2022: Artificial Intelligence and the Eye

In April, 2018, the FDA approved a cloud-based software program that uses Artificial Intelligence (AI) to provide a screening decision in diabetic retinopathy without the need for a clinician to interpret the image or results.

AI is now used routinely for rapid, accurate, and objective diagnosis of eye disease.

This on-site, multidisciplinary conference in Toronto will update the clinician on the current state of AI in ophthalmology and optometry, as well as highlight promising areas of research and development.  It will be followed by a gala dinner in honour of the St John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital.


This conference is part of a series hosted by the St John Ophthalmic Association (SOA).


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Michelle Khan, MD FRCSC

Ophthalmologist, Trillium Health Partners, Greater Toronto Area;

Chair, SOA-Canada

Opening Remarks


David Verity, BM BCh MA(Oxon) MD FRCOpth

Consultant Ophthalmologist, Moorfields Eye Hospital, London, UK

Hospitaller, the Most Venerable Order of St John of Jerusalem

Overview of the St John Ophthalmic Association

Why We Shall Always Need Human Intelligence


Adnan Tufail, MBBS MD FRCOpth

Consultant Ophthalmologist, Moorfields Eye Hospital, London, UK

Current Status of AI in Ophthalmology


Alik Sokolov, MSc CFA

Managing Director, Machine Learning, RiskLab, University of Toronto

Basics of Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Deep Learning


Vasudevan (Vengu) Lakshminarayanan, PhD

Professor, Physics, System Design Engineering, and Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Waterloo

Applications of Deep Learning/Machine Learning in Ophthalmology: an Overview


Stan Woo, OD, MS, MBA and (2) Andre Stanberry, OD

Director, School of Optometry and Vision Science, University of Waterloo & Clinical Associate Professor/Clinic Director

AI in Optometric Education and Research

David Wong, MD FRCSC

Ophthalmologist-in-Chief, St Michael’s Hospital, Toronto

AI and the Retina




Adjunct Professor of Surgery, University of Toronto;

Vice-Patron, SOA-Global

The St John Eye Hospital: 140 Years of Institutional Resilience



Miguel Cruz-Pimentel, MD

Vitreoretinal Fellow, University of Toronto/University Health Network/Sunnybrook Hospital

AI in Retinal Tears


Asim Ali, MD FRCSC

Ophthalmologist-in-Chief, Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto

AI in Pediatric Ophthalmology


Alexander Wong, PhD PEng

Professor, Canada Research Chair in AI and Medical Imaging, University of Waterloo

Towards Trustworthy and Transparent Computer Aided Diagnosis for the Eye


Laura C Rosella, MHSc PhD

Associate Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto; Education Lead, U of T Temerty Centre for Artificial Intelligence Research and Education in Medicine (T-CAIREM); Faculty Affiliate, Vector Institute for Artificial Intelligence

AI and Big Data