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Optometric Lectures at the VA Boston

The VA Boston Healthcare System in conjunction with the New England College of Optometry, presents the following lectures for two credit hours of Massachusetts Optometric CE Credit, (NOT COPE). These lectures are presented on Fridays by the current residents working within the VA Boston Healthcare System and NECO. Courses are FREE of change and open to the optometric community at large. All lectures will take place at 2:30 at the Boston VA West Roxbury Campus, Bignami Conference Room 2B-100-3 unless otherwise noted.

Fall 2016 Lecture Series

Friday, October 7, 2016, 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM  

  • Systemic and Ocular Findings of Zika Virus with Maria Denietolis, OD
  • Polypoidal Choroidal Vasculopathy with Renee Theroux, OD

Friday, October 14, 2016, 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM  

  • Diagnosis & Management of Torpedo Maculapathy with Jennifer Williams, MS, OD
  • The Last Muscle Standing: The Relative Sparing of Oculomotor Neurons and the Visual Pathway in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)  with Ran He, MS, OD

Friday, November 4, 2016, 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM  

  • Filamentary Keratitis with Katherine Schmidt, OD
  • Herpes Simplex Keratitis: Anterior Segment Complications with Kimberly Powell, OD

Friday, December 2, 2016, 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM  

  • Disks at Risk: The Nerve to Approach Differently with Lauren Guajardo, OD
  • Ocular Manifestations of Pemphigoid & Pemphigus with Kathleen Barr, OD

Friday, December 9, 2016, 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM    

(NOTE: Location is the BARSAMIAN AUDITORIUM 3C-108-1, which is located at the VA Boston, West Roxbury Roxbury Campus.)

  • Becoming Captain America: A Case of Blast Injury with Vanessa Ceglia, OD
  • Intraocular Metastasis with Concentration on Gastrointestinal Cancer and Lymphoma with Daria Borah, OD


Location: VA Boston West Roxbury Campus, Bignami Conference Room 2B-100-3, 1400 VFW Parkway, West Roxbury, MA 02121 (Bldg 3, Second Floor, Room 2B 100-3. NOTE: Enter on ground level, Building 3 and go to 2nd floor, Room 2B.) 

Time: Start times for lectures will be 2:30 pm and provide 2 credit hours of Massachusetts Continuing Optometric Education

Venue and start time may change at short notice. For more information and confirm each session the morning of the event, contact: Dr. Kevin Toolin, 774-826-1106, or  or Dr. Tak Chau,

Previous 2016 Lectures  

Friday, February 12, 2016, 2:30 pm: "Cranial Nerve 6 Palsies" with Sylvia Panora, OD & "NAION: The Unusual Suspects" with Alexandra Bennett, OD 
Friday, February 19, 2016, 2:30 pm: "An Optometric TED Talk" with Joseph Kane, OD & "Clinical Approach to Anterior Uveitis in the Elderly" with Stephanie Aguilar, OD 
Friday, March 18, 2016, 2:30 pm: "Sick RPE Syndrome" with Rachel Berkowitz, OD 
Friday, March 25, 2016, 2:30 pm: "Headaches" with Stephanie Chen, OD & "Progressive Supranuclear Palsy" with Kathleen Abarr, OD 
Friday, April 1, 2016, 2:30 pm: "Cotton Wool Spots and Systemic Considerations" with Oscar Leis, OD & "A Possible Pituitary Predicament" with Katheryn Matherly, OD
Friday, April 15, 2016, 2:30 pm: Syphilis: Systemic and Ocular Manifestations, Dr. Jenna Willard, OD

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