Program Highlights of the Inaugural Vit-Buckle Society Meeting

By Steve Lenier, Contributing Editor

The first meeting of the Vit-Buckle Society (VBS) will take place April 11-14, 2013, in Miami Beach, FL. The program has been planned to make things interesting and engaging for those attending.

Rohit Ross Lakhanpal, MD, FACS, who is Vice President of the VBS, says the planned format for presentations is much more participatory and interactive than simply giving a lecture. “The goal is to try to stimulate discussion,” he said, noting that at bigger meetings, it’s sometimes intimidating to contribute from the audience, particularly for younger doctors. Dr. Lakhanpal said this meeting is purposely being kept as low-key as possible and that individuals will be walking around the audience with microphones to keep things moving.

He said the presentations will be made more interesting by the fact that they will be based on surgical videos, rather than typical text slides, and he believes that both the content and the presentations will capture and keep the audience’s attention.

“I think the key thing is to show people there are a lot of different ways to do things, and it’s not only based on where you were trained. It’s going to be very nontraditional—that’s what the VBS is about,” he said.

Rohit Ross Lakhanpal, MD, FACS

Eye Consultants of Maryland, Owings Mills

Geeta Lalwani, MD

Rocky Mountain Retina Associates, Denver

Drs. Lakhanpal and Lalwani will present a talk on management of giant retinal tears. They will both be onstage for the presentation and will debate how to treat the cases that are being shown. The videos will show different types of giant retinal tears, and the discussion will be about the possible ways to manage cases based on number of clock hours, involvement of proliferative vitreoretinopathy (PVR), phakic vs nonphakic status, and the factors that can determine the best management of each case. Dr. Lakhanpal said that, in contrast to many meetings, they will not be looking for a consensus, but rather seeking to highlight differences in how people manage cases, so that others may decide to incorporate some of those ideas into their own techniques.

Andrew Schimel, MD

Center for Excellence in Eye Care, Miami

Dr. Schimel will present multiple cases in which a complication or difficult situation is encountered during vitrectomy. The discussion will focus around managing complicated scenarios in a stepwise fashion, which he said was one of the most valuable aspects of his fellowship training. Dr. Schimel noted that the surgeons who performed the cases presented will remain anonymous.

Tien P. Wong, MD

Retina Consultants of Houston

Dr. Wong will give a presentation on management of recurrent retinal detachment. The videos will include several PVR cases in which the retina redetached, and Dr. Wong will show how he fixed the recurrent detachments. He hopes to have a good discussion with a lot of people in the audience. “Some cases involve extensive PVR, some subretinal PVR,” said Dr. Wong. “It should be really exciting to have Dr. Stanley Chang, who is the keynote speaker of the meeting, and others in the audience who have significant experience with PVR discuss these cases.”

Audina M. Berrocal, MD

Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, Miami

Dr. Berrocal will discuss new instrumentation techniques for pediatric retina cases, particularly the new 25+ instrumentation from Alcon for smaller eyes. The new line of instrumentation includes a light pipe and vitrector that are slightly shorter than the standard 25+ instruments, making them a bit stiffer.

Pravin U. Dugel, MD

Retinal Consultants of Arizona, Phoenix

Dr. Dugel will discuss patient selection for ocriplasmin (Jetrea, ThromboGenics). He said that, until more evidence is gathered, there are only 2 types of patients who should be considered for injection with ocriplasmin: those with a medium to small macular hole (≤400 μm), and those with vitreomacular traction with adhesions of 1500 μm or less. His presentation will also examine subanalyses that further help elucidate which patients will benefit most with ocriplasmin.

Regarding the meeting format, Dr. Dugel said, “It’s a fairly young group of physicians, and I don’t think anybody wants to be just talked to. I think my presentation will be more of a discussion than anything else.”


The presentations highlighted here are only a few of the talks that will be given at the VBS meeting, but they provide an idea of what physicians can look forward to. The interactive approach distinguishes those who attend the first annual meeting from just attendees to full-fledged participants.


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