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Dr. Guillermo Rocha, MD, FRCSC, FACS

Past President, COS
Participates in 4 items

Guillermo Rocha, MD, FRCSC, FACS is originally from Mexico City, Mexico. He trained in Ophthalmology at McGill University in Montreal and has completed subspecialty training in Ocular Immunology and Inflammation, and Cornea and External Diseases. He completed the Physician CEO Executive Program at the Kellogg School of Management (2016) and the Foundations of Clinical Research Certificate Program, Harvard Medical School (2022).

He is Professor and Chair, Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences at McGill University and Chief, Division of Ophthalmology at MUHC in Montréal, Canada, President of the COS Foundation, Past President of the Canadian Ophthalmological Society (2016-2018), and past President of the Canadian Cornea, External Diseases and Refractive Surgery Society. 

In 1995, he was awarded the Canadian Society for Clinical Investigation & Medical Research Council of Canada Resident Research Award for his work on the causative factors of ocular inflammation. Dr. Rocha was the recipient of the Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba iCare Award for 2014. In 2015, he was recognized as one of the 10 Most Successful Mexicans in Canada, followed by an award as one of the 10 Most Influential Hispanic Canadians in 2016. Dr. Rocha performs Anterior Segment, Refractive and Corneal Surgeries. 


Financial disclosure: Dr. Rocha has/had an affiliation (financial or otherwise) with a commercial organization:

  1. AbbVie
  2. Alcon
  3. Allergan
  4. Bausch + Lomb
  5. Baxis
  6. Johnson & Johnson
  7. Staar
  8. SunPharma
  9. Labtician Ophthalmics 

Sessions in which Dr. Guillermo Rocha, MD, FRCSC, FACS participates

Thursday 15 June, 2023

Time Zone: (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
8:00 AM
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM | 3 hours

This is the first medical student symposium at the COS annual meeting. There will be keynote presentations on handling stress in medicine and an introduction to high yield clinical topics in ophthalmology. There will also be hands-on clinical skills sessions and breakout discussions with resident mentors. This symposia is hosted by the Council of Canadian Ophthalmology Residents (CCOR) and the Canadian Ophthalmology Student Interest Group (COSIG).

Friday 16 June, 2023

Time Zone: (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
3:45 PM
3:45 PM - 5:15 PM | 1 hour 30 minutes
Skills Transfer Course (STC)Cornea

 This wetlab based course will feature hands-on training for participants reviewing the principles and techniques for ocular trauma repair. Participants will review principles for the repair of complex corneoscleral lacerations, while having hands on experience in practicing basic and advanced corneal suturing techniques, including suturing under tension. Basic principles will be discussed including suture selection, placement, width, depth, and te...

Saturday 17 June, 2023

Time Zone: (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
3:45 PM
3:45 PM - 5:15 PM | 1 hour 30 minutes

 Learning Objectives:At the end of this session, participants will be able to: To review pathophysiology of and novel treatments for Fuchs corneal dystrophyTo understand the effects of glaucoma on corneal transplantation success ratesTo understand various surgical techniques to treat ocular surface diseasesTo review endothelial transplantation techniques and outcomes in complex anterior segments&nb...

Sunday 18 June, 2023

Time Zone: (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)

Sessions in which Dr. Guillermo Rocha, MD, FRCSC, FACS attends

Friday 16 June, 2023

Time Zone: (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
10:45 AM
10:45 AM - 10:50 AM | 5 minutes
Self-assessment Program (SAP)
Session Chair
10:45 AM - 12:15 PM | 1 hour 30 minutes
Self-assessment Program (SAP)Public Health and Global Ophthalmology

 This course will focus on the challenges and opportunities involved in providing effective and efficient eye care in conflict-affected and remote areas. Attendees will learn about the unique obstacles to delivering eye care in these environments, and the different strategies for overcoming these challenges. The course will also cover the use of telemedicine and other technologies, as well as successful initiatives. Participants will have the opportunity to network with health ...

10:45 AM - 12:15 PM | 1 hour 30 minutes

Authors: Michael T. Kryshtalskyj, Natalia Baziuk, Cindy M. L. Hutnik, George Beiko, Lesya Shuba, Eugene Hladky, Stephen E. Kosar, Alexander C. Tokarewicz, Paul Harasymowycz, Andrew Iwach, Stuart Seiff, Robert Mazzoli1, Guillermo Rocha, Larissa A. Derzko-Dzulynsky. Author Disclosures: M.T. Kryshtalskyj:  None.  N. Baziuk:  None.  C.M.L. Hutnik:  None.  G. Be...

10:50 AM
10:50 AM - 11:10 AM | 20 minutes
Self-assessment Program (SAP)
Guest Speaker