President Trump is scheduled to be in Philadelphia on Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at The National Constitution Center (NCC) in the Independence Mall area. Increased police presence is anticipated in Center City throughout Tuesday afternoon and evening. Please allow extra time if you are going to Wills Eye. Please be advised of area street closures to vehicles beginning at 1:00PM on Tuesday 9/15. Pedestrian access will also be limited in the area. This is subject to change and area restrictions, which could widen, will be lifted once the President departs the NCC. There are also demonstrations planned for Tuesday 9/15 around Independence Mall as well as City Avenue.

East Coast Symposium

Wills Eye East Coast Symposium & Alumni Reception 2018

Wills Eye East Coast Symposium and Alumni Reception
October 12-13, 2018 CANCELLED

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center
201 Waterfront Street
National Harbor, MD 20745

Stay current with the latest advances in major areas of ophthalmology and rediscover your connection to Wills Eye.

Honorary Host Committee

Julia A. Haller, MD - Host Committee Chair Fernando Arevalo, MD Gary Cassel, MD Robert Cullom, MD
Mary Ellen Cullom, MD Jinali Patel Diora, MD Forrest Ellis, MD Stephanie Marioneaux, MD
Michaela Mathews, MD William Phillips II, MD Reginald Sanders, MD Sonya Babar Shah, MD


Friday, October 12th
Alumni Cocktail Reception
(free for members and their guests)
6:00 p.m – 9:00 p.m.
Hosted by Wills Eye Alumni Society 
Saturday, October 13th
CME Symposium: “Challenging Cases – A Multi-Disciplinary Approach”

7:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Presented by Wills Eye Hospital


Hotel Reservations
A block of rooms has been arranged at a special conference rate at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center.  To make your hotel reservations, please click here.


  • New York - Sept. 22-23, 2017

    Wills Eye East Coast Symposium & Alumni Reception
    September 22-23, 2017
    Ritz-Carlton New York-Battery Park
    Two West Street
    New York, NY 10004
    Honorary Host Committee

    Irina Belinsky, MD Nicolas Biro, MD Christine Speer Buono, MD Lawrence Buono, MD
    Eric Donnenfeld, MD Michael Ehrlich, MD Geoffrey Emerick, MD Neelofar Ghaznawi, MD
    Cono Grasso, MD Pierre Guibor, MD Linda Hsueh, MD Brandon Johnson, MD
    Brian Marr, MD Judith Melick, MD Elizabeth Rocco, MD Mark Ruchman, MD
    Alan Salz, MD Hermann Schubert, MD

    CME Symposium: "Challenging Surgical Cases – A Multi-Disciplinary Approach"
    Presented by Wills Eye Hospital’s Leading Clinical Faculty
    Saturday, September 23rd
    7:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
    Manhattan Ballroom  (2nd Fl.)
    Stay current with the latest ​advances in major areas of ophthalmology.

    This exciting half-day program focused on state-of-the-art approaches to clinical challenges encountered in the day-to-day practice of ophthalmology and the best ways to apply them in your practice. Case presentations and Q&A offered attendees the opportunity to exchange ideas and pose questions to Wills Eye Hospital’s finest teachers and master clinicians.

    Program Chair
    Julia A. Haller, MD – Ophthalmologist-in-Chief

    Robert D. Lehman, Jr., MD

    Guest Faculty
    Dominick Benedetto, MD
    Lawrence Buono, MD
    Alan Salz, MD

    Wills Eye Faculty
    Sunir J. Garg, MD - Retina Service
    Julia A. Haller, MD - Ophthalmologist-in-Chief
    Robert D. Lehman, MD - Cataract & Primary Eye Care Service
    Jonathan S. Myers, MD – Co-Director, Glaucoma Service
    Mark F. Pyfer, MD - Cataract & Primary Eye Care Service
    Christopher J. Rapuano, MD – Chief, Cornea Service

    Vaughn Wurst
    Phone: 215-440-3168

    Alumni Cocktail Reception (members and invited guests)

    Friday, September 22nd
    5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
    Rise (14th Fl.)
    Hosted by Wills Eye Alumni Society

    • Mingle with ex-residents and fellows
    • Network and engage with colleagues
    • Meet with Ophthalmologist-in-Chief Julia A. Haller, MD

    Guest Speaker
    Kevin Draper
    "The Battery - Cradle of New York History"

    Kevin, an impassioned New York City historian, will provide a glimpse into this fascinating area of Lower Manhattan. From its strategic importance protecting 17th century “New Amsterdam” to its role as the first immigrant receiving station in America, The Battery’s unique history and location has made it one of the city’s finest attractions.

    This event is free for Wills alumni and guests but registration is requested. Click here.


    Susan Umfer
    Phone: 267-733-9685