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Peter Barry Memorial Lecture

Paul Rosen delivered the 2018 Peter Barry Memorial Lecture

Colin Kerr

Posted: Friday, November 16, 2018


Mrs Carmel Barry presenting the
Peter Barry Medal to Paul Rosen

Paul Rosen, Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, Oxford University Hospital Trust, UK, delivered the 2018 Peter Barry Memorial Lecture at the Royal Victoria Eye and Ear Hospital, Dublin.

The topic of Dr Rosen’s lecture was “Cataract Surgeon meets Retinal Surgeon: Front to Back or Back to Front?”

Introducing his talk, Dr Rosen said Dr Barry had been an ambassador for international ophthalmology and in particular Irish ophthalmology.

He said Dr Barry was an ESCRS icon and had served as a board member, treasurer and president of the society. When he became president, said Dr Rosen, he had certain priorities, which were youth, education and research.

Dr Barry fulfilled these priorities by establishing the Young Ophthalmologists group with Oliver Findl, initiating the Endophthalmitis Study and becoming actively involved in the EUREQUO project, said Dr Rosen.

He had also co-edited ESCRS – A History with Emanuel Rosen, which detailed the early years of the society and its development into the one of the most influential ophthalmological societies in the world.

In a wide-ranging lecture, Dr Rosen described the interface between cataract and retinal surgeons focusing on the eye and trauma. “Trauma surgery, in relation to the eye,” said Dr Rosen, “is where the anterior and posterior segment meets, and ideally in the same surgeon.”

At the conclusion of the lecture, Mrs Carmel Barry presented the Peter Barry Medal to Dr Rosen.