The New Orleans Academy of Ophthalmology (NOAO) was born out of a need for additional continuing medical education for the practicing physicians and residents in New Orleans. In 1951, the NOAO formally incorporated in the State of Louisiana, an organizational effort that was a unique collaboration between LSU Medical School, Tulane Medical School, and the local private practitioners. The first official meeting followed shortly, in January of 1952.
International experts on the topic of glaucoma were invited, and for three days, a comprehensive review of glaucoma ensued, a practice that continues to the present day. For the last 65 years, the Academy has remained true to its original mission, “to promote ophthalmic education through instructional courses, clinics, lectures, and seminars, at which guest speakers will present subjects of current interest and importance.”
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