PAAO President’s Message

August 2021

Dear Friends & Colleagues,

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”

– Helen Keller

I hope everyone is doing well and staying safe during these times. We are gearing up for a new academic year in North America. We are hopeful that meetings and conferences will slowly start to move to a more presential (in person) setting. It is important that we continue with our safety measures and precautions for COVID-19 as we do not know what the future holds.

Especially during these times, the importance of all aspects of academic health; patient care, teaching and research, has been crucial. The PAAO continues to prioritize these important missions. We continue to offer excellent training, virtually, with the goal to reach our members and keep up collaborations, which are more important than ever.

We have good news to share with you in regard to the 36th Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology (APAO) 2021 congress. The APAO and the PAAO have partnered together for this upcoming Congress, held virtually from September 5-11. We will have a PAAO Symposium: What is Hot in the Americas 2021, on September 11 from 18:15 – 19:15 GMT. This symposium will provide an excellent opportunity to learn from the PAAO experts regarding advancements in the main subspecialty fields of Ophthalmology. Paulo Dantas and I are honored to chair this symposium and to present as well. I hope you can join us at the APAO 2021 Congress. For more information, please visit their website at

Stay safe and well.

With best wishes,
Miguel N. Burnier Jr., MD, MSc, PhD, FRCSC
PAAO President