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3/3/2017 8:45am Clinical Conference: Cornea and External Disease

Topic: Cornea and External Disease

Faculty Host: Kenneth Goins, M.D.

Featured Speaker: Keith H. Baratz, MD, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

As a corneal specialist, Dr. Baratz, has specific interest in Fuchs' corneal dystrophy and the outcomes of corneal transplantation surgery.  In order to uncover some of the basic aspects of the disease, Dr. Baratz has focused his research on the genetic causes of Fuchs' dystrophy. He and his colleagues have identified the genetic defect (Transcription factor 4) that is probably the major contributor to the disease in most families.

His current research involves the analysis of disease transmission within families and evaluation of genetic tests to identify young individuals at risk. He is also studying tissue specimens and cultured cells to identify how genetic defects lead to corneal disease.

Today's topics

Figuring out Fuchs Dystrophy, 2006-2017.  Objective: To provide a chronological summary of the discoveries and supporting data leading to an understanding of the genetic and biochemical bases of Fuchs endothelial corneal dystrophy.

Herpes zoster vaccination after age 50: the American Academy of Ophthalmology Clinical Statement. Objective: To present data supporting the AAO’s statement recommending zoster vaccination starting at age 50 rather than the CDC’s recommendation for vaccination after age 60.

Optical performance of the cornea after endothelial keratoplasty; why DSEK is a good procedure and DMEK is a better procedure. Objective: To describe anatomical and optical properties of the cornea that affect visual function after keratoplasty and to provide objective evidence that explains differences in the outcomes after Descemet stripping endothelial keratoplasty vs. Descemet membrane endothelial keratoplasty. 


 8:45 AM     Lecture:  Figuring out Fuchs Dystrophy, 2006-2017

 9:30 AM     Case Presentations and Discussions

10:00 AM     Break

10:30 AM     Case Presentations and Discussions

12:00 PM        Lunch – Melrose Dining Rooms (Pomerantz Family Pavilion, Level 5)

 1:30 PM      Lectures:  Herpes zoster vaccination after age 50: the American Academy of Ophthalmology Clinical Statement --  Optical performance of the cornea after endothelial keratoplasty; why DSEK is a good procedure and DMEK is a better procedure

 2:30 PM      ADJOURN


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, April 7, 2017 – Cataract / Comprehensive Ophthalmology

Location: Braley Auditorium, Room 01136 PFP Pomerantz Family Pavilion

3/22/2017 8:00am Spring UI Optical Sale

Twenty percent discount on eyewear all day!

Pomerantz Family Pavilion
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UI Health Care – Iowa River Landing
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Location: Pomerantz Family Pavilion