In 1993 the research program at Retina Consultants of Hawaii was established to not only bring the latest clinical trials for retinal diseases to Hawaii, but to also contribute our own ideas and research to create new knowledge in the field of vitreoretinal diseases. Over more than 25 years now, these goals have led to presentations all over the world, and enabled collaboration with the best and brightest retina specialists in many different countries.
Research presentations have been presented on 6 of the 7 continents in the world, excluding Antarctica. Invited presentations have included:
- an invited lecture trip in 2015 through Taiwan and Korea, where we educated the medical staff in Taipei, Kaohsiung, Seoul and Busan on new findings in polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy (PCV), and helped the Taiwan FDA approve Eylea for the treatment of PCV
- an invited lecture in 2012 at the World Ophthalmology Congress in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
- invited lectures to Lima, Peru in 2017 at the Pan American Association of Ophthalmology;
- invited lectures in Dubrovnik, Croatia at the Dubrovnik Ophthalmology Academy
- invited lectures at Euretina in London England in 2011 and 2014;
- lecturing in Jerusalem Israel at the Macula Society meeting in 2012 with leading retina specialists from the USA and Europe
- invited lecture on the first bionic eye surgery in the Asia Pacific at the Asia Pacific Vitreoretinal Society meeting in 2015 in Sydney Australia
- invited lecture in Tokyo, Japan at the 55th Annual Japanese Retina Vitreous Society in 2016
The most significant invited lectures were:
- Invited lecture to return to the Jules Stein Eye Institute at UCLA in 2013 to present the 11th Thomas H. Pettit Lecture, which is the honored annual lecture highlighting clinical research at the Annual Seminar in Los Angeles, CA (Dr. Kokame did his residency at UCLA)
- Invited lecture to return to the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute to present at the 50th Anniversary Meeting of the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami, Florida in 2011 (Dr. Kokame did his retina fellowship at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute)
The vision for the research program at Retina Consultants of Hawaii has always been “State of the Art Research with Worldwide Impact.” It is an honor to see that this vision has developed since 1993 into a continuing reality.