ISEPS Frank J. Kresca MD Lecture

Dr. Frank Kresca has played a significant and continuing role in the Illinois Society of Eye Physicians & Surgeons.  Having served as the society's first president in 1970, Dr. Kresca and been a driving force for ophthalmology in Illinois and nationally.  To honor his many contributions, in 2005 the board of directors established the annual Frank J. Kresca Lecture.  The purpose of the lecture is to highlight a topic in the areas of advocacy, public service or emerging issues affecting ophthalmologists and their patients.

Here is a list of the Kresca Lecturers . . .

Lecture Year Speaker Topic
1st 2005

William Rich, MD
American Academy of Ophthalmology

Pay For Performance:  An Evidence-based Medicine Approach to Health Care or a Revenue Transfer to Primary Care?
2nd 2006 Denis O'Day, MD, American Board of Ophthalmology Maintenance of Certification: Medicine's Response to the Quest for Quality and Safety
3rd 2007 Col. Donald Gagliano, MD, U.S. Army International Ophthalmology and the Lesson of Organized Medicine in Iraq
4th 2008 Geoffrey Tabin, MD
Himalaya Cataract Project
Impossible Dreams:  Climbing Mount Everest and Eradicating World Blindness
5th 2009  Bruce E. Spivey, MD, President,  International Council of Ophthalmology Ophthalmology's Challenge to Reduce Avoidable Blindness Around the World
6th 2010

The Honorable James R. Thompson; former Governor of Illinois


The Value of Public Service
7th 2011 Pat Hughes, Chicago Cubs WGN Radio Announcer Lessons I Have Learned
8th 2012 John W. Kitchens MD; President-elect, Kentucky Academy of Eye Physicians & Surgeons Adapting to Change in a Volatile Environment
9th 2013 Alan Wagner, MD, FACS; Wagner Macula and Retina Center From Playing Catch With Your Friends to Winning the World Series
10th 2014 William Rich III, MD; American Academy of Ophthalmology Medical Director of Health Policy Obamacare Translated: What the Affordable Care Act Means for the Practicing Ophthalmologist
11th 2015 Hunter "Patch" Adams, MD;
The Gesundheit! Institute
Finding Joy in Patients and Healing
12th 2016 George L. Spaeth, MD
Wills Eye Hospital
How to Succeed in the Essential Role of a Physician  
13th 2017 Thomas S. Harbin, MD;
Eye Consultants of Atlanta
Ethical Lessons from Waking Up Blind