Speakers 2022

Prof. Ambrosio, Renato

Prof. Ambrosio, Renato

Brazil

Renato Ambrósio Jr, MD, PhD is Adjunct Professor of Ophthalmology at the Federal University of the State of Rio de Janeiro (UNIRIO), also in private practice. He is also affiliated to the post-graduation program for the Federal University of São Paulo (stricto sensu) and (lato sensu) to the Pontifical Catholic University in Rio de Janeiro and Brazilian Society of Ophthalmology. Prof. Ambrósio founded the Rio de Janeiro Corneal Tomography and Biomechanics Study Group in 2008 and co-founded the BrAIn (Brazilian Study Group of Artificial Intelligence and Corneal Analysis) in 2010. Major interests are customized laser vision correction, imaging for early detection of corneal ectasia using artificial intelligence, and alternative treatments for ectatic corneal diseases prior to keratoplasty.

Professor Ambrósio is the current president of the ISRS (International Society of Refractive Surgery – 2020-22).

Prof. Awwad, Shady

Prof. Awwad, Shady

Lebanon

Shady Awwad obtained his medical degree with the Alpha Omega Alpha award, completed an internship in general surgery, and a residency in ophthalmology (1999-2002) all at the American University of Beirut Medical Center (AUBMC). He then pursued a double fellowship in corneal diseases and surgery and refractive surgery (LASIK, PRK, Corrective lens implantation) (2002-2006) and a fellowship in ophthalmic pathology (2005-2006), all at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. He is currently an associate professor, director of the laser refractive surgery center, and the head of the cornea and refractive surgery division at AUBMC. He is recipient of the American Academy of Ophthalmology achievement award.

Prof. Belin, Michael

Prof. Belin, Michael

USA

Dr. Belin attended Northwestern University (Evanston, Il) where he majored in Bio-Medical Engineering and received his medical degree from Rutgers Medical School.  He completed his internship and residency at the Albany Medical College and fellowship in Cornea and External Diseases at the University of Iowa.  He subsequently completed (by invitation) a traveling fellowship from the Royal College of Surgeon of England Foundation.  Dr. Belin is Professor of Ophthalmology & Vision Science at the University of Arizona Department of Ophthalmology and Southern Arizona Veterans Administration Health Care System (Tucson, Arizona).  He is also an Adjunct Professor at the Albany Medical College (Albany, New York) and the University of Ottawa (Ottawa, Canada).  Dr. Belin holds an honorary Professorship at the Military Hospital #1, Shenyang, China.

 

Dr. Belin is a Past-President of the Cornea Society (2006-8) and Vice-President for International Development (2008-15).  He is a Fellow of the Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Ophthalmology.  He served on the Board of Directors, the Medical Advisory Board and the Executive Committee of the Eye Bank Association of America.  Michael is Chair of the American University Professors of Ophthalmology’s Fellowship Compliance Committee (AUPO-FCC).  Dr. Belin is a past recipient of the AAO Honor Award, Senior Honor Award, Academy Service Award, the Achievement Award (x2) and the AAO Life Time Achievement Award.  He has published over 160 peer-reviewed articles and has presented over 300 papers at major national or international meetings.

Dr. Coskunseven, Efekan

Dr. Coskunseven, Efekan

Turkey

Dr Efekan Coskunseven was born in 1968 in Nazilli, Turkey. He graduated from Medical School of Ege University and specialized in Ophthalmology in the Medical School of Dicle University. Dr Coskunseven is the Director of Refractive Surgery Department in Dunya Eye Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey since 2003.

Prof. Hafezi, Farhad

Prof. Hafezi, Farhad

Switzerland

Farhad Hafezi, MD PhD FARVO, is a professor of ophthalmology, anterior segment surgeon, and ocular cell biologist.

Farhad completed his medical studies at the University of Bern 1992 and then in 1993 transitioned to the University of Zurich. In 2011, Farhad conducted a fellowship in oculplastics and lids at the Rotterdam Eye Hospital and then co-founded the famous IROC AG (Zurich, Switzerland) in 2002.

From 2005-2008, Farhad completed his PhD at Erasmus University Rotterdam on the management of complications of refractive surgery while maintaining his clinical position at IROC. In 2010, Farhad became chairman of ophthalmology at the University of Geneva and director of the Geneva University Hospital Eye Clinic. In 2014, Farhad founded the ELZA Institute AG (Zurich, Switzerland), where now works clinically.

Academically, Farhad remains a professor of ophthalmology at the University of Geneva, University of Southern California and Wenzhou Medical University in China. Farhad is the group leader of the Ocular Cell Biology Laboratory at the University of Zurich.

In 2014, 2016 and 2018, he has been voted by his peers onto the biennial PowerList100, a list of the 100 most influential people in ophthalmology.

Combing patient care, research & development, and teaching, Hafezi is a pioneer and key opinion leader of corneal cross-linking (CXL).

Farhad is dedicated to humanitarian work dedicated to helping children with keratoconus by serving as an active board member of the Light for Sight Foundation. Farhad also serves on a number of industrial advisory boards, including EMAGine AG (Zug, Switzerland) that is dedicated to bringing access to CXL technology to all.

Country:Switzerland

Hafezi, Nikki

Hafezi, Nikki

Switzerland

Co-Founder, Light for Sight Foundation, Zurich, Switzerland.

Prof. Randleman, J. Bradley

Prof. Randleman, J. Bradley

USA

J. Bradley Randleman, MD received his BA degree from Columbia University in New York City, his M.D. degree from Texas Tech University School of Medicine in Lubbock, Texas, where he was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society in his junior year, followed by his Ophthalmology residency and Cornea and Refractive Surgery Fellowship at Emory University. Dr. Randleman is joining the USC Roski Eye Institute from the Emory Eye Center in Atlanta Georgia, where he was the John H. and Helen S. Hughes Professor of Ophthalmology and Director of the Cornea, External Disease, & Refractive Surgery Section.

A widely respected cornea specialist, his areas of expertise include: corneal and intraocular refractive surgical procedures including LASIK and premium laser-assisted cataract and IOL surgery, complicated cataract surgery, and the management of keratoconus and other corneal ectatic disorders. His primary research focuses on identification and management of corneal ectatic diseases including keratoconus and postoperative ectasia after LASIK, and the avoidance, diagnosis, and management of refractive surgical complications.

 

Dr. Kling, Sabine

Dr. Kling, Sabine

Switzerland
Kollros, Léonard

Kollros, Léonard

Switzerland

Senior Optometrist and Scleral Contact Lens Specialist, ELZA Institute, Zurich, Switzerland

Prof. Marshall, John

Prof. Marshall, John

UK
Prof. Mazzotta, Cosimo

Prof. Mazzotta, Cosimo

Italy
Graduated from Faculty of Medicine and Surgery at University of Siena, Italy, Medical School in 1997.  He had a Specialist diploma in Ophthalmology in 2001 at University of Siena, Italy. In 2006, he received his PhD in Ocular Pathology and Oncology at University of Siena. Assistant Professor of Corneal Pathology and Surgery at Post-Graduate Ophthalmology School, Department of Ophthalmology, University of Siena, Italy and gained the Italian National University Professional Qualification as Associate Professor of Ophthalmology. He is Chief of the cataract surgery service at the Ophthalmology Departmental Unit of Alta Val d’ Elsa Hospital, Siena and Casentino Hospital, Arezzo, Italy.
Head and Founder of the “ Siena International Crosslinking Centre”, Italy.
In 2004 he introduced the corneal Crosslinking therapy in Italy and invented the VEGA CBM UV-A X-linker for the cross-linking procedure being Awarded from the Italian Society of Ophthalmology (S.O.I.) for the “ Best Italian Research Project” in the field of Keratoconus conservative therapy: the “ Siena Eye Cross Project 2004”.  He published a lot of “ milestones” Peer Reviewed Papers performing the first World confocal microscopy studies in vivo in humans after CXL and a lot of basic and advanced clinical researches and surgical techniques in the field of Keratoconus pathophysiology, pulsed light and accelerated cross-linking. International opinion leader of CXL in the Crosslinking Therapy, he was awarded at the last ESCRS 2019 in Paris with the Joseph Colin Prize for Keratoconus and standardized CXL ” M nomogram“.
Prof. Raiskup, Frederik

Prof. Raiskup, Frederik

Germany
Dr. Rechichi, Miguel

Dr. Rechichi, Miguel

Italy

Founder and CEO, Studio oculistico Dr Miguel Rechichi

Prof. Seiler, Theo

Prof. Seiler, Theo

Switzerland

Seiler graduated from gymnasium in 1968 and enrolled the same year at the University of Heidelberg where he studied mathematics and physics. He received his prediploma in physics in 1970 and eventually continued his studies at the Freie Universität of Berlin where he graduated in 1972 with a degree in physics. He also began with his medical studies in the same year.

In 1975 Seiler he commenced his doctorate studies in physics, resulting in the dissertation “Modulated dynamic nuclear polarization of the nuclei of smaller gyromagnetic ratios” at the Free University of Berlin and started his teaching profession for higher education (mathematics and physics) in the following year. At the same time he continued his medical studies and passed the medical state examination in 1981 and was granted a license to practice medicine in 1982.

He worked as medical assistant in 1981 at the Eye Clinic of the Free University of Berlin and was promoted to be lecturer in 1982. His doctorate followed in 1984 with a thesis on “Linearity of tonometry” for which he received his title as Dr. med. summa cum laude. In 1986 he became a specialist registrar in ophthalmology and also became senior physician at the University Eye Clinic of the Free University of Berlin, eventually also being appointed in 1989 as Deputy Head. He habilitated at the Free University of Berlin in 1987 with his scientific paper “Refractive corneal surgery” and was appointed as professor in ophthalmology in 1989.

On October 1, 1993 Seiler was appointed professor at the Department of Ophthalmology and Chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology at the Carl Gustav Carus University Hospital of the University of Technology of Dresden. He kept this position until January 1, 2000 when he was appointed as Chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology of the University of Zürich.

In October 2002, he founded the Institute for Refractive and Ophthalmic Surgery (IROC) in Zurich. His work and research interests include corneal surgery, especially refractive corneal surgery, surgery of the anterior segment and physiological Optics.

Seiler is a member of the German Ophthalmological Society (DOG), the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), the Swiss Ophthalmological Society (SOG), the American Society of Refractive and Cataract Surgery (ASCRS), the European Cornea Society (EuCornea), the International Society of Refractive Surgery (ISRS) and served as boardmember for the DOG, ISRS and EuCornea.

Prof. Shetty, Rohit

Prof. Shetty, Rohit

India
Dr. Rohit Shetty is the Vice Chairman of Narayana Nethralaya Eye Institute. He is a Professor at Sri Devaraj Urs Medical College, India and an Adjunct Associate Professor at MS Ramaiah Medical College, Bangalore. Dr. Rohit is an Affiliate Associate Professor and PhD guide at the Maastricht University in The Netherlands.Dr. Shetty has over 150 publications in peer reviewed indexed journals. He is a corneal and refractive surgeon at Narayana Nethralaya Eye Institute, Bangalore, India. His other areas of work include neuro-ophthalmology and electrophysiology. Dr. Rohit defended his PhD from Maastricht University, Netherlands on Understanding the Clinical, Immunological and Genetic Molecular Mechanism of Keratoconus. He has a special interest in the management of keratoconus, tear film abnormalities and biomarkers. He has introduced cutting edge technology at Narayana Nethralaya and spearheads treatment for challenging eye disorders.

In the 2015 annual conference of the All India Ophthalmological Society, Dr. Rohit won the prestigious Col. Rangachari award for the overall best paper of the conference for his work on “Is Inflammation Driving Keratoconus? – A Holistic Study Of Molecular Pathways”. The American Academy of Ophthalmology recently conferred an achievement award to Dr. Rohit Shetty for the distinguished services he has rendered over the years to the programs of the society.

Prof. Vinciguerra, Paolo

Prof. Vinciguerra, Paolo

Italy

Appointed by the Italian Consiglio Superiore di Sanità ( Board of the Ministry of Health) as an expert(2003). Paolo Vinciguerra is the coordinator of “Cornea and Refractive Surgery” Master of Italian Swiss University- Lugano (since 2012).

As a member of numerous Italian and international scientific societies, throughout his professional career Paolo Vinciguerra has been a member of many boards of directors of ophthalmologic societies .

Committee and member of Award SOI committee for the Italian Ophthalmology Society. He has been an Honorary Member of the Italian Ophthalmology Society (since 1995) and an Honorary Member of the Italian Society for Corneal Transplants (SITRAC) since 2004.

He has been a member of the International Council of the International Society of Refractive Surgery-American Academy (ISRS-AAO) since 2004.

Winner of many Italian and international awards (5 Italian Awards and 7 International awards), He received Special Recognition for his outstanding scientific contribution to Refractive Surgery from the International Society of Refractive Surgery-USA in 1988 and the Achievement Award Certificate in 2003 from the American Academy of Ophthalmology. In 2005, he received the “Lans Lecture” award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology -ISRS for his scientific contribution to ophthalmology since the beginning of his career and Waring Medal from Slack Incorporated (2011).

As a pioneer of refractive surgery working with scientific institutes and ophthalmology companies engaged in development and research into technological innovations (as Nidek International Co,LTD since 2002,Oculus since 2010, Schwind Germany since 2010), he has filed numerous patents in both Europe and the rest of the world .  In particular, his research and publications have led to the development of the cross cylinder procedure for correcting astigmatism, study of the ablative profile in the transitional zone for excimer laser photoablation, a new system for correcting systemic photoablation errors by topographic and aberrometer measurement of an artificial test eye, development and computerised analysis system for corneal stroma in confocal microscopy using fractal calculation (5 International Patents).  Other patent applications are currently pending.

Dr. Vinciguerra, Riccardo

Dr. Vinciguerra, Riccardo

Italy

Dr Riccardo Vinciguerra is currently working as an ophthalmologist and Scientific responsible at the Humanitas San Pio X Hospital, Milan, as well as a research collaborator at Biomechanical Engineering Group, University of Liverpool, UK. Despite his young age, he is a very well-known international researcher with various peer-reviewed publications mainly in the field of corneal biomechanics, refractive surgery, corneal collagen cross-linking and corneal transplants.

He has completed his medical school in the Università degli Studi di Milano in 2011. He then graduated from the Brescia-Insubria University as a Specialist in Ophthalmology and completed a Glaucoma Clinical fellowship and a Cornea Clinical Fellowship at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital, Liverpool, United Kingdom. He worked then as a Cornea Consultant at the Birmingham and Midland Eye Center, Birmingham, UK. The article “Detection of Keratoconus With a New Biomechanical index” published in the Journal of Refractive Surgery earned him the prestigious Troutman Prize in 2017.

Dr. Vinciguerra is the author of 70 original scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals and received 5 prizes and awards. His work has been cited more than 1100 times with an h-index of 16.

NanJi, Lu

NanJi, Lu

China
Nubile, Mario

Nubile, Mario

Italy