Global Cataract Symposium Draws Learners from Three Countries


57 participants from three countries attended the third session of the 2022-2023 Global Cataract Symposium on January 30, 2023. The quarterly virtual program is hosted on a rotating basis by the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, University of Santo Tomas (UST) in the Philippines, and Dr. Shroff’s Charity Eye Hospital (SCEH) in India. It brings together learners and faculty from around the globe for a valuable case-based discussion.

The symposia was created in 2020. It is championed by UW’s Anna Momont, MD, UST’s Catherine Macaraig, MD (a department Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus Fellowship alumni), and SCEH’s Julie Pegu, MD and Sima Das, MD.

“The Global Cataract Symposium is an important component in our initiative to tackle vision-related health disparities across the globe,” said Momont. “It provides the opportunity to share the knowledge and skills of the UW with our active global learning community. At the same time, we learn valuable approaches to difficult cases that might be different from our own.”

The program features resident case study presentations and group discussion. Presentations included:

  • Diane Elaine Co, MD, 3rd year resident, University of Santo Tomas, presenting “Phaco Conference ‘Sticky Situation.”
  • Darshana Daga, MD, Glaucoma Fellow, Dr. Shroff’s Charity Eye Hospital, presenting “My Learnings from a Subluxated Cataract.”
  • Chintan Pathak, MD, 4th year resident, UW-Madison presenting “Incisions Galore: Cataract Surgery in Patients with Radial Keratotomy.”
  • Juan Miguel Sison, MD, 3rd year resident, University of Santo Tomas Hospital presenting “Bowled-Out Nucleus.”

The first session of the 2022-23 year was held on August 15, 2022, and the final one of the academic year will occur in May.