Keynote Lecture Friday

Keynote Speaker, 9.10.2020:
Ferenc Kuhn
 (Birmingham)

Counseling: The patient-doctor relationship – Keynote Lecture

Counseling is as important a part of practicing medicine as is the actual treatment, yet counseling is not properly recognized in the medical curriculum. Having the patient sign an informed consent does not suffice; the physician must know how to talk to a patient (and family), what words to use, how to listen, make sure his metacommunication does not deviate from his verbal message; and provide enough interpretable information for the patient so that he can decide on the type of treatment. This talk will go through the most important elements of counseling.

Ferenc Kuhn, MD, PhD is a professor of ophthalmology and a renowned leader worldwide in vitreoretinal surgery and ocular trauma. Among other responsibilities, he is the President of the International Society of Ocular Trauma and Immediate Past President of the American Society of Ocular Trauma. Dr. Kuhn is Associate Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology at the University of Alabama in Birmingham, Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Pecs in Hungary, and Visiting Professor at the European University, Belgrade, Serbia. He is the Director of Research for the Helen Keller Foundation for Research and Education (Birmingham, AL, USA). During the 1990s Dr. Kuhn and his colleagues revolutionized surgery of the macula, proving that traction maculopathy is best treated by intentionally removing the internal limiting membrane, and developed/standardized the language of eye injuries (Birmingham Eye Trauma Terminology, BETT, endorsed by the leading ophthalmologic societies worldwide). Dr. Kuhn also developed the still-only objective method to prognosticate the outcome of a serious eye injury (Ocular Trauma Score, OTS). Among other awards, he has thrice received the R. Buckler Award from the American Society of Retina Specialists (ASRS), is the recipient of the Senior Achievement Award from the American Society of Retina Specialists, and the Senior Life Achievement Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Dr. Kuhn has delivered close to 1900 scientific presentations on vitreoretinal surgery and ocular trauma as invited speaker in 60 countries. He has edited six books in the fields of vitreoretinal surgery and ocular traumatology, translated into several languages. Dr. Kuhn has authored 165 book chapters in 35 books and 148 scientific articles. He has performed around 15.000 surgeries and did live surgery in close to 20 countries.