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Virginia Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons eNews
April 9, 2018 Virginia Insights

Key Dates

April 18-21: AAO Congressional Advocacy Day and Mid Year Forum

June 8-9, VSEPS Annual Scientific Meeting, Virginia Beach Sheraton Oceanfront Hotel

Oct 18 - 21: MSV Annual Meeting, Hotel Roanoke

Oct 27-30: AAO Annual Meeting, Chicago

2018 Membership Dues Now Due

VSEPS Dues for 2018 are now due. Members' dues must be paid to take advantage of special rates for annual meeting, 10% OMIC discount.

The mission of the Virginia Society of Eye Physicians & Surgeons is to advocate the best quality eye care through education, legislative efforts and community service.



































President's Podium:
Urgent Alert - Protect Patient Safety in Virginia
Immediate Response Requested

By Suzanne Everhart, DO
President & Fellow, Virginia Society of Eye Physicians & Surgeons

Dear Colleagues,


As President of VSEPS, I want to make it clear that the fight to continue to protect patient safety and keep surgery by surgeons in Virginia has only just begun! VSEPS board of directors continues to be fully engaged and had a lively and productive meeting in Roanoke last month.  We were joined by local ophthalmologists Frank Cotter, MD; Karli Griffeth, MD, and William Thompson, MD, as well as Baseer Ahmad, MD from Richmond VA.   Local state senator John Edwards graciously joined us, and we learned a great deal from him regarding the dynamics of the General Assembly, the budget impasse, Medicaid expansion and the current mood of the House and the Senate about mid-level providers. Fortunately, VSEPS has a lobbying team that is well-connected and committed to introducing each VSEPS member to their own state representatives.  We can and must have all ophthalmologists in each and every legislative district, on each and every legislator’s speed dial!

VSEPS, in concert with all ophthalmologists across Virginia, is prepared to launch a comprehensive campaign to protect patient safety and ensure surgical care is of the highest quality  in Virginia.  To make this happen, I urgently ask that each of you write a check for $250 payable to VSEPS Patient Advocacy Fund.  Please mail your contribution to VSEPS at PO Box 3268, Glen Allen, VA 23058,  by April 15. Or, donate online at We need your donation so we can get to work immediately.  We aim to build a network with 100% participation of our members.  All 100 delegates and 40 senators will be up for election in November 2019. They will be eager to connect with their constituents.  Our lobbying team is ready to help connect you to your state representatives. You can get started by finding your legislators here:

To assist, we are establishing an advocacy committee with regional MD chairpersons effective immediately. We need your name, home address, addresses for all of your office locations, and preferably your cell phone number (for after-hours emergency calls only) sent to Chrissy Cannaday ( This will enable us to identify your respective districts and set up networking. Please do this right NOW. Again 100% participation is vital!

Also, please invite your colleagues to join VSEPS! In doing so, you will help strengthen ophthalmology, protect your patients, and maintain high-quality surgical care – in addition to all of the other benefits of being a member of VSEPS.  As you know, the practice of medicine is changing rapidly. VSEPS is your front line and at the table on both state and national levels to protect you from increased regulations, decreased reimbursements, threats to patient safety and coding changes. We need 100% membership and financial commitment from all Virginia ophthalmologists to continue to protect patient access to high quality and affordable care. Ask your colleagues to visit our website at and join us today! 

Finally, remember to register for the annual scientific meeting June 8-9, 2018, Ophthalmology in View: Vision, Innovation, Enterprising and Worldwide Impact, to be held in Virginia Beach. Reduced rate Early Bird registration ends on April 27. To keep your technicians engaged and informed, they can sign up for the annual technician meeting at  and earn valuable educational credits as well.  I look forward to welcoming all new members. I also look forward to the fantastic lectures planned and the hands-on wet lab for manual small incision cataract surgery. Join us for great food, great fellowship and family fun in the sun and surf of Virginia Beach.


Truly yours,
Suzanne Everhart, DO
President VSEPS



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