New York (May 31, 2017) –  The New York Academy of Medicine hosted a successful Ophthalmology Residents’ Night on May 22, 2017 featuring clinical and scientific research presentations from 26 top residents at 10 institutions in the tri-state area. A panel of judges recognized the top oral and poster presenters. The event was hosted by the Academy’s Section on Ophthalmology, one of the 20 subgroups of its 2,000 elected Fellows, and sponsored in part by Alcon, Biotissue, Glaukos, Johnson&Johnson Vision, Omeros, and Sun Ophthalmics.

“The New York Academy of Medicine is proud to continue its unique historical role of bringing together health professionals from clinical and educational institutions across the City. We are particularly excited about programs like this one that are designed  for  trainees across the professions affecting health,” said Academy President Jo Ivey Boufford, MD. “Under the leadership of Dr. James Tsai, the Academy’s Section on Ophthalmology has resumed its important role as the hub for the New York-area ophthalmology community to share research and learn together to improve clinical care.”

“With the display of 20 high quality research posters and oral presentations of six outstanding papers, the research symposium was the perfect forum for a lively and spirited exchange of new ideas and concepts. The research night brought to a close a successful year of academic symposia and events for a reinvigorated Section on Ophthalmology,” said Section Chair James C. Tsai, MD, MBA, President of the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai.

The following residents received awards for their presentations:

First Prize – Poster Presentation
Kyle Kovacs, MD
Yale Medical School
Index of Peripheral versus Macular Wide-field Choroid Vessel Density and Vessel Caliber with Binarization of Indocyanine Green Angiography

Second Prize – Poster Presentation
Joaquin De Rojas, MD
Columbia University Edward S. Harkness Eye Institute
TNF-alpha inhibitor treatment of pediatric IgG4-related orbital disease

Third Prize – Poster Presentation
Dan Gong, MD
Columbia University Edward S. Harkness Eye Institute
Difference-in-Differences Analysis of the Association between Physician Payment Disclosure Laws and Industry Payments to Ophthalmologists, 2013-2014

First Prize - Oral Presentation
Leon Rafailov, MD
Rutgers-New Jersey Medical School
Clinical and Magnetic Resonance Imaging Characteristics of Post-Optic Nerve Sheath Decompression Pseudomeningoceles

Second Prize - Oral Presentation
Nicole Scripsema, MD
New York Eye and Ear Infirmary
Optical Coherence Tomography Angiography Analysis of Perfused Capillaries in Primary Open-Angle Glaucoma & Normal Tension Glaucoma

Third Prize - Oral Presentation
Aakriti Garg, MD
Columbia University Edward S. Harkness Eye Institute
Baseline 24-2 Central Visual Field Damage is Predictive of Global Progressive Field Loss

The next event sponsored by the Section on Ophthalmology, in association with the Academy’s Section on the History of Medicine and Public Health, will be the History of Cataract Surgery Symposium on Monday December 4, 2017.

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