50th Anniversary Fall Scientific Symposium Program

Program Book
Digital Posters & Surgical Videos*

*Poster and video password sent to attendees via email. 

Slides from Coding Scenarios, Audits and E/M UpdatesSue Vicchrilli, AAO Director, Coding and Reimbursement

Jeremiah P. Tao, MD, FACS
Program Chair

Thomas E. Johnson, MD 
Assistant Fall Meeting Chair

Special 50th Anniversary Keynote Speakers

Jennifer Doudna, PhD

As an internationally renowned professor in the Departments of Chemistry and Molecular and Cell Biology at U.C. Berkeley, Doudna and her colleagues rocked the research world in 2012 by describing a simple way of editing the DNA of any organism using an RNA-guided protein found in bacteria. This technology, called CRISPR-Cas9, has opened the floodgates of possibility for human and non-human applications of gene editing, including assisting researchers in the fight against HIV, sickle cell disease and muscular dystrophy. Doudna is an Investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Medicine, the National Academy of Inventors and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She is also a Foreign Member of the Royal Society, and has received many other honors including the Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences, the Heineken Prize, the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award and the Japan Prize. She is the co-author with Sam Sternberg of “A Crack in Creation”, a personal account of her research and the societal and ethical implications of gene editing.

Abraham Verghese, MD

Dr. Verghese is a nationally bestselling author and a prominent voice in medicine with a uniquely humanistic view of the future of healthcare. He received the National Humanities Medal from President Obama, “for reminding us that the patient is the center of the medical enterprise.” His memoirs and novels on medical themes have sold millions of copies, topped bestseller lists, and earned major movie deals, while his New York Times articles arguing for greater focus on the physical patient have made waves in the medical community. His warmth and vision as well as his world-class gifts as a storyteller make him a powerful speaker both to healthcare professionals and the patient in all of us. 

Invited Speakers

Ian Dunn, MD

Ian F. Dunn, MD, FAANS, FACS, is the Harry Wilkins, MD Chairman of the Department of Neurological Surgery at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine.

He received his MD from Harvard Medical School followed by his internship and residency in neurosurgery at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Dr. Dunn completed his clinical fellowship in Skull Base Neurosurgery at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences/St. Vincent Infirmary Medical Center, Little Rock, Arkansas, with Dr. Ossama Al-Mefty. Prior to joining the University of Oklahoma, he served for 8 years on the faculty of Harvard Medical School and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, during which time he built a high-volume, complex cranial and skull base surgical practice in Boston and founded the Center for Skull Base and Pituitary Surgery.

The central themes of his research are the genomic and immunologic underpinnings of cranial base tumors and technical nuances of skull base and endonasal surgery. He has authored or co-authored over 175 publications and 40 book chapters and has presented nationally and internationally concerning his central focus on complex brain tumors at the skull base, including those in the pituitary region.

Christopher Zachary, MBBS, FRCP

Christopher Zachary, MBBS, FRCP is professor and chair, department of dermatology, UC Irvine. He is frequently featured as an invited speaker at national and international symposia and is often sought out by the media (eg NY Times, CNN, Today Show) for his candid comments. His interest in lasers has led to considerable industry supported research in optimal systems for cutaneous laser surgery. He has been the program director for the Mohs College and the ASLMS Annual Conferences. He is a past president of the AADS. Dr. Zachary was born in Yorkshire, England, and educated at Ratcliffe College, Leicester, United Kingdom. Following his medical school education at the Royal Free Hospital, University of London, he subsequently trained in internal medicine and dermatology. His formal surgical education was received at the department of dermatology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He returned to the United Kingdom in 1986 to set up the first Mohs and laser surgery unit in London. In 1988, he was recruited to the department of dermatology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, as director of the Cutaneous Surgery and Laser Center where he spent the next 9 years. After 9 years on the USCF faculty, and 15 years at UCI, he plans to step down from the Chair position in June 2020, after which he will live the life of Riley!