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August 23, 2012

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

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

(Atlanta) Emory Eye Center will host the third annual Southeastern Ocular Oncology/Pathology Seminar (SEOP) on Friday, Sept. 28, in the Eye Center’s Learning Resources Center, Calhoun Auditorium, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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

The event 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.

Carol L. Shields, MD, co-director of the Oncology Service, Wills Eye Hospital, Wills Eye Ocular Oncology Service, Philadelphia, PA, and professor of Ophthalmology at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia will present the F. Phinizy Calhoun Jr. Lecture,  “Intraocular Tumors:  Progress in Understanding and Management.”

Arun Singh, MD, director of the Department of Ophthalmic Oncology in the Cole Eye Institute at Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio will serve as discussant.

“We are pleased to have our third SEOP meeting at the Emory Eye Center,” says Grossniklaus.  “The 2012 meeting, like the first two meetings, will be an exchange of clinical information including new diagnostic and treatment techniques as well as what’s on the horizon in ocular oncology. I believe everyone will go away from this meeting with new information they can use in their practice.”

The mission of Emory Eye Center’s Ocular Oncology and 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 and Pathology service also includes a regular Tumor Board, in which recommendations for treatment for individual patients are discussed.

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