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March 19, 2015

Emory Eye Center to Host 29th Southeastern Vitreoretinal Seminar (SEVR) at Druid Hills Golf Course

Media contact:  Joy Bell, 404-778-3711,

(ATLANTA) Emory Eye Center will host the 29th Southeastern Vitreoretinal Seminar (SEVR) at the historic Druid Hills Golf Club in Atlanta.

The meeting will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, April 24 and Saturday, April 25 (partial day). The annual seminar addresses issues of the retina and treatments for its various disorders. Participants are invited to bring case presentations on vitreoretinal surgery, retinal diseases, medical retinal treatments and other related topics. This program is designed for vitreoretinal specialists and is highly regarded by previous attendees.

2014 SEVR

The retina is the light-sensitive layer of tissue that lines the inside of the eye and sends visual messages through the optic nerve to the brain. Disorders and diseases of the retina include age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, retinal detachments, macular holes and puckers, and retinopathy of prematurity (ROP), among others.

G. Baker Hubbard, III, MD, Thomas M. Aaberg Professor of Ophthalmology and director of clinical retina at Emory Eye Center, will host 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.

The opening event is the Paul Sternberg Jr. lecture, presented by Dean Elliott, MD, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Harvard University. His topic is “Current management of proliferative vitreoretinopathy.”

“We are very excited to host retina surgeons from around the Southeast for the first time at the historic Druid Hills Golf Course,” says Hubbard. “This is an informative, vital meeting and a great opportunity share difficult cases and learn from each other. Our guest lecturer, Dr. Eliott, is a renowned retina surgeon and scientist. His expertise in the treatment of diabetic retinopathy, age-related macular degeneration and retinal vascular disease will vastly contribute to this meeting.”

“The SEVR meeting has a very dynamic and open format that emphasizes discussion and participation of all participants,” says Emory Eye Center director Timothy W. Olsen, MD. “We are looking forward to an exciting new venue that will increase our opportunities for an active social environment.”

Emory Eye Center’s retina service has offered the seminar to local and regional ophthalmologists for the past 28 years. Emory’s retina faculty continue to be cutting-edge specialists, treating multiple disorders that involve the back of the eye. Their pioneering retinal research, innovative new drug treatments, macular translocation surgery and new laser treatments, may revolutionize the treatment of macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness in individuals over age 60. Emory Eye Center’s retina service faculty include:  Chris Bergstrom, MD OD; Blaine Cribbs MD; Andrew Hendrick MD; G. Baker Hubbard III MD; Nieraj Jain MD; Timothy W. Olsen, MD; Joshua Robinson MD; Jiong Yan MD; and Steven Yeh MD.

Techniques and instruments developed by Eye Center retina surgeons for surgery on the retina and vitreous, the jelly-like substance that fills the eye, are used by ophthalmic surgeons from throughout the world.

The SEVR meeting will provide a forum for dissemination of knowledge in retinal treatments and research. The meeting has been a forum to meet and share information in an open, intellectually demanding and collaborative environment.


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