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Clinical Conference: Pediatric Ophthalmology

Friday, September 15 at 8:45 am to 2:30 pm
Pomerantz Family Pavilion, 01137 PFP (Braley Auditorium)
720 Melrose Avenue, Iowa City, Iowa

Faculty Host: Arlene Drack, MD

Featured Speaker:  Mary Elizabeth Hartnett, MD, FACS, FARVO
John A. Moran Eye Center, Salt Lake City, Utah

Dr. Hartnett is a Professor of Ophthalmology and Adjunct Professor of Pediatrics and Neurobiology and Anatomy at the University of Utah. She is a vitreoretinal surgeon and specialist for adults and pediatric patients at the John A. Moran Eye Center and Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah. As Director of Pediatric retina, she developed the Pediatric Retina Center that provides care for infants and children in the Intermountain West.

She is a clinician scientist and in her NIH-funded laboratory, her lab has identified a mechanism for pathologic signaling through VEGF in retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) that leads to both avascular retina and intravitreal neovascularization and studies ways to regulate VEGF signaling in order to safely inhibit pathologic neovascularization in both ROP and age-related macular degeneration (AMD). She was in the team that first identified, characterized with scanning laser ophthalmoscopy and infrared light and developed hypotheses for the formation of retinal vascular anomalous complexes in AMD, now known RAP lesions.

She has over 200 peer-reviewed articles and chapters and is Editor in Chief for the first ever textbook, Pediatric Retina, now in its second edition. She also provides service as an editorial board member for scientific and clinical journals, in a number of committees at ARVO, in having reviewed grants and chairing NIH study sections for 20 years, and in serving on the Knights Templar Eye Foundation Scientific Advisory Committee.

Today's Topics

  • Updates on Diagnosis and Management of Retinopathy of Prematurity
  • Maternal Uteroplacental Insufficiency and Retinopathy of Prematurity

Learning Objectives

  • To provide current understanding and management of retinopathy of prematurity
  • To discuss clinical and experimental approaches to assess associations between maternal uteroplacental insufficiency and infant ROP.


The series of clinical conferences sponsored by the Department of Ophthalmology presents updates information on a broad spectrum of clinical issues and approaches that are of value and interest to the practicing ophthalmologist.

Continuing Medical Education 

CME ACCREDITATION:  The University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

CME CREDIT DESIGNATION:  The University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 3.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. (approval pending) Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

A $50 fee will be charged for continuing education credit to those physicians who are not members of the Iowa Eye Association. (The CME fee for Iowa Eye Association members is covered by your membership fee.) Please make checks payable to Iowa Eye Association and send to Pat Zahs, Department of Ophthalmology, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, 200 Hawkins Drive, Iowa City, Iowa  52242-1091.

General Information

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Denise Rettig in advance at (319)356-0357.


Joe Schmidt, MBA, Ophthalmology Director of External Relations, welcomes your comments and suggestions. He can be reached at (319)384-8529 or via e-mail: For more conference information and to register, contact: Tonya Looker at 319-356-8161 or via e-mail


Future Ophthalmology Clinical Conferences

2017-2018 (subject to change)

Friday, October 20, 2017 - Glaucoma 

Friday, February 2, 2018 - Retina

Friday, March 2, 2018 - Cataract/Comprehensive

Friday, April 6, 2018 - Oculoplastics

Friday, September 15, 2017 at 8:45am to 2:30pm

Pomerantz Family Pavilion, Braley Auditorium
720 Melrose Avenue, Iowa City, Iowa

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