C&PE is an unconventional digital conference from an unconventional company. Just as with our unique publications, C&PE is committed to bringing content to the ophthalmology industry that can’t be found elsewhere. The program ranges from fresh takes on familiar content, to topics that wouldn’t normally be discussed at other ophthalmology conferences. Surgery performed under bizarre circumstances, creative endeavours within the field and much, much more…
Much of the scientific content will focus on Asia-Pacific and on building the bridge between Asia and other parts of the world. This goes hand-in-hand with creating new international marketing channels and networks, which we can assist with.
Unlike other shows, which have distinct communication channels, C&PE hopes to shake things up. There will be open channels and optimized networking dynamics, to best promote talking to other people … like at a real meeting. Our digital exhibition hall is ready to host attendees from all over the globe.
C&PE is supported by its society friends and partners in a variety of ways. Attendees can look forward to seeing content, booths and more from familiar ophthalmic societies worldwide.
C&PE wants to bring doctors and industry professionals from around the world together; as such, our show is free to attend for all delegates.
C&PE isn’t your normal digital conference, and a large part of that is due to the fact that it is put on by the media! During the show, we will be providing media coverage of all things CAKE & PIE: through our publications, digital show dailies, social media updates and more. This will allow all delegates to read about the sessions they couldn’t attend and to review the ones they could. We look forward to helping all attendees stay up-to-date on conference highlights before, throughout and after the event.
Dr. Sahil Thakur graduated with his MBBS and MS from Government Medical College and Hospital, Chandigarh, India. He is currently a Clinical Research Fellow at the Singapore Eye Research Institute (SERI). Apart from pursuing clinical ophthalmology, he has a keen interest in developing affordable medical technology and innovations in clinical photography. He is also involved in the research and development of digital solutions for faster and efficient diagnosis of common ophthalmic disorders. Previously he has co-authored a book, Smart Resources in Ophthalmology: Applications and Social Networking and has co-edited another, Artificial Intelligence and Ophthalmology : Perks, Perils and Pitfalls. In addition to these he has published more than 50 peer-reviewed articles and is a reviewer for multiple international journals. Dr. Thakur also has an interest in developing tools for ophthalmic education and has published two Android applications (Ophthalmaster and Ophthalminion) for use by residents and medical school students. Dr. Thakur is currently taking up his PhD in Clinical Sciences at the DUKE-NUS Medical School in Singapore. He can be reached at email@example.com for potential collaborations.
Dr. Diva Kant Misra is a vitreo-retina consultant at Eye-Q Super Speciality Eye Hospital, Lucknow, India. He completed his training at Sri Sankaradeva Nethralaya, Guwahati and Byers Eye Institute, Stanford University, San Francisco (USA). He holds the post of general secretary for the Young Ophthalmologists Society of India and chief editor for the Young Ophthalmologists Times. He is the recipient of various ophthalmic awards like the APAO Achievement Award, Bangkok 2019; Best of IJO Award 2017-18; Ophthalmic Hero of India 2017 and 2018; KOS International Travel Grant 2019, Busan; the Yasuo Tano Award from APAO, Singapore 2017; APVRS Tano Award 2018, Malaysia; and other national and state level awards. He has published extensively (26 publications and book chapters), presented in conferences held at various international and national forums, and has been invited faculty in international forums like EURETINA, APAO and AAO.
Dr. Alay S. Banker is the director of Banker’s Retina Clinic and Laser Centre in Ahmedabad, India and his practice has served the city since 2007. He started off his career as a clinical instructor and fellow at the Department of Diseases of Retina and Vitreous, Uvea and Inflammation of Eye at University of California, San Diego, USA. He was the first Indian to receive the “International Scholar Award” from AAO in 2010 and also the youngest Indian to receive the Achievement Award by the AAO in 2006. His contributions toward his medical peers and community services have also earned him the Senior Achievement Award from AAO (2013) and the Dr. Piyush Patel Award for Service to Society and Mankind from Ahmedabad Medical Association (2013). He is the senior founding editor of the Retina Image Bank (ASRS 2012), has presented at more than 250 international and national conferences with over 40 papers published in peer-reviewed medical journals, and has published five book chapters in international book publications.
Dr. Augustinus Laude is an adjunct associate professor and a senior consultant in the National Healthcare Group Eye Institute at Tan Tock Seng Hospital (Singapore) with clinical and research interests in medical retina diseases, cataract surgery, low vision and medical technology. He is a dually appointed adjunct associate professor at Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine and School of Materials Science and Engineering at Nanyang Technological University, and is visiting consultant at National University Hospital, Singapore. Dr. Laude is actively involved in clinical trials (including EVEREST, HARRIER, KITE, RHINE and LUCERNE), as well as entrepreneurial activities in collaboration with engineering colleagues in the field of image processing and eye-gaze tracking.
Prof. Gemmy Cheung is currently a professor at Duke-NUS Medical School, National University of Singapore, and head of the Medical Retina Department at Singapore National Eye Center (SNEC). Her research focuses on retinal diseases, including age-related macular degeneration (AMD), polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy (PCV) and myopic macular degeneration, as well as risk factors for these conditions that may be unique to Asian populations. Prof. Cheung has more than 200 peer-reviewed publications and serves on the editorial boards of several journals, including the American Journal of Ophthalmology, Retina and Eye.
Dr. George H.H. Beiko is a lecturer at University of Toronto and an assistant clinical professor at McMaster University in Canada. Dr. Beiko is a medical graduate of Oxford University and completed ophthalmology specialty training at Queens University in Canada. After his residency, he worked for one year at the St. John Ophthalmic Hospital in Jerusalem. He is currently a cataract, anterior segment and refractive surgeon practicing in St. Catharines, Ontario. His research interests include development of advanced cataract techniques and new intraocular implants. He has been an investigator in a number of Phase 1 FDA trials on intraocular lenses and he has done extensive work investigating multifocal, accommodating and aspheric IOLs. Dr. Beiko has published numerous peer-reviewed articles in Ophthalmology, Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery and the Canadian Journal of Ophthalmology. He has also authored 10 book chapters. He has given over 500 scientific presentations at meetings throughout the world, including the annual meetings of the AAO, ASCRS, COS, CSCRS, ESCRS, WOC and ISRS.
Dr. Paisan Ruamviboonsuk is a clinical professor at the Department of Ophthalmology, Rajavithi Hospital in Bangkok, Thailand. He is actively involved in various societies and congresses in Asia-Pacific. He is the scientific secretary of APVRS, council member of APAO, and secretary-general of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Ophthalmology Society (AOS). Dr. Paisan Ruamviboonsuk was the congress president of the 34th APAO Congress 2019, congress president of the 10th APVRS Congress 2016 and was president of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists of Thailand from 2013-2016.
Dr. Barbara Parolini is a vitreoretinal surgeon who has practiced mainly in Italy since 1997. Her expertise includes complex cases of submacular surgery, diabetic retinopathy and high myopia, as well as eye reconstruction after trauma. She has operated on approximately 10,000 patients, primarily in vitreoretinal, plus cataract and refractive surgery. She has published 60 peer-reviewed papers, three book chapters and an e-book on vitreoretinal techniques that was released in 2018. Dr. Parolini is a reviewer of the following peer reviewed-journals: Graefe’s Archives of Ophthalmology, Retina Journal, European Journal of Ophthalmology, Acta Ophthalmologica, Indian Journal of Ophthalmology, British Journal of Ophthalmology, Ophthalmologica, and British Medical Journal of Ophthalmology. She is a member of the following ophthalmic societies: GIVRE, SOI, AIMO, AAO, ASRS and EVRS. Since 2016, she has served as the vice president of the European VitreoRetinal Society (EVRS). Also, she holds a patent model of a macular buckle and a kit for episcleral surgery.
Dr. Hudson Nakamura is an ophthalmologist specializing in the retina and vitreous. He completed his medical degree from School of Medicine at the Federal University of Goiás, UFG and residency from the Base Hospital of the Federal District, Brasília, DF. Presently, Dr. Nakamura is a member of the AAO, Brazilian Council of Ophthalmology, Canadian Society of Ophthalmology and ARVO. He currently works as a professor in the Department of Retina and Vitreous Course of Medical Residency in Ophthalmology at the Bank of Goias Eye Foundation. Dr. Nakamura holds a vitreoretinal disease fellowship from the University of Toronto Canada and the Brazilian Center for Eye Surgery.
Dr. Kenneth Fong is recognized as an ophthalmologist in the United Kingdom, Australia and Malaysia. He graduated with a medical degree from the University of Cambridge in 1998 and trained to be an eye surgeon in London. Dr. Fong then spent two more years training in the U.K. and at the Royal Perth Hospital in Australia to subspecialize in retina. After 18 years of working in the U.K. and Australia, he returned to Malaysia in 2009 to serve as associate professor, consultant ophthalmologist and retinal surgeon at the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur. He is currently the managing director of OasisEye Specialists in Kuala Lumpur. Dr. Fong is the president of the Malaysian Society of Ophthalmology and serves as a council member for the APVRS.
Dr. Sanushka Moodley is a general ophthalmologist in full-time private practice at Pretoria Eye Institute in South Africa. She manages glaucoma, cornea, medical and surgical retina and cataract patients. Dr. Moodley is the current chairperson of South Africa’s Young Ophthalmologists’ Society, a position she has held since 2019.
Dr. Harvey S. Uy is a clinical associate professor of ophthalmology at the University of the Philippines, and medical director at the Peregrine Eye and Laser Institute in Makati, Philippines. He completed his fellowships at St. Luke’s Medical Center (Philippines) and the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary (USA). Dr. Uy is a pioneer in femtosecond cataract surgery, accommodation restoration by lens softening, modular intraocular lenses and intravitreal drugs. He has published over 30 peer-reviewed articles and is on the editorial board of the American Journal of Ophthalmology Case Reports. He is a former president of the Philippine Academy of Ophthalmology (PAO) and current council member of the APVRS.
Prof. Jodbhir S. Mehta is head of Cornea External Disease and senior consultant in the Refractive Service at Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC), deputy executive director at Singapore Eye Research Institute (SERI), as well as a professor at Duke-National University of Singapore. With a main interest in corneal transplantation, he completed a corneal external disease and refractive fellowship at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London and at SNEC. He has co-authored nearly 20 textbooks and 333 citations, and holds 16 patents, six of which have been licensed. Prof. Mehta has won several awards from the AAO and ARVO, among others, the latest of which was from the ASCRS in 2018. Prof. Mehta is also a favorite keynote speaker and presenter in several international conferences.
Prof. Dr. S. Natarajan is the chairman and managing director of Aditya Jyot Eye Hospital. He is also the managing trustee of Aditya Jyot Foundation for Twinkling Little Eyes in Mumbai, India. Prof. Dr. Natarajan is a third generation ophthalmologist in India. His late father, Prof. Dr. N. S. Sundaram and grandfather, Dr. Nataraja Pillai, were respected ophthalmologists in Tamil Nadu, India. At present, Prof. Dr. S. Natarajan is considered a global authority in vitreoretinal surgery and is keenly involved in academics and research for the prevention of blindness. He is a multi-award-winning ophthalmologist who has performed over 27,000 exclusive vitreoretinal surgeries in the past 33 years, and trained 64 vitreo-retinal surgeons across the globe. He is a visiting professor in the Maimonides University (Argentina), University of Lugano (Switzerland), Balaji Medical College (Chennai, India), and Saveetha Medical University (Chennai, India). Aditya Jyot Eye Hospital was established in 1990 by Prof. D. S. Natarajan in Dadar, and has expanded into a hospital in Wadala, in the heart of Central Mumbai.
Dr. Cathleen McCabe serves as Chief Medical Officer at Eye Health America™. She is one of the foremost eye surgeons today, specializing in bladeless laser cataract surgery and LASIK at The Eye Associates in Sarasota, Florida. Dr. McCabe has performed over 45,000 cataract surgeries and more than 17,000 LASIK procedures. She has a keen interest in advancing the field of ophthalmology and has participated in numerous clinical trials, including innovations in intraocular lenses, perioperative medications, medications and devices to treat glaucoma, dry eye treatments and presbyopia correction. Dr. McCabe continues to receive many prestigious and esteemed awards for her work in Ophthalmology, including being named a Castle Connolly Top Doctor – 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020 for Ophthalmology. Castle Connolly also selected her for the first-ever Exceptional Women In Medicine Award for 2017, 2018, 2019 and in 2020. She was named to the OSN Premier Surgeon 300 List, and the Premier Surgeon 250 List of Leading Innovators in Premium IOL Cataract Surgery. She was also chosen a LASERVISION Top 100 LASIK Surgeon, elected President of CEDARS/ASPEN-2017, has received the American Academy Achievement Award, is the Vice President and incoming President of the Outpatient Ophthalmic Surgery Society, and serves on numerous editorial and subspecialty boards and committees. She is passionate about giving back to her local community, profession and globally and participates in charitable giving and volunteer efforts both at home and abroad. She is a board member of several charitable foundations in ophthalmology, including One World Global Health/Vision Quest, OOSS Gives, and others. Dr. McCabe received her medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin and received her residency training at the prestigious Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at the University of Miami’s School of Medicine. She continues to share her expertise by publishing articles and book chapters as well as lecturing at national and international ophthalmological seminars.
Dr. William B. Trattler is a refractive, corneal and cataract eye surgeon at the Center For Excellence In Eye Care in Miami, Florida, USA. He performs a wide variety of cataract and refractive surgeries, including PRK; all laser LASIK; no injection sutureless cataract surgery; as well as laser cataract surgery. He has been an investigator for next generation technologies (like the Tetraflex accommodating intraocular lens) and procedures like corneal collagen crosslinking (CXL). His involvement in the FDA-approval study for CXL led to its approval in 2016. In addition to his private practice, Dr. Trattler is on the Volunteer Faculty at the Florida International University Wertheim College of Medicine, as well as the University of Miami’s Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. He is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and has been an author of several articles and abstracts. In 2016, Dr. Trattler received the Catalyst Award in Advancing Diversity in Leadership from the Ophthalmic World Leaders (OWL), an association of interdisciplinary ophthalmic professionals dedicated to driving innovation and patient care by advancing diversity in leadership.
Prof. Mark Gillies presently holds a number of positions including: director of research and director of the Macula Research Group for the Save Sight Institute; foundation fellow for the Sydney Medical School; professor in the Department of Clinical Ophthalmology at the University of Sydney; head of the Medical Retina Unit at the Sydney Eye Hospital; deputy chair for the Ophthalmic Research Institute of Australia; and director of Eye Associates in Sydney. Prof. Gillies has served as a principal investigator or associate investigator in more than 70 clinical trials, and his research regarding macular degeneration and drug safety and efficacy has been published in 188 journals. He has also received a number of grants to study treatments for age-related macular degeneration, retinal disease and Muller cell dysfunction – among other treatments and studies. Prof. Gillies is a dedicated and multi-awarded researcher.
Dr. Ken Nischal is the chief of the Division of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine (UPMC). He is also the director of Pediatric Program Development at the UPMC Eye Center, and professor of ophthalmology at UPMC. Dr. Nischal attended King’s College Hospital Medical School at the University of London and completed ophthalmology residencies at both Birmingham and Midlands and the Oxford Eye Hospital in the United Kingdom. He completed his pediatric ophthalmology fellowship at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. Prior to joining Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh in 2011, Dr. Nischal was at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in London, U.K. Dr. Nischal is one of the pioneers of pediatric corneal transplants. Children from all over the world come to see Dr. Nischal because of his expertise in helping children with genetic corneal diseases. His research focus is on evidence-based protocol led clinical care with clinical outcome measures to drive clinical care. His main areas of clinical research are anterior segment developmental anomalies affecting the cornea, lens and trabecular meshwork. He has published widely on the topics of pediatric cataract, glaucoma and cornea as well as craniofacial anomalies. He is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Pediatric Glaucoma and Cataract Family Association (PGCFA) and has contributed articles and responses to its ‘Ask the Doctor” feature. He is the founder and co-director of the World Society of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, an outstanding organization with members from around the globe.
Dr. Richard Packard qualified as a doctor in 1970. He was a consultant at the Prince Charles Eye Unit in Windsor England from 1982 to 2016. He started using phacoemulsification in 1979 and in that year, he inserted the world’s first folded soft IOL during a rabbit study. In 1990, he implanted the very first Acrysof IOL; to date 125 million lenses of this material have now been implanted worldwide. He has lectured and operated in 61 countries on all aspects of cataract surgery and written many peer reviewed papers and book chapters. He was a past board member of ESCRS from 1999 to 2007 and since 2000, he has been chairman of the judges for the ESCRS Video Competition. His latest interest is in laser capsulotomy which was the subject for his Binkhorst Lecture at ESCRS in 2015. He has received many other awards. He published with Lucio Buratto on “The history and evolution of modern cataract surgery” in 2018 and in 2020 also with Lucio Buratto, on “The history of refractive surgery.”
Jay Chhablani is a vitreo-retina specialist at the University of Pittsburgh Eye Center, Pittsburgh, USA. He completed a clinical vitreo-retina fellowship from Sankara Nethralaya, Chennai, India and was an International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO) fellow at Jules Gonin Eye Hospital, Switzerland, in 2009. He was a clinical instructor at the Jacobs Retina Center at Shiley Eye Center, University of California, San Diego, USA (2010-2012) before joining the faculty at L V Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad, India (2012-2019). His areas of interest are macular disorders and recent imaging techniques. He published more than 380 articles in peer-reviewed journals with a focus in the field of choroid. He is the editor of the following books: Choroidal Disorders, Central Serous Chorioretinopathy and Choroidal Neovascularization. He is on the reviewing boards of all high impact journals including Science Translational Medicine. He is also on the editorial board of several journals including American Journal of Ophthalmology. He is a member of the Macula Society and also a member of various committees in international societies including American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO). He has won several national and international awards and delivered the inaugural Ian Constable Lecture at Asia-Pacific Vitreo-Retina Society congress in 2016. He received the inaugural Namperumalsamy Young Researcher Award in 2018, presented by the Vitreo-Retina Society of India (VRSI).
Dr. Lihteh Wu got his medical education at Tulane University School of Medicine (New Orleans, Louisiana, USA). He was awarded a Pew Research Fellowship that allowed him to spend a year at the Rockefeller University in New York. He then trained at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York City (internship), the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City (ophthalmology residency), and the National Retina Institute in Baltimore under the mentorship of Drs. Bert Glaser and Robert Murphy (vitreoretinal fellowship). In 1999, Dr. Wu went to Costa Rica where he was appointed Associate Professor at the University of Costa Rica and the Director of the Asociados de Macula Vitreo y Retina de Costa Rica in San José, Costa Rica. Dr. Wu is a founding member of the Pan American Collaborative Retina Study (PACORES) Group. He has authored and co-authored more than 100 peer reviewed articles, more than 46 chapters and has edited 5 books. He has been awarded various accolades by numerous societies (i.e. ASRS, AAO, Greek Vitreoretinal Society) and a highly-invited speaker in international meetings. In 2018 he was inducted into the Retina Hall of Fame. Dr. Wu is past President of the Pan American Retina and Vitreous Society and served as the Vice-President for the Pan American Association of Ophthalmology. He is currently a member of the Club Jules Gonin Executive Committee and the Vail Vitrectomy Program Committee. He also served two terms as President of the Costa Rican Ophthalmological Association, and was in the Board of Trustees of the AAO. In addition, he is certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology, a member of the Club Jules Gonin, Macula Society, Retina Society and the American Society of Retinal Specialists.
Dr. Alejandro Filloy is a vitreoretinal surgeon and medical retina specialist at Joan XXIII University Hospital in Tarragona, Spain. He is also an associate professor of ophthalmology at Rovira i Virgili University (Tarragona, Spain). Dr. Filloy graduated from the University of Barcelona in 2009. Then from 2010 to 2015, he did his residency in ophthalmology at Bellvitge Hospital in Barcelona and obtained his PhD. He further received a grant from the Spanish Vitreoretinal Society in the form of a fellowship in vitreoretinal surgery and medical retina. Dr. Filloy is certified by the European Board of Ophthalmology (FEBO). His research and conference work include papers and book chapters on medical and surgical retina, intraocular tumors, imaging and subthreshold laser for retinal diseases.
Dr. Florian Kretz is an internationally established ophthalmologist, surgeon, speaker and researcher. Always on duty for his patients, his focus and interest are the best clinical outcomes – even in difficult cases. To achieve the best for his patients, Dr. Kretz focuses on providing individual care for his patients; working continuously in the areas of cataract and refractive surgery, glaucoma and treatment of macular degeneration; and working with the latest technologies including their further development. He believes that active research and development, professional education and publications are key aspects in achieving the best patient outcomes. As founder and CEO of PVK Precise Vision GmbH, he works at the following locations in Germany: Rheine, Greven and Erlangen, where he established two new treatment methods for cataract surgery. Dr. Kretz has published more than 100 scientific articles in specialized ophthalmological press. He is a frequent consultant for news magazines regarding questions about ophthalmology (FOCUS, Stern, Spiegel).
Dr. Arun Gulani is a world renowned eye surgeon. Formerly the chief of cornea and refractive surgery at University of Florida, he is the founding director and chief surgeon of the internationally famous, Gulani Vision Institute, and the global CEO of Gulani Surgical Suites headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida, USA. Listed in FORBES (goldline research) among Top Ten Laser Vision Surgeons in the USA and as one of the most famous eye surgeons in the world with a global clientele, Dr. Gulani is internationally renowned for his inventions, ground-breaking, innovative surgical techniques and publications. Dr. Gulani is a master surgeon, teacher, award winning inventor and author who travels the world on invitation to share his passion. Fondly known by colleagues as the “da Vinci” of eye surgery for his artistic surgical skills, “Man of Vision” for his relentless pursuit of “Vision beyond 20/20” and “Dr. GQ” for his immaculate dress sense and fashion, he lends elegance and artistry to eye surgery, leading him to invent the super-specialty of “Corneoplastique™” to raise eye surgery itself to an art level. With his "High Tech-High Touch" approach, he has revolutionized the doctor-patient relationship by providing personalized care for every patient, thus challenging the very business model prevalent in the world of medicine today. Super-specialized in advanced LASIK, custom corneal and premium cataract surgery, Dr. Gulani has uniquely woven the full spectrum of kerato-lenticulo-refractive surgery to custom design a specific surgical plan for each patient individually and is always among the first in the world to introduce new technologies, techniques and protocols as a consultant to patients, eye surgeons and the eye care industry itself. With an eye of an artist and a passion to help people see, he has turned Jacksonville, Florida, into the vision destination for the world.
Dr. Victor Chong is a retinal specialist with a subspeciality in macular diseases. He is currently the global head of medicine and retinal health at Boehringer Ingelheim International GmBH (Germany) and consultant ophthalmic surgeon at London Medical and Royal Free Hospital, London in the United Kingdom. He was the head of department at Oxford Eye Hospital and had held senior academic positions at Institute of Ophthalmology, King’s College London, and Oxford University. He has published 3 books, 18 book chapters and over 150 publications. He is also the academic founder of a device company, aiming to treat intermediate AMD and early DME, and have extensive clinical and research experience in subthreshold retinal laser.