Leading AI Authority Tom Lawry to Keynote at Optometry’s Meeting®

February 29, 2024
Meeting to Offer Attendees Key Insights into AI’s Place in Healthcare through Keynote Presentation and Education

St. Louis, MO – Feb. 29 – The American Optometric Association (AOA) is pleased to announce Optometry’s Meeting keynote speaker, Tom Lawry, a leading AI transformation advisor and former Microsoft Executive. The presentation is slated to kick off the event during the AOA Experience: Opening Session, supported by Johnson & Johnson Vision, followed by an all-new opening reception in the Eye Care Square exhibit hall.

Optometry’s Meeting will also offer attendees the opportunity to unlock the future of optometric practice through AI- and technology-focused education courses, business solutions in the Eye Care Square and networking opportunities with our profession’s leaders.

As the profession’s premier annual event, Optometry’s Meeting aligns doctors, paraoptometrics and office staff, optometry students and industry professionals across four days of progressive continuing education (CE) and professional development alongside impactful networking and career-building, an expansive exhibit hall, as well as leadership opportunities to advance optometry.

Learn more about this year’s Optometry’s Meeting, taking place June 19-22, under the banner of “Harmonizing Our Vision” in Nashville, Tennessee, at the Music City Center, in the digital 2024 Conference Preview.

To register, click here.

Early-bird registration rates are available through March 31. Optometry’s Meeting is open to all within our profession with special members-only pricing is available for both AOA and AOSA members.

Tom Lawry at Optometry’s Meeting

As a former Microsoft executive who served as National Director for AI for Health and Life Sciences, Tom Lawry is familiar with AI’s impact on healthcare. Lawry’s keynote presentation will explore the role AI can play in healthcare, specifically in the eye and vision care field.

During his keynote presentation, Lawry will share insights into AI-driven diagnostics and corresponding strategies for personalized treatment planning. Addressing the heart of AI implementation, Lawry will also share practical tips for practice management optimization backed by real-world case studies and success stories.

More about Tom Lawry

Lawry is currently the Managing Director of Second Century Tech. He was named one of the most recognized leaders driving change and engagement in healthcare today as well as Top 20 AI Voices to Watch in 2023.

While at Microsoft, he also served as Director of Worldwide Health and Director of Organizational Performance for the company’s first health incubator. Prior to Microsoft, Tom was a Senior Director at GE Healthcare and the founder of two venture-backed healthcare software companies.

Tom’s work and views have been featured in Forbes, CEO Magazine, Harvard Business Review, CNET, Inside Precision Medicine and more.  

AI-Focused Education Courses

Optometry’s Meeting will also feature a pair of courses dedicated to AI. Agenda is subject to change. To view the most up-to-date schedule, click here.

AI: The Next Frontier
Thursday, June 20 

Explore the transformative power of AI in revolutionizing the landscape of eye health and patient care. Learn how AI-driven tech is redefining the way we diagnose, treat and manage eye conditions using AI algorithms to enhance diagnostic accuracy, streamline imaging analysis and empower personalized treatment plans. Available for doctors, paraoptometrics and students.

The Future of Eye Care: Harnessing the Power of AI
Friday, June 21

Embracing AI in healthcare unlocks vast potential but demands vigilance. This session discusses current uses of AI in eye care, including providing an actionable framework for safe and effective adoption to harness its benefits. Available for doctors and students.

Attendees do not need to register for individual CE courses during the registration process, except for workshop courses or where otherwise noted. Individual CE courses have seating available on a first-come-first-served basis.

Optometry’s Meeting provides leading-edge CE and professional development that includes over 250 hours of education available for doctors, paraoptometrics and optometry students. A robust schedule that consists of hands-on workshops, integrated education, peer-to-peer forums and more, Optometry’s Meeting delivers education that supports every member of the care team. To learn more about education at Optometry’s Meeting, view the 2024 Education Schedule.

Optometry’s Meeting takes place June 19-22 in Nashville, Tennessee, at the Music City Center. For more information on Optometry’s Meeting, visit optometrysmeeting.org or download the 2024 Conference Preview, and follow along on social media on Facebook.


About Optometry’s Meeting®

Optometry’s Meeting, the annual meeting of both the AOA and AOSA, aligns optometric and industry professionals for a four-day experience to advance optometry and engage the association’s official business. Optometry’s Meeting renowned educational program supports every member of the care team with progressive continuing education and professional development opportunities. Simultaneously delivering an impactful conference experience, Optometry’s Meeting promotes networking and connection through the expansive exhibit hall, as well as a dynamic program of special events.

About the American Optometric Association

The American Optometric Association (AOA) is the leading authority on and advocate for quality eye health care, representing more than 49,000 doctors of optometry, optometry students and optometric professionals. As the sole primary eye care provider in many communities across America, doctors of optometry are often a patient's first entry point into the health care system, and have extensive, ongoing training to examine, diagnose, treat, and manage disorders, diseases, and injuries that affect the eye and visual system. Through a nationwide public health initiative, AOA's Eye Deserve More campaign is fostering awareness of the importance of eye health and vision care and the overall health benefits of in-person, comprehensive eye examinations with AOA doctors of optometry for all Americans.