Ocular Surface Disease Symposium
June 9-10, 2018
Ocular Surface Disease Symposium
June 9-10, 2018
The ophthalmic community has made significant recent advances in clinical research, leading to a better understanding of the multi-factorial nature of OSD. Doctors with a special interest in this area now have access to vital scientific data and more effective treatment options. Our expert team of instructors will provide attendees with valuable insight into accurate identification and treatment of OSD. We are doctors of Optometry and doctors of Ophthalmology working together in pursuit of one common goal: improving the quality of life of our patients by achieving the best treatment outcomes.
Diplomate - American Board of Optometry
Consultative Optometry Minnesota Eye Consultants
Ahmad Fahmy is a staff optometrist at Minnesota Eye Consultants. He received his professional training and the Doctor of Optometry degree in 2001 from the Illinois College of Optometry.
He completed residency training in peri-operative care of glaucoma, anterior segment pathology, and refractive surgery with Minnesota Eye Consultants, P.A. in 2004. He earned Fellowship in the American Academy of Optometry in 2004 and joined Minnesota Eye Consultants, P.A. as a staff optometrist also in 2004. He earned Diplomate designation in the American Board of Optometry in 2014. Dr. Fahmy is an Adjunct Faculty Assistant Professor of the Illinois College of Optometry. Dr. Fahmy is a devoted advocate of an integrated eye care delivery model and served as a member of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery’s Integrated Practice Committee (IPC) from 2015 -12017. Dr. Fahmy served a one-year term with the Board of the Minnesota Optometric Association from 2016-2017. He is an editorial board peer reviewer for the journal Clinical Ophthalmology. He is a member of the American Academy of Optometry, American Optometric Association, Minnesota Optometric Association, and Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity. He has contributed to book chapters, journal articles, and case studies in non-peer reviewed and peer reviewed journals including Optometry Times, Ophthalmology Times Europe, Archives of Ophthalmology, The Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, and Advanced Ocular Care. He has lectured at educational conferences including the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, the Combined Ophthalmic Symposium, American Academy of Optometry, Minnesota Optometric Association, The Philips Eye Institute, and International Congress in Lima, Peru. He has been involved in clinical care of disadvantaged populations and is devoted to continued involvement in the development of philanthropic eye care initiatives. He also remains committed to teaching and mentoring students and colleagues. He is actively involved in numerous clinical research trials and has a special interest in anterior segment disease, including ocular surface disease.
Corneal, Cataract and Refractive Specialist.
Founding Partner, Minnesota Eye Consultants.
Dr. Lindstrom is the founder and attending surgeon at Minnesota Eye Consultants, Adjunct Clinic Professor Emeritus at the University of Minnesota Department of Ophthalmology, and visiting professor at the UC Irvine Gavin Herbert Eye Institute.
He is a board-certified ophthalmologist and internationally recognized leader in corneal, cataract, refractive, glaucoma and laser surgery. He has been at the forefront of ophthalmology's evolutionary changes throughout his career, as a recognized researcher, teacher, inventor, writer, lecturer and highly acclaimed physician and surgeon.
Diplomate – AAO, Anterior Segment Disease
Diplomate - American Board of Optometry
Diplomate - American Board of Certification in Medical Optometry
Dr. Nicholas Colatrella, OD, FAAO,is a residency trained optometrist, who is the medical director and owner of PineCone Vision Center.
Dr. Colatrella is board certified by the American Board of Optometry and the American Board of Certification in Medical Optometry. Dr. Colatrella received his Bachelor of Science degree from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA, and his Doctor of Optometry with honors from the Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago. He completed his residency in ocular disease at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio and served as the director of operations at Northeast Ohio Eye Surgeons. Dr. Colatrella is a fellow in the American Academy of Optometry, past Chair of its disease section and a founding chair of the Anterior Segment Section.He was also the first of two Diplomates in Anterior Segment Disease of the American Academy of Optometry. He is a member of the American Optometric Association, Past President of both the Minnesota Optometric Association and the Illinois College of Optometry Alumni Council. He is an InfantSEE® Provider and has served as an examiner for the National Board of Examiners in Optometry. He has been published several times and lectures nationally on various topics including LASIK, cataracts, pharmacology, dry eye and corneal diseases. He is an adjunct professor for several Colleges of Optometry and routinely mentors optometry student externs. Locally, he hasserved on the boards for the Sartell Area Chamber of Commerce and the City of Sartell’s Economic Development Commission. Dr. Colatrella has proudly accepted numerous awards and was honored to accept the “Young Optometrist of the Year” award bothin Ohio and Minnesota. He wasalso acknowledged as one of Best and Brightest “Forty under 40” in the eye care industry by Vision Monday Magazine andhumbly accepted the “Sartell Business of the Year” award. Dr. Colatrella enjoys his children, biking, running, tri /duathlons, fantasy football and home improvement.
Nicholas Colatrella, OD, FAAO, Dipl AAO, ABO, ABCMO 2180 Troop Dr Sartell, MN 56377
320-309-0559 – Mobile
Cornea, Cataract, and Refractive Specialist.
Managing Partner, Minnesota Eye Consultants.
Dr. David R. Hardten, a board-certified ophthalmologist and founding partner of Minnesota Eye Consultants, is a prominent leader in the
treatment of the cornea, external disease, anterior segment, cataract, refractive and laser surgery – as well as in research and education. As director for Minnesota Eye Consultants’ Clinical Research Department, Dr. Hardten leads research projects surrounding LASIK Eye Surgery, refractive surgery, complex case management, cataract surgery, natural lens replacement surgery, glaucoma management, corneal transplantation, iris reconstruction, surgical instrumentation and drug therapies. Dr. Hardten has received numerous awards for his dedication to the eye care industry including the 2011 Casebeer Award for outstanding contribution to the research and development of refractive surgery from the International Society of Refractive Surgery, the 2011 Allina HOPE (Hospital Outstanding Patient Experience) Award, and the 2010 American Academy of Ophthalmology Lifelong Education for the Ophthalmologist Continuing Education Recognition Award. A native of Overland Park, KS, Dr. Hardten graduated from Shawnee Mission South High School. He attended the University of Kansas undergraduate and medical schools, and was then accepted in the University of Minnesota Department of Ophthalmology residency program. While completing residency training, Dr. Hardten received numerous honors and awards for outstanding achievement. He completed his fellowship training in cornea and external disease at the University of Minnesota and Phillips Eye Institute and received the ARVO/National Eye Institute Fellow Award. Dr. Hardten entered private practice in 1993 with Drs. Richard L. Lindstrom and Thomas W. Samuelson, also founding partners of Minnesota Eye Consultants. He is an attending ophthalmologist at Phillips Eye Institute in Minneapolis, Minnesota, as well. In addition to an active clinical and surgical practice, Dr. Hardten has focused on education throughout his career. He is an adjunct associate professor of ophthalmology at the University of Minnesota Department of Ophthalmology and serves as an adjunct professor for the Illinois College of Optometry. Additionally, he is an instructor for VISX/AMO and TLCVision, where he teaches ophthalmologists from around the world to perform LASIK. Dr. Hardten consults for many major ophthalmologic companies, holds nine U.S. patents for innovations in eye care, and serves on the editorial board for several ophthalmic journals. He is a regular contributor and reviewer for numerous ophthalmic papers and journals. Dr. Hardten has held leadership positions in many professional organizations, including board director for the International Society of Refractive Surgery and the Contact Lens Association of Ophthalmologists; co-medical director for Laser Vision Centers, Inc.; clinical advisory board for TLCVision; board of directors and program director for the Refractive Surgery Interest Group of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. While serving for the American Academy of Ophthalmology, he received its distinguished achievement award in 1999 and the senior achievement award in 2006 for his countless efforts on behalf of the Academy. In addition to his active practice in medical and surgical diseases of the cornea and refractive and IOL surgery, Dr. Hardten lectures throughout the world on refractive surgery and research. He has published hundreds of textbook chapters, articles and abstracts on cornea, cataract and refractive surgery. Dr. Hardten resides in Excelsior, MN, with his wife, Christine, and their two daughters. In his free time, he enjoys golf, tennis and travel.
Director, Dry Eye Center of Colorado
Dr. Hauswirth is an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, where he is coordinating director of the dry eye and ocular surface center, and a key leader in the development of the collaborative care model within the Department of Ophthalmology.
He graduated from the Southern California College of Optometry and completed his residency in Cornea, Glaucoma, and Surgical Management at Minnesota Eye Consultants, one of the most prestigious eye practices in the country. He practiced for seventeen years as a consultative optometrist with Minnesota Eye Consultants, where he led the optometric externship program, participated in numerous research projects, and was instrumental in the development of their dry eye program. He is on the editorial board of five publications, is a frequent lecture on the national and international spectrum, and has authored several journal articles, publications, and texts. He has been selected as one of the Primary Care Optometry News 250 Innovators in Optometry in 2016.
Principal Optometrist UC Davis Eye Center
Dr. Melissa Barnett is the principal optometrist at the University of California, Davis Eye Center in Sacramento. She is an internationally recognized key opinion leader, specializing in anterior segment disease and specialty contact lenses.
Dr. Barnett lectures and publishes extensively on topics including dry eye, anterior segment disease, contact lenses and creating a healthy balance between work and home life for women in optometry. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, a Diplomate of the American Board of Certification in Medical Optometry (ABCMO), a Fellow of the British Contact Lens Association (BCLA) and serves on the Board of the American Optometric Association (AOA) Cornea and Contact Lens Council, Women of Vision (WOV), Gas Permeable Lens Institute (GPLI), Ocular Surface Society of Optometry (OSSO) and is Immediate Past President of The Scleral Lens Education Society (SLS). Dr. Barnett is a spokesperson for the California Optometric Association and a guest lecturer for the STAPLE program. Drs. Melissa Barnett and Lynette Johns edited the book Contemporary Scleral Lenses: Theory and Application with the unique perspectives and contributions of international experts. Dr. Barnett was awarded the inaugural Theia Award for Excellence for Mentoring by Women in Optometry (WO). In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, yoga, hiking and spending time with family, Todd Erickson, also an optometrist, and two sons, Alex and Drew.
Dr. Lang received his Doctor of Optometry degree from the New England College of Optometry in Boston,
MA where he was a member of Beta Sigma Kappa Optometric Honor Society, and received several awards for excellence in patient care and contact lens expertise. Dr. Lang then completed a cornea and specialty contact lens residency in Boston, MA. Through this additional education, he gained expertise in ocular surface disease, therapeutic contact lenses and surgical co-management. He is a Diplomat of the American Board of Optometry and also a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry. He is also currently secretary of the Anterior Segment Section of the American Academy of Optometry. Dr. Lang joined Associated Eye Care in 2006 and is the residency coordinator for Associated Eye Care’s ocular disease residency. He is adjunct clinical faculty at the Illinois College of Optometry and at Salus University. Dr. Lang and his wife enjoy hiking, skiing and spending time outdoors. He also enjoys fly-fishing and fly-tying.
Medical Director, Associated Eye Care
Adjunct Clinical Professor, University of Minnesota
Chief Medical Officer and Head Global Franchise Clinical Strategy, Alcon
Stephen S. Lane, MD is Medical Director at Associated Eye Care in Minnesota., Adjunct Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Minnesota, and a visiting faculty
member of ORBIS International where he has participated in 18 mission trips around the world. In 2017 Dr. Lane became the Chief Medical Officer at Alcon, and Head of Global Development and Medical Affairs at Alcon. Dr. Lane completed his medical degree from the University of Minnesota, ophthalmology residency at Pennsylvania State University, and cornea and external disease fellowship at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Lane’s expertise is in cataract surgery, cornea/external disease, anterior segment surgery and refractive surgery. Research activities include participation in over 50 clinical trials concentrating on Cataract Surgery, Refractive Surgery, Corneal surgery, and External diseases. He has lectured around the world and has authored over 60 peer- reviewed articles and 30 book chapters, and given more than 15 named lectures. He is past president of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) and currently is the co-chair of the ASCRS Foundation, and on the board and Executive Committee of ASCRS. He was the first secretary of e-Learning and e-Education at the American Academy of Ophthalmology and has sat on the Committee of Secretaries for the AAO as well as on the boards of the Minnesota Academy of Ophthalmology and ISRS. He was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award of the AAO. Dr. Lane serves on the editorial boards of several ophthalmic journals including The Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery. He is also the former Medical co-editor of EyeWorld. His recognitions include Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the World, Best Doctors in America, Best Doctors in Minnesota, and American Academy of Ophthalmology Senior Achievement and Secretariat Awards.
Dr. Varanelli, a 1998 graduate of the Illinois College of Optometry, currently practices at Simone Eye Center where he specializes in comprehensive eye care with an emphasis on the medical and surgical co-management of eye disease.
He is a Diplomate in the American Board of Optometry, as well as the American Board of Certification in Medical Optometry. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, a founding member of the Academy’s Anterior Segment Section, and its current Chair. Dr. Varanelli is a published author and has lectured extensively to the optometric profession and to other health care workers and organizations and is sought after to lecture on topics related to refractive surgery, anterior segment pathology, dry eye, pharmacology, and other eye care topics.
A Duluth, Minnesota native, Dr. Nelson received his undergraduate degree in chemistry from the University of Minnesota, Duluth Campus and his Medical Doctor degree from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis Campus.
His did his ophthalmology residency and his corneal fellowship at the University of Minnesota. He was active for 10 years on the Corneal-External Disease service at the University of Minnesota with Don Doughman, Dick Lindstrom, and Ed Holland and in the training of cornea/external disease fellows. He served as Chief of Ophthalmology at St Paul Ramsey Medical Center (now Regions Hospital) and Ramsey Clinic and was active in the training of University of Minnesota Residents. Following the merger with HealthPartners in the mid-nineties, he held various leadership positions over 22 years, including Senior Medical Director for Medical-Surgical Specialties and Orthopaedics. He retired from his leadership roles with HealthPartners in 2017 and still maintains a limited practice with HealthPartners Eye Care Group, specifically in the area of dry eye and related external disease conditions. His major clinic and research interests, which he has published and lectured on, include dry eye and the various diseases associated with it. He has participated in the NEI-Industry Workshop on Dry Eye (1995) and The Tear Film and Ocular Surface Society (TFOS) sponsored workshops: Dry Eye Workshop (DEWS, 2007); The International Workshop on Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD, 2011); and The International Workshop on Contact Lens Discomfort (CLD, 2013). Most recently he chaired The TFOS Dry Eye Workshop II (DEWS II, 2017). He served as Editor-in- Chief for the past 3 years and remains on the editorial board of The Ocular Surface journal.
Twin Cities Ocular Surface Disease Symposium
June 9 – 10, 2018
JW Marriott Mall of America 2141 Lindau Lane Bloomington