Keynote Speaker

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Douglas Rhee, MD

Saturday, September 29th, 2018

11:00am - Noon

“Conquering Intraocular Pressure:  New and Traditional Pharmacologic, Laser, Surgical Approaches in Humans - Clinical and Laboratory Science Review."

In the recent 5 years, there has been an explosion of new therapies for human glaucoma with new medications, laser and incisional surgical procedures.  In some cases, the new therapies are innovative, novel, and begin to address the underlying pathophysiology of human glaucoma.  The new surgical approaches offer evolutionary improvements to safety with smaller devices and incisions.  I will also discuss advances our laboratory has made to understanding the pathogenesis of elevated intraocular pressure in primary open-angle glaucoma.  Many of these new therapies will have crossover potential to veterinary ophthalmology.

About Dr. Rhee

Dr. Douglas J. Rhee arrived to the University Hospitals Eye Institute in 2013 and serves as the Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences. He is a glaucoma specialist, molecular biologist, and board-certified ophthalmologist. Previously, he had served at the Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary (MEEI), Children’s Hospital Boston (CHB) and was an associate professor at Harvard Medical School. Prior to MEEI and CHB, Dr. Rhee was an attending physician at Wills Eye Hospital and was an assistant professor at Jefferson Medical College in both the departments of Ophthalmology and Pathology, Anatomy, and Cell Biology.

Dr. Rhee was born in Buffalo, New York and raised in Detroit, Michigan. After graduating valedictorian of his high school, he entered the combined pre-medical / medical program at the University of Michigan Medical School. After graduating in the top 10% of his class (Alpha Omega Alpha), he then finished an internship at the University of Michigan affiliated Oakwood Hospital (Dearborn, MI). Dr. Rhee completed his ophthalmology residency at Wills Eye Hospital where he also served as co-chief resident. He was awarded a competitive Heed Fellow award and completed a clinical glaucoma fellowship at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute and a post-doctoral laboratory fellowship at the National Eye Institute of the National Institutes of Health (Bethesda, MD) investigating the molecular biology of intraocular pressure regulation. Dr. Rhee was an attending physician on the glaucoma service of Wills Eye Hospital for four years, a clinical consultant of the National Eye Institute for 5 years, and Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary for 8 years prior to coming to the UH Eye Institute.

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Keynote Lecturer History

Presentations have been recorded since 2011 and are available to members through the online video portal.

2017 - Dr. Carol L. Shields    Title: The Colorful Spectrum of Ocular Tumors in Humans

2016 - Dr. Randy Kardon    Title: Pupil Light Reflex and Its Application to Both Veterinary, Laboratory and Human Translation

2015 - Dr. John R. Heckenlively    Title: Is SARDS Really Cases of Autoimmune Retinopathy? Evaluation from the Human Perspective

2014 - Dr. Robert Noecker    Title: Advances in Glaucoma, Cataract and Anterior Segment Surgery

2013 - Dr. Chris McGahan    Title: New Roles for Iron in Ocular Physiology

2012 - Dr. Morton Smith    Title: Second most effective tool for Honing your Diagnostic skills is the CPC

2011 - Dr. Ivan Schwab    Title: Evolution's Witness

2010 - Dr. Mike Robinson    Title:Advances in Ocular Drug Delivery

2009 - Dr. Martin Uram    Title: Endoscopic Glaucoma and Retinal Surgery

2008 - Dr. Paul Koch    Title: Cataract Surgery in two-legged patients

2007 - Dr Steve Arshinoff    Title: Ophthalmic Viscosurgical Devices and Techniques to use them to their full Potential

2006 - Dr. Kirk Packo    Title: Intravitreal Pharmacotherapy - Using Intraocular Inections to Treat Retinal Disease

2005 - Dr. Robert Anderson    Title: Where are Omega-3 Fatty Acids and why are they so Important to the Retina?

2004 - Dr. Gustavo Aguirre     Title: Gene Therapy for Retinal Disease in Dogs