January 2019 | 6th Issue
Having Fun and Staying at APAO 2019 Social Events
    In this Issue

Message from Co-sponsor - European Society of Ophthalmology (SOE)
Scientific Program Highlights
Social Program Overview
APAO Photo Contest
Travel Grant Results
Visa Assistance

   Message from Co-sponsor - European Society of Ophthalmology (SOE)

Dear Colleagues and Friends, 

It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to the APAO Congress in Bangkok.

I am very grateful and honored to have served as both guest and co-sponsor of the Congress. The annual congress is a fantastic opportunity to interact with the world’s leading professionals and experts from across the ophthalmology field.


It is also a time to meet with old friends and share the expertise and best practices with colleagues. I hope that the discussion and presentations taking place over the next four days will lead to greater achievements in the field of ophthalmology both in the Asia-Pacific region and all around the world.

As ophthalmologists, we need to be open-minded to gather and share new insights in our field to let our patients benefit from the cross-fertilization of knowledge. I trust that we shall all enjoy a wonderful Congress for international friendship. 

With warmest personal regards,

Jan Tjeerd DE FABER

President, European Society of Ophthalmology (SOE)

   Scientific Program Highlights

Inaugural APOIS Symposium:
Ocular Imaging in 2020 and in 20-Year Time



Invited Speakers:


An inaugural ceremony and symposium of Asia-Pacific Ocular Imaging Society (APOIS), a new Associate Member Society of APAO, will be held at the APAO Congress 2019 in Bangkok. Their special Guest of Honor, Prof SriniVas R. Sadda, will give a keynote speech on “How will Ocular Imaging Evolve in the Next 20 years?”. Other world-renowned speakers from around the world will also share their expertise in ocular imaging in the inaugural symposium chaired by Dr. Carol Cheung, Prof. Ki Ho Park and Prof. Tien-yin Wong. 

Date: Mar 7, 2019
Time: 16:30 – 18:30
Venue: Plenary Hall 3

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Instruction Course:
Defending the Ophthalmologist in a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit:
Global Comparative Overview of Multiple Legal Systems



Invited Speakers:


Chaired by Mr. Kenneth Larywon and Prof. Robert Ritch, this course will provide an overview of medical malpractice cases specific to ophthalmology in different countries, as well as to educate and present physicians with effective approaches to minimize liability and maximize an effective defense.

Topics include: malpractice litigations and terms important to an understanding of malpractice, a review of the malpractice lawsuit process and common theories of liability against ophthalmologists. Informed consent and the importance of preparation will be highlighted. Finally, topics such as whether malpractice cases are presented before a judge/jury, and caps on awards against physicians and hospitals will be discussed. 

Date: Mar 8, 2019
Time: 11:00 – 12:30
Venue: Boardroom 4

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   Social Program Overview

The Social Program at APAO 2019 will include the Opening Ceremony, Welcome Reception, Presidential Dinner and Cultural Party. APAO will also organize its fourth annual Charity Run during the APAO Congress in Bangkok. For more details, please visit http://2019.apaophth.org/social-program/.  

Schedule for the social events at APAO 2019:

Social Program



Opening Ceremony

March 6, 2019 (Wed)

Open to All Delegates

Welcome Reception

March 6, 2019 (Wed)

Open to All Delegates

Presidential Dinner

March 6, 2019 (Wed)

By Invitation Only

Cultural Party

March 7, 2019 (Thurs)

Open to All Delegates

Charity Run

March 8, 2019 (Fri)

Open to All Delegates

   APAO Photo Contest
   Travel Grant Results

After reviewing submissions from a number of qualified applicants, the APAO Secretariat is pleased to announce the recipients of the APAO Prof. Yasuo Tano Travel Grants for 2019.

Each travel grant recipient will receive US$1000 if they live outside the host country of the 34th APAO Congress (i.e. Thailand) whereas those who live in the host country will receive US$300.


   Visa Assistance

Generally, a foreign citizen who wishes to enter Thailand is required to obtain a visa from a Royal Thai Embassy or a Royal Thai Consulate-General. However, there are countries and territories which are entitled for Visa Exemption and Visa on Arrival to Thailand:

For more information, please visit the Thailand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs:






   APAO Secretariat


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The Chinese University of Hong Kong
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