar (SEOP)

Hans E. Grossniklaus was course director and coordinator of the 2014 Southeastern Ocular Oncology and Pathology Seminar. The Calhoun Lecturer, Matthew W. Wilson, MD, Hamilton Eye Institute, University of Tennessee, presented “The importance of pre-clinical models in the management of retinoblastoma.” Emory Eye Center’s G. Baker Hubbard, III, Chris Bergstrom, Jill Wells ('11 ocular oncology fellowship) and Ted Wojno served as moderators.

Sevr audience Sternberg lecture

29th Annual SoutheasternVitreoretinal Seminar (SEVR)

Emory Eye Center hosted the 29th SEVR conference at the historic Druid Hills Golf Club in Atlanta. The annual seminar addressed issues of the retina and treatments for its various disorders. Participants brought case presentations on vitreoretinal surgery, retinal diseases, medical retinal treatments and other related topics. Dean Eliott, MD, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Harvard University, delivered the Paul Sternberg Lecture, "Current management of proliferative vitreoretinopathy."

G. Baker Hubbard, III hosted the seminar. Hubbard’s primary research interest is in characterizing the clinical manifestations of pediatric retinal disorders and their treatment outcomes. He also has been the institutional principal investigator for national clinical trials on emerging therapies for adult retinal disorders, such as diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration. Hubbard and retina service faculty–Chris Bergstrom, Blaine Cribbs, Andrew Hendrick, G. Baker Hubbard III, Nieraj Jain, Timothy W. Olsen, Joshua Robinson, Jiong Yan, and Steven Yeh–moderated case presentations.

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