July 2018


Gear up for the 2019 Surgical Summit

by Liz Hillman EyeWorld Senior Staff Writer


Robert Cionni, MD

Sumit (Sam) Garg, MD

Douglas Koch, MD

“The intimate setting with great interaction among faculty and attendees is a highlight for all.”
—Sumit “Sam” Garg, MD

Intimate meeting setting combines top-notch education with activities like skiing, Sundance Film Festival

While snow and icy temperatures are probably the last thing on your mind in the middle of summer, now is actually the time to start thinking about the third annual Surgical Summit: Innovative Techniques and Controversies in Ophthalmology, taking place in Park City, Utah, Jan. 31–Feb. 2, 2019.
Nestled in Deer Valley, a premier skiing and winter activities destination, the Surgical Summit will coincide with the Sundance Film Festival, an internationally renowned event for independent films.
In 2018, more than 110 attendees from 29 states (and even a few international countries) and more than a dozen exhibitors attended the Surgical Summit, which is sponsored by EyeWorld and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery. Douglas Koch, MD, Houston, co-chair of the Surgical Summit, along with Robert Cionni, MD, Salt Lake City, and Sumit “Sam” Garg, MD, Irvine, California, said he expects this year’s Surgical Summit to reach similarly high attendance. Because of that, along with its proximity to the Sundance Film Festival, the program chairs are encouraging interested attendees to register early.
“We expect a capacity attendance, so we recommend registering early,” Dr. Koch said, adding that this year’s faculty will include an “all-star group of speakers who are wonderful educators.”
Dr. Koch expounded upon educational programing at the Surgical Summit, which he said emphasizes the latest advances with critical evaluation and surgical pearls that can be applied immediately when attendees return to clinical practice.
“Also, the number of attendees is small enough that everyone has access to the faculty to share cases, ask questions, etc.,” Dr. Koch said.
Dr. Garg also hailed the size of the meeting as a benefit, in addition to its “practical and up-to-date” agenda.
“The intimate setting with great interaction among faculty and attendees is a highlight for all,” he said.
“I think that the attendees enjoy the honest, lively discussions about topics and cases, along with the casual setting,” Dr. Cionni said, adding that the access and interactions with faculty make this meeting unique.
“Unlike larger meetings, the faculty are there essentially all of the time, contributing as speakers, panelists, and participants in the audience,” Dr. Koch said.
Attendees of previous Surgical Summit meetings have said they “get more pearls out of this meeting every year than any other meeting I attend” and that it offers a “huge amount of practical and clinically applicable information.” Eighty-four percent of those who provided feedback about the 2018 meeting said they expected to change their practice in response to education they received there.
The meeting is organized in such a way that attendees can maximize educational content and interaction with exhibitors in addition to taking advantage of the area’s extracurricular activities. After breakfast in the exhibit hall, programming begins at 7:00 a.m. and runs until just before noon when lunch will be served and attendees can break for an afternoon of skiing, shopping, or other relaxation. Programming resumes at 4:30 p.m. with light snacks and beverages provided and runs until 7:00 p.m.
The meeting takes place at The Chateau Deer Valley, a resort located about 40 miles from Salt Lake City in the Wasatch Mountains, just steps away from world-class skiing. It features onsite dining and spa services. Area activities include snowshoeing, snowmobile riding, snowboarding, tubing, ice skating, dog sledding, and visiting the Utah Olympic Park.
The resort provides shuttle service to downtown Park City, a historic mining town that features an array of dining options and shopping. Park City is also where much of the Sundance Film Festival takes place. The Sundance Film Festival, which runs from Jan. 24–Feb. 3, 2019, draws tens of thousands of enthusiasts, movie stars, and those in the film industry to Park City each year. It is recommended you purchase viewing tickets in advance.
More detailed faculty and program information for the Surgical Summit will be posted as it becomes available later this year on surgicalsummit.eyeworld.org. Registration and housing for the 2019 meeting are now open.

Contact information

: rcionni@theeyeinstitute.com
Garg: gargs@uci.edu
Koch: dkoch@bcm.edu

EyeWorld Surgical Summit

Attendees who completed a survey about the
2018 Surgical Summit gave this feedback:
• 100% thought they learned something new
• 100% thought their personal educational goals were met
• 100% would recommend the program to their colleagues
• 84% expected to make some change to their practice

For more information about the 2019 meeting, visit surgicalsummit.eyeworld.org.

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