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25th Anniversary of the Retina Center at Pali Momi

To commemorate such a major milestone, Dr. Kokame, Dr. Lai and Dr. Wee coordinated the largest retina meeting ever held in Honolulu at the Halekulani Hotel in April of 2018.  This international symposium featured world class leaders and speakers, including Dr. Joan Miller, Chairman of Harvard Massachusetts Eye and Ear, Dr. Sandy Brucker, Professor at Scheie Eye Institute at U Penn and Editor of the journal Retina, and Dr. Akito Hirokata, Chairman of the Kyorin University School of Medicine in Tokyo, Japan. Incredible lectures were given by many speakers, but Dr. Steve Charles, one of the leading surgical innovators in the history of retinal surgery, provided exciting results with the use of free retinal grafts to close large macular holes, and Dr. Mark Humayun, the inventor of the “bionic eye” and the recipient of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation from President Obama in 2016, presented on new directions for epiretinal microchip implants to allow blind patients with retinitis pigmentosa to see, possibly in the future with color vision.  A special symposium on polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy was presented by Drs. Adrian Koh of Singapore, Hideki Koizumi of Okinawa, Japan, Tock Han Lim of Singapore, and Gregg Kokame of Hawaii, USA. The meeting included attendees from 5 continents from as far as Asia to Europe and Africa to Central America.  For Dr. Gregg Kokame, the director of The Retina Center for the past 25 years, it was an incredible honor to have so many great people in the retina field be a part of this celebration.

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