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August 29, 2015

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Emory Eye Center To Host 5th Annual Southeastern Ocular Oncology/Pathology Seminar

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(ATLANTA) Emory Eye Center will host the fifth annual Southeastern Ocular Oncology/Pathology Seminar (SEOP) on Friday, Sept. 25, in the Eye Center’s Learning Resources Center, Calhoun Auditorium, from 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. (7:30AM breakfast).

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.

Keynote speaker Patricia Chevéz-Barrios, MD, Director of Ophthalmic Pathology Fellowship Program at Houston Methodist Hospital and Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and Ophthalmology at Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University),will deliver the Calhoun Lecture, “Ophthalmic Pathology: 2015 Update of Diagnostic Challenges, Limitations and Pitfalls.”

Eye Center faculty members Chris Bergstrom, MD, OD; G. Baker Hubbard, MD; Jill Wells, MD; and Ted Wojno, MD will serve as moderators during the case presentations.

 “We are delighted to have Dr. Chevez-Barrios as the Calhoun Lecturer for our annual SEOP meeting,” says Grossniklaus. “Drs. Jerry Shields and Ralph Eagle will be in attendance. We will present cases from our Ocular Oncology and Pathology Service, and invite participants to present cases as well. This will be, as in the past, an informative, collegial meeting, and we look forward to interacting with our participants.”

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 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.

Grossniklaus, who also serves at Winship and is an investigator for NCI-institute ocular oncology grants and the past president of the American Association of Ophthalmic 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. Grossniklaus currently serves as executive vice president of the American Ophthalmological Society (AOS).

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