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No consistent measurable gains seen with corticosteroid as adjunct in filtering surgery

In the August News You Can Use column in Ocular Surgery NewsIan Conner, MD, PhD, discusses the use of triamcinolone acetonide in glaucoma surgery . The full article is available here.

1. Historically, how has triamcinolone acetonide been used in ophthalmology?

2. What did the results of the Kahook et all and the Yuki et all studies indicate?

3. What did the Teixeira study, randomizing the injections of triamcinolone indicate?

4. What did the Hogewind study, comparing the use of MMC and intra-Tenon triamcinolone, indicate?

5. Should surgeons alter their current filtering techniques to include triamcinolone acetonide?

Questions for Dr. Conner can be sent to EyeCenter@upmc.edu

PancreasFest 2014

PancreasFest is an annual pancreas research and clinical conference designed to promote multidisciplinary clinical and translational research and to provide guidance for complex pancreatic questions. Over the last few years PancreasFest has attracted over 1,000 attendees from 12 countries.

Annual topics include:

  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Chronic pancreatitis
  • Acute pancreatitis
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Pancreatogenic diabetes


PancreasFest 2014 is taking place from July 24-25, 2014. Learn more. 




Nonsurgical option available for long-standing or sensory strabismus in adults

In the July News You Can Use column in Ocular Surgery News, Lea Ann Lope, DO, discusses using Botox injections as a nonsurgical option for sensory or long-standing strabismus in adults. The full article is available here.

What treatment options are available for patients with or without double vision?

What nonsurgical option is available as an alternative to surgical correction and how is it used?

How is Botox being used as a diagnostic tool?

What patient population is the nonsurgical approach viable for? 

Send any questions to Dr. Lope at EyeCenter@upmc.edu

Several Approaches Available for Vitreoretinal Disease Combined with Cataract

In June’s News You Can Use column in Ocular Surgery News,   Alexander Anetakis, MD, of the UPMC Eye Center, discussed the various approaches availible for treating vitreoretinal disease when combined with cataracts. The full article is available here.
What are the two options for managing cataracts in relation to vitreoretinal disease?

What are the advantages and disadvantages of sequential surgery?

What are the advantages and disadvantages of simultaneous surgery?

What is the third alternative approach you recommend?

Send any questions or comments to Dr. Anetakis at EyeCenter@upmc.edu

Mitral Valve Repair vs. Replacement: Indications and Problem Management

At the 2014 Society of Thoracic Surgeons Annual Meeting, UPMC’s Vinay Badhwar, MD, participated in a roundtable discussion that focused on the treatment of mitral valve disease.


Treatment pathways and expert systems expected to improve patient care system-wide

The May  issue of Ocular Surgery News, features an article on incorporating big data into treatment pathways  by Nils Loewen, MD. Dr. Loewen’s full article is available here.

1. Why is there a need to develop an artificial intelligence system to provide individualized treatment recommendations?

2. How can data mining be applied to healthcare?

3. How is the UPMC Eye Center using data mining to treat patients?

Send any questions or comments to Dr. Loewen at EyeCenter@upmc.edu

The Right Microscope for Demanding Surgery

In the April’s News You Can Use column in Ocular Surgery News,  Nils Loewen, MD, PhD, and Evan Lagouros, MD, of the UPMC Eye Center discussed the essentials for selecting the right microscope for intraocular surgery. Read the full article here.
Hear more from Dr. Loewen.
1.What are the key technological differences to be aware of when purchasing an ophthalmic microscope?

2. In your opinion, what is the ideal ophthalmic operating microscope?

3. Why is Xenon the preferred light source option for the UPMC Eye Center?

4. Why is it important to have a microscope with both apochromatic lenses and a short stack?

Please send any questions for Dr. Loewen or Dr. Lagouros to EyeCenter@upmc.edu.

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons – John Fowler, MD

John Fowler, MD, a hand and upper extremity surgeon at UPMC, recently gave a presentation at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Dr. Fowler’s presentation compared the use ultra sound and nerve testing in the diagnosis of carpal tunnel.

Hear more from Dr. Fowler.

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons – Christopher Harner, MD

Christopher Harner, MD, medical director of the UPMC Center for Sports Medicine, presented at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons annual meeting in March. Dr. Harner’s presentation focused on meniscal allograft transplantation, specifically indications, techniques, and outcomes.

Learn more about Dr. Harner’s presentation.

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons – James Kang, MD

James Kang, MD, presented two lectures at this year’s American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons annual meeting in New Orleans. The first lecture focused on cervical spinal deformities and how to surgically treat those patients. The second lecture looked at cervical myelopathy. This lectured specifically discussed how to manage those cases and complications that may arise.

Learn more about Dr. Kang’s presentations.


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