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In this edition:

NCSEPS Welcomes New Officers and Directors

The North Carolina Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons (NCSEPS) is pleased to announce the election of Dr. Sara Stoneburner (Greensboro) to President of the NCSEPS, Dr. Kathleen “Kitty” Gordon (Chapel Hill) to President-Elect, and Dr. William Porfilio (Burlington) to Secretary-Treasurer. Dr. Susan Burden (Winston-Salem) will continue her service to the NCSEPS as Past President. The NCSEPS thanks Dr. Burden for her leadership and support, which has helped to position the Society for continued growth and success.


The NCSEPS also approved nominees for three at-large positions: Dr. Charles Richards (Winston-Salem), Dr. Michelle Patel (Winston-Salem) and Dr. Leon Herndon, Jr. (Durham).


Dr. J. Stuart McCracken (Durham) and Dr. Chris Fleming (Cary) were re-elected to AAO Councilor and AAO Vice Councilor, respectively.


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Medicaid Reform Public Hearings Announced

The NC Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS) has announced a schedule of 10 public hearings for North Carolinians to learn more about and share their thoughts on the recently unveiled NC Medicaid reform implementation plan. The public hearings are scheduled between March 30 and April 18, and we urge you to participate. Here’s how:

Send us your feedback. If you attend any of the hearings, please share your experience with us by email to

NC DHHS will make a final report to the legislature before the waiver application is submitted to CMS on June 1.

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Advocacy Opportunity in Raleigh, May 17

NCSEPS Legislative Chair Dr. Jamie Bryan and EyePAC Chair Dr. Chad Brasington along with the NCSEPS Board of Directors invite you to participate in the 2016 Ophthalmology White Coat Day at the Legislature!  Ophthalmologists from across the state will gather in Raleigh on Tuesday, May 17, to advocate for Certificate of Need reform and other important policy issues impacting your practice and patient care. There is no fee to participate. Practicing physicians, practice managers, retired physicians, residents and fellows-in-training are invited to participate.

The schedule runs from 7:30 am to 1:00 pm (lunch is provided). Following a legislative briefing at the NC Medical Society, participants will meet with legislators and attend legislative committee hearings at the NC General Assembly. We’ll have you on the road home by 1:00pm (earlier, if necessary).

Complete this online sign-up form to participate on May 17. Not available on that day? You can also use this form to indicate the date that works best for your schedule.

This event is jointly presented by the NCSEPS and the NC Medical Society. 

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AAO 2016 Paper/Poster Abstracts Due April 12

The American Academy of Ophthalmology’s AAO 2016 meeting will be held October 15-18, in Chicago, Ill. The Academy invites paper and poster abstract submissions by 11:59 pm Pacific Time on April 12. Scientific research submitted as a paper/poster can benefit from these opportunities:

  • Expanded original paper presentations with panel discussions that include the opportunity for questions and answers with the authors.
  • Poster tours allowing for interactive presentations and discussions of your work with colleagues.
  • Easy online access to posters both during the meeting, at terminals in the convention center and through your computer, and after the meeting through the online Meeting Archive.

Learn more on the AAO website.

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Physicians Foundation Invites Your Participation in National Survey

Let Your Voice Be Heard! The Physicians Foundation is a non-profit physician advocacy organization committed to giving you and your colleagues a voice. This is the Physicians Foundation's fourth national survey of physicians – the one you have read about in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, USA Today and many other publications.

The Physicians Foundation is seeking your participation. The greater the response, the greater the impact on policy makers and the public! The survey may be taken anonymously, or you may include your email address to enter a drawing for a $5,000 Amazon gift card or one of five $500 Amazon gift cards.

Click here to participate.

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EyePAC Donor Recognition

Health care costs will remain a priority topic at the NC General Assembly when the legislative session resumes on April 25. As legislators grapple with the finer details of NC Medicaid reform implementation, the impact of Certificate of Need (CON) on health care costs, quality and patient satisfaction is likely to be debated. With your support and participation, we’ll advance the ball even closer to the end zone during this short session. You can be a part of our winning strategy by 1) attending our White Coat Day @ the Legislature on May 17, and 2) supporting EyePAC with a contribution.

And if you’re one of the awesome people listed here…


2016 EyePAC Heroes

Chadwick Brasington, MD (Burlington)
James A. Bryan, III, MD (Chapel Hill)
P. Joseph Dickinson, MD (Winston Salem)

2016 EyePAC Champions

William Z. Bridges, Jr., MD (Asheville)
Jeffrey B. Goldstein, MD (Asheville)
Robert L. Groat, MD (Greensboro)
Carol A. Johnston, MD (Jacksonville)
Sara E. Stoneburner, MD (Greensboro)
Barry H. Teasley, MD (Goldsboro)

2016 EyePAC Friends & Donors

Gregory P. Temas, MD (Winston Salem)
Michael W. Brennan, MD (Burlington)
Donald L. Budenz, MD, MPH (Chapel Hill)
Craig M. Greven, MD (Winston Salem)
Patrick A. Hageman, MD (Kernersville)
Kathryn J. Hecker-Magee, MD (Greensboro)
Odette M. Houghton, MD (Chapel Hill)
William L. Porfilio, MD (Burlington)
Mark W. Scroggs, MD (Chapel Hill)
Brian E. Smith, MD (Asheville)
David K. Wallace, MD, MPH (Durham)

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Save the Date!
NCSEPS 2016 Annual Meeting
September 23-24 | The Grandover Resort and Spa | Greensboro

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