Royal Hawaiian Eye Meeting

The Royal Hawaiian Eye Meeting

The Royal Hawaiian Eye Meeting (fondly called “RHEM”) was started by Hawaiian Eye Foundation’s President Dr. John Corboy 40 years ago, and is now the third largest annual, educational eye care meeting in America.

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RHEM 2018 – HEF’s President, John M. Corboy (right) with HEF Surgeon, Dr. Jeffrey Rutgard, and Executive Director, Darrah Kauhane.

Held every January in Hawai’i, RHEM hosts over 1,000 doctors, nurses, technicians, and administrators for a week of intensive lectures and workshops on advances in ophthalmology.

RHEM is currently sponsored by VINDICO Medical Education, who changed the name to Hawaiian Eye Meeting, and modest royalties from the meeting support our overseas eye care service and training programs.

The Foundation annually presents the Phillip M. Corboy, MD Memorial Award for Distinguished Service to Ophthalmology, sponsored by Bausch & Lomb.  We are also given the honor of hosting the Biosyntrx Thornton Humanitarian Award.

Our Foundation also provides scholarships to students and surgeons from overseas to attend the meeting.

The annual meetings of the Board of Directors of Hawaiian Eye Foundation are held in conjunction with RHEM, as are the assemblies of our Advisory Board.

We have an informational booth where we provide information on volunteering for overseas expeditions and encourage attendees to donate their time, skills, and financial support for those in need throughout the Pacific.  We also have a great selection of HEF t-shirts for sale.  Please stop by our booth to discuss serving the blind poor together.

Next meeting:  January 19-26, 2019 – Hilton Waikoloa, Hawaii

January 2020 – Kauai, HI

January 2021 – Grand Wailea, Maui, HI

(Rotates each year between the Big Island of Hawaii, Kauai, and Maui)


RHEM Awards

History of Phillip M. Corboy, MD Memorial Award for Distinguished Service to Ophthalmology and Hawaiian Eye Foundation International Award for Excellence.

History of RHEM awards:

Phillip M. Corboy, MD Memorial Award

View Awardees:

HEF International Awardees

Coming Soon

Biosyntrx Thornton Humanitarian Award

Biosyntrx and Dr. Spencer Thornton have been kind enough to present their award at our meeting. For more info about the award, click here.

Royal Hawaiian Eye Meeting (RHEM) 2018 – Maui

January 14
Grand Wailea Maui,
, Wailea , United States
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