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WAEH Board meeting Agenda
San Francisco 2019

  • Sunday October 13 – 2019, Monday October 14, Tuesday October 15 – visit GOOGLE
  • Open to board members of the WAEH & invitees by the board
  • Location: San Francisco
  • Hotel: Kimpton Buchanan Hotel, 1800 Surter Street, San Francisco, CA 94115, USA – TBC as location for board meeting


  • 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
  • Rodrigo Hasegawa, Hoftalon Eye Hospital, Brasil
  • Koen Vermeer, Rotterdam Eye Hospital, invited board member
  • Wim Oosterom – external WAEH advisor to the board

Not able to attend

  • Dato Kulasegaran, Tun Hussein On National Eye Hospital
  • Dr. Nelson, Kellogg Eye Center, USA
  • Brendon Gardner, Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital
  • Yvonne Koppelman, Rotterdam Eye Hospital
  • Rutnin Eye Hospital

Organized by

  • Maaike van Zuilen, WAEH


Agenda itemContent
Review structure of the meeting
  • Sunday October 13 – 10.00 – 17.00 – Board meeting in Hotel

  • Sunday 14.00 – 16.00 – call information sent Sunday October 6
    • 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: Glucose-sensing contact lenses (from Verity, Google subsidiary) / Machine based screening & diagnosis / Smartphone based imaging / Contact lens renewal by app / Crowdsourced low vision support / 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.
    • Want to know more about Mark?
  • Sunday evening 
    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 from Aravind Eye Care 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. During this dinner we will also meet Suzanne Gilbert from SEVA.

  • Monday October 14
    • Morning 08.30 – 10.30: tour in UCSF Eye Health (USA) – 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.
    • From approx. 11.00 WAEH / AAEECE combined meeting with afternoon visits to headquarters of Zeiss
  • Monday night: dinner with AAEECE members

  • Tuesday October 15 – 08.15 – leave from Hotel / Visit Google Head Office in Silicon Valley

              Agenda Google meeting

             Address: 3400 Hillview Ave, Palo Alto, CA 943043400 Hillview Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94304

             10:00 AM to 10:15 AM: Intros 
             10:15 AM to 11:00 AM: WAEH presentations (10 minute talk + 5 min discussion each). 
              WAEH speakers: David Probert (Moorfields), Koen Vermeer (Rotterdam) and Rick Seefeldt (UCSF)

             11:00 AM to 11:30 PM: Google presentations (10 minute talk + 5 min discussion each).  
             11:30 PM to 12:00 PM: Discussion 
             12:00 PM to 1:00 PM: Lunch & follow-up discussions @ Google Cafe
Outcomes annual meeting London

Proposal Nurse Innovation Grant – Lead by Tracy Luckett and Adam Mapani from Moorfields together with nursing directors and nurses from the WAEH network – to be received

Structure & Strategy update

a. Update Structure & Strategy of the WAEH

    1. Whitepaper
    2. WAEH Projects – Outcomes meeting in Dubai 2018
      1. 2019 update 
        1. Medical Outcomes – Review Project Progress Report (received October 10) + Next Steps
        2. Education:
          1. Enuncleation – Melbourne – Check Project Progress Report + Next Steps
          2. Know your drops – Part of the Knowledge Hub + Next Steps 
        3. Technical / AI – No project in 2019 – Proposal AI whitepaper 2019-2020?
      2. Projects 2020: review themes meeting Dubai / focus 2020 on…
        1. Outcomes brainstorm Dubai
        2. Phase I – What did we focus on / what was executed
        3. Phase II – What’s next 2020
  • Board composition and new focus of the board members
    1. Plan for Q4 2019 – and 2020
    2. Roles & Responsibilities

a. Membership fees: per January 1 2020 – no group rebate
b. New member acquisition

  • Sponsored membership: update Kenya, next membership?
  • Acquisition Strategy 2019 – 2020
Annual meeting 2020
(Singapore / & 2021)


  • Days
  • Themes? Brainstorm in SF
  • Programme – Possible keynotes
  • Sponsoring – Working group – what did we learn from WAEH2019 London?
  • Call for abstracts – open from January 2020
  • Call for projects – open from January 2020
  • Extra visits
To be reviewed
  1. Board meeting minutes June 2019 (Updated with Feedback from THONEH)
  2. Board meeting minutes September 2019

Update regarding the Orenburg application:

MVZ has contacted the Orenburg Eye Complex to check regarding their residency programme:

“Please, be advised that our clinic acts like a platform for residents from ophthalmological department of Orenburg state medical university (local medical university) and from our head office (located in Moscow), which means that we actually train residents, but do not sign any papers directly with them. Sign any papers mean: that the contract is signed by the resident on the one part and by either our head office or Orenburg medical university on the other part, but the training itself takes place in our clinic.”

         3. Decisions and action points

Wrap up
  • Next board meeting 2019 / 2020

a. Next board meeting: Tuesday 3 December 2019 12:00 UK time
b. 2020