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9th Annual NYS Sexual Health Conference: Emerging Issues and Practice Updates - Day 2


Published Date: 08/28/2023

Expiration Date: 06/04/2026

CE Credit: CME:1.5CNE: 1.5


These presentations will identify STIs that can infect the eye and describe their corresponding clinical manifestations, and will review congenital syphilis and the current treatment guidelines for syphilis in pregnancy and ocular STIs. 


Ronald Plotnik,MD, MBA
Dr. Plotnik is a board certified fellowship-trained ophthalmologist who specializes in medical diseases of the cornea and anterior surface of the eye. He has extensive experience treating patients with dry eye, blepharitis, Sjogrens syndrome, corneal injuries, contact lens complications, scleritis, ocular surface disease, corneal genetic diseases, and other corneal disorders. Dr. Plotnik has an additional post-graduate degree in Medical Management and is actively involved in Quality Assurance initiatives, practice management, and resident education. Dr. Plotnik joined the faculty at the University of Rochester Medical Center in 1991 as an assistant professor and also serves as the associate medical director of the Rochester Eye and Human Parts Bank. He earned highest distinctions at the University of Michigan, where he received his Bachelor of Science and medical degree. After completing an ophthalmology residency and serving as chief resident at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, he received further training through a cornea and external disease fellowship at the University of California-Davis. Dr. Plotnik is actively affiliated with the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons, the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the Eye Bank Association of America, and the Rochester Ophthalmic Society. He sees patients at the University of Rochester Flaum Eye Institute offices located at 210 Crittenden Boulevard.
Amy Triche,DO

Amy Triche, DO is currently working as a Pediatrician and Director of Infection Control at Fair Haven Community Clinic in Connecticut. She earned her DO from Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine in 2015. She then completed her Pediatric residency at NYU Winthrop on Long Island in 2018. Given the fascinating infectious disease cases she saw during residency, Dr. Triche decided to pursue further ID training and completed her Pediatric Infectious Diseases fellowship at Boston Medical Center in 2021. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, especially her young son. She also enjoys fencing and traveling.

Zoon Wangu,MD, FAAP

Zoon Wangu, MD, FAAP is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at UMass Medical School and attending physician in Pediatric Infectious Diseases & Immunology at UMass Memorial Children’s Medical Center. She also serves as clinical faculty at the Ratelle STD/HIV

Prevention Training Center at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Dr. Wangu received her BS in Biology and Art History from Tufts University, MD from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and completed pediatric internship and residency at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. She was a primary care pediatrician in Cohasset, MA before starting her fellowship in Pediatric Infectious Diseases at the Boston University Medical Center. During fellowship, Dr. Wangu focused her research on low-grade HPV-infected anogenital tissue and its potential role in HIV acquisition and transmission, for which she received the Massachusetts Infectious Diseases Society’s Maxwell Finland Award for Excellence in Research. Her current clinical interests include adolescent health, pre- and post-exposure prophylaxis in adolescents. Her current research interests include methods of STI and contraceptive knowledge assessment and prevention in high-risk adolescents; pharmacy education and collaboration to optimize implementation of expedited partner therapy; and long-term outcomes of congenital syphilis infection and exposure.

Katherine Hsu,MD, MPH, FAAP

Katherine Hsu, MD, MPH, FAAP is the Medical Director for the Division of STD Prevention & HIV/AIDS Surveillance, Massachusetts Department of Public Health, and the Director of the Ratelle STD/HIV Prevention Training Center, one of eight STD clinical training centers funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She is also Professor of Pediatrics and Attending Physician in Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Boston University Medical Center. Dr. Hsu graduated from Brown University School of Medicine in 1995, completed pediatric residency at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in 1998, and completed fellowship in Pediatric Infectious Diseases at the Boston University Medical Center in 2001. She also completed a second STD Prevention Fellowship jointly sponsored by the Association of Teachers of Preventive Medicine and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2003, and received her Masters in Public Health in Epidemiology from the Boston University School of Public Health in 2005.

She was a recipient of the Massachusetts Infectious Disease Society’s Edward H. Kass Award for Clinical Excellence During Fellowship in 2001. She is board certified in the areas of Pediatrics and Pediatrics Infectious Diseases, and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Dr. Hsu’s research interests include vaccine-preventable diseases and prevention of sexually transmitted infections, and she has published in various scientific journals, including Vaccine, Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Clinical Infectious Diseases, Lancet HIV, PLoS Medicine, American Journal of Preventive Medicine, American Journal of Epidemiology, and American Journal of Public Health.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify strategies to improve sexual healthcare.
  • Discuss recent testing and treatment recommendations for sexually transmitted infections.
  • Identify trends in STI epidemiology in New York State.

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