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WAEH Board Meeting

  • 16 May 2022
  • Time: 14.00 Central European Time
  • Location: ZOOM


  • Chair of the WAEH:
    • Cathy Kowalewski, Wilmer Eye Institute – Johns Hopkins Hospital, USA
  • Martin Kuper, Moorfields Eye Hospital, United Kingdom
  • Dr. Nelson, Kellogg Eye Center, USA
  • Dato Kulasegaran, Tun Hussein On National Eye Hospital, Malaysia
  • Igor Schillevoort, The Rotterdam Eye Hospital, The Netherlands
  • Abdulaziz AlRajhi, King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital, Riyaad
  • Li Li, Aier Eye Hospital Group, China
  • Charity Wai, Singapore National Eye Centre, Singapore
  • Brendon Gardner, Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, Australia
  • Rodrigo Hasegawa, Hoftalon Eye Hospital, Brasil
  • Tjahjono, Jakarta Eye Center, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • Sten Kjellström, St. Erik Eye Hospital, Stockholm
  • Wim Oosterom – external WAEH advisor to the board

  • Board meeting organized by: Maaike van Zuilen, WAEH


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1. Welcome
  • Board update talk
    • Welcome to our new board member – Short introduction by:
      • Dr. Sten Kjellström, St. Erik Eye Hospital, Stockholm
    • Update by the Rotterdam Eye Hospital – Igor Schillevoort
Cathy Kowalewski
2. WAEH Annual Meeting
  • Looking forward to our 16th Annual Meeting in 2022:
    • Hosts: Wilmer Eye Institute Johns Hopkins (Baltimore) and The Koret Eye Institute (San Francisco)
    • Dates: WAEH meeting: Tuesday October 3 – Monday October 11
      • Monday October 3: travel day from AAO to Baltimore
      • Tuesday October 4:
        • Morning: Boardmeeting
        • Afternoon: visit to innovative location: open to members / board members
        • Evening: WAEH dinner: get to know your fellow-members / speed dating with WAEH members
      • Wednesday October 5: full day programme Baltimore
      • Thursday October 6: full day programme Baltimore
      • Friday October 7: travel to San Francisco
      • Saturday October 8: visit Koret Eye Institute
      • Sunday October 9: open
      • Monday October 10: visit Silicon valley / visit Genentech / Zeiss innovation centre
    • Event website is online:
    • Call for abstract is open:
    • Call for registrations is open:
    • Structure of the programme:
    • Proposal for meeting fees:
      • Full members: two attendees included in the WAEH membership [ MVZ needs to check this in the criteria for membership]
        Associate members: one attendee included in the WAEH membership
      • Would you like to register more attendees?  
        Registration fee: 750,- euro per extra attendee
        Not a WAEH member? Euro 1150,-
        Company? Please check the sponsor opportunities.
    • Sponsoring
      • Update by Cathy and Maaike
      • Sponsor packages are developed
      • Conversations with the team of Baltimore of what is possible
    • Logistics / Hotel

  • Upcoming Annual Meetings
    • 2023: Melbourne
    • 2024: China – Hosted by the Aier Eye Hospital Group
Maaike van Zuilen
3. Member acquisition
  • Lusaka Eye Hospital – Zambia, Africa – Sponsored member
    • Update about status monthly meetings
    • End of 2022: Grow into associate membership at the end of this year
  • Update conversations with potential new members:
    • Conversation April:
      • Takashi Hida, MD PhD
        Head Cataract Division
        Brasília Ophthalmology Hospital HOB
        Chairman OPTY Eye Hospital Chain Medical Affairs 
        —— —— —— —— —— —— —— —— 
        President Brazil Cataract & Refractive Meeting 2019 BRASCRS
        Post Graduation HARVARD HMS
        PhD Sao Paulo University FMUSP
        Post Doc SP Federal University UNIFESP
    • In contact with:
      • Labib Tazone Utshab, coordinator
        • Prime Bank Eye Hospital (an initiative of Prime Bank Foundation) – Bangladesh
      • Jaime Lozano Alcázar, Director Médico.
        • Fundación Hospital de Nuestra Señora de la Luz, Mexico
      • David Steel
        • South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust, UK
        • Eye Health Africa – African Eye Hospital Association
  • Waiting list:
    • Fatehmah Alshamlan – Saudi Arabia (4 months time contact again)
    • Techlaser – Brasil56 eyehospitals
  • Overview of eyehospitals
Maaike van Zuilen
4. WAEH Projects
  • Update WAEH Medical Outcomes – Keratoconus
  • Update WAEH Medical Outcomes – Primary Retinal Detachment – organized by MVZ
  • The Rotterdam Eye Hospital – dr. Sonia Manning has started the development of the Medical Indicator Set for Primary Retinal Detachment
  • The group of experts has met for the three development meetings – final session May 25 to finalize the outcome set
  • The outcome set has been developed
  • Feedback has been requested via the global waeh network
  • Feedback is currently implemented
  • Final session May 25 to finalize the outcome set
  • VR group:
    • Shaomin PENG, Lead of AIER Retina Team, Aier Eyehospital Group, China  
    • Gemmy Cheung Chui Ming, Singapore Nationale Eye Centre, Singapore
    • David Steel, Sunderland Eye Infirmary, United Kingdom 
    • A/Prof. Penelope Allen, Centre for Eye Research Australia, Australia
    • Jacey Hongjie MA, retina doctor, Aier Eyehospital Group, China  
    • Marcos Rubio, Retina Division, King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital, Saudi Arabia
    • Adam Wenick, MD, PhD, Wilmer Eye Hospital, Johns Hopkins, Baltimore, USA
  • Leads of this group:
    • Sonia Manning, Ophthalmologist The Rotterdam Eye Hospital, The Netherlands
    • Michele van der Kemp, External Value Based Healthcare Expert
    • Layla Teunissen, policymaker The Rotterdam Eye Hospital, The Netherlands
    • Maaike van Zuilen, WAEH

  • Next steps regarding the medical outcome sets
    • Organize webinar
    • Presentation during WAEH Annual Meeting
    • Design the outcome set (both not completely finalized yet)
    • Publish on Hub
    • Start community of practice
      • Keratoconus
      • Retinal Detachment
    • The Rotterdam Eye Hospital has also a set coming up for glaucoma – also include in the WAEH network?
Maaike van Zuilen
5. Update action points
  • Eye Hospital Design
    • The Royal Victoria Eye and Ear Hospital from Dublin is planning to build a new eyehospital
      • Would like to be connected
  • Start Communities of Practice:

    • Global Communications
  • The Community of Practice is open for all marketing and communications experts from member-eyehospitals
  • [DATE to be added]
  • Question from MVZ: would be great to co-create and organize with a team of communication professionals
  • Communities of Practice for Nurses

    • Date: Thursday June 9
    • Question from MVZ: would be great to co-create and organize with a team of nursing professionals

  • Ongoing email thread

    • 3D printing of prosthetic eyes – date for a webinar to be planned in
  • Next steps for the communities of practice and email threads:
    • Make decision regarding tool (Listserve?)

  • Online Education – Workshops by Moorfields
  • Victoria Cohen Eye Cancer Charitable Trust
    • MVZ spoke to Nick Rapley, he has set up the Victoria Cohen Eye Cancer Charitable Trust – in memory of his wife, who sadly passed away at the end of December 2020. The charity provides a budget for aspiring ocular oncologists.
      Would be great if the fellowships could take place in one of our waeh member eyehospitals? Question to the board: do you provide these kinds of fellowships?
  • For your agenda’s – 19th IMC (International Myopia Conference) in summer in China
    • Board members and waeh network is invited
  • Olena from Ukrain was helped with the help of the global WAEH network

Maaike van Zuilen
6. To be reviewed
7. Dates 2022
  • Board meeting dates of the board meetings in 2022
  • 23 February: 13.00 CET/7am EST  
  • 16 May:  14.00 CET/8am EST
  • 30 June: 14.00 CET/8am EST
  • Mid August: WAEH annual meeting decision 
  • Tuesday October 4 – WAEH Annual Meeting
    • WAEH Board meeting
  • Friday October 7 – WAEH Annual Meeting
    • WAEH Board meeting
  • 7 Dec:  13.00 CET/7am EST