2023 Williford DVP

Memphis, TN US
September 28, 2023

The William N. Williford Distinguished Visiting Professorship (DVP) was established at UTHSC in 1997.  This annual lecture in the Department of Ophthalmology focuses on recent updates and improvements in the field to educate both faculty and trainees, as well as foster the advancement of the delivery of healthcare to improve patient outcomes.

A native of Tennessee, Dr. Williford was born and raised in Knoxville. He received his undergraduate degree cum laude from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Serving in the U.S. Army from 1962 to 1965, he was discharged at the rank of captain, and prior to enrolling in medical school, he was an administrative officer in the Division of Medicine at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, as well as a management intern at the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Williford received his medical degree from  UT Memphis, where he was a member of Alpha Omega Alpha. He completed an internship at Baptist Memorial Hospital and an ophthalmology residency at UT Memphis. A highly experienced and regarded anterior segment and cataract surgeon, he was a  fellow of both the American Academy of Ophthalmology and American College of Surgeons. He was also a member of the Knoxville  Academy of Medicine, the American Medical Association, and the Tennessee Academy of Ophthalmology. A long-standing member of the UT College of Medicine Alumni Association and Alumni Council, Dr. Williford was president from 1996 to 1998. He established this professorship in 1997. 

Sadly, Dr. Williford passed away on Sunday, September 18, 2022 at the age of 85. We honor his legacy with this continuing lectureship.

Target Audience

  • Physicians
  • Allied Health Professionals (PhDs, Physician Assistants, etc.)
  • Nurses (Nurse Practitioners and/or Registered Nurses)
  • Residents/Fellows
  • Medical Students

Professional Practice Gap

Physicians and allied health professionals lack knowledge and proficiency in the area of biomedical engineering in ophthalmology. Moreover, healthcare professionals need additional information related to the area of applied materials. Applied materials and  biomedical engineering have the potential to aide healthcare providers in clinical use and practice. The benefits include reduced  clinical workload, accuracy, and cost-effectiveness. The use of biomedical engineering in the practice of ophthalmology can vastly  reduce a medical practitioner's clinical duties, as well as improve prognosis, diagnosis, and the treatment of patients.

Learning Objectives

  • Acquire an improved knowledge of the role of bioengineering in advancing current clinical practices.
  • Demonstrate skills for a new regimen of treatment methods to implement within their own practice, e.g. American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) skills transfer courses at Academy.
  • Apply new treatment methods and devices into practice to enhance efficiency and performance. Discuss new and evolving strategies that have the potential to improve clinical patient outcomes.

Additional Information

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Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.00 Attendance
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
09/28/2023 - 6:00pm CDT
Event ends: 
09/28/2023 - 7:30pm CDT
 2023 Williford Distinguished Visiting Professor (DVP) Lecture 
 Thursday, September 28, 2023 
6:00 PM - 6:25 PMReception 
6:25 PM - 6:30 PMWelcome / Opening RemarksMatthew Wilson, MD
6:30 PM - 6:35 PMIntroduction of Edward Chaum, MD, PhD - Distinguished Visiting Professor (DVP)Mary Ellen Hoehn, MD
6:35 PM - 7:25 PMApplied Materials and Biomedical Engineering in Ophthalmology: Past, Present and FutureEdward Chaum, MD, PhD
7:25 PM - 7:30 PMQuestion and Answer / Closing Remarks 
7:30 PMClosing RemarksMary Ellen Hoehn, MD
 Total CME1 hour
Memphis - Freeman Auditorium
930 Madison Ave.
3rd Floor
Memphis, TN 38163
United States

Parking is available in the garage at Hamilton Eye Institute.

Edward Chaum, MD, PhD

2023 Williford Distinguished Visiting Professor (DVP)
Margy Ann and J. Donald M. Gass Chair
Vanderbilt University Medical Center


Dr. Chaum specializes in all aspects of the medical and surgical management of retinal diseases, with particular interests in macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and telemedicine. Dr. Chaum is the emeritus Plough Foundation Professor of Retinal diseases at the University of Tennessee Hamilton Eye Institute. His obtained his undergraduate degree from Johns Hopkins  University and both an MD and PhD from Cornell University. He completed residencies in pediatrics (Harvard) and ophthalmology (Boston University) and received his retina surgical training at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary (Harvard). He is the recipient of numerous awards and distinctions throughout his academic career including National Eye Institute Research Career  Award, Best Doctors in America, Research to Prevent Blindness Senior Scientist Award,  R&D 100 Award, and American  Telemedicine Association Innovation Award.

Dr. Chaum’s research focuses on translational tissue and biomedical engineering, telemedicine, and the application of biosensors and nanotechnology to clinical medicine and surgery. He is the author of 80 papers and 5 book chapters and a recent textbook in the fields of molecular biology, biomedical engineering, image analysis, and clinical medicine and is a co-author in 135 national clinical trials publications. He has 5 issued bioengineering patents and is a serial entrepreneur.

AMA Credit Designation:
The University of Tennessee College of Medicine (UTCOM) designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Continuing Education for Non-Physicians:
The UTCOM will issue Certificates of Participation to non-physicians for participating in this activity and designates it for CEUs using the national standard that 1 hour of educational instruction is awarded .1 CEU. 

The UTCOM is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.00 Attendance
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