The Basic Science Course

Basic Science Course in Ophthalmology - Class of 2016

Since 1941, the Edward S. Harkness Eye Institute at the Columbia University Department of Ophthalmology has offered an ophthalmology basic science course. While the focus of the course is resident training, it has also proven useful for the visual sciences community as a whole. Coursework examines the fundamentals of vision and emphasizes how these basic principles relate to patient care.

The curriculum is developed by a committee of active scientists, practicing clinicians and the chief academic resident, and is updated annually to include the most recent scientific advances as well as any controversial developments in the field. It is also continuously revised in response to feedback from previous course evaluations. An international faculty of more than 80 clinicians and scientists is chosen based on expertise, clarity of presentation, and visual aids. In addition to over one hundred hours of lecture, the course includes a two-day orbital dissection, ocular anatomy and histology laboratories, an oculoplastics workshop for fillers and facial rejuvenation, two days of instruction in retinoscopy and refraction, a hands-on imaging workshop including ultrasound, Pentacam and keratography, and a Phaco wet-lab.

The background reading text for the course is The Basic and Clinical Science Course from The Foundation of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, San Francisco, CA.

  Celebrating 75 Years of Basic Science 

2017 Basic Science Course Information:

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN.

Early Registration:  $2,000US (ends November 23, 2016)
Late Registration :  $2,300US (ends December 30, 2016)

Contacts:

For more information, please email bsco@columbia.edu

For information on Housing, please click here.

Click here to download the BSCO 2017 Brochure

Click here to download the BSCO 2017 Schedule at a Glance

 

2016 Basic Science Course Faculty

From Columbia University Medical Center:

Visiting Lecturers:

Gary J. Lelli, Jr., MD:  Associate Professor of Ophthalmology, Weill Cornell Medical College, NY

Suzanna Airiani, MD:  Clinical Assistant Professor, NYU Langone Health Center

Graham Holder, PhD:  Director of Department of Electrophysiology and Consultant, Moorfields Eye Hospital, London; Honorary Professor, Institute of Ophthalmology; Honorary Professor, University of Sydney Medical School

Lee M. Jampol, MD:  Louis Feinberg, MD, Professor of Ophthalmology, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Alan C. Bird, MD:  Emeritus Professor at London University and Honorary Consultant, Moorfields Eye Hospital

Timothy W. Olsen, MD:  Chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology, Director, Emory Eye Center, F. Phinizy Calhoun Sr. Professor of Ophthalmology, Section of Vitreoretinal Surgery and Diseases, Emory Eye Center, Emory University

Emily Y. Chew, MD:  Deputy Director of the Division of Epidemiology and Clinical Applications, Deputy Clinical Director at the National Eye Institute, National Institutes of Health

Jerry A. Shields, MD:  Director, Oncology Service, Wills Eye Hospital, Professor of Ophthalmology, Thomas Jefferson University

Carol Shields, MD:  Co-Director, Oncology Service, Wills Eye Hospital, Associate Professor of Ophthalmology, Thomas Jefferson University

Jasmine H. Francis, MD:  Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology, Ophthalmic Oncology Service, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

David L. Guyton, MD:  Zanvyl Krieger Professor of Pediatric Ophthalmology, Professor of Ophthalmology, Division of Pediatric Ophthalmology & Adult Strabismus, The Wilmer Eye Institute, The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Anthony T. Moore, BMBCH: Professor of Ophthalmology, UCSF School of Medicine

Irene Maumenee, MD:  Research Professor of Ophthalmology, Pediatric & Adult Strabismus Service, Director, Ocular Genetics Laboratory, Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary, University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago

Robert A. Avery, DO, MSCE:  Attending Physician, Neuro-Ophthalmology Service, Division of Ophthalmology, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Eberhart Zrenner, MD:  Director and Chairman, University Eye Hospital, Professor at the Institute for Ophthalmic Research, and Head of Pathophysiology of Vision, University of Tuebingen

Gennifer J. Greebel, MD:  Assistant Attending, Edward S. Harkness Eye Institute

R.V. Paul Chan, MD:  Professor and Vice Chair, Director, Pediatric Retina and ROP Service, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago

Jack Dodick, MD:  Chairperson and Professor, NYU Langone Medical Center and School of Medicine

Grace Sun, MD:  Director of the Ophthalmology Clinical Practice at Weill Cornell Eye - Lower Manhattan; Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at Weill Cornell Medical College; Program Director for the Ophthalmology Residency at Weill Cornell Medical College

John Danias, MD, PhD:  Professor of Ophthalmology and Cell Biology, Co-Director of the Glaucoma Service, Department of Ophthalmology, SUNY Downstate Medical Center

Rachel Kuchtey, MD, PhD:  Associate Professor of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences, Associate Professor of Molecular Physiology & Biophysics, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

Janet B. Serle, MD:  Professor of Ophthalmology, Mount Sinai Medical Center, NY

Elias Traboulsi, MD:  Chairman of the Department of Pediatric Ophthalmology, Director of the Center for Genetic Eye Diseases, Cleveland Clinic Cole Eye Institute

Joseph L. Demer, MD, PhD:  Leonard Apt Professor of Pediatric Ophthalmology, Chief, Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus Division, Director, Ocular Motility Laboratory, Jules Stein Eye Institute

Ralph C. Eagle, Jr, MD:  Director, Pathology Department; Director, Continuing Medical Education at Wills Eye Hospital; Professor of Ophthalmology at Thomas Jefferson University Philadelphia, PA.

Ronald Gentile, MD:  Co-Director, Ocular Trauma Service, Department of Ophthalmology, The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary

Stephen Pflugfelder, MD:  Professor, Department of Ophthalmology, Baylor College of Medicine

Douglas R. Lazzaro, MD:  Professor and Chairman, Department of Ophthalmology; Richard C. Troutman, M.D. Distinguished Chair in Ophthalmology and Ophthalmic Microsurgery, SUNY Downstate Medical Center

Roy G. Cole, OD:  Guild Director of Vision Program Development, Jewish Guild Healthcare

Christopher E. Starr, MD:  Director of Ophthalmic Education. Director of the Fellowship Program in Cornea, Cataract & Laser Vision Correction Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical Center; Associate Professor of Ophthalmology, Weill Cornell Medical College, NY

John Aljian, MD:  Chief of the Eye Trauma Service, NY Eye & Ear Infirmary; Clinical Associate Professor of Ophthalmology, New York Medical College

Robert M. Schwarcz, MD:  Associate Professor and Director of Oculofacial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Albert Einstein College of Medicine; Associate Professor, Montefiore Medical Center, NY

Scott E. Brodie, MD, PhD:  Professor of Ophthalmology, Director Clinical Electrophysiology Laboratory. Mount Sinai School of Medicine

Douglas Jabs, MD, MBA: Professor and Chairman Emeritus of the Department of Ophthalmology, Mount Sinai School of Medicine

Dan Z. Reinstein, MD:  Medical Director, London Vision Clinic; Professor of Ophthalmology, Columbia University Medical Center.

Gaetano R. Barile, MD: Director of Ophthalmology Research, MEETH Ophthalmology; Professor of Ophthalmology, Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine

Irene A. Barbazetto, MD:  Vitreous Retina Macula Consultants; Clinical Instructor, Department of Ophthalmology, NYU Langone Medical Center

Michael Engelbert, MD, PhD:  Attending Physician and Research Assistant Professor, NYU School of Medicine, Vitreous Retina Macula Consultants of New York, P.C.

Andrew G. Lee, MD:  The Methodist Hospital Research Institute, Chair, Department of Ophthalmology, The Methodist Hospital, Houston, TX; Professor of Ophthalmology, Neurology, and Neurosurgery, Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University

Hillary Beaver, MD:  Associate Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology, Institute for Academic Medicine; Associate Clinical Member, Houston Methodist Research Institute

Lawrence A. Yannuzzi, MD:  founder of VRMNY, Vice–Chairman and Director of the LuEsther T. Mertz Retinal Research Center, Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat