Seeing the Big Picture: Managing the Complexities of DME Treatment



8:00 pm - 8:45 pm ET

8:45 pm - 9:00 pm ET

Learning Objectives

• Using case-based discussion, explore different disease manifestations unique to DME and discuss
   management strategies
• Discuss optimal treatment approaches for various patient sub-types, including baseline predictive factors
• Review the impact of recent and historical trial evidence on clinical practice patterns 


  • Charles Wykoff


    Charles Wykoff, MD, PhD, graduated Phi Beta Kappa from MIT, received his PhD from Oxford University in England while on a Marshall Scholarship, and his MD from Harvard Medical School. As a medical student he co-authored the book Fighting Global Blindness. While pursuing vitreoretinal training at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute he was awarded a Heed Fellowship, the Ronald G. Michels Fellowship Award, and served as Chief Resident/Co-Director of Ocular Trauma.

    Dr. Wykoff has extensive expertise in clinical trial design and coordination. His research interests pertain to angiogenesis and retinal vascular diseases including age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and venous occlusive diseases, as well as vitreoretinal surgery topics such as retinal detachment and macular surgery. Dr. Wykoff has written and published over 120 peer-reviewed scientific manuscripts, book chapters, national meeting presentations and abstracts. Dr. Wykoff is Director of the Retina Consultants of Houston and Houston Methodist Hospital joint Argus II retinal prosthetic program – the only Gulf Coast site approved for surgical implantation of this unique technology for patients blind from retinitis pigmentosa. Dr. Wykoff is Co-Director of the Greater Houston Retina Research Foundation, was awarded the American Academy of Ophthalmology Achievement Award in 2015 and is an elected member of the Retina Society and the Macula Society. He also serves as the Academic Program Director for the Vit-buckle Society Annual Meeting, and is a member of the AAO, ARVO, ASRS and FACS.

  • Caroline Baumal


    Caroline R. Baumal, MD is a Professor of Ophthalmology and Director of Retinopathy of Prematurity Service at New England Eye Center, Tufts Medical Center in Boston, MA. She specializes in diseases and surgery of the retina and vitreous. Her research interests include novel retinal imaging and drug development, which are a continuation from her fellowship research using the first prototype OCT and working with drug implants and photodynamic therapy. Her clinical interests include age-related maculopathy, diabetic retinopathy, complex vitreoretinal surgery, and retinopathy of prematurity (ROP).   
    Dr. Baumal completed medical school and ophthalmology residency at the University of Toronto after undergraduate studies at McGill University. She completed two fellowships: one at New England Eye Center, Boston in Medical Retina and Lasers and another in Vitreoretinal Diseases and Surgery at Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia. Dr. Baumal is Board Certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology She received the Crystal Apple and Senior Honor Awards from the American Society of Retinal Specialists, the Senior Achievement Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the Donald Gass Beacon of Sight award from the Florida Ophthalmologic Society.  She is on the editorial board for Ophthalmic Surgery, Lasers and Imaging (OSLI) Retina and Retina Cases and Brief Reports journals. Dr. Baumal has authored over 125 publications, 28 book chapters on retinal diseases and recently edited the book Treatment of Diabetic Retinopathy.  She is actively involved in teaching vitreoretinal fellows and residents and was previously Director of Education and the Residency program at New England Eye Center.
  • John Kitchens


    John W. Kitchens, MD received his undergraduate degree from the University of Evansville, and his Doctor of Medicine degree from Indiana University School of Medicine. He served his ophthalmology residency at the University of Iowa Hospital. He completed his fellowship and was the Chief Resident at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami. Dr. Kitchens is listed in Castle Connolly’s Top Doctors, America’s Top Ophthalmologists and Best Doctors in America. He enjoys speaking both nationally and internationally about new treatments for age-related macular degeneration (AMD), diabetes, and vascular disease.

    Dr. Kitchens has developed several innovative surgical techniques and has been awarded the American Society Retina Specialists “Rhett Buckler” Award on 3 different occasions. He is featured on the Discovery Channel’s Mystery Diagnosis. He is a National Board Examiner and is listed on the OSN Retina Top 150 Innovators in Medical Surgical Retina.
  • Nathan Steinle


    Dr. Steinle received his undergraduate and medical training in his home state of South Dakota, where he was named the class valedictorian and graduated with summa cum laude honors. After completing his ophthalmology residency at the University of Kentucky, he had the fortune of completing his surgical vitreoretinal fellowship at the renowned Cleveland Clinic, which is widely regarded as a top institutions in all of medicine. 
    Dr. Steinle has received numerous accolades including the honor of being named Chief Resident and earning the prestigious Wirtschafter Award recognizing the finest resident teacher. During his fellowship, he was also named the best teacher at the Cleveland Clinic. Further accolades include a Senior ASRS Honors Award for his scientific contributions, as well as an International Best of ARVO Award for his research. He is also an elected member of the renowned Retina Society. He has published numerous book chapters and research articles. Dr. Steinle serves on several global steering committees and is a principal investigator in a number of research trials including novel therapies for AMD and diabetes. 


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