Facing Today’s Challenges Globally in Ophthalmology

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Ophthalmologists have been forced to rapidly rethink how to best provide patient care in light of COVID-19. Can close patient-clinician interaction be eliminated, or at least reduced to a minimum during the ocular exam? What type of technology can help to optimize workflows that are safer for all? Practitioners from around the globe will talk through these new challenges and share how they are implementing best practices to maintain the highest standard of care.


Netan Choudhry, MD   |   Moderator

Dr. Netan Choudhry is the co-founder and medical director of the Vitreous Retina Macula Specialists of Toronto. He is an internationally recognized Vitreoretinal Surgeon with affiliations at both the University of Toronto and Harvard Medical School and Ophthalmology Lead at the Cleveland Clinic Canada. He is universally recognized as a thought leader in retinal imaging and the diagnosis and treatment of rare disorders of the retina and vitreous. Dr. Choudhry was one of the first to pioneer OCT imaging of the peripheral retina and is actively developing novel devices for imaging the retina and vitreous using non-invasive technology. Dr. Choudhry’s current research focus is in the integration of novel retinal imaging technologies with Artificial Intelligence and imaging biomarkers. He is an elected member of the Retina Society and Macula Society. He has been a member of the board of directors at the American Society of Retina Specialists, Canadian Retina Society and currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Foundation Fighting Blindness Canada.

Ruben Berrospi, MD   |    Panelist

Dr. Rubén Daniel Berrospi is an ophthalmologist from the Fundación Oftalmológica de Santander in Bucaramanga, Colombia. Berrospi did his fellowship in cornea, cataract and refractive surgery at Centro Oftalmológico Virgilio Galvis in Bucaramanga, Colombia. He is a scholar in surgical leadership from the Harvard Medical School in Boston, US. Berrospi is currently the Medical Director of the Centro Oftalmológico Virgilio Galvis in Bucaramanga, Colombia, and the Chief of the Ophthalmology Department of the Fundación Oftalmológica de Santander in Bucaramanga, Colombia.

Jeffery Liebmann, MD   |   Panelist

Dr. Jeffrey M. Liebmann graduated from Boston University School of Medicine, completed his ophthalmology residency at the State University of New York/Downstate Medical Center, and his glaucoma fellowship at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary. Dr. Liebmann serves as Shirlee and Bernard Brown Professor, Vice-Chair, and Director of the Glaucoma Division of the Department Ophthalmology at Columbia University Medical Center. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology and American College of Surgeons. Dr. Liebmann is currently Editor-in-Chief ofJournal of Glaucoma, a member of the Board of Governors of the World Glaucoma Association and Board of Directors of The Glaucoma Foundation and Secretary-Treasurer of the New York Glaucoma Society. Dr. Liebmann is a past-President of the World Glaucoma Association, American Glaucoma Society, and the New York Society for Clinical Ophthalmology and was co-founder of the New York Glaucoma Research Institute, the American Glaucoma Society Foundation and ASCRS Glaucoma Day.

Gavin Tan, MBBS, MD, PhD   |   Panelist

Dr. Gavin Tan is a Senior Consultant in the Surgical Retinal Department of the Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC) and Changi General Hospital. He is a clinician scientist at the Singapore Eye Research Institute (SERI) and a trained surgical and medical vitreoretinal specialist with a clinical interest in diabetic retinopathy, age-related macular degeneration, intraocular tumours, retinal detachments and pediatric vitreoretinal diseases. He set up the first ocular plaque brachytherapy service in Singapore in conjunction with the National Cancer Centre Singapore, and is a visiting paediatric retina surgeon at KK Women & Childrens Hospital. He is also a highly experienced cataract surgeon with expertise in complicated and dislocated cataracts and intraocular lens fixation. Dr. Gavin also serves as the clinical director the SNEC Ocular Reading Centre, which established and runs the Singapore National diabetic retinopathy telemedicine screening program. Dr. Gavin has been awarded multiple grants to study diabetic retinopathy and has published more then 70 peer-reviewed papers. He has multiple research collaborations with endocrine, renal and family medicine departments aimed at improving the understanding of microvascular complications in diabetes. He served as the service chief for ophthalmology and subsequently as the lead for diabetic complications at the SingHealth Duke-NUS Diabetes Centre.As the head of the SNEC Digital Transformation Office, Dr. Gavin has a keen interest in developing virtual imaging clinics and home monitoring solutions to address the constraints of medical care under the new normal of Covid-19.