It will be my distinct pleasure to serve as the keynote speaker today at the conference of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) in New Orleans. I will be addressing the society tonight in New Orleans on the rise of the Fourth Branch and how it relates to the practice of medicine in the 21st Century. It is always fun to return to New Orleans where I started my teaching career at Tulane University, though this will regrettably have to be a short visit due to a speech in Michigan. Since today is my birthday, I will have to at least get out to a couple of my favorite haunts for some good food and drinks with the Napoleon House at the top of the list for a Pimm’s Cup . . . or two.
Founded in 1974, the society is an international, educational society with more than 9,000 members that works for the advancement of the art and science of ophthalmic surgery. It is a highly influential and global organization that covers not just clinical training and education for practitioners but also management and governmental component to promote the delivery and advancement of high-quality eye care.
These medical professionals are on the very cutting edge of changing technology and regulations in the medical field. I have been meeting with doctors in various specialities and learning more about the growing concerns over the ability to deliver services in increasingly complex legal and economic conditions. I will be exploring how this regulatory power affects healthcare and other industries and what he believes should be done to remedy it.
The Joint ASCRS•ASOA Government Relations General Session will be held in the Ernest Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, LA, room 220–222, on Friday, May 6, 2016 from 5:00–6:00 pm.