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Sept. 19, 2010

Emory Eye Center To Host Second Annual Southeastern Ocular Oncology/Pathology Seminar

Media contact:  Joy Bell, 404-778-3711, jbell@emory.edu

(ATLANTA) Emory Eye Center will host the second annual Southeastern Ocular Oncology/Pathology seminar (SEOP) on Friday, Sept. 30, at the Eye Center’s Learning Resources Center, Calhoun Auditorium, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The seminar is designed for primary care physicians, ophthalmologists and oncologists interested in increasing knowledge in identifying and treating ocular malignancies and how to apply this knowledge to clinical practice.

The meeting is an exciting combination of the latest cutting edge research in ocular oncology and discussion of clinical management of ocular oncology patients. This includes patients with conjunctival, intraocular, eyelid and orbital tumors. Prominent ocular oncologists and ophthalmic plastic surgeons from around the country will attend, present and discuss cases. They include physicians Thomas Aaberg Jr., Jonathan Dutton, Dan Gombos, Bill Harbour, Carol Shields, Jerry Shields, and Arun Singh, as well as Emory Ocular Oncology Service faculty. Participants may bring their own cases for discussion in this collegial forum.

Hans Grossniklaus, MD, MBA, F. Phinizy Calhoun Jr. Professor of Ophthalmology and director of the L.F. Montgomery Pathology Laboratory and the section of Ocular Oncology/Ophthalmic Pathology, will host the seminar.

J. William Harbour, MD, Paul A. Cibis Distinguished Professor of Ophthalmology, Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, will present the F. Phinizy Calhoun Jr. Lecture, “The genetic causes of uveal melanoma: finally coming into focus.” Case presentations will be moderated by Eye Center Ocular Oncology and Pathology physicians Grossniklaus, G. Baker Hubbard, MD, Jill R. Wells, MD, and Chris Bergstrom, MD. Dan Gombos, MD, of M.D. Anderson Cancer Institute, Houston, will also present.

“We are excited about our second annual SEOP meeting, as new diagnostic and therapeutic techniques into the clinical treatment for ocular oncology patients will be discussed in a friendly, collegial setting,” says Dr. Grossniklaus. “Leaders in ocular oncology and pathology will participate in this important meeting.”

The mission of Emory Eye Center’s Ocular Oncology/Pathology service is a comprehensive team approach where patients receive optimal care for ocular tumors. That includes evaluation, medical management, surgical management, and oncology care in conjunction with Winship Cancer Center, an NCI-designated ((National Cancer Institute) center at Emory University, in addition to access to currently available clinical trials.

Dr. Grossniklaus, who also serves at Winship and is an investigator for NCI-institute ocular oncology grants and the president-elect of the American Association of Ocular Oncologists and Pathologists, explains that the Eye Center’s Ocular Oncology/ Ophthalmic Pathology service also includes a regular Tumor Board, in which recommendations for treatment for individual patients are discussed.

CME credit is offered for SEOP, and the registration cost includes lunch, go to: www.eyecenter.emory.edu/seop.htm.

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