Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences at the Eye Institute

Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

Midwinter Retina Symposium

Our annual Midwinter Retina Symposium offers attendees insight into medical and surgical retina.

Saturday, February 9, 2019
7:00 am–2:30 pm

Medical College of Wisconsin
Kerrigan Auditorium
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Download symposium brochure (PDF)

Online registration is required for evaluation and receiving credit. To register online, visit ocpe.mcw.edu/ophthalmology.


2019 Gary W. Abrams Endowed Lecturer


William F. Mieler, MD                                                 

Vice-Chairman, Department of Ophthalmology
Cless Family Professor of Ophthalmology

University of Illinois at Chicago

Featured Guest Speaker


Ajay E. Kuriyan, MD, MS

Assistant Professor
Flaum Eye Institute

University of Rochester Medical Center

MCW Eye Institute Faculty

Thomas B. Connor, Jr., MD
Professor of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences and Director of the Vitreoretinal Fellowship Program

Andrea Stahulak, MD
Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences and Program Director, Residency Education

Catherine Thuruthumaly, MD
Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences

Clinton C. Warren, MD
Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences

David V. Weinberg, MD
Professor of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences

Program Director
William J. Wirostko, MD
Professor of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences

Program Agenda
7:00-8:00 am Continental Breakfast and Registration

8:00-8:10 am Introduction and Welcome
William J. Wirostko, MD

8:10-8:30 am Intravitreal Injections and Intraocular Pressure
Catherine Thuruthumaly, MD

8:30-8:50 am Stem Cell Therapy: The Promise and the Pitfalls
Ajay E. Kuriyan, MD, MS

8:50-9:10 am Stem Cell Therapy for Retinal Disease: The Good, The Bad, and The Egregious
David V. Weinberg, MD

9:10-9:15 am Gary W. Abrams Lectureship Introduction
William J. Wirostko, MD

9:15-9:45 am 3rd Annual Gary W. Abrams Endowed Lecture: Treatment and Prevention of Endophthalmitis 2019
William F. Mieler, MD

9:45-10:00 am Q & A
10:00–10:30 a.m. Break/Exhibits

10:30-10:50 am Retinal Vein Occlusion-Stepwise Approach To Management
Thomas B. Connor, Jr., MD

10:50-11:10 am Is it Retina or the Nerve? Clues to Localization of Visual Loss
Andrea Stahulak, MD

11:10-11:40 am The Impact Of Systemic Medications On Retinal Function
William F. Mieler, MD

11:40 am-12:00 pm Case Presentation and Panel Discussion
Noon–1 p.m. Lunch

1:00-1:20 pm Retinal Vision Restoration Approaches
Ajay E. Kuriyan, MD, MS

1:20-1:40 pm Pediatric Retina
Clinton C. Warren, MD

1:40-2:00 pm Yet Another Anti-VEGF Agent: Update on Brolucizumab
William J. Wirostko, MD

2:00-2:20 pm Q & A

2:20–2:30 pm Closing Remarks/Adjourn
William J. Wirostko, MD
Program Information

The Medical College of Wisconsin Eye Institute 2019 Midwinter Retina Symposium: New Horizons in Retina will be held Saturday, February 9, 2019, at the Medical College of Wisconsin, 8701 Watertown Plank Rd. in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

The Medical College of Wisconsin is located on the campus of the Milwaukee Regional Medical Center in Milwaukee. The Health Research Center building is located on 87th St., just south of Watertown Plank Rd. (It is the main entrance of the college).

Free parking is available directly across the street from the college main entrance on 87th St.

Learning Objectives
This educational activity is aimed at practicing ophthalmologists, subspecialty ophthalmologists, fellows, residents, optometrists, medical students, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, vision scientists and retina photographers.

  1. Describe the pathophysiology of ophthalmologic diseases, such as diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration in light of new information
    provided by recent clinical trials.
  2. Discuss new diagnostic and therapeutic modalities in ophthalmic patient care.
  3. Integrate information on quality improvement and advances in stem cell and gene therapy.

ACCME Accreditation Statement
The Medical College of Wisconsin is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA Credit Designation Statement

The Medical College of Wisconsin designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) ™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

OEB Credit Designation Statement
This program is approved for 5 CE hours by the Wisconsin Optometry Examining Board.

Hours of Participation for Allied Health Care Professionals
The Medical College of Wisconsin designates this activity for up to 5 hours of participation for continuing education for allied health professionals.

Special Needs
If you have any special needs pertaining to your participation, please contact Mary Schafer at (414) 955-7840 or email mschafer@mcw.edu to discuss how we can accommodate you.

Crowne Plaza Hotel
10499 W. Innovation Dr.
Wauwatosa, WI 53226

For rates and to reserve a room, please contact Sarah, MCW corporate account handler for Crowne Plaza, at (414) 389-8563.

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Department Contact

Mary Schafer

(414) 955-7840

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