Date: July 18, 2018

Location: Washington, D.C.

8:30am – 3:30pm (Registration and breakfast begin at 7:30am)

About the Event

Prevent Blindness is hosting the seventh annual Focus on Eye Health National Summit on July 18, 2018, in Washington, DC. The Summit includes a variety of presentations related to this year’s theme, "Research to Impact,” as we honor the National Eye Institute’s 50th Anniversary and its myriad contributions to vision and eye research.

Expected attendees include patient advocates, community-based organizations, national vision and eye health organizations, government agencies, and policymakers. Follow the event on Twitter at #eyesummit.


National Press Club
529 14th Street NW, 13th Floor


Summit Moderator:

Kathleen Murphy, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, University of Texas Medical Branch

Chair, Prevent Blindness Public Health and Policy Committee

Morning Keynote Presentation – Deep Learning for Retinal Imaging

Lily Peng, Google AI Healthcare

Improving Access through Telemedicine

Panel Moderator:  Jorge Cuadros, OD, PhD, University of California, Berkeley and EyePACS

Rajeev Ramchandran, MD, MBA, University of Rochester

Graham E. Quinn, MD, MSCE, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Emily Y. Chew, MD, National Eye Institute

Lily Peng, Google AI Healthcare

Innovative Screening Models and Their Impact on Global Eye Health

Introduction: Ian Wishart, The Fred Hollows Foundation

Alan L. Robin, MD, Johns Hopkins University, University of Michigan, and Board of Aravind Eye Hospital


Eyes on the Hill – A Congressional Perspective

Moderated by: Kathleen Murphy, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, University of Texas Medical Branch; Chair, Prevent Blindness Public Health and Policy Committee

Rep. Gene Greene (D-TX), Co-Chair, Congressional Vision Caucus

Special remarks from Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Co-Chair, Congressional Vision Caucus


Promising Practices Emerging from NEI Partnerships

Panel Moderator: James Jorkasky, Alliance for Eye and Vision Research

Michael Steinmetz, PhD, National Eye Institute

Stephen Rose, PhD, Foundation Fighting Blindness

Cynthia A. Toth, MD, Duke Eye Center; Member, ARVO “Telling the Story of OCT” Steering Committee

Presentation of 50th Anniversary Recognition Award to the National Eye Institute

Presentation: Torrey DeKeyser, Chair, Prevent Blindness Board of Directors and Peter McDonnell, MD, NAEVR Board President

Accepted by: Michael Steinmetz, PhD, National Eye Institute


Advancing Eye Health in Native American Communities – Opportunities and Challenges

Introduction: Heidi Chase, Seva Foundation

Stacy Bohlen, National Indian Health Board

Vision's Impact on Learning in Children​

Panel Moderator: Laura Anderko, PhD, RN, Georgetown University and Chair, National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health

Gayathri Srinivasan, MS, OD, New England College of Optometry

Marjean Taylor Kulp, OD, MS, The Ohio State University College of Optometry

Mae Millicent Winfrey Peterseim, MD, Medical University of South Carolina

Vision and Eye Health Surveillance System​

Introduction: Kira Baldonado, Prevent Blindness

John Wittenborn, NORC at the University of Chicago

2018 Jenny Pomeroy Award for Excellence in Vision and Public Health

Introduction: John E. Crews, DPA, 2017 recipient

Recipient: Johns Hopkins University School-Based Eye Care Team (represented by Megan E. Collins, MD, MPH)




Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology 

The EyeSight Foundation of Alabama


International Retinal Research Foundation

Johnson & Johnson Vision 

Lighthouse Guild

National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health

NORC at the University of Chicago*



Vision Impact Institute



Alliance for Eye and Vision Research

American Academy of Ophthalmology

American Academy of Optometry

American Optometric Association

BrightFocus Foundation

Foundation Fighting Blindness

Lions Club International

Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals

Seva Foundation  


Vision 2020 USA


*Funding for this conference was made possible (in part) by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services, nor does the mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

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