Refractive Cataract Surgery – Challenges & Opportunities

Jack Holladay, Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology for Baylor College of Medicine and Jim Mazzo, Retired President for Abbott Medical Optics and Executive Chair for Acufocus, lead a panel discussion on Refractive Cataract Surgery at the 2nd Annual Ophthalmology Innovation Summit on April 18, 2013. Lending expert insights into the current challenges and arising opportunities in refractive cataract surgery is a large panel of seasoned executive, academic and medical professionals, which include Laurent Attias of Alcon, Murthy Simhambhatla of Abbott Medical Optics, John Barr of Bausch + Lomb, Nick Curtis of LENSAR, Mark Forchette of OptiMedica, Stephen Slade of Slade & Baker Vision Center, Vance Thompson MD, FACS, of the University of South Dakota School of Medicine and Vance Thompson Vision, and Tom Frinzi of WaveTec.


James Mazzo

Jim Mazzo

Jim Mazzo is the Executive Chairman and CEO for AcuFocus. AcuFocus specializes in presbyopia correction and is known for its revolutionary KAMRA inlay which was recently FDA approved.

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Jack Holladay

Jack T. Holladay, MD, MSEE, FACS

Dr. Jack T. Holladay is a Board Certified Ophthalmologist, who received a Medical Degree and Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Texas and a Master’s and Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from Southern Methodist University.

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Laurent Attias

Laurent Attias is Senior Vice President, Head of Strategy, BD&L and M&A. In this role, Mr. Attias leads the development of Alcon’s long-term strategic plan.

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Murthy Simbahtala

Murthy V. Simhambhatla

Murthy V. Simhambhatla, PhD, is Sr. VP, Abbott Medical Optics, heading up the company’s global vision care business. Dr. Simhambhatla was appointed to this position in January 2013.

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Mark Forchette

Mark Forchette

Mr. Forchette is an accomplished medical technology executive with demonstrated success transforming industries and driving breakthrough technologies to market leadership.

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Stephen Slade

Stephen Slade, MD

Stephen Glenn Slade graduated from the University of Texas (Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa) with a final, elective year spent at Guy’s Hospital in London. He completed a residency at LSU in New Orleans and fellowships at Baylor College of Medicine and Project ORBIS in New York.

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Vance Thompson

Vance Thompson, MD

Vance Thompson, MD is an internationally recognized specialist in Laser Vision Correction and Advanced Cataract Surgery. As a leading international researcher he has played a key role in the development of the most advanced technologies and techniques for both laser and implant vision correction.

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Thomas Frinzi

Tom Frinzi

Thomas Frinzi is Senior Vice President of Abbott’s vision business, which includes a broad ophthalmology portfolio across the areas of cataracts, refractive surgery (LASIK) and eye health products. Prior to joining Abbott, Mr. Frinzi held a number of leadership positions in ophthalmology and medical device companies.

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