40th Annual Midwinter Retina Symposium: History and Evolution of Retinal Detachment Management

Milwaukee, WI US
February 11, 2023

Please join us for the 40th annual Midwinter Retina Symposium on February 11, 2023. At this year's event we will focus on the history and evolution of retinal detachment management and what today's landscape looks like. Our event features guest speakers Edwin H. Ryan Jr., MD, retina specialist at Retina Consultants of Minnesota and Gareth M.C. Lema, MD, PhD, associate professor of ophthalmology and retina specialist at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

Target Audience

This educational activity is aimed at practicing ophthalmologists, subspecialty ophthalmologists, fellows, residents, optometrists, medical students, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, vision scientists and retina photographers.

Learning Objectives

Participants who engage in this educational intervention will be able to:
  • To highlight retinal diagnoses that may be encountered in the primary eye care setting, and to gain familiarity with what further testing or imaging may be conducted by a retinal specialist.
  • Provide an in-depth look at the patient’s journey when diagnosed with a surgical retina problem, with a focus on retinal detachment. This will include what information a primary eye care provider should provide with referral, what the timing of referral should be, how clinic/surgical procedures are arranged and what those may involve, as well as post-operative complications.
  • Present visual and functional outcomes data for retinal detachment surgery and how the time from diagnosis to surgery can affect this.
Additional information


Erin Wainscott
Phone Number: 
+1 (414) 955-7812
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 4.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
    AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
  • 4.25 Hours of Participation
    Hours of Participation credit.
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
02/11/2023 - 7:30am CST
Event ends: 
02/11/2023 - 12:40pm CST

7:30–8:00 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:00–8:05 a.m. Introduction and Welcome: Thomas B. Connor, MD

8:05–8:25 a.m. History and Philosophy of Retinal Detachment Repair: Baseer U. Ahmad, MD

8:25–8:45 a.m. Peripheral Retinal Pathology: Holes, Lattice and Breaks: David V. Weinberg, MD

8:45–9:05 a.m. Pneumatic Retinopexy and Vitrectomy Basics: Thomas B. Connor, MD

9:05–9:25 a.m. Scleral Buckling Basics: Baseer U. Ahmad, MD

9:25–9:30 a.m. Gary W. Abrams Lectureship Introduction: David V. Weinberg, MD

9:30–10:00 a.m. 6th Annual Gary W. Abrams Endowed Lecture: Retinal Detachment Outcomes: Edwin H. Ryan Jr., MD

10:00–10:15 a.m. Break

10:15–10:35 a.m. Macular Holes and the Vitreomacular Interface: Judy E. Kim, MD

10:35–11:05 a.m. Tractional Retinal Detachments: Gareth M.C. Lema, MD, PhD

11:05–11:25 a.m. The Mimics, Part 1: Tumor or Detachment?: William J. Wirostko, MD

11:25–11:45 a.m. The Mimics, Part 2: Exudative Detachments: Joon-Bom Kim, MD

11:45 a.m.–12:05 p.m. Common Sense Management of Retinal Detachment 2023:Edwin H. Ryan Jr., MD

12:05–12:35 p.m. Case Presentation and Panel Discussion

12:35–12:40 p.m. Closing Remarks and Adjourn: Baseer U. Ahmad, MD

MCW Alumni Center
8701 Watertown Plank Rd
Milwaukee, WI 53226
United States


The Medical College of Wisconsin is located on the campus of the Milwaukee Regional Medical Center. Free parking is available directly across the street from the college main entrance.

In accordance with the ACCME® Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education, Standard 3, all in control of content must disclose any relevant financial relationships. The following in control of content had no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Program Director
Baseer U. Ahmad, MD
Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences

Baseer U. Ahmad, MD
Thomas B. Connor, Jr., MD
Joon-Bom Kim, MD
David V. Weinberg, MD
William J. Wirostko, MD


The following persons in control of content disclosed the following financial relationships which were reviewed via the MCW conflict of interest mitigation process and addressed.




Judy Kim, MD


Bausch and Lomb


Advisory Committee

Advisory Committee

Advisory Committee

Edwin H. Ryan Jr., MDAlcon SurgicalConsultant, Patent license
Gareth Lema, MD, PhDAlimera SciencesAdvisory Committee
ACCME Accreditation Statement:
The Medical College of Wisconsin is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
AMA Credit Designation Statement:
The Medical College of Wisconsin designates this live activity for a maximum of 4.25  AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Hours of Participation for Allied Health Care Professionals
The Medical College of Wisconsin designates this activity for up to 4.25 hours of participation for continuing education for allied health professionals. 
OEB Credit Designation Statement
This program is approved for CE credit through the Optometry Examining Board of the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services.

Available Credit

  • 4.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
    AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
  • 4.25 Hours of Participation
    Hours of Participation credit.


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In person is $140

Virtual is $100


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