Optimizing Patient Outcomes in Diabetic Retinopathy

Optimizing Patient Outcomes in Diabetic Retinopathy
1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)
Launch Date:
January 21, 2020
Expiration Date:
The accreditation for this activity has expired.

Primary Audience:


Relevant Terms:

Diabetic Retinopathy

Charles C Wykoff, MD, PhD

Charles C Wykoff, MD, PhD
Director of Research, Retina Consultants of Houston
Deputy Chair for Ophthalmology, Blanton Eye Institute
Associate Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology, Weill Cornell Medical College Houston Methodist Hospital
Houston Texas

Charles C. Wykoff MD PhD is Director of Research, Retina Consultants of Houston; Deputy Chair for Ophthalmology, Blanton Eye Institute and Associate Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology, Weill Cornell Medical College, Houston Methodist Hospital, Houston Texas.

He received his baccalaureate from MIT, PhD from Oxford University while on a Marshall Scholarship, and MD from Harvard Medical School. He completed ophthalmology residency and vitreoretinal fellowship at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute where he served as Chief Resident/Co-Director of Ocular Trauma and received a Heed Fellowship and the Ronald G. Michels Award.

Dr. Wykoff is passionate about translational research and clinical trial design, and has published over 130 peer reviewed manuscripts.  His research interests pertain to angiogenesis and retinal vascular diseases as well as vitreoretinal surgical topics. He has been awarded the AAO Secretariat and Achievement Awards as well as the ASRS Honor and Senior Honor Awards.  He is an elected member of The Retina Society and The Macula Society, was a founding member of the Ophthalmology Retina Editorial Board, and serves as the Academic Program Director for the Vit-Buckle Society.  

Dr Wykoff is actively involved in entrepreneurial activities and serves on multiple scientific advisory boards and global clinical-trial steering committees for companies spanning the innovative process from early to late stage development.  His guiding philosophy is to build and strengthen innovative, ethical teams focused on developing new approaches to improving outcomes for blinding diseases.

Eric W Schneider, MD

Eric W Schneider, MD
Tennessee Retina, Partner and Vitreoretinal Surgeon
Nashville Tennessee

Eric Schneider, MD is a retina specialist and partner at Tennessee Retina PC in Nashville, Tennessee.  He completed his medical school and ophthalmology residency at the University of Michigan Medical School and completed his fellowship in vitreoretinal surgery at Duke University. 

He is a member of numerous professional societies including the American Society of Retina Specialists (ASRS), the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, Club Vit, and the American Academy of Ophthalmology. 

He serves as a member of the ASRS Research and Safety in Therapeutics committee and the Medicare-Based Incentive Program measure development task force, in addition to serving as the representative to the Medicare Contractor Advisory Committee for ophthalmology in the state of Tennessee. 

He has authored or co-authored over 20 peer reviewed articles and served as an investigator in numerous clinical trials.  His research focuses on treatment of refractory age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, vitreoretinal interface disease, and novel OCT applications including OCT angiography

William W Li, MD

William W Li, MD
President and Chief Executive Officer, The Angiogenesis Foundation
Cambridge, MA

Dr. William W. Li is President, Medical Director, and co-founder of the Angiogenesis Foundation, a nonprofit scientific organization that is re-conceptualizing global disease fighting.  Since 1993, Dr. Li has been leading international efforts to develop effective therapeutic strategies based on angiogenesis including ophthalmology, oncology, wound care and regenerative medicine, and to improve treatment using these modalities by health systems and clinicians using these modalities in safe, effective, and efficient ways, through evidence-based practice. A major part of Dr. Li’s work focuses on identifying gaps and opportunities in the clinical application of anti-VEGF therapies for retinal vascular disease, and he has been leading efforts with eye professionals and advocacy groups across North America, Europe, Latin America, and Asia to help prevent vision loss.
1. Identify and compare current treatment pathways for diabetic retinopathy patients and diabetic macular edema and their impact on patient outcomes.
2. Develop consensus on factors responsible for differences in referral pathways for diabetic retinopathy patients and conceptualize patient referral guidelines.
3. Synthesize key outstanding questions regarding timing of patient referral from optometrist to ophthalmologist in diabetic retinopathy.
4. Present recommendations for actions to improve diabetic retinopathy patient referrals to achieve optimal patient outcomes.


This activity was launched on January 20, 2020 and will expire on January 19, 2021.


Content and educational strategies have been designed to facilitate behavior change in ophthalmologists, primary care physicians, residents and fellows, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, optomistrists, and all health care providers (HCPs) who care for patients at risk for diabetes and associated retinal disease.



This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of MedicusCME and the Angiogenesis Foundation.  MedicusCME is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.



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Dr. Wykoff acknowledges receipt of consulting fees from Acuela, Alimera Sciences, Allegro, Bayer, DORC, EyePoint, Fosun, ONL Therapeutics, Opthea, Optos, Outlook Therapeutics, Oxurion and PolyPhotonix Takeda for his participation on their respective scientific advisory boards.  He acknowledges receipt of research support from Aerie Pharmaceuticals, Aldeyra Therapeutics, Gemini Therapeutics, Graybug Vision, IONIS Pharmaceuticals, Neurotech, Opthea, Outlook Therapeutics, Samsung, Senju Pharmaceuticals and Xbrane Biopharma; and of both consulting fees and research support from Adverum, Aerpio, Allergan, Apellis, Chengdu Kanghong, Clearside Biomedical, Genentech/Roche, Iveric Bio (formerly Ophthotech), Kodiak, Novartis, Optos, Recens Medical, Regenxbio, Regeneron and Santen. Additionally, he owns stock in Regeneron.

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This activity is supported by an independent educational grant from Regeneron Pharmaceuticals.


This educational activity may contain discussion of published and/or investigational uses of agents that are not indicated by the FDA. The planners of this activity do not recommend the use of any agent outside of the labeled indications. 
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William W. Li, MD

President and Chief Executive Officer, The Angiogenesis Foundation


Eric W Schneider, MD

Tennessee Retina, Partner and Vitreoretinal Surgeon

Nashville Tennessee


Charles C. Wykoff, MD, PhD, FACS

Clinical Associate Professor of Ophthalmology, Weill Cornell Medical College

Physician, Surgeon, Director of Research, Retinal Consultants of Houston, PA Director of Clinical

Research and Vice-President, Greater Houston Retina Research Foundation

Houston, Texas


Brad H. Feldman, MD

Ophthalmologist and Surgeon, Wills Eye Hospital

Clinical Instructor in Ophthalmology, Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


Steven Haimowitz, MD

President, RealCME


Carol Pashman, MS, RN

President, MedicusCME


Jeff McRae, MS

Grants Administrator, The Angiogenesis Foundation



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