The WV Academy of Eye Physicians and Surgeons is excited to invite you to our Annual Scientific Conference for eye medical professionals and technicians, updated for 2024. This premier event is dedicated to showcasing the latest advancements and practices in ophthalmology, offering a unique blend of keynote presentations, interactive small group lectures, and cutting-edge research findings.

Our conference is the perfect venue for anyone eager to deepen their understanding of the evolving landscape of eye health. Whether you're an established ophthalmologist, a medical student aspiring to specialize in ophthalmology, or a technician keen on advancing your skills and knowledge, this event promises to enrich your professional journey.

Highlights for the 2024 Conference include:

  • Innovative Techniques and Technologies: Discover the latest breakthroughs and technological advancements in eye care, from surgical instruments to diagnostic tools, and learn how they can be integrated into your practice.
  • Comprehensive Learning Tracks: Tailored sessions designed to cater to the diverse interests and specialties within ophthalmology, ensuring valuable takeaways for every attendee.
  • Networking Opportunities: Engage with leading ophthalmologists, renowned researchers, and fellow eye care professionals from across the state. Our conference provides a unique platform to exchange ideas, forge collaborations, and build lasting professional relationships.
  • Career Advancement: For students and technicians, this is an unparalleled opportunity to meet face-to-face with potential mentors, employers, and peers, all while gaining insights into the latest trends and career paths in eye health.

We are committed to fostering an environment of learning, collaboration, and growth. Join us to be part of a community that’s shaping the future of ophthalmology. Stay tuned for more details on our lineup of distinguished speakers, session schedules, and registration information.

Mark your calendars for an enlightening experience that promises to elevate your practice and passion for eye care. We look forward to welcoming you to an event that continues to be at the forefront of ophthalmological excellence in 2024.

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Conference Speakers

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  • Post NominalM.D.
  • TitleProfessor
  • CompanyVirginia Commonwealth University
Dr. William Benson grew up in Wheeling and is a proud graduate of the West Virginia University School of Medicine and the Department of Ophthalmology, where he completed his residency in 1986. ... ()

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  • Post Nominal-
  • TitleDirector of Outreach
  • CompanyWest Virginia University Eye Institute
For 25 years, Becky Coakley, the director of outreach for the West Virginia University Eye Institute, has been dedicated to advocating for the state’s blind and low-visionpopulation through the... ()

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  • TitleManager of Coding and Reimbursement
  • CompanyAmerican Academy of Ophthalmology
Heather H. Dunn is the Academy's manager of coding and reimbursement. She hasextensive experience in ophthalmic practice management. She has held positions as anophthalmic assistant, optical... ()

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  • Post NominalM.D.
  • TitleUveitis Specialist
  • CompanyWVU Department of Ophthalmology
As West Virginia University's sole fellowship-trained uveitis specialist, Grace Levy-Clarke, M.D., provides patients with a much-needed service while also educating the next generation of... ()

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  • TitleAssistant Professor
  • CompanyWVU Eye Institute
Kevin Halenda, M.D., is an ophthalmologist who specializes in the treatment of glaucoma. Dr. Halenda joined the WVU Eye Institute and the WVU Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences faculty... ()

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  • TitleOculoplastic & Orbital surgeon
  • CompanyDaniel J. Nadler, MD & Associates
Dr Erik M. Happ is an oculoplastic and orbital surgeon in private practice in Pittsburgh, PA, after a lengthy tenure at Allegheny General Hospital, as chairman of ophthalmology and director of... ()

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  • Post Nominal COMT, OSC, CTC, (F)ATPO
  • TitleClinical Training Consultant
  • CompanyEye Tech Training, Inc.
Jacqueline Pullos is a Certified Ophthalmic Medical Technologist and staff educator with over 30 years of clinical experience. A past president of ATPO and current member of AAOP, Jacque... ()

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  • TitleAssociate Professor of Ophthalmology
  • CompanyDuke Eye Center
Julia A. Rosdahl, MD, PhD, is a board-certified and fellowship-trained glaucoma specialist at the Duke Eye Center in Durham, North Carolina. After completing her doctoral work on retinal ganglion... ()

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  • Post NominalM.D
  • TitleManaging Partner
  • CompanyScott & Christie Eyecare Associates
Christopher M. Spearman, M.D., is the managing partner at Scott & Christie Eyecare Associates in Cranberry Township, PA, where he practices comprehensive ophthalmology with a specialty in... ()

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  • Post NominalM.D.
  • TitleAssistant Professor
  • CompanyWVU Medicine
Bradley Thuro is an ophthalmologist at West Virginia University Eye Institute in Morgantown,WV. He completed his medical school and residency training in Little Rock, AR at the Universityof Arkansas... ()

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  • Post NominalMMSc, COMT, ROUB, CDOS
  • TitleOwner
  • CompanyEye Scan Consulting
Rhonda G. Waldron, MMSc, COMT, ROUB, CDOS, has been a significant figure in the field of ophthalmic ultrasound since the early 1990s. After joining the Emory University Eye Center in Atlanta,... ()

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  • Post Nominal M.D, Phd
  • TitleOphthalmology
  • CompanyUVA Health
Dr. Paul Yates holds a B.S. in electrical engineering from California Polytechnic State University, an M.D. from the University of California San Diego, and a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the... ()



For 2024, we will convene at the Stonewall Resort. The guestrooms are especially inviting and comfortable, and attendees are welcome to use all resort facilities and attractions during the weekend, including the spa with all its amenities, golf course, outdoor tennis courts, and outdoor pool.

Please make certain to use the “Book Your Room” link below for all guestroom reservations. Guests may also phone 1-304-269-7400.

Conference Registration


We invite you to join us at the beautiful Greenbrier Resort in beautiful White Sulfur Springs, WV from June 9-11, 2023! Connect with 30+ ophthalmologists from across West Virginia and surrounding states. Meet face to face with the doctors who buy the products and services your company delivers. Expand your consumer base by showcasing your products.

Exhibitor booth includes:

  • Standard 6’ Exhibit Table
  • (2) Standard Chairs
  • Electric (if needed) - $50.00 Extra Charge
  • Tablecloth for table (if needed)
  • Exhibit Attendees Name Tags - Names Must Be Submitted by 5/1/2023

Presenting Sponsor

Want to have your brand front and center?

Become THE presenting sponsor For $15,000

Your company will be the presenting sponsor and have the opportunity to co- brand your company with the WVAEPS 2023 Scientific Conference.

This includes:

  • Opportunity to briefly address all attendees in a non-CME portion of the meeting
  • Corporate logo or listing as presenting sponsor with premier placement featured on all event promotion

Pieces including but not limited to:

  • Event save-the-date notifications (listing and logo)
  • Event emails and press releases (listing and logo)
  • Premier placement of logo on all signage
  • Premier logo placement on WVAEPS website, with link to company website *Logo on cover of program
  • Premier first selection placement of exhibitor booth space

This level is limited to one sponsor.

Sponsor Levels

Platinum Sponsor - $4,000

  • Full page ad in the program
  • Logo recognition during conference
  • Exhibit booth, prime placement
  • Recognition on the WVAEPS website and Facebook page

Gold Sponsor - $3,000

  • Half page program ad
  • Logo recognition during conference
  • Exhibit booth space
  • Recognition on the WVAEPS website and Facebook page

Silver Sponsor - $2,000

  • Logo recognition during conference
  • Exhibit booth space
  • Recognition on the WVAEPS website and Facebook page
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