PAAO President’s Message

March 2023

Paulo E.C. Dantas, MD PhD
PAAO President, 2022-2025

Dear Pan-American friends and Attendees of the XXXV Pan-American Congress of Ophthalmology in Buenos Aires,

I wanted to take a moment to express my sincerest gratitude to each one of you for making this year’s congress an incredibly successful and memorable event. The energy and enthusiasm that filled the conference halls throughout the week was truly inspiring.

I am particularly grateful to the organizers for their tireless efforts in putting together a truly exceptional program. Dr. Pablo Daponte and Miguel Burnier, Presidents of the event and Juan S. Rivero, CAO President together with PAAO did an outstanding job. And we had the luxury of having the professional help of Laura Baindebaum from Ana Juan Events, a perfect match with our PAAO office with Teresa Bradshaw, Terri Grassi, Krista Jonas and Mapy Padilla.

The range of topics covered was impressive and the caliber of speakers was exceptional. I feel truly privileged to have been able to learn from such a diverse group of experts. Thanks to the scientific committee coordinated by Dr. Roberto Ebner and Dr. Angela Maria Fernandez. Great job!
Of course, none of this would have been possible without the participation of all of the attendees. Your contributions, both in terms of your presentations and your active participation in the discussions, were invaluable. I am certain that the insights and knowledge gained at this congress will go a long way in advancing our understanding and practice of ophthalmology.
Finally, I want to express my thanks to the beautiful city of Buenos Aires for providing such a wonderful backdrop for this event. I hope that everyone had a chance to take in some of the local culture and experience the warmth and hospitality of the Argentinian people.
Once again, thank you to all who made this year’s congress a success. I look forward to continuing the conversation and collaborating with you all in the years to come. And be prepared for the upcoming events: The Puerto Rico Regional Course in March, 2024 and the XXXVI Pan-American Congress of Ophthalmology in Bogota, Colombia in 2025.

Paulo E.C. Dantas, MD PhD
PAAO President, 2022-2025
Editor-in-Chief, The PAJO