Add Humanitarian Eye Care to Your Annual Meeting To-dos

As you plan your schedule for the 2019 ASCRS ASOA Annual Meeting in San Diego this May, don’t forget to add the ASCRS Foundation and humanitarian eye care to your to-do list! The Foundation will have a presence in several areas: 

 Register Now to Run for Sight

 You still have time to Join Johnson & Johnson Vision and the ASCRS Foundation on Sunday, May 5th at 6:30am for the 7th Annual Run for Sight - just steps from the meeting location!

Featuring a 5k run and a 1-mile walk, this healthy lifestyle event will raise money for the ASCRS Foundation’s ongoing work - and help you burn off some of those conference calories. Thanks to Johnson & Johnson Vision’s generous sponsorship of the event, your entire race registration will benefit the Foundation’s humanitarian eye care programs – giving sight to those most in need.

This year's Run for Sight will start and finish just outside the San Diego Convention Center at the Fifth Avenue Landing Park. The race course will follow the San Diego Bay, with amazing views of the water. All participants will receive a race t-shirt and a finishers medal for participating.

*Registered runners can pick up their run packet at the Johnson & Johnson Vision booth (#1921) on Saturday, May 4 during exhibit hall hours. If attendees are not able to pick up their Race Packet they can pick it up onsite at Fifth Avenue Landing from 5:00 a.m.-6:30 a.m.

 Give Sight Graffiti Wall 

 Saturday, May 4 – Monday, May 6

Open during Attendee Registration Hours

Location: Upper Level, Sails Pavilion

Eye surgeons, ophthalmic staff, and industry give sight every day through their vital work and innovative contributions. And some go above and beyond, delivering humanitarian eye care to those most in need.

The ASCRS Foundation’s Give Sight Graffiti Wall will allow attendees to share their contributions in creative ways. Tell us why you give. Share your favorite volunteer stories. Or honor the surgeon who mentored you. A professional artist will be onsite Sunday May 4th and Monday May 5th to combine your contributions into a permanent mural!

Aerie Pharmaceuticals will match the first $30,000 donated* by attendees either at the wall, their Booth (#2945), or through – doubling your impact.

*Donations are not required to participate in contributing to the wall!

 Congratulations to the 2019 Resident Excellence Winners

 With the 2019 ASCRS ASOA Annual Meeting in San Diego quickly approaching, we’d like to once again recognize the eleven winners of the ASCRS Foundation’s 2019 Resident Excellence Awards. This program is designed to recognize exemplary performance in the areas of research, patient care, leadership, and education.

The award includes a $1,000 travel grant, along with complimentary housing and registration to attend the 2019 ASCRS ASOA Annual Meeting in San Diego. The award enables the winners to experience an ASCRS event first-hand and to take advantage of the symposium’s many educational and networking opportunities. Should you encounter them in San Diego, we hope you’ll take time to congratulate the following winners:

• Katia Chavez, MD, Ohio State University-Havener Eye Institute

• Priyanka Chhadva, MD, University of Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary

• Martin De la Pressa, MD, University of Minnesota Department of Ophthalmology

• Austin Fox, MD, University of Iowa Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

• Nathan Lambert, MD, Oregon Health & Science University-Casey Eye Institute

• Emily Li, MD, Yale University-Yale New Haven Hospital

• Austin Nakatsuka, MD, University of Texas Medical Branch

• Eric Rosenberg, DO, New York Medical College

• Ryan Smith, MD, Stanford University Medical Center

• Nandini Venkateswaran, MD, University of Miami- Bascom Palmer Eye Institute

• Angela Zhu, MD, John Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute

 Add Humanitarian Eye Care to Your Annual Meeting To-Dos 

• Catch the ASCRS Foundation Update and the recognition of the Chang Humanitarian Awardee and the presentation of the $50,000 cash prize during the ASCRS Opening General session on Saturday, May 4, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (SDCC - Upper Level, Room 20ABC

• Attend the “Global Efforts in Addressing Avoidable Blindness and Models of Care/Training” symposium on Sunday, May 5, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM (SDCC - Upper Level, Room 6CF) Moderated by Alan S. Crandall, MD and David H. Cherwek, MD

• Plan to attend an ASCRS Instructional course! “Curing World Blindness and Cataract Surgery in the Developing World: Lessons Learned by Members of the ASCRS Foundation International Committee” led by Lisa Park, MD and Co-Instructors   Susan M. MacDonald, MD, Geoffrey C. Tabin, MD, Stanley Pletcher, MD, David F. Chang, MD, and Donghae Kim, MD. The course will be held on Sunday, May 5, 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM (SDCC - Upper Level, Room 8). “Volunteer Eye Surgeons: Reaching the Unreached” led by Reena Sethi, DO, MS and Co-Instructors Arun Sethi, MS, Lisa B. Arbisser, MD, Alan S. Crandall, MD, Cathleen M. McCabe, MD, David F. Chang, MD, and Gerald R. Schultz, MD. This course will be held on Tuesday, May 7, 1:00 PM - 02:30 PM (SDCC - Upper Level, Room 3)

• Don’t have time to stop by the graffiti wall to donate? Stop by Aerie Pharmaceuticals (#2945) or Johnson & Johnson Vision (#1921) in the exhibit hall and ask how you can make a donation to the ASCRS Foundation at their booth.

 EyeSeek – Increase Your Chance to Win Through ASCRS

New in 2019, the ASCRS ASOA Meetings App includes an interactive game – EyeSeek – where participants can win big by visiting various stops throughout the meeting. The following are ways you can receive codes through the ASCRS Foundation:

• Volunteer with the Foundation

• Give to the Foundation

• Participate in the Run for Sight

To play, all you have to do is follow these easy steps:


To view the full list of codes, game rules, and prizes download the ASCRS ASOA Meetings App available on the App Store or Google Play under “ASCRS ASOA Meetings”.


We look forward to seeing you at the ASCRS ASOA Annual Meeting in San Diego!





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