Sixth Annual Cherry Blossom Ocular Immunology & Pathology Course

Cherry Blossom trees in Washington, D.C. with the Washington Monument in the background

Friday, February 3, 2023: Jack Morton Auditorium, 8:00 AM -7:00 PM EST

Saturday, February 4, 2023: Virtual Course (Webex), 9:00 AM -7:00 PM EST

The Department of Ophthalmology at George Washington University would like to invite you to an in-person and virtual Grand Rounds Friday, February 3 in the Jack Morton Auditorium followed by the Sixth Annual Cherry Blossom Ocular Pathology Course, which is a two-day course.

Our guest speaker is Ralph Eagle, MD,  from Wills Eye Hospital. Dr. Eagle is an ocular pathologist at the oldest eye hospital in the US and will discuss masquerade syndromes.

Resident Presentations:

  1. Catherine Culp, MD, George Washington University:  A middle aged woman with severe hypertensive optic neuropathy
  2. Daniel Kuhlman, MD, George Washington University:  A middle aged man with progressive glaucoma after a car accident two years prior
  3. Anthony Cox, MD, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center:  A 14 yo male with bilateral orbital masses.

The Purpose of the Course is designed to meet the educational needs of a staff ophthalmologist and ophthalmic resident and also to provide a primer for staff pathologists and residents who have an interest in ophthalmic pathology.

The goal is to fulfill a gap in ophthalmic pathology training nationwide since the unfortunate closure of the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology in 2011.

Audacious Goals of the 6th Annual Course include:

  1. Provide an understanding of ocular embryology with an emphasis on the PAX6 Gene and the Rb gene;
  2. Provide an understanding of ocular tumors to include retinoblastoma, ocular melanoma and choroidal metastases;
  3. Review the pathology of ocular surface neoplasia and lymphoma;
  4. Review the pathology of glaucomatous disorders;
  5. Review the pathology of eyelid and adnexal tumors;
  6. Review optic nerve pathology
  7. Review the nuances of corneal histopathology;
  8. Review pediatric ocular tumors;
  9. Review orbital and lacrimal gland tumors;
  10. Review the pathology of ocular inflammatory and infectious diseases.


This activity is designed to address ABMS/IOM Competencies:  Patient Care and Medical Knowledge. Last year, we were approved 16 Category 1 CME Credits.

Costs are the same as the five previous years:

  • $200 per staff/resident
  • Medical Students/Interns $50

Registration must be received before December 15, 2022


Patricia Chevez-Barrios, MD, Houston Methodist

Brian P. Brooks, MD, PhD, National Eye Institute

Deepak Edward, MD, University of Illinois

Victor M. Elner, MD, PhD, Kellogg Eye Center, Michigan

Sander R. Dubovy, MD, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute

Charles G. Eberhart, MD, PhD, Wilmer Eye Institute

Fausto J. Rodriquez, MD, Wilmer Eye Institute

Tatyana Milman, MD, Wills Eye Hospital

Vivian Lee, MD, Scheie Eye Institute

Sina Sabet, MD, Georgetown University

Alan Proia, MD, PhD, Duke University and Campbell University

Keith J. Wroblewski, MD, George Washington University

Tentative Agenda

Friday, February 3, 2023

  • 0800-0805: Introduction | Keith James Wroblewski, MD
  • 0805-1000: Review of Ocular Pathology | Ralph Eagle, MD
  • 1000-1100: Ocular Genetics | Brooks, MD, PhD
  • 1100-1200: Bone, HIV Maladies | Wroblewski, MD
  • 1200-1300: Lunch
  • 1300-1400: Pediatric Ocular Pathology | Chevez-Barrios, MD, Virtual
  • 1400-1500: Immunohistochemistry and Patterns of Disease | Proia, MD, PhD
  • 1500-1600: Conjunctiva | Wroblewski, MD
  • 1600-1700: Optic Nerve | Sabet, MD
  • 1700-1830: Retina | Dubovy, Virtual

Saturday, February 4, 2023

  • 0900-1100: Eyelid, Cornea and Orbit |  Eberhart, MD, PhD
  • 1100-1300: Phakomatoses, Iris, Optic Nerve | Rodriquez, MD, Virtual
  • 1300-1400: Lunch
  • 1400-1600: Ocular Tumors | Milman, MD
  • 1600-1700: Ophthalmic Syndromes | Lee, MD
  • 1700-1800: Glaucoma | Edward, MD
  • 1800-1930: Orbit Elner MD, PhD | Virtual