April 15, 2004
MEMBERS IN ATTENDANCE: Joyce Cassen, MD; Nancy Chen, MD;
Stephen Clason, MD; John Drouilhet, MD; Malcolm Ing MD; Ken Lin, MD; David
Maehara, MD; Carl Minatoya, MD; Harvey Minatoya, MD; Cal Miura, MD; George
Nardin, MD; Jon Olkowski, MD; Pierre Pang, MD; David Randell, MD; Peter
Roney, MD; Susan Senft, MD; Russell Stodd, MD; Chris Tortora, MD; Byron
Wong, MD; VernonWong, MD.
Paula Arcena; Gale Beardsley, MD; Dick
Botti; Phillip Hellreich, MD; Roger Kimura; John McDonnel, MD; Louis Omphroy,
MD; Bill Shimura, David Young, MD
The meeting was called to order at 7 PM
by Susan Senft, MD, President of HOS.
The minutes of the previous meeting
were approved as distributed.
Dr. Luis Omphroy was introduced and welcomed as a prospective new member of
Advocacy Day in Washington D.C.—Visit
to Capitol Hill on April 22. The AAO has scheduled several meetings with the
focus on the Vets Eye Safety Act. We have had no firm commitment from our US
legislators at this point.
Veterans Eye Treatment Safety Act—Dr.Senft
encouraged the members to contact our U.S. legislators and voice concerns of
ophthalmology regarding this important issue.
Website Feedback—This was reviewed and
members were encouraged to visit the site and are reminded that comments are
Twinning Symposium regarding Pan
American Meeting of Ophthalmology in Santiago, Chile March 18-21—The
Brazilian Society would like us to join them in a symposium on March 19,
2005 3:40-5:10 PM. They requested that abstracts be submitted by April 20,
Dr. Malcolm Ing reported that the Lion’s Club Van for retinal screening is
to be in service shortly. The non-mydriatic camera has been ordered and our
HOS logo and website address will be on the van.
Roger Kimura and Bill Shimura of the
HMA were present for the official audit of the HOS CME program. They
reviewed our program and urged continuity. They complimented the work and
efforts of Dr.Jon Olkowski and Dr. George Nardin for their recording and
accounting of our current program.
Legislative update—Dr.Joyce Cassen
spoke with Linda Smith, the Governor’s senior policy advisor, and
recommended members to Email (Linda.Smith@hawaii.gov
or LindaLingle@LindaLingle.com) Gov. Lingle asking for a veto of HB
1797 and explaining why it should be vetoed.
Dr. Jeffrey Maehara gave a report on
his efforts and recommended we do whatever possible to contact the
representatives and senators that we may have any influence with.
Dr. Nancy Chen reported that the
Mississippi optometry bill did not pass their legislature, and recommended
that we contact their society. She will also be contacting various society
presidents asking them to sign a letter addressed to all the senators asking
that they not override a possible gubernatorial veto. It would require 5
senators or 18 representatives to stop the override.
Dick Botti, the HMA head lobbyist,
reviewed the HMA’s current perspective and suggestions regarding the current
bills in the legislature. He reported on his efforts and shared his incites
in to the status of HB1797. Dr.Phillip Hellreich, HMA president, announced
that the Dean of the UH Medical School has written a letter to all members
of the Legislature opposing this bill. Dr. John McDonnell reviewed recent
HMA strategy relative to upcoming votes and elections. Dr. Russell Stodd
appealed to the Society to support the HMA.
Dr. Pierre Pang, MD gave an excellent lecture entitled “A Modified Technique
for Managing Dislocated PCIOLs” which was well received by the members.
The next SCORH meeting will take place
at the Halekulani on 4/22/04.
Please be advised that the next meeting of the Hawaii Ophthalmological
Society will occur Thursday, May 27, 2004 at Michel’s restaurant at the
Colony Surf Hotel.
There being no further business, the
meeting was adjourned at 8:30 PM.
Peter A. Roney, MD
Hawaii Ophthalmological Society