COS September 2020 Conference

Monday, September 14, 2020
7:00 - 8:15 p.m.

Guest Speaker:
Joseph Rizzo, MD

"Perspectives on Diagnosis and Management of Giant Cell Arteritis"

Virtual Online Meeting/Webinar

Please note . . .  Due to the coronavirus pandemic, we are pleased to be able to continue the tradition of excellent educational opportunities for COS members in a "virtual" format.  The health and safety of our members is foremost in our thinking, and we certainly look forward to when in-person meetings can resume.
Members and Residents/Fellows - Webinar Registration is now open

When you click on the registration link, it will take you directly to our webinar platform where you will provide some basic information.  The system then will send you an automated email with instructions and a link to join the webinar on September 14.  Please note that this link is unique to each attendee, so do not share it with anybody else; it can be used only once!  Some institutions filter out automated emails, so if you do not receive the webinar instructions, check your spam or trash folders.  

This Month's Guest Speaker

Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
Boston, MA
Joseph Rizzo, MD is the Director of the Neuro-ophthalmology Service at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary.  He also is the David G. Cogan Professor of Ophthalmology in the field of Neuro-ophthalmology at the Harvard Medical School.
Dr. Rizzo sees complex neuro-ophthalmic disorders by referral within New England and worldwide. His clinical expertise informs his research, and he devotes a major portion of his professional focus to developing new therapeutic options for patients with vision disorders.

After obtaining his MD from Louisiana State University, Dr. Rizzo completed his neurology residency at Tufts University/New England Medical Center and an ophthalmology residency at Boston University. Subsequently, he joined Harvard Ophthalmology as a Clinical Fellow in Neuro-Ophthalmology and has served as a full-time faculty member since 1986.

Dr. Rizzo focuses his research on understanding the mechanisms of vision loss, improving diagnostic methods, and developing new treatments for blinding diseases. In particular, his clinical research includes the study of optic neuritis/multiple sclerosis, ischemic optic neuropathy, pseudotumor cerebri, and giant cell arteritis. He also founded the Boston Retinal Implant Project in the late 1980s to develop a retinal prosthesis and offer a new therapeutic option for patients who have acquired blindness.

Each year, Dr. Rizzo supervises and teaches three clinical fellows and eight residents in the basic evaluation and management of neuro-ophthalmic disorders. As Director of the Neuro-Ophthalmology Service, he also designs and provides oversight for the fellowship program in Neuro-Ophthalmology. For more than 25 years, he directed the Neuro-Ophthalmology section of the Lancaster Course in Ophthalmology, which is the oldest and largest educational course that is designed for residents-in-training. He also serves as Director of Harvard Ophthalmology Alumni.

Dr. Rizzo has an extensive list of research projects and publications to his credit. 

CME financial disclosure:  The speaker's conflict of interest disclosure will be made at the time of the conference.

Meeting Information

Because of meeting restrictions imposed by the State of Illinois due to the coronavirus public health situation, COS once again is organizing its quarterly conference and guest lecture in the form of an online webinar. This will be a "live" presentation. Participants will be able to ask questions verbally, and you will be able to hear the speaker through your computer or by telephone. On the attendee computer screen during the webinar, you will see some "control icons," one of which is a hand. To be recognized for a question, you'll just click on that hand icon and the moderator will un-mute your audio and you'll be able to ask your question.

CLICK HERE to register for the virtual meeting; once you submit this form, an automated email will be sent with instructions about how to log-in at the time of the webinar. PLEASE NOTE: the link you receive to enter the webinar is unique to you. Do not share it with anybody else since it allows for only one webinar log-in.

   Monday, September 14, 2020

7:00 p.m. - COS Business Meeting
                      Laura Sanders, MD; COS President
7:10 p.m. - Resident Case Presentations 
7:30 p.m. - Guest Lecture & Questions - "Perspectives on Diagnosis and Management of Giant Cell Arteritis"
Joseph F. Rizzo, MD, Director of the Neuro-ophthalmology Service at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and the David G. Cogan Professor of Ophthalmology in Neuro-ophthalmology at the Harvard Medical School; Boston, MA
8:15 p.m. - Adjourn


CLICK HERE to access the electronic webinar registration form.
Once you register, an automated email will be sent to you with a link to the virtual event on June 15.  This link is unique to you and can be used for only one webinar log-in.  If you do not receive this email, please contact the COS office for assistance.  A reminder email with this link will be sent automatically to all registered attendees about one hour before the starting time of the webinar.

Educational Items

Course Director: Hassan Shah, MD

Target Audience: Practicing ophthalmologists, ophthalmology residents and fellows

Commercial Support
There is no commercial support associated with this conference.

Contact the COS office at:  847-680-1666 or by email:  [email protected]

Last Updated on Wednesday, September 02, 2020 11:45 AM