Meetings: Where science and friends connect

The Power of the Pan-American Network

The Science

Share your research and learn from colleagues all on an international stage.

The Networking

Great collaborations and life-long friendships are forged at our meetings.

The Destination

All our meetings are exciting travel opportunities to explore attractions and the rich cultural heritage of the western hemisphere.

Join Us

Become a part of the Pan-American Network. Members receive discounts to our meetings as well as many other benefits.

PAAO Congress

Every other year the PAAO Congress brings together thousands of doctors, scientists and other medical professionals for four days of symposiums, presentations, networking and fun.

Lo Mejor

The Best of the Academy in Spanish takes place every year the day after the yearly American Academy meeting. The format is round table and Q&A. It is a great opportunity to catch topics you missed and share your favorites with your fellow PAAO members.


Pan-American Research Day (PARD) is held yearly the day before ARVO. Everyone presenting at ARVO is invited to share their research in a quick 5 minute format. This popular event will bring you up to speed on all the latest research in one day.

Regional Courses

Regional Courses are held once or twice a year and vary in location. They usually coincide with the hosting countries national society meeting. We have held a regional course in virtually every South American country.


Each Congress awards are given out to outstanding ophthalmologists and educators.

  • Gradle Medal for Good Teaching
  • The Benjamin F. Boyd Humanitarian Medal Award for Service to the Americas
  • Lions/PAAO Award in Blindness Prevention
  • Paul Kayser / RRFGlobal Award 
  • Troutman-Véronneau Prize