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Monday, October 11th

Travel from AAO to Baltimore
Travel from home country to Baltimore

Arrivals in Hotel:

Residence Inn Baltimore at Johns Hopkins
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Tuesday, October 12th


Hosted by the Wilmer Eye Institute Johns Hopkins

09.45 am

For the members of the board: Pick up from hotel for the board meeting

By volunteers of the Wilmer Eye Johns Hopkins

Board Meeting

10.00 – 12.00 noon

12.00 – 12.45

Board Meeting

Board Meeting Lunch


Coffee / Tea Including Lunch (15 people)

  1. Welcome greetings
  2. Board meeting agenda: check knowledge hub

Smith Building 6th floor / board room

Registration for all participants

12.00 noon

Registration for all participants

@ Residence Inn by Marriott: Jones Falls Conference Room, 3rd Fl

Lunch not included

Residence Inn by Marriott @Jones Falls Conference Room, 3rd Fl.

1.00 pm

For all participants

Walk from Hotel to the Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures Building
2-Minute Walk – The Wilmer team will lead us the way

1812 Ashland Avenue, Suite 110, Baltimore MD 21205

Tour Innovative Location

1.30 – 4.00 pm

Tour Innovative Location
Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures (JHTV)

Please note: this part of the meeting will also be shared via ZOOM.

Intro remarks and Q&A with

Christy Wyskiel and Dr. Peter Mc Donnell, Director

Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures

About innovation in eyecare / start ups

Faculty presentations with discussion about entrepreneurship/innovation in ophthalmology at JHU: Justin Hanes, PhD & Mandeep Singh, MD PhD – about their experiences with JHTV and how they supported their research and launch their discoveries

Annual Report of Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures (JHTV)

*To be followed at 3pm by coffee reception & facility tours

4.00 pm – 5.30 pm

Member Meeting

  • Welcome
  • Financial Annual Accounts
  • Activity Plan
  • Budget & Feescheme
  • Board Composition
    • Board voting
    • Vacancies
  • 2022 >>> 2024: brainstorm with members

Patz lecture hall in Wilmer

Chaired by Cathy Kowalewski, Chair Board WAEH

Moderated by Wim Oosterom, Advisor to the board
& Maaike van Zuilen, Lead of the WAEH

For the agenda and documents, go to:

WAEH Member meeting 2022

Login for the agenda needed? Mail Maaike van Zuilen:

WAEH Welcoming Dinner

06.00 pm

WAEH Welcoming Dinner

Registration for all participants

Get to know your fellow-members
Speed dating with WAEH members

16th on the Park Rooftop Restaurant, Residence Inn by Marriott @ Johns Hopkins

Wednesday, October 13th Day I

Smith Atrium

08.30 am

Pick up from hotel

Walk to Smith Atrium (10-Minute Walk)

08.45 am


Coffee & Tea

Smith Building Atrium, 400 N. Broadway

Start 16th Annual WAEH Meeting

09.00 am


Surprise welcome

09.05 am

Welcome address
Mrs. Cathy Kowalewski

President of the Executive Board of the World Association of Eyehospitals

Wilmer Eye Institute Johns Hopkins

09.08 am

Welcoming remarks – Introduction to the Wilmer Eye Institute
Dr. Peter McDonnell, MD

Professor and Director

Wilmer Eye Institute Johns Hopkins

Theme: Innovation in Eyehospitals Worldwide: Artificial Intelligence

Moderated by: Dr. Shameema Sikder and Dr. Alvin Liu, Wilmer Eye Institute Johns Hopkins


Innovation in Maryland
Mrs. Renee Winsky

Chair of the Maryland Innovation Initiative and the Maryland E-Nnovation Initiative Funding Authorities

President & Founder

Bay One Group, LLC

Maryland Department of Commerce, Baltimore, USA


Impact of the Innovation Strategy in Maryland: two examples
Dr. Laura Ensign, PhD

Marcella E. Woll Professorship in Ophthalmology, Associate Professor of 

Ophthalmology, ChemBE, BME, Pharm & Mol Sci, GynOb, ID, Oncology

Vice Chair for Research, Wilmer Eye Institute

The Center for Nanomedicine

Dr. Jeff Mumm, PhD

Helen Larson & Charles Glenn Grover Chair in Ophthalmology

Associate Professor of Ophthalmology, Neuroscience, and Human Genetics

Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Director, High-throughput Phenotypic Screening (HPS) Core

Co-director, Functional Investigations in Zebrafish facility

Wilmer Eye Institute- Johns Hopkins University


AI @ Wilmer
Overview of AI initiatives across the School of Medicine and the University, and how Wilmer is using our expertise in AI to help lead these initiatives
AI-based diabetic retinopathy screening at Hopkins:
Closing the Diabetic Retinal Exam Care Gap: Integration of Autonomous AI Technology Increases Access
Dr. T. Y. (Alvin) Liu, MD

Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology

Wilmer Eye Institute- Johns Hopkins University


Artificial Intelligence @ Moorfields – and update about the cooperation with Google
Mr. Richard LeeMr. Richard Lee

Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon

Moorfields Eye Hospital, London, United Kingdom

Richard Lee is Clinical Director of Research & Development, Moorfields Eye Hospital Foundation NHS Trust in London, UK.  He is also a professor at University College London’s Institute of Ophthalmology.  He is responsible for strategic and operational oversight of Moorfields research programme spanning experimental medicine through to big data and artificial intelligence.  

This talk will summarise Moorfields’ activities in health data research including its leadership of the INSIGHT hub in partnership with other UK NHS trusts. This is the largest biorepository of ophthalmic images linked to clinical records in the world.  The relationship between Moorfields and commercial partners, including their collaboration with Google DeepMind, will also be covered. 


Coffee & Tea Break


Artificial Intelligence Driven Surgical Performance Assessment
Dr. Shameema Sikder, MD

Associate professor of Ophthalmology

Wilmer Eye Institute- Johns Hopkins University


Smartphone screening for anterior segment diseases: A pilot study combining community health workers and remote ophthalmologist review
Dr. Nakul Shekhawat, MD

Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology

Wilmer Eye Institute- Johns Hopkins University

Theme: Innovation in Eyehospitals Worldwide


Telemedicine as a tool in Innovation in eye care services

Dr. Hassan AlDhibi

Chairman of Eligibility & Outreach

Chairman of Uveitis

Senior Academic Consultant Ophthalmologist (Vitreoretinal and Uveitis)

King Khaled Specialist Eye Hospital, Saudi Arabia


Innovation at Aier  

Mr. LiLi – represented by Mrs. Chloe Mengdi Chen

Theme: Sharing Knowledge Worldwide

Moderated by: Rahul Shah, Wilmer Eye


An Overview of the Residency Programme at St Eriks Eye Hosptial and future opportunities for Collaboration


Dr. Alexander Berg Rendahl

Chief of Residence

St. Erik Eye Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden


Pediatric fellowship in Ghana


Dr. Grace Wang

Pediatric Ophthalmology Faculty

Kellogg Eye Center, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA



Theme: Hospital Management – Focusing on Wellbeing and Leadership

Moderated by: Ruth Gill, Manager Human Resources & Melanie Brown, Sr. Marketing & Communications Manager, Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins University

1.30 pm

Optimizing Throughput; Enhancing Experience
Mrs. Ping Yen Gu


Singapore National Eye Centre, Singapore

2.00 pm

Clinician Burnout; a Summary of research in The Rotterdam Eye Hospital / WAEH project
Mr. Jos Hubers

Manager Human Resources

Rotterdam Eye Hospital, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Marc VeldkampMr. Marc Veldkamp

Senior HR Consultant

Rotterdam Eye Hospital, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

2.15 pm

Staff Wellness Program in an Ophthalmic Ambulatory Centre
Mrs. Huey Peng Log

Director of Nursing

Singapore National Eye Centre, Singapore

2.30 pm

Ergonomic Interventions to Reduce Pain Ophthalmology


Dr. Amy Zhang, MD

Assistant Professor, Ophthalmologist

University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center, Ann Arbor, USA

2.45 pm

Leadership Development
Mrs. Loretta Sheales

Executive Director People & Communication

Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, Melbourne, Australia

3.00 pm

Coffee & Tea Break

WAEH Project 2022

3.30 pm

WAEH project:
Patient Eye Drops Education Package – a WAEH funded project – To be implemented by all members – Launched on World Sight Day
Mrs. Sinead Cucanic

Director of Surgical Services

Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, Melbourne, Australia

Hospital tour 4.00 – 5.30: start in Smith and go over to the Wilmer >>>

07.00 pm

WAEH Dinner – Facultative 


  • 16th on the Park Rooftop Restaurant, Residence Inn by Marriott @ Johns Hopkins
  • Fells point: city centre
  • Baltimore harbor

Please be aware of your surroundings…

09.00 pm

Thursday, October 14th Day II

Smith Building

08.30 am

Pick up from hotel

Walk to location (10-Minute Walk)


Coffee & Tea

Start DAY II – 16th Annual WAEH Meeting

Theme: Philanthropy

This part of the WAEH conference is also offered online:

Moderated by: Mrs. Megan Ward, Executive Director of Development, Wilmer Eye Institute Johns Hopkins, USA

09.00 am

Mrs. Cathy Kowalewski

President of the World Association of Eyehospitals

Wilmer Eye Institute Johns Hopkins, Baltimore, USA


Fundraising at Johns Hopkins
Mr. Steve Rum

Vice President for Development & Alumni Relations, Fund for Johns Hopkins Medicine

Wilmer Eye Institute Johns Hopkins, USA

For the past seventeen years, as Vice President for Development and Alumni Affairs, for Johns Hopkins Medicine, Steve Rum has been the leader of  the development organization that has generated on average over $1billion dollars every four years. This fundraising organization with over 200 employees and raising on average $350m per year in the past five years and is one of the largest of its kind in the U.S. The development operation encompasses four affiliated hospitals, sixteen clinical departments, the Institute of Basic Sciences and an alumni affairs department. In his 31 year career, he has led medical institutions that have now cumulatively raised over $6B.

Wilmer Eye Institute Johns Hopkins, Baltimore, USA


Fundraising Strategy at UCSF
Mrs. Deb Chesky

All May See Foundation President – Philanthropy

UCSF Eye Health / Koret Eye Institute, San Francisco, USA


Developing a Fundraising Strategy at RVEEH: Designing a Fundraising Strategy driven by data and broadening revenue streams outside of Bequests
Miss. Emma Moore

Director Fundraising & Philanthropy

Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, Melbourne, Australia

New & Upcoming Member Presentations

Moderated by: Maaike van Zuilen, WAEH


Introduction to the Opty Eye Hospital Chain
Dr. Takashi Hida

Head Cataract Division
Brasília Ophthalmology Hospital HOB
Chairman OPTY Eye Hospital Chain Medical Affairs

Opty Eye Hospital Chain, Brasil


Sustainability & Improved Patient Care through Education & Training in Uzbekistan
Mrs. Nikki Hafezi

Chief Strategy Officer

Tashkent International Medical Center, Uzbekistan

Nikki Hafezi-Kristoffersen is a management consultant in strategy, business development, intellectual
property management, fundraising and quality management systems. She specializes in medical devices
and hospital management with a focus in ophthalmology and vision science.

Mrs. Hafezi has built and managed a global-leading vision institute and research center in Zurich,
launched a center for international clinical research for the largest eye hospital in Switzerland, and
founded the largest charity dedicated to a specific eye disease and vision health initiatives.

In Uzbekistan, Mrs. Hafezi is responsible for the strategic development of the most modern eye hospital
based in Tashkent. Additionally, she has built an international ophthalmic medical device company with
a distribution channel in over 60 countries.
Mrs. Hafezi earned a master’s degree in intellectual property from the ETH Zurich and a specialization
in clinical research (biostatistics) from the University of Bern, Switzerland.


New Member: Dharan Eye Specialist Hospital – video
Dr. Fatemah Alshamlan


Dharan, Saudi Arabia


Coffee & Tea Break

Coffee & Tea

Theme: Improving Healthcare Delivery Design – Designing for the Real World Context of Care


Anesthesiology Educational Material for Patients Scheduled for Ophthalmic Surgery: An Initiative to Improve Patient Experience, Safety, and Collaboration
Dr. Edward Esposito

Ophthalmologist, Anesthesiologist

Wilmer Eye Institute Johns Hopkins, USA


Understanding the impact of “hand-holding volunteers” providing theatre support during surgery – The patient perspective
Mrs. Angela Smith

Volunteer Management and Patient Experience

Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, London, United Kingdom


Improve Patient Access to Eye Care, Expand our Catchment Area, and Deliver Care to those in Need
Dr. Ibrahim AlObaida 

Acting Associate Chairman of Eligibility & Outreach, Consultant Ophthalmologist (Glaucoma)

King Khaled Specialist Eye Hospital, Saudi Arabia


Connecting with patients about Quality – looking behind the curtain


Mrs. Joanne Brodie

Manager, Marketing & Communications

Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, Melbourne, Australia


Singapore National Eye Centre – Posturing for the Future
Mr. Hou Boon Lim


Singapore National Eye Centre, Singapore


Self Scheduling in Ophthalmology
Mr. Rick Seefeldt


UCSF, Koret Eye, USA



Theme: Eyehospital (re)Design

Moderated by:

1.30 pm

Evaluating and Improving Ambulatory Models of Care
Mrs. Fiona Moran

Acting Director Ambulatory Services

Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, Melbourne, Australia

1.45 pm

Yes! Lets’ build a new eye hospital
Fokke RakersMr. Fokke Rakers

Manager Re-development Rotterdam Eye Hospital

The Rotterdam Eye Hospital, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

2.00 pm

Fitting an old service into a new space – relocation of Specialist Clinic services
Mr. An Ly

Service Improvement Co-ordinator

Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, Melbourne, Australia

2.15 pm

Project Oriel, Building a new Eye Hospital
Mr. Martin KuperMartin Kuper


The Moorfields Eye Hospital, London, United Kingdom

Theme: International cooperation

2.30 pm

2030 In Sight
IAPB – Potential collaborations
Mr. Nick Parker

Global Head of Development and Partnerships

IAPB, London, United Kingdom

2.45 pm

Coffee & Tea Break

Subsessions – Meetings Communities of Practice

Moderated by: Rahul Shah, Wilmer Eye Institute

Medical Outcomes

3.15 pm

A. WAEH project Medical Outcomes: Keratoconus
Interactive workshop / Community of Practice Primary Retinal Detachment

B. WAEH project Medical
Outcomes: Primary Retinal Detachment

C. How to implement the medical outcome indicators in your hospital?

Value-Based Healthcare: A Standardised Outcome Set for Keratoconus

Dr. Tiffany Lo
Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, Melbourne, Australia

This presentation outlines the recent WAEH project on Value-Based Healthcare, focusing on the corneal disease, keratoconus. There were four steps involved; protocol development, development of a long-list of medical and patient-reported outcomes; an international expert panel from WAEH members to generate a short-list; and the creation of a standardised outcome set.

04.00 pm

Communities of Practice – Clinicians – Nurses

Introduction by

Nurse / clinician – Wilmer Eye

Interactive workshop by Reuben Cruz

As a nurse educator and co-chair of the Nursing Quality Committee at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, one of the responsibilities of Reuben Cruz is to assist nurses in any process improvement project. He researched many different tools and publications, and has developed a 4-question tool that will help pick the most relevant and appropriate topic for the nurses to work on. He will share a very practical tool with you!

Other topics to discuss during the Communities of Practice

  • Education for Nurses, like nurse-led intravitreal injection courses (check out the online one from Moorfields!)
  • Research: research nurses, nurses doing a PhD, anything related to nurses and research
  • Innovation in the Nursing Practice

Moderated by: Director of Nursing, Wilmer Eye

05.00 pm

Wrap up
Announcement 2023 – Melbourne team

06.15 pm

Pick up from hotel to the Baltimore Inner Harbor (bus, be on time!)

Roundtrip Shuttle Transportation

06.45 pm

WAEH Dinner

Casting off in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor on the “Raven”, an elegant and spacious yacht.  This 3-hour dinner cruise will pass some of Baltimore’s popular attractions including the Maryland Science Center, Pride Mast Memorial and the Francis Scott Key Bridge.

09.45 pm

Pick up from restaurant to hotel

Friday, October 15th Day

Travel day

Friday, October 16th Day III

Visit Sydney