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8 September 2021

During the annual meetings members have the opportunity to collaborate and exchange information and knowledge about all kinds of topics. Good examples of this include improving the efficiency in the service given to patients and continuous development of patient pathways.

Since the establishment of the WAEH in 2007 in Rotterdam, the WAEH has had the opportunity to visit eyehospitals in Rotterdam and Leuven (2007), Singapore, Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur (annual meeting 2008), Sweden, Finland and Estonia (annual meeting 2009), Melbourne and Jakarta (annual meeting 2010), in London and Leuven (annual meeting 2011), Seoul and Bangkok (2012), Mexico (2013), India and Dubai (2014), Singapore (2015), Rotterdam (2016), the 11thannual meeting was hosted by the Tianjin Medical University Eye Hospital in China (2017), the 12th by the Kellogg Eye Center from Ann Arbor, USA and the 13th annual meeting in London (2019). In 2020 we had a fully digital event due to Corona. This year’s Annual Meeting (2021) will also be digital and will be hosted by: St Erik Eye Hospital (Stockholm, Sweden) and Wilmer Eye Institute – Johns Hopkins Medicine (Baltimore, USA).

WAEH 15th Annual Meeting theme

2021 – Forward together – Developing the Eye Care of the Future.

The Eye Hospital of the Future

  • Background philosophy behind building smart eye hospitals
  • Adaptability to new challenges and impact of  technical developments
  • Designing new eyehospitals: future proof and providing healthy environments for patients and employees
  • The building process – To move to a new hospital building – lessons learned

Date: 8 September 2021
Time 15th annual WAEH Meeting: 13.00PM – 15.00PM CET, Stockholm time
Time Member Meeting 2021: 15.00PM – 15.30PM CET, Stockholm time

Keynote by White Architects – Architects of the St. Erik Eye Hospital and the new upcoming Moorfields Eye Hospital

Design proposals for Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and UCL’s Institute of Ophthalmology (project name Oriel) were approved by Camden Council’s planning committee at the end of June. Designed by White Arkitekter, AECOM and Penoyre & Prasad, Oriel integrates world-class eye care and research for Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and UCL’s Institute of Ophthalmology, within the high-tech setting of the King’s Cross & St Pancras Knowledge Quarter.

The ambition was to shape a place that was far removed from the traditional British hospital or healthcare facility. In a similar vein to White’s Swedish healthcare project New Karolinska biomedical campus in Stockholm, Oriel is designed to actively foster knowledge exchange between leading care and research institutions to deliver the greatest benefits for patients.

Drawing on White Arkitekter’s significant research into healing environments, light and materiality, our evidence-based design supports recovery, while shaping a high-performance workplace for staff.

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        Cathy Kowalewski
        COO Wilmer Eye Institute – Johns Hopkins
        Member of the Board – WAEH

        Maaike van Zuilen
        Global Lead – WAEH

        With a special welcome by Anders Boman, Chair of the WAEH

        Mr. Anders Boman – St. Erik Eyehospital, Stockholm, Sweden
        Eye Center of Excellence
        In September 2020, St. Erik Eye Hospital moved to new premises. Relocating to the rapidly growing life science area in Hagastaden will give us even greater opportunities to provide our patients with Sweden’s best ophthalmology care. The proximity to Karolinska University Hospital and Karolinska Institutet will contribute to a more extensive exchange of knowledge and resources within healthcare, research and education. The vision is to create an Eye Centre of Excellence in Hagastaden in order to stimulate care, research and development within the field of ophthalmology. This can be accomplished by a close collaboration with other players within the fields of healthcare, academia and business.
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        Keynote – White Arkitekter

        • Hans Forsmark, Architect Partner: About the new building of St. Erik Eye Hospital 

        • Caroline Varnauskas, Architect Partner: About the interior architecture of Moorfields Oriel
          Introduced by Miss Dhanes Thomas FRCOphth FRCSEd MD – Moorfields Eye Hospital

          Oriel: Vertical Integration for excellence in eye services

        It is broadly accepted in modern health care delivery that flexible, resourceful and innovative building design is likely to create an environment for innovation to flourish.

        In this presentation we wish to share the roadmap towards creating a bespoke, dedicated eye hospital facility in central London. Excellence in eyecare will not only be incorporated into a world class, patient centred structural and operational design, but it will be integrally engineered around a detailed analysis of current and future clinical, research, educational, economic and operational drivers.

        This presentation will describe the key stages in identifying the core essentials by which the deliverables and desirable elements were derived, together with the identification of constraints, with specific focus on:
        1) Patient and Staff Consultation to inform the design process
        2) Challenges orthodoxies by creating vertical integration of clinical, research and education in eye care, thereby optimizing the opportunities for “bench-to-bedside” translational medicine and early access for patients to new therapies
        3) The benefits of shared space in providing opportunities for staff and service integration together with cost saving in communal facilities.

        We believe that processes involved in this project can be used to inform the design and planning of future eye hospital projects.


        Presentations by members

        • 13.45
          Prof.dr. Carroll Webers – University Eye Clinic Maastricht UMC, Maastricht, The Netherlands
          Eye on Design: Building and designing an office for your ophthalmological practice
          The University Eye Clinic Maastricht is based in a seven storeys high ‘Eye Tower’, located on the grounds of the Maastricht UMC. This is one building in which unsurpassed eye care – a unique combination of routine, basic eye care and highly specialized care – education, teaching and scientific research is combined.

          In this presentation Professor Carroll Webers, head and chairman of the clinic, will talk about the creative process of designing an eye clinic and will present some highlights of the building.

          The University Clinic for Ophthalmology Maastricht UMC is responsible for the basic academic and eye care in the service area of ​​the Maastricht UMC +. Ophthalmic practices in the Atrium Medical Center Parkstad Heerlen at the sites, Brunssum and Kerkrade are part of the University Clinic of Ophthalmology, and the Polyclinic Ophthalmology Sint Truiden (Belgium). At the University Clinic of Ophthalmology 20 ophthalmologists, 24 optometrists work in training, three senior researchers and a varying number of PhD students. They are supported by approximately 40 employees.

        • 13.55
          Mrs. Kristy Davidson, Mrs. Deborah Phillips, Mr. Ed Holman, Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute, Baltimore, USA

          Since 1925, the Wilmer Eye Institute has been leading the way in diagnosis and management of complex medical and surgical eye disease. Wilmer provides solutions that transform medical outcomes through unparalleled collaboration and innovation. With the inception of satellite clinics in 1995, Wilmer has been able to expand hospital care into a community setting.

        • 14.05
          Dr. Abdulaziz Ibrahim AlRajhi, CEO, King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

          The King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital (KKESH), a 250-bed hospital inaugurated in 1983, is the largest ophthalmic tertiary referral center in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, operated by the Ministry of Health (MOH). The hospital provides quality tertiary ophthalmic care to the patients it serves and promotes the delivery of Kingdom-wide ophthalmic care through its outreach, educational, and research programs. For more than two decades, KKESH has been recognized for excellence in its delivery of ophthalmic patient care, for its strong educational programs (including continuing medical education seminars and symposia, and training of ophthalmology residents and subspecialty fellows and other allied healthcare personnel), and its highly successful research programs.
          During the WAEH meeting Dr. Abdulaziz Ibrahim AlRajhi will share knowledge and experience about smart clinics, Zero Water Waste – Recycled water and the KKESH Indoor Navigation System.

        • 14.15
          Mr. Rick Seefeldt – Koret Eye Institute, Wayne and Gladys Valley Center for Vision, UCSF Health, San Francisco, USA

          Rick Seefeldt, MHA, FACHE, Director of the Koret Eye Institute at University of California, San Francisco (top 10 US News in Eye Hospitals), will present on their new $200 million eye institute design and launch in 2020. Emphasis will be placed on modern eye center design and architecture, state of the art construction and technology enabled patient care and services. Q&A will be provided to enable best insights from this session.


        Panel discussion


        WAEH Project Enucleation – Phase II: Patient communications – Prof. Dr. Nelson, Kellogg Eye Center – U.S.A.


        Wrap up

        15.00 PM – 15.30PM

        Member Meeting

        During the Member Meeting the members of the WAEH review the annual report 2020, look at the finances, talk about the activities of 2022-2023 and many more topics.

        If you are a member of the WAEH, you will have received an email with needed agenda and documents.

        Did not receive the agenda? Please email Maaike van Zuilen:

        PLUS: Announcement New Chair 2021 – 2023

        Abstracts 2021

        Want to present?
        Submission deadline: 30 June 2021

        Open for registration!


        Open for registration!


        Business people shaking hands after successful meeting

        Want to be part of this meeting?

        Sponsor the 15th annual WAEH meeting

        The package includes:

        • One entree ticket for one person
        • Mention + logo in two newsletters
        • Mention + logo in one social media message
        • Mention + logo on the website
        • One Zoom meeting with one board member (max 30 minutes)

        Package: 1500,- euro per company.  

        Extra entree tickets cost: 750, – per person (maximum of three)

        The WAEH is accepting a maximum of five sponsoring companies. 

        Interested to be part of the WAEH meeting?

        Please contact Maaike van Zuilen:
        Or call: +31 (0)6 456 32 117

        Meeting fees 2021

        Full members: two attendees included in the WAEH membership
        Associate members: one attendee included in the WAEH membership

        Would you like to register more attendees?  
        Registration fee: 75,- euro per extra attendee

        Not a WAEH member? Euro 150,-
        Company? Please check the sponsor opportunities.

        Artists from 2019

        Dean Rossiter is an internationally exhibiting artist from London. Known throughout Europe, Asia and America for his unique approach to painting.

        Idoia Zubia is a French and Spanish artist. She has worked in fashion, decoration and textiles for 17 years.

        One of her most remarkable work was an order from Givenchy to hand paint a dress for the singer Beyonce, at the MET of New York in 2016.

        Media enquiries

        Our communications team manages all media enquiries and requests for filming and photography of the upcoming 2021 meeting.  

        We can:

        • Help you find experts for a wide range of eye diseases and eye health issues from all over the world 
        • Oversee filming and photography during the 2021 meeting
        • Provide the latest news about the WAEH 

        We are keen to promote the work being carried out by all our member eye hospitals in the media. 

        Contacting the WAEH team

        Name: Maaike van Zuilen
        Phone: + 31 6 456 32 117 
        Email:   We look forward to hearing from you!