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August 2015
Ico Insight : News, Resources, and Events fort he World’s Ophthalmologists

ICO Joins the IAPB Call to Support Advocacy for Universal Health Coverage

Current proposals being considered by the Inter-Agency and Expert Group on Sustainable Development Goals (IAEG-SDGs) suggest two priority indicators to achieve universal health coverage: (1) health service coverage and (2) financial risk protection––meaning that all people receive the quality health services they need, without being exposed to financial hardship.

The IAPB, the ICO, and others support this proposal and are urging the IAEG-SDGs to ensure that both indicators are kept within the framework. Effective tracking of both components will be vital to achieve universal health coverage and sustainable development goals. Without consideration of both indicators, policy and decision-makers cannot adequately assess progress or set appropriate policy.

Read more about the Universal Health Coverage advocacy letter to the Inter-Agency and Expert Group here:

Join Us at the WORLD Meeting in Las Vegas

William Felch, Jr. <br> ICO Chief Executive Officer William Felch, Jr.
ICO Chief Executive Officer

The ICO’s 12th annual World Ophthalmology Roundtable on Leadership Development (WORLD) will be noon to 1:45 p.m. on Saturday, November 14, 2015, at the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) Annual Meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada.

This year’s WORLD meeting “What Innovations Will Change the Future of Eye Care Globally?” will focus specifically on how eye health will change through innovation, technology, and industry advances. Presenters at this increasingly popular event will offer unique perspectives intended to inspire attendees to engage in lively and stimulating discussion.

The AAO Annual Meeting and WORLD will be at the Sands Expo/Venetian. For information about the AAO November 14–17 meeting and to see the scientific program, go to:

Please visit ICO booths #3045 and #3046 to learn more about ICO programs and the 2016 World Ophthalmology Congress® (WOC) February 5–9 in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Conference for Educators at AAO: Improving Teaching Effectiveness

Gabriela Palis, MD <br>  Chair, ICO Teaching the Teachers Committee Gabriela Palis, MD
Chair, ICO Teaching the Teachers Committee

The ICO will be holding its next Conference for Ophthalmic Educators on November 14, 2015, from 2–5:30 p.m. during the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) Annual Meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The Conference is open to all AAO registrants at no additional charge and is intended for anyone interested in education or in improving their teaching interventions. Participants will have the option to choose from a variety of workshops and group discussions based on their own particular interests.

Add the Conference to your schedule by searching “SYM02” in the AAO program browser. For detailed information, go to:

Bruce Spivey to be Recipient of the 2015 Laureate Recognition Award

Bruce Spivey, MD, MS, MEd Bruce Spivey, MD, MS, MEd

ICO Immediate Past President, Bruce Spivey, MD, MS, MEd, will be honored with the Laureate Recognition Award at the Opening Ceremony of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) Annual Meeting on Sunday, November 15, 2015. The Laureate is the Academy's highest honor.

Dr. Spivey trained as an ophthalmologist and a medical educator. He served as the President and Chief Executive Officer for several organizations, including the Pacific Presbyterian Medical Center, Northwestern Healthcare Network, and Columbia-Cornell Care. He was also Chief Executive Officer of California Healthcare Systems.

Dr. Spivey has served on many boards of regional, national, and international health care organizations and ophthalmologic societies. His service to ophthalmology includes 14 years as the Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of the AAO, and more recently, 20 years as Secretary General and then President of the ICO.

What Do You Know About Guadalajara?

The Mexican Society of Ophthalmology, the Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology, and local ophthalmologists look forward to welcoming you to Guadalajara, Mexico, February 5–9, 2016, for the next World Ophthalmology Congress® (WOC) of the International Council of Ophthalmology.

You may know that mariachis and tequila have their origins in Guadalajara, but did you also know there are captivating cultural experiences, such as seeing the unforgettable murals of Jose Clemente Orozco in the Cabañas Cultural Institute or going to the Teatro Degollado, the 1886 neo-classical building that’s home to the city’s opera and orchestra?

And while you might correctly suspect that Guadalajara has outstanding restaurants serving local specialties like huitlacoche and escamoles, did you know that the city offers a great shopping experience at Tlaque Paque? See more about what Guadalajara has to offer here:

WOC2016: Come for the dynamic scientific program and savor the experience. ¡Los esperamos en Guadalajara!

Register, reserve your hotel today, and learn more about WOC2016 now at

PAAO 2015 Congress: Awards and Honors

Congratulations to our colleagues who received awards and honors at the August 2015 Pan American Association of Ophthalmology (PAAO) Congress in Bogotá, Colombia.


  • A. Edward Maumenee Distinguished Services Medal: Cristián Luco, MD
  • Benjamin F. Boyd Humanitarian Award: Michael W. Brennan, MD, and Zélia Correa, MD
  • Gradle Medal for Good Teaching: Enrique Graue Wiechers, MD
  • ICO Mark Tso Golden Apple Award: Peter Quiros, MD
  • RRF/Kayser Global Award: J. William Harbour, MD
  • Troutman-Véronneau Prize: María Carolina Ortube, MD
  • IAPB–Vision 20/20 Francisco Contreras Award: Newton Kara José, MD
  • Lions/PAAO Award in Blindness Prevention: Virgilio Galvis, MD.

PAAO Guests of Honor

  • Carmen Barraquer, MD
  • Alvaro Rodríguez González, MD

Special Recognition

  • Eduardo Arenas Archila, MD
  • Alicia Martinez de Pacheco, MD
  • Paul Palmberg, MD
  • Carlos Vera Cristo, MD.

Named Lectures

  • Gradle Lecture: J. Fernando Arévalo, MD, FACS
  • Colombian Society of Ophthalmology Lecture: José Ramiro Prada Reyes, MD
  • AJO Lecture: Elmer Y. Tu, MD
  • Moacyr E. Alvaro Pan-American Lecture: Mark J. Mannis, MD.

The complete PAAO Final Program is available online in PDF format at:

New Ophthalmic History Journal Online

One of the many interests that ophthalmologists have––particularly senior ophthalmologists––is ophthalmic history and how the knowledge, skills, and practices from the past have developed and transformed into our contemporary practice of ophthalmology. 

For those interested in history, there is a new online journal: Historia Ophthalmologica Internationalis. The journal is free and is edited by Andrzej Grzybowski, MD, PhD, Professor of Ophthalmology 
and Head of the Department of Ophthalmology, Poznan, Poland, and Chair of Ophthalmology, University of Warmia and Mazury, Olsztyn, Poland. Jean-Paul Wayenborgh, the journal’s publisher, has a noted background in antiquarian medical literature and specializes in producing high quality books on the history of ophthalmology, optics, and ENT.

Both established and new authors are invited to contribute articles that cover the spectrum of ophthalmologic history, from physiology, anatomy, surgery, and medications to instrumentation. Published articles will be indexed on PubMed Central and Google Scholar.

In addition, the journal will be offering free online access to the English translation of Julius Hirschberg’s series The History of
 Ophthalmology. For more information about the journal and to submit an article, go to:

For those interested in scholarly forums, national ophthalmology history societies with long traditions and active annual meetings include the Cogan Ophthalmic History Society, the Julius Hirschberg Gesellschaft zur Geschichte der Augenheilkunde, and the Société Francophone d´Histoire de l´Ophtalmologie.

Ophthalmic Epidemiology Journal: Special Issue on Trachoma

The June 2015 issue of the journal Ophthalmic Epidemiology offers 14 articles related to trachoma. Titles include:

  • Trachoma Control: 14 Years Later
  • Global Elimination of Trachoma by 2020: A Work in Progress
  • The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) Launches Essential Equipment List for Screening and Surgery for Trachomatous Trichiasis.

To see the full issue and access articles, go to:

ICO Member Society News

The ICO is a global organization of Member societies––a community connecting the world's ophthalmologists–– working together to preserve and restore vision.

We thank ICO Member society, the North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society (NANOS), for their special mailing about the February 5–9, 2016, World Ophthalmology Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico.

NANOS is holding their 42nd annual meeting February 27–March 3, 2016, in Tucson, Arizona. Colleagues are invited to submit an abstract before the October 30, 2015, deadline by going to:

Find more information about the NANOS annual meeting at:

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