SOA Global – 2019 Neuro-Orbital Masterclass – Nov 23rd

Saturday 23rd November 2019, 08:30 – 18:00

The Cavalry and Guards Club
127 Piccadilly, Mayfair, London W1J 7PX
Tel: +44(0)20 7499 1261

NFORC Partners (The National Face Oral & Oculoplastic Research Centre)

Generously sponsored by Medtronic Ltd & Advanced Medical Solutions


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The management of diseases which involve the orbit and skull base is challenging, and requires effective collaboration across a wide range of specialties. Frequently, the decision to observe, operate or irradiate in a given patient is complex, and best practice may be uncertain, and vary from one patient to another.

On Saturday November 23rd, The St John Ophthalmic Association (SOA) hosted The Neuro-Orbital Symposium, the first in a series of masterclasses aimed at all clinicians who manage such patients.

The event was hosted by Mr Simon Pollock in the Cavalry and Guards Club, Pall Mall, a unique and elegant setting. Guests were welcomed with refreshments on arrival, and the day was divided into two parts, with a formal lunch in the Club’s private dining room.

The Faculty included colleagues from Manchester, London and Harvard, bringing together experts from related disciplines, exploring modern treatments, and providing a forum for frank discussion and debate. The day hosted 85 clinicians from across the world.

In the evening a private Reception and Black Tie Dinner was held in the Chetwode Room, this including a number of St John’s supporters.

The proceeds from this and all SOA meetings go directly to support St John’s sight-saving work in East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza. We train nurses and doctors in a challenging environment, and your support is greatly appreciated.


Priscilla Mathewson & Anouk Borg
St John Ophthalmic Association Academic Co-ordinators

David Verity, Neil Kitchen & Saj Ataullah
Chairs, the St John Masterclass Series

Kailun Jiang
Guest Editor

Suzanne Freitag
Editor, Orbit

This Masterclass attracts 6 CPD points
(Royal College of Ophthalmologists)


Special thanks are given to our Guest of Honour, Dr Michael Dan, for supporting and opening the events, and to our host, Simon Pollock. Likewise, we are grateful to Chloe and Alix at the Cavalry and Guards Club for their patience and organisation, whose attention to detail ensured the event was a success.

We are also most grateful to our Prior, Surgeon Rear Admiral Lionel Jarvis, our Eye Hospital Chair, Sir Andrew Cash, and our Hospitaller for England and the Islands, Surgeon Captain James Walsh. Their ongoing support for the Ophthalmic Association and its work is greatly appreciated.

Many of you came from far afield, and it was a great pleasure to welcome our partners from Harvard, our SOA Chairs from Singapore and Africa, and colleagues from America, Europe and Russia.

Our Sponsors – Medtronic and Advanced Medical Solutions – were also most welcome, and we thank them for their hard work and help. The event was also supported by the National Face, Oral and Oculoplastic Research Centre (NFORC), and we look forward to developing our partnership over time.

Finally, we would like to recognise the commitment and dedication of our Manchester colleagues, Sri Gore for taking care of the complex and demanding AV arrangements, Michele Khan, Neil Kitchen, and Priscilla Mathewson and Anouk Borg.


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Gordon Plant, James Aceson, Tasanee Braithwaite


Michael Dan
Neil Kitchen, Joan Grieve, Anouk Borg


Katherine Miszkiel
Indran Davagnanam, Fergus Robertson


Gillian Whitfield


Geoffrey E. Rose, Saj Ataullah, David H. Verity, Priscilla Mathewson, Suzanne Freitag, James Young

Skull Base

Iain Hutchison, Raj Bhalla, Omar Pathmanaban, Simon Gane, Benjamin S. Bleier


Diagnosis and management of orbital & intracranial vascular disease

Meningeal shunts

Skull base disease and the orbit

Paranasal sinus cancer

Benign and malignant orbital disease

Sphenoid wing meningioma

Optic nerve sheath meningioma



Case-based discussions