UPMC Paediatric Ophthalmologist to Speak at IoES Conference in Waterford Feb. 22
17 February 2020 — Internationally-known paediatric ophthalmologist, Kanwal “Ken” Nischal, M.D., chief of the Division of Paediatric Ophthalmology, Strabismus, and Adult Motilityat UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, will discuss how the paradigm of children’s eye disease diagnosis and management is changing with an emphasis on imaging, digital health and genetics.
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UPMC Ophthalmologist Shares Advances in Vision Treatments for Kids at IOES Innovation Conference in Waterford
The Institute of Eye Surgery (IOES), Ireland’s largest private ophthalmology provider, will highlight advances in eye care for adults and children at its Innovation in Ophthalmology Conference on 21-22 February in Waterford. Among those presenting is internationally-known paediatric ophthalmology expert Kanwal “Ken” Nischal, M.D., from UPMC, the leading academic medical centre that recently partnered with the IOES to acquire the former Clane General Hospital, now known as UPMC Kildare.
Dr. Nischal, chief of the Division of Paediatric Ophthalmology, Strabismus, and Adult Motility at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, will discuss how the paradigm of children’s eye disease diagnosis and management is changing rapidly with an emphasis on imaging, digital health and genetics.
“In the constantly evolving field of ophthalmology, meetings like this one are critical for broadening our knowledge of our own specialty,” said Dr. Nischal. “The IOES has provided a tremendous platform to enhance our learning and collaboration across countries and institutions.”
Dr. Nischal joins ophthalmology leaders from Ireland and around the world to present on such topics as stem cell treatments for eye diseases, minimally invasive glaucoma surgery and retinal prostheses.
Pittsburgh-headquartered UPMC, a long-time provider of trusted healthcare services in the South East, is working with the IOES to create a national Ophthalmology Network of Excellence, which will focus on advanced clinical care and research while expanding the ophthalmology services available to Irish patients, including those at UPMC Kildare and UPMC Whitfield in Waterford.
At UPMC Children’s, one of the top 10 children’s hospitals in the United States, Dr. Nischal has pioneered new paediatric surgical techniques that were previously used only for adults with corneal disorders. He also oversees the UPMC Children’s telemedicine program, directs paediatric program development at the UPMC Eye Centre and serves as a professor of ophthalmology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.
Dr. Nischal joined UPMC Children’s in 2011 from London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital, where he began the first program in the United Kingdom to treat children with rare conditions that cause opaque corneas. The program soon became a referral centre for children from across the U.K., Europe, Africa and the Middle East.
Patients can receive treatments for retinal conditions, including age-related macular degeneration, cataracts, glaucoma, and neuro and ocular surface conditions, at UPMC Whitfield. These full range of subspecialty services will soon be available at UPMC Kildare. Visit the UPMC website for additional information.