Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

  • Clinical Conference, September 12, 2014


    Featured Speaker: Janet Rucker, MD, Bernard A. and Charlotte Marden Professor of Neurology, Associate Professor, Department of Neurology, NYU Langone Medical Center, New York, NY

    Topic: Neuro-Ophthalmology

    Faculty Host: Matthew J. Thurtell, MBBS, MSc, Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and Neurology, Neuro-Ophthalmology Service, University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics

    Contact Person: Pat Zahs at 319-356-4475 or via e-mail: Patricia-Zahs@uiowa.edu

    Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Larry McGranahan in advance at (319)356-0357.  


     8:45 AM, Lecture:  "The Patient has Visual Symptoms, but the MRI Read is Normal"

     9:30 AM , Case Presentations and Discussions

    10:30 AM, Break

    11:00 AM, Case Presentations and Discussions

    12:00 PM, Lunch

     1:00 PM, Lecture:  "Cranial Nerve or Nucleus: Insights From a Congenital Syndrome"


    Dr. Janet Rucker holds the Bernard A. and Charlotte Marden Professorship of Neurology and is an Associate Professor of Neurology at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York, New York.  After medical school at St.  Louis University, she completed Neurology residency at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.  She completed a fellowship in Neuro-ophthalmology with Dr. Nancy Newman at Emory.  Her primary research interest is abnormal eye movements in neurological disease and she has many publications in this area, in addition to an active national teaching presence and a busy clinical Neuro-ophthalmology practice.

    Dr. Janet C. Rucker's Disclosure of Relevant Financial Relationships:  Nothing to disclose


    Purpose:  The series of clinical conferences sponsored by the Department of Ophthalmology presents updated information on a broad spectrum of clinical issues and approaches that are of value and interest to the practicing ophthalmologist.

    Objectives:  Upon completion of this conference, participants should be able to:

    • Recognize common errors in ordering and interpretation of MRI studies for visual symptoms.
    • Explain the anatomic differences between the abducens nerve and its nucleus.
    • Generate a differential diagnosis for congenital and acquired deficits of the abducens nerve or its nucleus.


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    Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa sponsored events.  If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Larry McGranahan in advance at 319-356-2866.

    Everyone in a position to control the content of this educational activity will disclose to the CME provider and to attendees all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest.  They will also disclose if any pharmaceuticals or medical procedures and devices discussed are investigational or unapproved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).


    The University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to sponsor continuing medical education for physicians.

    The Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 4.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits.™  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

    A $50 fee will be charged for continuing education credit to those physicians who are not dues-paying members of the Iowa Eye Association.  Please make checks payable to Iowa Eye Association and send to Patricia Zahs, Department of Ophthalmology, University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, 200 Hawkins Drive, Iowa City, Iowa  52242-1091.

    For physicians who wish to bring office assistants, a continuing education series for ophthalmic healthcare providers will be held during the Iowa Eye Meeting in June.  These programs are directed toward ophthalmic nurses and technicians, offering continuing education credits through JCAHPO and the Department of Nursing.  Additional information may be obtained from Sarah Smith, RN, MA, CRNO, at 319-356-7218 (sarah-smith@uiowa.edu) or Patricia Zahs at 319-356-4475 (patricia-zahs@uiowa.edu).

    Physicians are encouraged to bring patients to the clinical conferences for presentation and discussion.  To be sure there is time available, please schedule your patient with Sarah Smith, RN, MA, CRNO, at 319-356-7218 or FAX the information (319-356-0363) prior to the conference.

    Please inform your patients of the need to register at the Registration Desk in the main lobby of the Pomerantz Family Pavilion before coming to the Eye Institute Reception Desk so that a formal record can be established. There will be no physician's fee for consultation; however, if special laboratory tests are necessary, charges will be made after consulting with the patient.

    Dr. Anna Kitzmann, Director of Clinical Conferences, welcomes your comments and suggestions.  She can be reached at 319-384-7371 or via e-mail: anna-kitzmann@uiowa.edu. For further conference information contact: Patricia Zahs at 319-356-4475 (patricia-zahs@uiowa.edu).