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4/3/2017 5:00pm UI Carver College of Medicine Educational Session

Cornea specialist Mark Greiner, MD will be presenting a UI Carver College of Medicine Educational Session on Monday, April 3 in Des Moines.

Mark A. Greiner, MD

Assistant Professor, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
Principal Investigator, Cornea Research Center, University of Iowa
Associate Medical Director, Iowa Lions Eye Bank

Thousands of successful cornea transplant surgeries restore peoples’ sight each year. That success is based on the quality of donated corneal tissue but endangered by the rise in diabetes. Dr. Mark Greiner at the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine is leading groundbreaking work to optimize corneal tissue quality, studying tissue at the molecular level in order to develop better processing techniques and patient outcomes. Working closely with the Iowa Lions Eye Bank, UI doctors and scientists are helping to provide safe, reliable corneal tissue to support the sight-saving work of transplant surgeons around the world.

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Location: Iowa State Historical Building Iowa State Historical Building

4/7/2017 8:45am Clinical Conference: Cataract / Comprehensive Ophthalmology

Topic: Cataract / Comprehensive Ophthalmology

Faculty Host: Thomas Oetting, MD

Featured Speaker: John Berdahl, MD, Vance Thompson Vision, Sioux Falls, SD

Dr. Berdahl earned his MD from Mayo Medical School in Rochester, MN and completed ophthalmology residency at Duke University where his published work, research, teaching and care of patients brought him many honors including best resident and national recognition as first place winner of the Resident Writers Award. Dr. Berdahl pursued additional advanced surgical training at Minnesota Eye Consultants. As a fellow he received the Claes Dohlman Award from Harvard University, which is given to the top cornea fellow in the country. Dr. Berdahl has published numerous book chapters and peer-reviewed articles and his extensive research has been presented nationally and internationally. He was recently selected as one of the top 40 ophthalmologist under 40 years old in the world.

Today's Topics

• Understand currently available technologies including: Femto, New IOL Designs, Astigmatism Management, and Diagnostics
• Understand Implementation of current technologies

• Understand the rapidly proliferating MIGS portfolio including: Trabecular Bypass, Suprachoroidal Bypass, and Subconjunctival Bypass
• Understand how to implement MIGS into your practice


8:45 AM Lecture: State of the Art Cataract Surgery

9:30 AM Case Presentations and Discussions

10:00 AM Break

10:30 AM Case Presentations and Discussions

12:00 PM Lunch – EAST ROOM (Level 8, elevator H)

1:30 PM Lecture: Glaucoma & the Cataract Surgeon




The series of clinical conferences sponsored by the Department of Ophthalmology presents updates information on a broad spectrum of clinical issues and approaches that are of value and interest to the practicing ophthalmologist.

Continuing Medical Education 

CME ACCREDITATION:  The University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

CME CREDIT DESIGNATION:  The University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 3.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. (approval pending) Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

A $50 fee will be charged for continuing education credit to those physicians who are not members of the Iowa Eye Association.  (The CME fee for Iowa Eye Association members  is covered by your membership fee.) Please make checks payable to Iowa Eye Association and send to Pat Zahs, Department of Ophthalmology, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, 200 Hawkins Drive, Iowa City, Iowa  52242-1091.

General Information

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Denise Rettig in advance at (319)356-0357.


Joe Schmidt, MBA, Ophthalmology Director of External Relations, welcomes your comments and suggestions. He can be reached at (319)384-8529 or via e-mail: For more conference information and to register, contact: Pat Zahs at 319-356-4475 or via e-mail


Future Ophthalmology Clinical Conference
(subject to change)

Friday, October 20, 2017 - Glaucoma 

Location: 01137 PFP (Braley Auditorium) Pomerantz Family Pavilion

4/21/2017 8:00am Resident and Fellow Research Day

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8:00   Continental Breakfast

8:30   Welcoming Statements

8:35   Budd A. Tucker, Ph.D., Wynn Institute for Vision Research – Hot research topics

9:00 – 10:00   Scientific Papers, Residents, Session I | Braley Auditorium -----------------------------------

9:00   Aaron M. Ricca, sponsors, Elliot H. Sohn, Michael D. Abràmoff 
Night Driving Ability and Dark Adaptation in Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMA)

9:12   Brittni A. Scruggs, sponsors, Chunhua Jiao, Cathryn Cranston, Edwin M. Stone, Robert Mullins, Budd A. Tucker, Elliot H. Sohn
Optimizing Subretinal Injection Conditions for Retinal Gene and Stem Cell Therapy

9:24   Daniel C. Terveen, sponsors, Michelle R. Boyce, Jesse M. Vislisel, Kenneth M Goins, Mark A. Greiner
Refractive and Astigmatic Outcomes of Descemet Membrane Endothelial Keratoplasty (DMEK) at a Tertiary Referral Center

9:36   Spenser J. Morton, sponsor, Michael D. Wagoner
Prevalence and Severity of Evaporative Dry Eye Syndrome after Cataract Surgery

9:48   Stephanie K. Lynch, sponsors, Abhay Shah, James C. Folk, Xiaodong Wu, Michael D. Abràmoff
Catastrophic Failure in Image-Based Convolutional Neural Network Algorithms for Detecting Diabetic Retinopathy


10:00 10:30   Morning Break        


10:30 – 11:30   Scientific Papers, Resident/Fellow, Session II | Braley Auditorium        

10:30   Tyler B. Risma, sponsors, Tony Klauer, Erin M. Shriver, Scott A. Larson
Diplopia After Orbital Trauma:   Predicting Need for Surgical Treatment

10:42   Johanna Beebe, sponsors, Randy H. Kardon, Aaron M. Fairbanks, Matthew J. Thurtell, Robert M. Mallery, Michael M. Wall
Visual Acuity at Different Thickness Levels of the Retinal Ganglion Cell Complex in Optic Neuropathies        

10:54   Shira S. Simon, sponsors, Cole A. Starkey, Michael M. Wall, Matthew J. Thurtell, Quentin Davis.
Reduction of the Photopic Negative Response of Retinal Ganglion Cells in Optic Neuropathy:  Assessment Using a New Portable Handheld Device

11:06   Elaine M. Binkley, sponsors, James C. Folk, D. Brice Critser, Ian C. Han, Michael D. Abràmoff
Imaging Vitreous Cell Using Coherence Tomography

11:18   Jason P. Kam, sponsor, John H. Fingert
The Myocilin GLN368 Stop Mutation in Normal Tension Glaucoma


11:30 12:30   Keynote Speaker: Elias Traboulsi | Braley Auditorium


12:30-1:30   Buffet Luncheon | Melrose Conference Room 1 and 2


1:30   Robert F. Mullins, M.S.,Ph.D., Wynn Institute for Vision Research – Hot Research Topics

1:55 – 3:00   Fellow Scientific Papers, Fellows, Session III | Braley Auditorium     

1:55   Orwa Nasser, sponsor, Scott A. Larson
The Healing Process of Extra Ocular Muscles and Adnexa After Eye Muscle Surgery

2:07   Maria A. Foley, sponsors, Nasreen A. Syed, Erin M. Buckingham, Matthew J. Thurtell, Charles Grose, Randy H. Kardon
Re-assessment:  Does Herpes Zoster Cause Giant Cell Arthritis

2:19   Michelle R. Boyce, sponsors, Kenneth M. Goins, Mark A. Greiner
Fibrin Formation in DMEK Surgery

2:31   James J. Peairs, sponsors, James C. Folk, Michael D. Abràmoff
OCT – Neuroretinal and Outer Retinal Contributions to Visual Loss in Ocular Inflammatory Disease     

2:43   Christine Clavell, reserach update 


2:45-3:00   Faculty Meeting/Judging For Research Day Awards

Location: Braley Auditorium Pomerantz Family Pavilion