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New 5k Run and 1-Mile Walk in San Francisco Aims to End Blindness in Impoverished Countries

FAIRFAX -- Local runners can help end cataract blindness in some of the world’s poorest communities by taking part in the first Annual ASCRS Foundation Run for Sight 5K run and 1-mile walk hosted by the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery Foundation and TearLab.

This important and fun event will be held on Sunday, April 21, from 7-9 am at the Music Concourse near the beautiful Japanese botanical gardens in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. All proceeds from the race go to benefit the ASCRS Foundation’s ongoing humanitarian work in Ethiopia and China.

ASCRS Film Festival Winners to be announced at Annual Meeting

FAIRFAX -- The winners of the 2013 ASCRS Film Festival will be announced during the ASCRS/ASOA Symposium and Congress in San Francisco.

During the meeting, attendees can view over 180 videos entered in the film festival on their mobile devices and at film and poster kiosks.

Entries are submitted in the following categories: Cataract Complications, Cataract/ Implant Surgery, Glaucoma Surgery, In-house Productions, Instruments and Devices/IOLs, New Producer, New Techniques, Quality Teaching, Refractive/Cornea Surgery and Special Interest.

CorneaEd Program Reshaping Ophthalmic Education Worldwide

FAIRFAX -- The Cornea Society, in partnership with the Asia Cornea Society (ACS), has launched a new ophthalmic education initiative to enhance and supplement cornea knowledge across the world.

CorneaEd, an online database of formal and informal fellowship training programs and observerships and surgical training attachments available in the U.S. and the Asia-Pacific region, will allow young physicians to learn about and potentially experience training programs in other countries.

True Innovator in Ophthalmology to Headline in San Francisco

FAIRFAX -- Richard Mackool, MD, the Director of The Mackool Eye Institute, will deliver the Charles D. Kelman Innovator’s Lecture at the 2013 Annual ASCRS-ASOA Symposium and Congress in San Francisco.

Mackool, the innovator behind many cataract surgical techniques and instruments currently used today, will present this year’s lecture, titled “Humans, Happiness, and the Wonder of New.”

Learn How to "Love" EMR During Joint ASOA Presentation

FAIRFAX -- The use and usefulness of electronic medical records (EMR) will be discussed at the Annual ASCRS-ASOA Symposium and Congress in San Francisco.

One highlight will be a joint ASCRS-ASOA symposium and will feature a panel of two physicians and two administrators.  This joint symposium is scheduled for Sunday, April 21, 2013, 1:00-2:30 pm at the Moscone Center.

ASCRS Member Honored by President Obama

FAIRFAX -- President Barack Obama has awarded ASCRS Member and LASIK eye surgery inventor Gholam Peyman, MD, the National Medal of Technology and Innovation, the highest honor bestowed on an American innovator.

Peyman, a professor of Optical Sciences and Engineering at the University of Arizona College of Medicine –Phoenix, is among 12 researchers to receive the honor.

Two Harvard Medical School Faculty to Deliver 2013 ASCRS Science and Medicine Lecture

FAIRFAX -- Two well-known authors and members of the Harvard Medical School faculty will co-deliver the important annual Science and Medicine Lecture at the ASCRS/ASOA Annual Symposium and Congress this April in San Francisco. Jerome Groopman, MD, and Pamela Hartzband, MD, will deliver the lecture, titled “When Experts Disagree: A New Approach to Medical Decision Making,” on Sunday, April 21, at 10:00 am during the Open General Session.