20th Advanced Vitreous Surgery (AVS) Course

The biannual Duke Advanced Vitreous Surgery (AVS) meeting was initiated by the late Robert Machemer, MD over 40 years ago when he came to Duke Ophthalmology as Chairman.

Course Director:

Tamer Mahmoud, MD, PhD

For our 20th anniversary, we have unprecedented plans for an outstanding program and speakers. The theme of this unique event will be “What have we achieved in the past 40 years and what to look forward to in the next 40 years. Progress comes from doing the unconventional.” 

We are planning to have 40 world-renowned speakers in the field of retina for this huge event and hope for fierce discussion with panels and debates that can resonate worldwide and help pave the way for future work to be done.  Registration will be open to all retina physicians worldwide. 

The 20th AVS will also be combined with our 3rd Duke fellow AVS (fAVS) meeting. The fAVS meeting is a yearly educational event for all North American vitreoretinal surgical, medical retina, uveitis, and some international fellows.  Extensive educational content includes medical and surgical panel discussions, surgical videos tricks and tips, and the unparalleled wet lab experience with access to some of the latest technology and cutting edge procedures with one on one faculty/fellow interaction. Some of the invited faculty for the 20th AVS will also participate in the 3rd fAVS. All the fellows will also be invited to be part of the 20th AVS that same weekend to interact with the faculty, be part and witness this historical meeting. 


April 20-22, 2017 

Durham Convention Center

Durham, NC

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