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WAEH Board meeting
Thursday 19 September 2019

  • Thursday 19 September 2019
  • Time: 13.00 UK time
  • Open to board members of the WAEH & invitees by the board
  • Teleconference


  • David Probert, Moorfields Eye Hospital, chair of the WAEH
  • Charity Wai, Singapore National Eye Centre, immediate past chair of the WAEH
  • Anders Boman, Sankt Erik Eye Hospital
  • Cathy Kowalewski, Wilmer Eye Institute – Johns Hopkins Hospital
  • Dato Kulasegaran, Tun Hussein On National Eye Hospital
  • Dr. Nelson, Kellogg Eye Center, USA, board member
  • Rodrigo Hasegawa, Hoftalon Eye Hospital, Brasil
  • Brendon Gardner, Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital
  • Yvonne Koppelman, Rotterdam Eye Hospital
  • Koen Vermeer, Rotterdam Eye Hospital
  • Wim Oosterom – external WAEH advisor to the board

Not able to attend

  • Ron Treffers, Rotterdam Eye Hospital

Organized by

  • Maaike van Zuilen, WAEH


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Programme WAEH board meeting in SF
  • Programme
  • Extra board meeting during AAO – 12 – 15 October 2019 – location: San Francisco
  • The extra board meeting will give us also the chance to meet up with our full member in SF and the AAEECE – Rick Seefeldt is current also
  • Structure of the meeting:
    • Saturday October 12 – Meet with potential sponsors at AAO – Charity / Maaike
    • Sunday October 13 WAEH board meeting in San Francisco: with from 02.00pm to 04.00pm brainstorm about Disruptive Innovations in Ophthalmology – lead by mr Mark Zawacki from 650 Labs from Silicon Valley. This brainstorm is meant as input for new projects. 
      Concept list of all the ways Silicon Valley could ‘disrupt’ ophthalmics:
      1. Glucose-sensing contact lenses (from Verity, Google subsidiary)
      2. Machine based screening & diagnosis
      3. Smartphone based imaging
      4. Contact lens renewal by app
      5. Crowdsourced low vision support
      6. Virtual- and augmented-reality treatment
      A well known market research firm tracks to best 100 AI companies globally.  They believe that 83 of the best 100 are in the United States and 66 of the 100 are in Silicon Valley. Mark will share this research on the 13th. USD $1.5B has been invested in 114 eye healthcare startups over the past 5 years.
    • Sunday evening October 13:
      17.30 – 19.00 Small diner: WAEH board
      19.00 – Reception of the annual INGO reception – Location: Hilton San Francisco Union Square Hotel, starting at 7 pm – Thulasiraij will be there – unfortunately not possible to attend the WAEH board meeting. Suggestion is to meet him and possible other eyehospital directors at the reception.

    • Monday October 14:
      • Morning: visit UCSF:

        Vision Center tour at 830am
        We will meet at 815am at 490 Illinois at the Webcor Trailer.
        Contactperson: Patrick McGee – Vision Cented project leader. He or one of his real estate managers will give us a tour of the new vision center.
        We will join the AAEECE memberes at UCSF at 10 Koret, Suite 302 for the AAEECE meeting with philanthropy, and Amazon coming to present.

      • Afternoon – WAEH / AAEECE combined meeting in the afternoon visits to headquarters of Zeiss / Google (to be confirmed)
    • Monday night: dinner with AAEECE members – 7pm at Bluestem Brasserie

    • Tuesday October 15 – possible extra visits to innovative locations in SF / silicon valley / Monday or Tuesday morning/afternoon visit UCSF Eye Health (USA)
  • Proposal is to arrive on Friday or Saturday and leave Tuesday night or later
New potential members

a. New member: New York Eye & Ear Hospital (via AAEECE)
b. India – received application
c. Rusland – received application
d. Mexico – received application

Board composition update
  1. Overview ‘New’ or 2019 re-elected members:
    1. Aravind – We will meet Thulsi in SF
    2. Hoftalon
    3. Kellogg
    4. RVEEH
  2. Review document about board composition
  3. Chair
From Chapters to Allied Help
To be reviewed
  1. Board meeting minutes June 2019

Feedback from THONEH to include the following comments in the minutes of June:

1) Reference to Para 4 on Annual Meeting 2020 – 2021 – 2022 – 2023

– With specific reference to Annual Meeting 2020 wherein it states as follows:
“Dates WAEH 2020: 13 – 17 October 2020
The main meeting will take place in Singapore
With a one day visit to Malaysia”

– Whereas THONEH understands the Annual Meeting 2020 will be co-equally planned and organised between Singapore and Malaysia, i.e.

a) 13, 14 and 15 (morning) October 2020 in Singapore,
b) with 15 (afternoon) being travel from Singapore to Malaysia, and
c) 15 (evening) Welcome Reception in Malaysia, followed by 16 and 17 October 2020 the Malaysian segment of the Annual Meeting

– Among the features we have planned to fill the Malaysian segment on 16 and 17 October 2020 are The Tun Hussein Onn’s (3rd Prime Minister of Malaysia and the Founder Chairman of THONEH) Oration in Ophthalmology, to be delivered by Prof. Dr. Robert Ritch, during the Banquet Dinner scheduled on 17 October 2020. Prof. Dr. Robert Ritch has confirmed his participation and attendance.

– We have also blocked the Ballroom at Sheraton Petaling Jaya (which neighbour’s THONEH) for the 3 in 1 Dinner, namely, WAEH Annual Meeting, ASEAN Association of Eye Hospitals (AAEH) meeting and THONEH’s 34th Anniversary Banquet Dinner, coinciding with WAEH Annual Meeting 2020 in Kuala Lumpur. This Banquet Dinner will include three organisations, namely, WAEH, AAEH and THONEH.

2) Reference to Para 5 on Proposal regarding Chapters

– We are informed that the decision of the WAEH Board was to approve the establishment of Chapter Membership in principle, subject to the relationship to be worked out by Mr Wim Oosterom and Dato Kulasegaran, and to be presented at the next WAEH Board Meeting. It was stipulated by the Board that a minimum of at least 40% of the members in the Chapter must be members of WAEH.

  1. Decisions and action points
Wrap up

Next board meetings in 2019:

  • Sunday October 13 WAEH board meeting in San Francisco
  • Next board meeting: Tuesday 3 December 2019 12:00 UK time