Friday Pearl

Telling It Like It Is

Friday, November 03, 2017

The Biosyntrx scientific advisory board member, Dr. Robert Osher, is recognized worldwide for his teaching career at the podium and through video.


His decision surprised us and many others when he started a meeting to provide cutting-edge surgery and technology, unrestricted by continuing medical education (CME) restraints. “Our singular mission was to offer every attendee completely candid, unfiltered teaching, which would make a meaningful difference in his or her surgical practice,” said Dr. Osher.


Cataract Surgery: Telling It Like It Is, enters its eighth year in January 2018, attracting nearly 600 surgeons and more than 100 exhibitors. The meeting started in Sarasota, Florida, then moved to and outgrew Naples, and will be held this year at the Ritz-Carlton on Amelia Island (about a half hour from Jacksonville), January 18-21, 2018. 


There is a free day of subspecialty updates on Wednesday, January 17, 2018.


Dr. Osher’s top priority was attracting a faculty of highly experienced experts devoted to teaching. He invited surgeons who share his “old-fashioned” belief that it should be a privilege rather than an imposition to be asked a question that will help the attendee provide better care. “We have a wonderful interchange of ideas with a different panel available for Q&A every evening.

It is beautiful education the way teaching should be,” Osher said.


The Biosyntrx founders, staff, and advisory boards have always supported Dr. Osher’s commitment to medical education, including "Telling It Like It Is."


The mornings consist of video symposia reviewing routine and challenging cases, complications galore, post-operative dilemmas, new technology, emergency rescues, tough IOL decisions, IOL repositioning / exchange, and keynote lectures honoring the careers of Alan Crandall, MD; Sam Masket, MD; and European surgeon Ehud Assia, MD. The afternoons offer 30-plus wet labs on topics such as pars plana anterior vitrectomy (taught by VR surgeons); iris reconstruction (cerclage, cow hitch, sliding knot, and IOL suturing); new intracameral devices; intrascleral haptic fixation; and multiple MIGS options.


The senior faculty features some of the most experienced cataract surgeons, including Doug Koch, MD; Warren Hill, MD; Dick Mackool, MD; Ike Ahmed, MD; Bill Fishkind, MD; Mike Snyder, MD; Lisa Arbisser, MD; Johnny Gayton, MD; John Sheppard, MD, along with a younger faculty of gifted teachers such as Steven Safran, MD; Rob Weinstock, MD; Deepinder Dhaliwal, MD; George Waring IV, MD; Toby Tyson, MD; and others.


Osher says the faculty “teaches their hearts out from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. each day and the ballroom is always packed." 


The meeting is also very affordable with registration in the $700 range, which includes most meals. Discounted housing is available at the Ritz-Carlton and Omni hotels. The agenda and the wet labs can be viewed on the registration website,


Dr. Osher seems uncertain about how many more years he will continue to organize the meeting. It’s a year-round job, and he still has a very enjoyable cataract surgical practice, a professorship at the University of Cincinnati, and editorial responsibility for the Video Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery.  


Dr. Osher and his staff are passionately committed to working around the clock to make certain that each "Telling It Like It Is" attendee departs the meeting a more knowledgeable and confident surgeon.


Ellen Troyer, with Spencer Thornton, MD, David Amess and the Biosyntrx staff