38 episodes

EyeCan: A Canadian lens on ophthalmology. In this series, we examine all aspects of what it means to be an Ophthalmologist in Canada; we speak with leaders in our field about their contributions and life journey; we explore new and emerging techniques and technologies in eye care; and through it all we hope to connect with our community and have those that listen understand the value of who we are and what we do for our patients. And we’ll share our experiences as ophthalmologists today and tackle some of challenges we face as healthcare providers. Hosted by Dr. Guillermo Rocha, Dr. Setareh Ziai, Dr. Mona Dagher, and Dr. Hady Saheb. Brought to you by the Canadian Ophthalmological Society. Seasons 1 and 2 of the EyeCan podcast were sponsored by MD Financial’s Affinity Grant. Season 3 is sponsored by Bayer. Written and directed by Kim Tytler and produced by John Allaire of Allaire Strategic Works.

EyeCan Canadian Ophthalmological Society

    • Health & Fitness

EyeCan: A Canadian lens on ophthalmology. In this series, we examine all aspects of what it means to be an Ophthalmologist in Canada; we speak with leaders in our field about their contributions and life journey; we explore new and emerging techniques and technologies in eye care; and through it all we hope to connect with our community and have those that listen understand the value of who we are and what we do for our patients. And we’ll share our experiences as ophthalmologists today and tackle some of challenges we face as healthcare providers. Hosted by Dr. Guillermo Rocha, Dr. Setareh Ziai, Dr. Mona Dagher, and Dr. Hady Saheb. Brought to you by the Canadian Ophthalmological Society. Seasons 1 and 2 of the EyeCan podcast were sponsored by MD Financial’s Affinity Grant. Season 3 is sponsored by Bayer. Written and directed by Kim Tytler and produced by John Allaire of Allaire Strategic Works.

    EyeCan Season 4, Episode 4 - Myopia – Can We Slow Down the Growth? with Dr. Vivian Hill

    EyeCan Season 4, Episode 4 - Myopia – Can We Slow Down the Growth? with Dr. Vivian Hill

    On this episode of EyeCan, we introduce our listeners to the topic of Myopia, with returning guest Dr. Vivian Hill.

    Dr. Hill completed a fellowship in Ocular Pathology at the University of Ottawa, then completed an ophthalmology residency and a Pediatric Ophthalmology fellowship in Calgary.

    Dr. Hill is an assistant professor at the University of Calgary and her clinical practice focuses on Pediatric Ophthalmology and adult strabismus. She led undergraduate ophthalmology for over a decade and led a revision of the medical school ophthalmology curriculum at the Cumming School of Medicine. She is a member of the examination board of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada as an optics and pediatric ophthalmology examiner.

    Dr. Hill sits on the executive of the Eye Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta as past Fees Chair and current advocacy lead and is the COS Advocacy Council Chair (term ending June 2024). Her interests include pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus, retinopathy of prematurity, medical education, and vision safety in the setting of expanding injectable medical esthetic. She is a former director on the Board of West Island College in Calgary which excels in academic rigour and experiential learning. She has received Calgary’s Top 40 under 40 Award as well as teaching awards at the Cumming School of Medicine.

    Show Notes
    This episode of EyeCan was researched and written by Lauren Khoury, a medical and MSc student (considering ophthalmology) at McGill University (2026).

    Dr. William Stell
    Carr & Stell 2017 – Link to Webvision chapter:
    http://webvision.med.utah.edu/book/part-xvii-refractive-errors/the-science-behind-myopia-by-brittany-j-carr-and-william-k-stell/

    Dr. Vivian Hill
    Ask the Expert on Pediatric Vision Health
    See the Possibilities
    https://www.seethepossibilities.ca/children-ama/

    American Academy of Ophthalmology
    Nearsightedness: What is Myopia? Resource
    https://www.aao.org/eye-health/diseases/myopia-nearsightedness

    ICEE Clear Vision for the Future – Press release
    https://www.cos-sco.ca/clear-vision-for-the-future-canadian-ophthalmological-society-celebrates-indigenous-children-eye-examination-project-impacting-6000-lives-to-date/


    With your hosts, Dr. Guillermo Rocha, Dr. Setareh Ziai, Dr. Mona Dagher, and Dr. Hady Saheb.
    Written and Directed by Kim Tytler.
    Produced by John Allaire of Allaire Strategic Works.

    The EyeCan Podcast is made possible by support from Bayer.

    • 52 min
    EyeCan Season 4, Episode 3 – COS Advocacy, future planning, and new projects with guest Dr. Phil Hooper

    EyeCan Season 4, Episode 3 – COS Advocacy, future planning, and new projects with guest Dr. Phil Hooper

    Our guest on today’s episode of EyeCan we welcome back to the show Phil Hooper, President of the Canadian Ophthalmological Society (COS). Dr. Hooper will present some of the Advocacy work the COS has currently been working on, future planning, and new projects underway.
    A bit about Phil… he trained in Internal Medicine and Ophthalmology at Western University in London, Ontario. Following this, he did fellowships in Retina and Uveitis at the University of Southern California, and Washington University.


    Phil was Chair and Chief of Ophthalmology at Western from 1996 to 2008 and co-chairs the Ontario Vision Care Task Force.


    In June 2022, Dr. Hooper became the 70th President of the COS, serving until June 2024. He has been involved in many COS projects, was Editor-in-Chief of the Canadian Journal of Ophthalmology from 2008-2018 and chaired the Council on Advocacy from 2019-2021.

    Show notes:


    COS Members are invited to log in to their member portal ( https://cos.imiscloud.com/ ), click the Members Only section and learn more about our Advocacy efforts.


    The COS Drug Shortages page can be found here ( https://www.cos-sco.ca/drug-shortages/ ).


    The January 2024 Forum registration page can be found here (https://www.cos-sco.ca/advocacy/annual-forum/ ).


    Information about the COS Annual Meeting and Exhibition can be found here 9https://cos-sco.secure-platform.com/site ). 


    Ophthalmologists interested in becoming a member can learn more here https://www.cos-sco.ca/cos-membership/member-benefits/ ).


    COS Practice Resource Centre – learn more here ( https://www.cosprc.ca/ ). The Cornea Modules referenced in this episode of EyeCan can be found here (https://www.cosprc.ca/cornea-learning-modules/ ). 


    See the Possibilities is a web resource for the Canadian public on the topics of vision health, serious eye diseases and what the COS is doing to promote eye health for everyone. Learn more here: https://www.seethepossibilities.ca/. Ask the Experts articles can be found here ( https://www.seethepossibilities.ca/ama/ ).


    The COS Newsroom contains all press releases and can be found here ( https://www.cos-sco.ca/newsroom/ ). Media are welcome to contact Kim Tytler, COS Manager, Communications and Public Affairs, kim@cos-sco.ca, for more information.


    More information about the work of the Association of Canadian University Professors of Ophthalmology (ACUPO) can be found here ( https://www.acupo.ca/ ).


    With your hosts, Dr. Guillermo Rocha, Dr. Setareh Ziai, Dr. Mona Dagher, and Dr. Hady Saheb.
    Written and Directed by Kim Tytler.
    Produced by John Allaire of Allaire Strategic Works.

    The EyeCan Podcast is made possible by support from Bayer.

    • 28 min
    EyeCan Season 4, Episode 2 - Age-related Macular Degeneration, with guest Dr. Ravi Dookeran

    EyeCan Season 4, Episode 2 - Age-related Macular Degeneration, with guest Dr. Ravi Dookeran

    Welcome to Season 4, Episode 2 of The EyeCan Podcast! Our topic on today’s episode of EyeCan is Age-related Macular Degeneration, with guest Ravi Dookeran of Winnipeg, Manitoba.

    Dr. Dookeran has worked in Winnipeg since 2006 in the University of Manitoba department of Ophthalmology.  He is the medical director of the Waterfront Eye Institute and runs a surgical and medical Retinal practice serving all of Manitoba, Nunavut and western Ontario. After completing his ophthalmology residency at the University of Alberta, Dr. Dookeran went on to complete a 2-year surgical and medical Retina fellowship at McGill University. He is affiliated with the University of Manitoba's Department of Ophthalmology as an Assistant Professor, teaching residents and retina fellows and is actively involved in clinical research having authored numerous publications.
     
    Dr. Dookeran has been actively involved in developing a tele-ophthalmology program and serves as the medical director of the Manitoba Retinal Screening and Vision Program (MRSVP) providing access to care for diabetic patients in northern and remote communities across Manitoba. 

    In addition to being vice president of the Eye Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba for many years, he sat on the COS board of directors as Treasurer from 2019 to 2022 and continues to be involved in the COS Foundation.

    Show notes:
    Early Treatment Diabetic Retinopathy Study– ( https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/2062510/ ) the landmark study that still guides how we treat diabetics today. 

    See the Possibilities Eye Health page on AMD  ( https://www.seethepossibilities.ca/eye-health/age-related-macular-degeneration/ )

    Learn more about the COS Council in Advocacy ( https://www.cos-sco.ca/council-on-advocacy/ )
    With your hosts, Dr. Guillermo Rocha, Dr. Setareh Ziai, Dr. Mona Dagher, and Dr. Hady Saheb.
    Written and Directed by Kim Tytler.
    Produced by John Allaire of Allaire Strategic Works.

    The EyeCan Podcast is made possible by support from Bayer.

    • 33 min
    EyeCan Season 4, Episode 1 - Sustainability in Ophthalmology with guest Dr. Marie-Claude Robert

    EyeCan Season 4, Episode 1 - Sustainability in Ophthalmology with guest Dr. Marie-Claude Robert

    Welcome to Season 4!

    On this episode of EyeCan, we are pleased to introduce our listeners to the topic of Sustainability in Ophthalmology, with guest Dr. Marie-Claude Robert, a cornea specialist in Montréal. 
    Dr. Robert has a busy practice spanning the full scope of corneal diseases in children and adults. She trained at the University of Ottawa (undergraduate and MD), the Université de Montréal (residency, MSc) and Harvard University (fellowship). She is the director of clinical research at both CHUM and CHU Sainte-Justine. 
    Dr. Robert tries to bring environmental concerns to the forefront when making decisions. She has been vegan for over 25 years, commutes on her bike or public transportation and tries to inspire others to do the same. She has presented to Quebec ophthalmologists on the environmental impact of cataract surgery and has initiated a green committee at the CHUM. She has three young children for whom she hopes will grow into engaged adults on a healthy planet. 

    Show Notes and Related Resources
    Marie-Claude Robert is a member of the COS Sustainability Working Group. The goals of the group are: (1) working to ensure a greener COS Annual Meeting and Exhibition; and (2) encouraging members to submit of vignettes discussing practical and easy to implement ideas on how to reduce waste in clinical practice. EyeSustain – The Canadian Ophthalmological Society is a member of EyeSustain, a global coalition of ophthalmic organizations, societies, and their members committed to promoting the sustainability of eye care. The Greening of Ophthalmology (article), American Academy of OphthalmologyNeedless Waste and the Sustainability of Cataract Surgery (article), American Academy of OphthalmologyDr. Robert is listening to the podcast How to Save a Planet. You can catch it here: https://gimletmedia.com/shows/howtosaveaplanet With your hosts, Dr. Guillermo Rocha, Dr. Setareh Ziai, Dr. Mona Dagher, and Dr. Hady Saheb.
    Written and Directed by Kim Tytler.
    Produced by John Allaire of Allaire Strategic Works.

    The EyeCan Podcast is made possible by support from Bayer.

    • 30 min
    EyeCan Season 3, Episode 12 – Canadian Ophthalmological Society Foundation with Dr. Guillermo Rocha

    EyeCan Season 3, Episode 12 – Canadian Ophthalmological Society Foundation with Dr. Guillermo Rocha

    On this episode of EyeCan, we are excited to introduce our listeners to the Canadian Ophthalmological Society Foundation in our discussion with Foundation President, Dr. Guillermo Rocha. 

    Guillermo Rocha, MD, FRCSC, FACS is originally from Mexico City, Mexico. He trained in Ophthalmology at McGill University in Montreal and has completed subspecialty training in Ocular Immunology and Inflammation at McGill, and Cornea and External Diseases at the University of South Florida, in Tampa. He completed the Physician CEO Executive Program at the Kellogg School of Management (2016) and the Foundations of Clinical Research Certificate Program, Harvard Medical School (2022). 

    He is Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Manitoba, President of the COS Foundation, Past President of the Canadian Ophthalmological Society (2016-2018), and past President of the Canadian Cornea, External Diseases and Refractive Surgery Society. In 1995, he was awarded the Canadian Society for Clinical Investigation & Medical Research Council of Canada Resident Research Award for his work on the causative factors of ocular inflammation. Dr. Rocha was the recipient of the Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba iCare Award for 2014. In 2015, he was recognized as one of the 10 Most Successful Mexicans in Canada, followed by an award as one of the 10 Most Influential Hispanic Canadians in 2016. Dr. Rocha performs Anterior Segment, Refractive and Corneal Surgeries. 
    With your hosts, Dr. Guillermo Rocha, Dr. Setareh Ziai, Dr. Mona Dagher, and Dr. Hady Saheb.
    Written and Directed by Kim Tytler.
    Produced by John Allaire of Allaire Strategic Works.

    The EyeCan Podcast is made possible by support from Bayer.

    • 29 min
    EyeCan Season 3, Episode 11 – Tele-ophthalmology with guest Dr. David Maberley

    EyeCan Season 3, Episode 11 – Tele-ophthalmology with guest Dr. David Maberley

    On this episode of EyeCan, we are talking about Tele-ophthalmology with our guest, Dr. David Maberley. After completing his residency at the University of Toronto, Dr. Maberley undertook a retina fellowship at Queen’s University, where he also completed a Masters of Science in Community Health and Epidemiology. Following his training in Kingston, he studied macular disease and advanced retinal surgical techniques at Columbia University and the Manhattan Eye, Ear, and Throat Hospital in New York City. 
    Dr. Maberley performs research in population health and the medical and surgical management of diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, and high myopia. Recent undertakings include the establishment of the Collaboration in the Epidemiology of Ocular Disease (CEPOD – a big data pharmacoepidemiology research group that works collaboratively with industry and government) and a co-leadership role with the Diabetic Retinopathy Goal Group of Diabetes Action Canada (a CIHR SPOR initiative). Currently, he is working with the Technical University in Eindhoven (Netherlands) assisting with validation and safety work on the PrecEyes ophthalmic surgical robot. 
    With your hosts, Dr. Guillermo Rocha, Dr. Setareh Ziai, Dr. Mona Dagher, and Dr. Hady Saheb.
    Written and Directed by Kim Tytler.
    Produced by John Allaire of Allaire Strategic Works.

    The EyeCan Podcast is made possible by support from Bayer.

    • 38 min

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