Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences Pearls Conference 2024

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Pearls Conference 2024 is an accredited CME event hosted by the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the WVU Eye Institute.

Conference Details:

  • Registration / Breakfast / Welcome Announcements: 7:30 - 8 a.m.
  • Lectures: 8 - 12:30 p.m. (including breaks)
  • Lunch: 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
  • Lectures (continued): 1:30 - 6:15 p.m. (including breaks)
  • Conference Adjourned: 6:15 p.m.

View full Pearls Conference 2024 Itinerary

A reception will be held for those planning to attend Pearls Conference 2024 at Oliverio’s Ristorante on the Wharf, located at 52 Clay Street in Morgantown on Friday, Jan. 19, from 6-8 p.m.


To register for the event, fill out this online RSVP form by Friday, Dec. 1, 2023. A registration fee of $50.00 is required to attend this event. The registration fee can be paid at the online payment portal here.

NOTE: Current WVU Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences fellows, residents and students do NOT need to pay a registration fee.

Visiting Speakers

In addition to the WVU Eye Institute and other WVU Medicine faculty members who will be giving presentations, several speakers from various institutions across the country will also be presenting at Pearls Conference 2024. Please see the full list of visiting speakers below:

  • Kanika Agarwal, M.D. — Physician & Surgeon, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary; Instructor in Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School
  • John Gonzales, M.D. — Associate Professor, University of California San Francisco
  • James Liu, M.D. — Assistant Professor, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis
  • Basil Williams, M.D. — Associate Professor & Vice Chair of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Bascom Eye Institute at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

Continuing Medical Education Information

Target Audience:

This series is designed for physicians who practice ophthalmology.

Conference Objectives:

Following this course, participants should be able to:

  • Diagnose ocular cancers and describe new treatment modalities
  • Describe testing for ocular inflammatory disorders
  • Identify nuances of glaucoma evaluation and management
  • Identify faulty glaucoma testing results and testing artifacts
  • Discuss the basics of AI and its application to ophthalmology
  • Recognize peri-operative concerns in ophthalmic surgeries
  • Improve communication with other team members
  • Describe current IOL technologies
  • Discuss new and future developments in refractive surgery
  • Describe presentation, imaging and diagnostic modalities and management of a rare suprasellar mass lesion
  • Describe clinical presentation, imaging findings and approach to managing patients with HMSN associated with optic neuropathy

CME Credit:

The WVU School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The WVU Office of CME designated this live activity for a maximum of 8.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


It is the policy of the WVU School of Medicine Office of CME to ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all its educational activities. All faculty/authors/planners participating in our programs are expected to disclose any relevant relationships they may have with commercial companies. For this conference, Dr. Gonzales has disclosed that he served as a consultant for Dompe. All others have indicated that they have no relevant interests to disclose.

These relationships, along with the educational content of this program, will be reviewed and any potential conflicts of interest will be resolved to the satisfaction of the WVU School of Medicine Office of CME prior to the activity. If a conflict cannot be resolved, the person involved will be removed from control of content or the content will not be presented as part of the educational program.

Planning Committee

  • Ghassan Ghorayeb, M.D. - Associate Professor, Vitreoretinal Fellowship Program Director, Vice Chair of Clinical Affairs
  • Lingo Lai, M.D. - Assistant Professor, Cornea Fellowship Program Director
  • Joel Palko, M.D. - Assistant Professor
  • Nicole Pumariega, M.D. - Assistant Professor


For more information on Pearls Conference 2024, or if you have any questions, please reach out to Rylynd Riggs by sending an email to

2nd Floor Auditorium - WVU Eye Institute (Registration Required)
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2nd Floor Auditorium (2F)

WVU Eye Institute
1 Medical Center Drive
Morgantown, WV 26506



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