Telemedicine and Clinical Performance Optimization



March 17 – 21, 2018


Registration is NOW OPEN for:

2018 Premier Practice Showcase

Telemedicine and Clinical Performance Optimization

Instituto Zaldivar SA  (Register Here!)


We are pleased to announce that the 2018 RSA Premier Practice Showcase will be hosted by the Instituto Zaldivar SA in Mendoza, Argentina. The program will focus on two significant innovations: Telemedicine, and tools to optimize clinical performance.


Telemedicine is an emerging focus of the Refractive Surgery Alliance, inspired by the Zaldivar’s research and development of telemedicine technologies. Clinical applications include consultations, pre-surgical screening, co-management, and teaching. You can view some highlights of the Zaldivar’s work in telemedicine – click the play button on the image below. The RSA Telemedicine Network will be launched at this event!

The Instituto Zaldivar is characterized by operational efficiency to support consistently superior outcomes. Extensive use of clinical and operational metrics, a highly developed incentive program and ongoing monitoring create a unique, high-performance center.

Prior RSA Premier Practice Showcase events have featured in-depth exposure to optimizing the patient experience (Vance Thompson Vision, 2015), integration of technology and research in a high-performance practice (Hoopes Vision, 2016) and the synergies of multispecialty lifestyle medicine (Medipolis, 2017) and a high-tech, high-touch practice with strong brand integration (Sehkraft, 2017). Each of these events was largely conducted during off-hours. This year’s event will showcase the Zaldivar Institute in action and will demonstrate their high-performance operations during clinical, surgical and telemedicine hours.

The Zaldivar Institute has held a prominent leadership position in ophthalmic innovation for several decades. Founded in 1959 by Roger E. Zaldivar, the Zaldivar Institute is now led by Roberto Zaldivar, MD and his son, Roger Zaldivar, MD, PCEO. Their focus on innovation has led to contributions in many areas, with over 80 instruments, dozens of book publications, peer-review articles, and medical device development, with a primary focus in refractive surgery. Roberto Zaldivar has one of the longest experiences with phakic IOLs and has worked on IOL design and validation with Zeiss and AMO. Roger Zaldivar’s has collaborated extensively with Visiometrics to describe the importance of tear film optimization on refractive outcomes.




Mendoza is home to a variety of luxury and boutique hotels as well as vineyard resorts. The first two days (Saturday afternoon & all day Sunday) take place at at vineyard resorts nestled at the foothills of the Andes Mountain Range. Casa de Uco and The Vines of Mendoza are impressive vineyard resorts inspired by the geography of the land and its natural surroundings, situated 90 minutes from downtown Mendoza. Both resorts offer the utmost level of comfort, blended with a relaxed, uncluttered environment, for you to experience and enjoy Argentinian life among the mountains, the vineyards, and the clear blue skies. Prepare to experience the gracious hospitality, and welcoming culture of Mendoza at Casa de Uco and The Vines of Mendoza.


The following two days (Monday afternoon & all day Tuesday) will continue at Instituto Zaldivar. The Showcase hotel for these last two nights lodging is the Park Hyatt Mendoza, conveniently located 1.5 miles (five-minute taxi/20-minute walk) from the Instituto Zaldivar.  Situated in the main business hub of Mendoza and directly adjacent to Plaza Independencia, Park Hyatt Mendoza has something for everyone.

Mendoza is a beautiful city located in the shadow of the Andes in western Argentina, with a population of the metropolitan area of 1.05 Million people. It is a major producer of olive oil and wine and is the largest wine producing area in Argentina. The climate in Mendoza is temperate, with hot summers and cool winters. The area is surrounded by vineyards and agricultural farms. Popular activities include wine tours, rafting, horseback riding, trekking, golf, paragliding, and of course, Andres Mountain Range tours.

March is the end of the wine harvest season. Temperatures average around 67⁰ F (26⁰ C) with daily highs about 10⁰ F warmer and evening lows about 10⁰ F cooler. March is generally a dry month with less than 1 inch of rainfall.



Airline connections into the Mendoza International Airport (MDZ) are required and occur with great frequency daily.

Book your flight to Mendoza as soon as possible for best pricing and seat selection.

The most convenient airline connections to arrive into Mendoza are through Santiago, Chile or Lima Peru.

Schedule your arrival into Mendoza prior to 1:30 PM on Saturday, March 17, 2018. We will arrange for group transportation to Casa de Uco and The Vines of Mendoza from the Mendoza Airport at 1:30 PM. Should you arrive after 1:30 PM, you will need to arrange for your own transportation to Casa de Uco and The Vines of Mendoza – about a 90-minute drive from the Mendoza airport.

Several airline carriers from the United States, Canada, and Europe fly into Mendoza both early morning and before 1:00 PM on Saturdays. We recommend these routes when booking your flight:

  • United States and Canadian travelers should consider Houston (IAH) Texas or Dallas (DAL) Texas to connect through Santiago, Chile to arrive into Mendoza at 10:10 AM or 12:25 PM on Saturdays.
  • United States and Canadian travelers should consider Miami (MIA) Florida to through Lima, Peru to arrive into Mendoza at 5:40 AM on Saturdays.
  • European travelers should consider Madrid (MAD) Spain to connect through Santiago, Chile to arrive into Mendoza at 12:25 PM on Saturdays.

Every RSA Member should take advantage of this rare opportunity to visit the Zaldivar Institute. Attendees will leave with many ideas to help grow their practice. Don’t miss out!



Premier Practice Showcase 2018 is offered as a “Package Price” of $ 3,450 USD per RSA Member.  Guest staying in same room with RSA Member, pay “Package Price” of $ 1,250 USD. Children accompanying RSA Member and staying in same room pay only $ 250 USD.  The Program Fee includes the following:

  • Premier Practice Program & Materials
  • Four (4) Nights Lodging at Exquisite Mendoza Hotels
  • Most Meals (Does not include one “Dinner on Your Own” night)
  • Certain Ground Transportation


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