Dr. Abulafia is director of Cataract Services at Shaare Zedek Medical Center, Jerusalem and is affiliated to Hadasa Faculty of Medicine, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He received his MD degree from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and completed his medical internship at Assaf HaRofeh Medical Center, affiliated with the Sackler School of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Israel. He was an anterior segment fellow under Prof. Graham Barrett, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Nedlands, Australia, from 2013 to 2015.
He is chair of the Israeli Society of Cataract Surgery, is on the Publication Committee and board of the ESCRS, and the IOL Calculation Subcommittee of the ASCRS, and has been on the Cataract Subcommittee of the AMPC, AAO, from 2016 to the present.
Jorge L. Alió, MD, PhD
Dr. Alió has been professor and chairman of ophthalmology since 1987, first at the University of Alicante and since 2002 at the University Miguel Hernandez de Elche, Alicante, Spain.
Dr. Alió's main research interests include lens, refractive, and corneal surgery and new technologies in these areas. He is the founder of VISSUM Corporation and the Jorge Alió Foundation for the Prevention of Blindness. He is the creator of the concept of microinicisional cataract surgery and has been a pioneer in the area of multifocal, accommodative, and toric IOLs; excimer laser refractive surgery; and phakic IOLs, with more than 45,000 surgeries performed.
Dr. Alió has been the author or co-author of more than 497 peer-reviewed papers published in prestigious international scientific journals, 325 book chapters, 87 books (as editor or co-editor), over 354 collaborations in ophthalmic scientific journals, and more than 2,187 presentations and invited lectures in international meetings. The Hirsch factor (h-index) of Dr. Alió is 55 (Scopus). Dr. Alió has been listed with a field rating of 19 among top authors worldwide in ophthalmology during the last 5 years by Microsoft Academic Search. He is author of 36 patents and holds the LXIII chair of the Academia Ophthalmologica Internationalis and XLIX chair of the European Academy of Ophthalmology. He is a member of the International Intra-Ocular Implant Club and has received a total of 94 international and national awards. He is the creator and director of the first online course in refractive surgery from the Miguel Hernandez University, "Scientific Methodology in Refractive, Cataract and Cornea Surgery," which has been offered since 2015.
Noel Alpins, MD, FACS
Dr. Alpins is a widely recognized clinician, investigator, and speaker, and the developer of a comprehensive approach to astigmatism analysis called the Alpins Method. He was an early adopter of small-incision cataract surgery, and incisional as well as laser refractive surgical techniques.
Dr. Alpins published the basis of the Alpins Method in a 1993 paper and expanded the approach over the succeeding two decades. Several peer-reviewed journals, as well as the American National Standards Institute, have adopted the method as a standard for reporting astigmatism results. The method is incorporated in a surgical planning and outcomes analysis program called ASSORT.
He serves on the editorial board of many peer-reviewed publications and ophthalmic periodicals, including the Journal of Cataract & Refractive Surgery, Ocular Surgery News, EuroTimes, Cataract and Refractive Surgery Today and others. He has published more than 150 articles and 20 book chapters, receiving more than 1100 peer-review citations. In 2015, he received the Certificate for Outstanding Contribution in Reviewing, awarded by Elsevier.
Dr Alpins is a recipient of the Lans Distinguished Award from the International Society of Refractive Surgery (ISRS) and American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) (2012); the AAO Achievement Award (2013); and the ISRS Lifetime Achievement Award (2014) for his internationally recognized contributions to the advancement of refractive surgery over his career. In 2010, he was the invited Council Lecturer at the RANZCO annual scientific meeting and this year in 2017 will be the Gregg Lecturer at the meeting. He is a clinical senior lecturere as an honorary senior fellow at the University of Melbourne. In 2017 Dr. Alpins was awarded membership in the General Division of Order of Australia for significant service to ophthalmology, particularly to the development of innovative refractive surgery techniques, and to professional associations.
Rana Altan-Yaycioglu, MD, FEBO
Dr. Altan-Yaycioglu received her medical degree from Istanbul University, Istanbul School of Medicine, Istanbul, Turkey in 1995, and completed her residency in 1999 at the same institution. She then received the first A. Edward Maumenee Memorial Fellow award granted by the Tissue Banks International, and completed a clinical cornea and anterior segment surgery fellowship at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Wilmer Eye Institute, Department of Cornea and External Disease, USA (April and December 2000). Following that, she did a research fellowship in oculoplastic surgery with the Consultants of Ophthalmic and Plastic Surgery at William Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, Michigan, USA and Kresge Eye Institute, Detroit, Michigan, USA (January and May 2001). In 2001, she joined the faculty at the Department of Ophthalmology of Baskent University, School of Medicine, and has worked at the Adana Clinic and Research Center since then. In 2008, she was appointed as the deputy head of the Ophthalmology Unit in Adana, under the direction of chairperson of the Ophthalmology Department in Ankara Hospital of Baskent University, and remained in that position until December 2016. Beginning in January 2017, she started working at Acibadem University, Acibadem Adana Hospital.
She was an International Federation of Ophthalmological Societies/International Council of Ophthalmology International Fellow and worked as a clinical fellow in oculoplastic surgery at the Department of Ophthalmology, Ludwig-Maximilian University, Munich, Germany (May and July 2008).
In 2013, she was selected by Turkish Ophthalmological Association (TOA) as the Turkish representative to the SOE European Leadership Development Programme, Class of 2013–2015, and graduated in June 2015.
Her main areas of interests in ophthalmology are cornea and external disease, cataract and anterior segment surgery, oculoplastic surgery, and glaucoma. She is an active member of Cataract and Refractive Surgery Society, Oculoplastic Society, and Cornea and Ocular Surface Society (COSS) of TOA. From 2014 through 2016, she was the secretary, and in December 2016 she was selected as the president of COSS.
Dr. Altan-Yaycioglu has taught and published in her research fields, with over 100 publications in peer-reviewed journals. She has participated in several book chapters, and translated various book chapters for several major textbooks' Turkish editions.
In addition to serving as editorial board member of the Journal of Cataract & Refractive Surgery, she also serves as a reviewer on most of the major ophthalmology journals.
Stephen A. Arshinoff, MD, FRCSC
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Dr. Arshinoff was born in Montreal, graduated from Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, and completed his ophthalmic training at The University of Toronto, Canada, where he is associate professor, Department of Ophthalmology and Vision Sciences. His areas of research interest include ophthalmic viscosurgical devices and related surgical techniques, phacoemulsification machine design, immediately sequential bilateral cataract surgery, endophthalmitis prophylaxis, and medical outreach programs. He is on the Editorial Board of the JCRS and has authored more than 300 peer-reviewed publications and 38 medical textbook chapters. He has presented >1,100 academic lectures worldwide. Dr. Arshinoff is the designer of the Ontario Medical Association–Canadian National Institute for the Blind Mobile Medical Eye Care Unit and is the medical director of this program to the North of Ontario, Canada. He is the Founding President of the Toronto Ophthalmological Society, the Eye Foundation of Canada, and the International Society of Bilateral Cataract Surgeons and is a past president of the International Intra-ocular Implant Club, the parent society of the American, European and all other societies of cataract and refractive surgery globally.
Ehud I. Assia, MD
Dr. Assia graduated from the Sackler School of Medicine at the Tel-Aviv University, Israel, in 1980 (magna cum laude) and has a master's degree in ophthalmology (summa cum laude, 1989). Following military service as the medical officer of a paratroop battalion and infantry brigade, he did his residency in ophthalmology at the Goldschleger Eye Institute at the Sheba Medical Center, Tel-Hashomer. He completed a 2-year fellowship at the Center for Intraocular Lens Research (David J. Apple, MD) at the Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston. In 1994 he became the director of the Department of Ophthalmology at the Meir Medical Center, Kfar-Saba.
Dr. Assia is full professor at the Tel-Aviv University and was the director of the Department of Ophthalmology of the Sackler School of Medicine, New York, from 1998 to 2002. He was the principal investigator of the Laboratory for Intraocular Microsurgery and Implants at the Goldschleger Eye Research Institute and founded the Laboratory of Experimental Microsurgery at the Meir Medial Center. His main interests are lens pathophisiology, anterior segment surgery, and intraocular implants.
Dr. Assia has published 140 peer-reviewed papers in leading professional journals and an additional 40 publications and 25 chapters in books. Dr. Assia developed several original patented devices and instruments including the IOPtimate for the CLASS procedure (CO2 laser assisted sclerectomy), the AssiAnchor (Hanita Lenses), APX-200 pupil expander (APX Ophthalmology), and accommodative add-on lens (VisiDome). He is organizer of the Annual Conference of Ocular Microsurgery, the biggest ophthalmology meeting in Israel.
Dr. Assia serves as a reviewer and board member of numerous journals in ophthalmology and was the chief editor of a local journal in ophthalmology (Isreali Journal of Eye Update) for 23 years. He is a member of the Cataract Clinical Committee of the American Society for Cataract and Refractive Surgery. Dr. Assia is also the medical director of the Ein Tal Eye Center, the largest private eye center in Israel.
Hiroko Bissen-Miyajima, MD
Dr. Bissen-Miyajima is professor and chairman of the Ophthalmology Department at Tokyo Dental College, Suidobashi Hospital, Tokyo, Japan.
Dr. Bissen-Miyajima completed her residency training at Keio University School of Medicine in Tokyo and then completed 3 years of fellowship training at University of Bonn, Germany. She received her doctor of medicine degree at both Keio University and University of Bonn. In 1992, she earned her PhD from Keio University.
Dr. Bissen-Miyajima is a regular reviewer for several prestigious medical journals and holds membership in many professional medical associations. She is president of the Japanese Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, served as president of the Asia-Pacific Association of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons (APACRS), and is past president of the International Intra-Ocular Implant Club (IIIC).
She specializes in cataract and refractive surgery and has given numerous talks and invited lectures at domestic and international meetings. In addition to more than 200 peer-reviewed journal articles in both Japanese and English, she wrote 3 books (LASIK, Multifocal IOL, Toric IOL) that are standard textbooks in Japan. She also has received video and paper awards in cataract and refractive surgery from the ASCRS and ESCRS. She is the recipient of IIIC Medal Lecture, Ridley Lecture (International Congress of German Ophthalmic Surgeons) and Lim Lecture (APACRS).
Massimo Busin, MD
Dr. Busin is the chair of the Department of Ophthalmology at Villa Serena-Villa Igea Hospitals in Forlì, Italy, and is also adjunct professor of ophthalmology at the University of Bonn, Germany, clinical professor of ophthalmology at the University of Milano, Italy, and adjunct associate clinical professor at Louisiana State University (LSU), New Orleans.
After completing his residency training in Italy, Dr. Busin was a fellow in cornea and external diseases with Herbert E. Kaufman, MD, at the LSU Eye Center from 1984 to 1986. In January 1987, he joined the faculty of the University Eye Hospital in Bonn, Germany, where he became privat dozent in 1989 and university professor in 1991.
Dr. Busin received the AAO Honor Award in 1993, the Senior Honor Achievement award in 2003, the Life Achievement award in 2013, and the Special Recognition Award in 2015 from Società Oftalmologica Italiana (SOI). He received the Gold Medal Maestro dell'Oftalmologia in 2012 and delivered the Chancellor's Award Lecture in Neurosciences and Ophthalmology in January 2013 at the LSU Eye Center. He also has received several prizes for both videos and lectures delivered at international meetings, which include AAO, ESCRS, ASCRS, and SOI. He has authored more than 150 peer-reviewed papers and 24 book chapters.
Dr. Busin was president of Società Italiana Trapianto di Cornea from 2010 to 2013 and is still vice president; he is a board member of ESCRS.
Soon-Phaik Chee, MD, FRCS (G)
Dr. Chee is a professor at the National University of Singapore and Duke-National University of Singapore Graduate Medical School. She is a senior consultant and heads both the Cataract Subspecialty Service and Ocular Inflammation and Immunology Service at the Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC).
In addition to her clinical commitments, Dr. Chee is concurrently the director of fellowships and a member of the Strategic Planning Committee at SNEC. She also serves as group lead member of the cataract research team at the Singapore Eye Research Institute. She earned her master’s degree at the National University of Singapore and was elected a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons, Glasgow, Edinburgh, and College of Ophthalmologists, UK. She completed her fellowship in uveitis and oculoplastics, lacrimal and orbital surgery at Moorfields Eye Hospital, London, in 1993.
Dr. Chee's research interests in cataract include managing complicated cataracts such as the dense posterior polar cataract, subluxated cataract and IOL implants, and femtosecond laser–assisted cataract surgery. In uveitis, her interests include cytomegalovirus infection of the anterior segment, ocular tuberculosis, dengue maculopathy, and Vogt-Koyanagi Harada disease. She has a special interest in developing new surgical techniques and instruments. She has authored more than 200 peer-reviewed scientific papers and is a member of several editorial boards. She lectures widely on uveitis and cataract and runs numerous teaching courses at regional and international meetings. She has been the president of the Asia-Pacific Intraocular Inflammation Study Group since 2013.
Beatrice Cochener, MD, PhD
Brest Cedex, France
Dr. Cochener-Lamard has been the head of the Ophthalmology Department in Brest University Hospital (France) since 2000 and professor since 2002. She has been president of the French Society of Ophthalmology (SFO) (2009 to 2011), is deputy president of the National Association of Ophthalmology (SNOF) and past-president of the French Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (SAFIR). Since 2011, she has been head of the French Academy of Ophthalmology, which is the national professional board of ophthalmology. She is involved in the international arena as a European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons (ESCRS) board member and president elect since 2016, social secretary of Eucornea, and board member of the International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO) and a member of its educational committee.
Her main fields of interest are anterior segment, refractive surgery and corneal surgery. In terms of research activities, she is a member of the Medical Imaging Laboratory (Brest Inserm LATim). Dr Cochener is invited to many conferences across the world; she has contributed to more than 150 publications and 8 books on cornea and refractive surgery. She was in charge of the SFO national report dedicated to presbyopia in 2012 and had 2 books on refractive surgery published in 2016.
Oliver Findl, MD
Dr. Findl is professor of ophthalmology and chairs the Department of Ophthalmology at the Hanusch Hospital, Vienna, Austria. He founded and is head of the Vienna Institute for Research in Ocular Surgery.
A research fellowship at Children's Hospital in Boston was followed by a residency and an anterior segment surgery fellowship at the Medical University of Vienna. He was a consultant ophthalmic surgeon at Moorfields Eye Hospital, London, for several years.
His research interests are in the areas of posterior capsule opacification, optical biometry, and the pathogenesis of myopia. He has authored more than 250 articles in international peer-reviewed journals and is currently the secretary of ESCRS and treasurer of the Austrian Ophthalmological Society.
José Gϋell, MD
Dr. Güell is founding partner of Instituto de Microcirugia Ocular (IMO), director of the Cornea and Refractive Surgery Department, and president of the IMO Foundation; associate professor of ophthalmology at the Autonoma University of Barcelona; scientific coordinator and professor of the anterior segment activities at the European School for Advanced Studies in Ophthalmology, Lugano, Switzerland. He is past president of the European Society of Cornea and Surface Disease Specialists and past president of the European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons (ESCRS).
Dr. Güell's areas of interest are full- and partial-thickness corneal transplantation (deep anterior lamellar keratoplasty and endothelial keratoplasty), complex cataract, and anterior segment reconstructive procedures including permanent keratoprosthesis surgery (artificial cornea). He also specializes in refractive surgery, specifically the excimer and femtoseconf laser, iris claw-style phakic intraocular lens (Artisan, Artiflex), and intracorneal ring segments. He has been awarded 10 honorary medal lectures internationally, including the Ridley Medal lecture at the ESCRS annual congress in Copenhagen in 2016. He has lectured nationally and internationally since 1991. He has given 700 conference talks and has authored 250 articles in peer-reviewed journals as well as several book chapters.
Ken Hayashi, MD
Fukuoka City, Japan
Dr. Hayashi is a director of the Hayashi Eye Hospital in Fukuoka, Japan. He earned his graduate degree at from Kyusyu University, Faculty of Medicine, in 1982 and specialized in ophthalmology in the Faculty of Medicine, Kyushu University, Japan receiving his doctoral degree in 1989. From 1987 to 1988 he undertook a research fellowship at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. He joined the faculty in Hayashi Eye Hospital, Fukuoka, Japan in 1992 and was inaugurated as director in 1998.
His special research interests are anterior segment diseases, particularly as they relate to cataract surgery, keratoplasty, and glaucoma surgery. He has over 100 peer-reviewed publications to his name.
Richard Hoffman, MD
A Florida native, Dr. Hoffman completed his undergraduate degree in molecular biology at Haverford College, Haverford, Pennsylvania, in 1983. He received his medical degree at Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans in 1987. He completed his internship at Presbyterian/St. Luke's Medical Center in Denver, Colorado, USA. After an additional year practicing medicine in Colorado, he returned to Tulane University for his residency training in ophthalmology. Following residency, he completed a year of highly specialized training in refractive surgery and cornea and external diseases in Louisville, Kentucky. He became certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology in 1994 and recertified in 2004. He has extensive training and experience in corneal transplantation and excimer laser refractive surgery.
Dr. Hoffman has authored more than 350 publications in numerous ophthalmic journals and textbooks. He has performed live surgery internationally and has made hundreds of presentations at both international and national academic meetings and instructional courses. He has won numerous Best of Session awards for his presentations and Best of Show awards for his teaching video productions. In 2013, he received the AAO Senior Achievement Award for his teaching contributions within that organization.
Dr. Hoffman is a column editor for EyeWorld magazine and Ophthalmology Times. He is a member of the prestigious International Intraocular Implant Club and a board member of the Outpatient Ophthalmic Surgery Society. He is also an editorial board member for the Journal of Cataract & Refractive Surgery and a member of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery Cataract Clinical Committee. Dr. Hoffman is a certified physician investigator and has been a clinical investigator for multiple U.S. Food and Drug Administration clinical trials. He has designed new surgical instruments and techniques for anterior segment surgery and holds an academic appointment of clinical associate professor of ophthalmology at the Casey Eye Institute, Oregon Health & Science University.
Jack T. Holladay, MD
Dr. Holladay is a board-certified ophthalmologist who received a medical degree in 1974 and the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Texas, Austin, Texas, and a master's and bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas.
Dr. Holladay is a clinical professor of ophthalmology at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston; is the author of 3 books and hundreds of chapters and articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals; serves on 10 editorial boards and 5 medical and scientific advisory boards; and holds 12 patents. He received the Distinguished Service Award from the Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for his service on the Ophthalmic Device Panel. He received the Ridley Medal from the ESCRS, the Pearce Medal from the United Kingdom & Ireland Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgeons, the Lindstrom Medal from the Contact Lens Association of Ophthalmologists; and the Honor Award, Senior Honor Award, Life Achievement Honor Award, and the Kelman Medal from AAO. Dr. Holladay received the Barraquer Award, Casebeer Award, Founders Award, Kritzinger Award, and Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Society of Refractive Surgery; the El-Maghraby International Award from the Middle East African Council of Ophthalmology; the Jan Worst Medal from the International Intra-Ocular Implant Club, the Benedetto Strampelli Medal from the Society of Ophthalmology in Italy, and the Kelman Medal from the Brazilian Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery. He received the Binkhorst Medal and was inducted into the Hall of Fame by the ASCRS.
Richard A. Lewis, MD
Dr. Lewis is the former director of glaucoma at the University of California, Davis. In addition to his busy clinical practice located in Sacramento, Dr. Lewis is actively involved in clinical research in national and international trials in anterior segment disease and glaucoma therapy. He is past president of the ASCRS (2014–2015) and past president of the American Glaucoma Society (2000–2002). Dr. Lewis is the medical editor emeritus of, Journal of Glaucoma, Advanced Ocular Care, and Ocular Surgery News. He is co-founder of Sacramento's Capital City Surgery Center (2003).
Dr. Lewis attended the University of California, Berkeley, as an undergraduate and received his doctorate in medicine from Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago in 1978. His ophthalmology training included a residency at the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of California, Davis, and a fellowship in glaucoma at the University of Iowa Department of Ophthalmology in Iowa City (1982 to 1983). He is a diplomat of the American Board of Ophthalmology and the National Board of Medical Examiners.
Dr. Lewis has published more than 90 articles and book chapters focusing on glaucoma, ophthalmic surgery, and ophthalmic pharmacology. He is co-author of the book Curbsides in Glaucoma. He teaches and lectures extensively on glaucoma and cataract surgery. He has received the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) Honor and Senior Honor as well as the Secretariat and Life Achievement Awards for his contributions in teaching and leadership and for initiating the AAO Subspecialty Day meeting.
Richard L. Lindstrom, PhD
Dr. Lindstrom is founder and attending surgeon at Minnesota Eye Consultants, adjunct clinical professor emeritus at the University of Minnesota Department of Ophthalmology, Minnesota, and visiting professor at the University of California Irvine Gavin Herbert Eye Institute. He is a board-certified ophthalmologist and internationally recognized leader in corneal, cataract, refractive, glaucoma, and laser surgery.
After graduating from the University of Minnesota, Dr. Lindstrom completed his doctorate degree in medicine in 1972. He conducted research, residency, and fellowship training in cornea at the University of Minnesota and affiliated hospitals and extended his anterior segment surgery fellowship training at Mary Shiels Hospital in Dallas, followed by a Heed fellowship in glaucoma at University Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah, after 2 years of private practice in Dallas. In 1980, Dr. Lindstrom returned to the University of Minnesota for 10 years with the last 2 as a full professor and the Harold G. Scheie Research Chair. He continues as adjunct clinical professor emeritus, chair of the Vision Foundation, a board director for the University of Minnesota Foundation, and associate director of the Minnesota Lions Eye Bank. He entered private practice in 1989 and has led the growth and expansion for 15 years as managing partner. He is also co-medical director of Precision Lens and Refractec.
Dr. Lindstrom served as president (2007–2008) of ASCRS and as chair of its Executive Committee. He has also served as the president of the International Society of Refractive Surgery (ISRS), International Intra-Ocular Implant Club, and International Refractive Surgery Club. Dr. Lindstrom has been awarded over 40 patents in ophthalmology and has developed several corneal preservation solutions, IOLs, and instruments that are used in clinical practices globally.
A frequent lecturer throughout the world on cornea, cataract, glaucoma, laser, and refractive surgery, he has presented over 40 named lectures and keynote speeches.
Dr. Lindstrom serves on a number of journal editorial boards, including Journal of Cataract & Refractive Surgery and Journal of Refractive Surgery. He is the honorary editor-in-chief of the U.S./Chinese Journal of Ophthalmology. He has co-edited 7 books, published over 350 peer reviewed journal articles and 60 book chapters. He is chief medical editor of the U.S. and international editions of Ocular Surgery News.
He is the recipient of numerous awards for distinguished service including lifetime achievement awards from ISRS, the Binkhorst and Kelman Lecture Award from ASCRS.
Boris Malyugin, MD, PhD
Dr. Malyugin is professor of ophthalmology and chief of the Department of Cataract and Implant Surgery, Deputy Director General (R&D, Edu) at the S. Fyodorov Eye Microsurgery State Institution in Moscow, Russia.
He received his medical degree from Moscow Medical Institute, named after A. Semashko, and completed residency training at the Eye Microsurgery State Institution.
Dr. Malyugin is the president of the Russian Ophthalmology Society and an ESCRS board member . He is a member of the International Intra-Ocular Implant Club, Academia Ophthalmologica Internationalis, and ASCRS. Dr. Malyugin is an international member of AAO and received its Life Achievement Honor Award in 2015.
Dr. Malyugin is an internationally recognized expert in the field of modern ophthalmic surgery, establishing himself at the forefront of advanced cataract and corneal surgery. He pioneered a device for pupil expansion for cataract surgery (Malyugin Ring) and several other technologies.
He is well-known for his educational activities in Russia and abroad, having received multiple international awards and having participated in invited lectures and live surgery sessions in numerous national and international meetings.
Dr. Malyugin has published in the literature extensively, has co-edited several books in different fields of ophthalmology, and has contributed to the printed and video versions of Atlas of Ophthalmic Surgery and JCRS.
Dr. Malyugin serves on the editorial board of the JCRS, Cataract and Refractive Surgery Today, Eurotimes, Ocular Surgery News, EyeWorld, and Ophthalmologist. He is a chief medical editor of Ophthalmosurgery Journal (Russia) and Russian Eurotimes.
Samuel Masket, MD
Los Angeles, California
Dr. Masket is clinical professor of ophthalmology at the Geffen School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles, and founding partner of Advanced Vision Care, Los Angeles. He has served on the board of trustees of the AAO and is past president of the ASCRS. He serves as an associate examiner for the American Board of Ophthalmology.
Dr. Masket has published nearly 100 peer-reviewed articles and 2 textbooks. He serves on the editorial board of several medical journals and is an editor of the Consultation Section of the JCRS. He has been an invited guest surgeon and named lecturer throughout the world. Along with many named lectures he has presented the 1998 Binkhorst Medal Lecture, the 2013 Kelman Memorial Lecture at the annual meeting of the AAO, and the 2014 Jan G.F. Worst Lecture at the International Intra-Ocular Implant Club (IIIC) meeting.
In 2013, Dr. Masket embarked on a new adventure when the Samuel and Barbara Masket Foundation was established. The first mission of the foundation is to provide ongoing ophthalmic research for the benefit of medical professionals and for those in need of better sight. The second mission is to provide state-of-the-art eye care for patients with inadequate resources. The third mission is to educate the medical professionals and the public about eye diseases and the current research related to those conditions. By 2016, the foundation was able to begin funding patients.
Rupert Menapace, MD
Dr. Menapace is professor of ophthalmology and founder and director of the Intraocular Lens Service at the Vienna Medical University, Vienna, Austria. Apart from cataract and IOL implant surgery, he has specialized in reconstructive anterior segment surgery.
He has authored more than 200 papers published in international peer-reviewed journals and numerous other papers and reviews in national and foreign journals as well as several book chapters. He has been an editorial board member of the JCRS since 1998 (section editor since 2007), and the American Journal of Ophthalmology from 2006 to 2016.
Dr. Menapace's research has focused on the reduction of after-cataract by improvements in IOL design and material, capsular implants, and capsular surgery, and on the optimization of phacoemulsification. He also has researched femtosecond laser–assisted cataract surgery.
Thomas Neuhann, MD
Prof. Neuhann attended medical school in Munich and Lausanne, and he completed his residency in ophthalmology at the Eye Clinic of the University of Heidelberg Faculty and at the Eye Clinic of the University of Mainz, Germany. He became a professor of ophthalmology in 1982, the same year he began in private practice and became director of the Eye Department of the Red Cross Clinic in Munich.
In 1988, he was appointed as extracurricular professor of ophthalmology at the University of Mainz and took on the same role for the Medical Faculty of the Technical University of Munich, Germany, in 1997.
In 1987, he founded the Annual Meeting of German Ophthalmologic Surgeons (now DOC). In 1997, he was a founding member of the Organization of German Specialty Clinics for Eye Laser and Refractive Surgery (Verbandes der Spezialkliniken Deutschlands für Augenlaser und Refraktive Chirurgie e. V. - VSDAR). Also in the 1990s, he founded both the Cornea Bank of Munich and the ALZ Eye Laser Center (alz augenklinik münchen) in Munich.
Prof. Neuhann is the current vice-chair of the Commission of Refractive Surgery (Kommission Refraktive Chirurgie), having previously been chairman in 2002. He has also previously served as president of the ESCRS (1998 -1999) and VSDAR (-2007).
He has received several awards, including the Montgomery Medal (RCSIrl), Choyce Medal (UKIIS), Ridley Lecturer (ESCRS), Kritzinger Award (ISRS) Ridley Lecture (DOC), Worst Medal (IIIC), Scientiﬁc Award (DGII), Kelman Award (HSIOIRS), and the Education Merit Award (DOC).
Thomas Olsen, MD
Dr. Olsen is head of the Cataract Service Center at the University Eye Clinic, Aarhus Hospital, Denmark. For many years, his main interest has been the optical outcome of modern lens surgery, especially biometry and improved IOL power calculation formulas. He has developed the computer software PhacoOptics to assist surgeons in the calculation of IOL power and designed electronic case record systems for cataract patients. From 1999 to 2004 he served as chair of the Danish National Cataract Outcome Registry. From 2006 to 2014 he was president of the Scandinavian Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery. From 2007 to 2015 he was a board member of the ESCRS. He is a member of the scientific committee of the German Ophthalmic Surgeons and member of the International Intra-Ocular Implant Club. He is co-founder and past president of the IOL Power Club, a group of scientists devoted to the refractive aspects of biometry and IOL power calculation.
Dr. Olsen's scientific contribution comprises more than 150 publications in peer-reviewed journals as well as book chapters, videos, and numerous non-peer-reviewed publications and oral presentations all over the world.
Seth M. Pantanelli, MD, MS
Dr. Pantanelli is an Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at the Penn State College of Medicine. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Rochester in Rochester, New York and his medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in 2009. His ophthalmology training included residency at the Flaum Eye Institute at the University of Rochester Medical Center, and a fellowship in Cornea & External Disease at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami, Florida (2013 and 2014, respectively). He is a fellow of the AAO, Member with Thesis of the Cornea Society, and member of the Eye Bank Association of America’s Paton Society as well as the ASCRS. He is also the Medical Director for the Gift of Life Eye Bank in Hershey, Pennsylvania.
His primary interests lie in biometry, IOL power calculations, and refractive outcomes of cataract surgery. He is a past principal investigator in FDA device trials to bring IOLs to market in the U.S., and he enjoys investigating the visual performance of these lenses as part of after-market studies.
Dr. Pantanelli has published over 30 peer-reviewed papers and 4 book chapters, and has authored or co-authored over 100 presentations and invited lectures at conferences all over the world.
Konrad Pesudovs, PhD
Dr. Pesudovs has been the foundation chair of optometry and vision science at Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia, since 2009. He completed his clinical training at the University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia, in 1990 and his PhD at Flinders University in 2000 before completing postdoctoral fellowships in Bradford, UK, and Houston, Texas. From 2004 to 2009, he ran the NHMRC Centre of Clinical Research Excellence in Ophthalmology Outcomes Research from the Department of Ophthalmology at Flinders University.
His principal interest is ophthalmology outcomes research, specifically, incorporating optical, visual, and patient-reported measurement into the holistic assessment of ophthalmic outcomes. A key element is the development of patient-reported outcome measures including visual disability, quality of life, and other latent traits using Rasch analysis. He has developed several questionnaires and is the leader of an international project to develop item banking and computer adaptive testing to measure patient-reported outcomes in ophthalmology (the Eye-tem Bank Project).
Dr. Pesudovs has published more than 200 peer-reviewed papers and 6 book chapters, and has contributed to more than 40 other publications. He has made 200+ presentations at international conferences. His career grant funding is more than $9 million. He sits on 3 journal editorial boards and previously sat on 5 others. He is a member and past president of the Governing Council of the Australian College of Optometry. He was a committee member of the Publications Committee for ARVO (2012–2014). He has won several international awards including the 2006 Waring Medal, the 2008 Borish Award, the 2009 and 2011 Garland Clay awards and, shared The American Public Health Association Vision Care Section 2014 Outstanding Scientific Paper Award with the Vision Loss Expert Group of the Global Burden of Disease in 2010. He was chair of the board of administration of the National Vision Research Institute (2015–2016).
Cynthia Roberts, PhD
Dr. Roberts serves as director of research in the Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Science at The Ohio State University where she also holds the Martha G. and Milton Staub Chair for Research in Ophthalmology. She has a cross appointment in Biomedical Engineering where she advises students in vision research. She received a BS degree in nursing from the University of Iowa, where she graduated with distinction in 1979. Subsequently, she received an MS degree in 1986 in electrical engineering, and a doctoral degree in biomedical engineering in 1989, both from The Ohio State University.
Dr. Robert's research interests include corneal and ocular biomechanics in cornea, refractive surgery, and glaucoma; in vivo measurement of corneal biomechanics, IOP measurement error, and ophthalmic imaging applications including corneal topography and OCT. She received a research award from the National Eye Institute of NIH to study the separate effects of IOP and stiffness on corneal biomechanics, and she has also received a foundation award to investigate a new biomechanical mechanism of optic nerve damage in glaucoma, which includes the influence of the pulsatile components of both IOP and intracranial pressure. She has given over 200 national and international invited lectures, has published over 120 papers in peer-reviewed journals, has contributed to more than 20 book chapters and has co-edited 2 books on corneal topography and corneal biomechanics.
Dr. Sarkisian is the founder and CEO of Oklahoma Eye Surgeons, PLLC, in Oklahoma City. He is the former director of the glaucoma fellowship at the Dean McGee Eye Institute and clinical professor of ophthalmology at the University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City. He received his undergraduate degree from Wheaton College, Illinois. After college, Dr. Sarkisian did graduate work at Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, and received his MD degree from Jefferson Medical College followed by an internship at Chestnut Hill Hospital. He completed an ophthalmology residency at the State University of New York Health Science Center in Brooklyn, and did a glaucoma fellowship at Hamilton Eye Institute, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis. He was asked to stay on the faculty. Dr. Sarkisian joined the faculty at the Dean McGee Eye Institute in 2006.
Dr. Sarkisian has a special interest in minimally invasive glaucoma surgery (MIGS) combined with cataract surgery. He was the first surgeon in Oklahoma to perform the CyPass glaucoma and iStent implantation. He published the book Minimally Invasive Glaucoma Surgery, a Practical Guide. He speaks nationally and internationally on MIGS and on international missions has taught surgeons how to perform MIGS and place glaucoma implants.
Dr. Sarkisian has participated in numerous clinical trials, particularly involving MIGS. He has been primary investigator (PI) or co-investigator in several studies. At present, he is a PI in the iStent Supra trial and in the iStent Inject Trial. He was a PI for the Compass trial and a PI in the Glaukos iDose trial.
Dr. Sarkisian is active in presenting and publishing his work in the U.S. and internationally. He was nominated by the American Glaucoma Society (AGS) to be a consultant to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Ophthalmic Device Panel, on which he has served since 2009.
American Board of Ophthalmology–certified Dr. Sarkisian is a member of the AGS, Chandler-Grant Glaucoma Society, AAO, American Medical Association, the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, ASCRS, ESCRS, and numerous other ophthalmology societies.
Dr. Spalton was a consultant ophthalmic surgeon at St Thomas' Hospital, London, and honorary consultant to the Royal Hospital Chelsea (the Chelsea Pensioners) and King Edward VII's Hospital for Officers, London. He is also the civilian advisor in ophthalmology to the Metropolitan Police.
He qualified at Westminster Medical School, London, where he won the Undergraduate Prize for Ophthalmology. He progressed to do his ophthalmic training at Moorfields Eye Hospital. Following this, he did a fellowship in uveitis and neuro-ophthalmology at St Thomas' Hospital and the National Hospital for Nervous Diseases, Queen Square, London. He was appointed consultant ophthalmic surgeon at Charing Cross Hospital in 1980, and then moved back to St Thomas' Hospital in 1983, being Clinical Director of Ophthalmology from 1990 to 2000. He has fellowships of the Royal College of Surgeons, the Royal College of Physicians, and the Royal College of Ophthalmologists.
He is known internationally for his interest in cataract surgery, uveitis, and neuro-ophthalmology. At St Thomas' Hospital, he ran the largest research group on cataract surgery in the UK. The research is focused on posterior capsular opacification, IOL design and biocompatibility. He has published over 130 papers in academic journals, and his book, An Atlas of Clinical Ophthalmology, won the prize for the best medical textbook of the year when it was published in 1985. It is now in its third edition and is published in 7 languages, being one of the 5 most widely read ophthalmic textbooks worldwide.
Dr. Stulting is director of the Stulting Research Center, Woolfson Eye Institute, Atlanta, Professor of Ophthalmology Emeritus, Emory University, and Adjunct Professor of Ophthalmology, the Moran Eye Institute, Salt Lake City, Utah.
He has performed refractive surgery for more than 20 years, participating in the physician-sponsored clinical investigation of LASIK before the first refractive laser was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the U.S. He performs routine and complex cataract surgery, as well as corneal transplantation. Dr. Stulting specializes in the management of keratoconus and corneal ectasia following LASIK, including corneal cross-linking performing multiple clinical trials for the procedure since 2008.
For 10 years, Dr. Stulting was a member of the FDA Ophthalmic Devices Panel, acting as Chair in 1998. He is past president of the ASCRS, has served on the board of directors of the Eyebank Association of America and the Georgia Eye Bank, and is co-medical director of the Georgia Eye Bank. He recently completed a 10-year term as editor-in-chief of the journal Cornea and is on the editorial board of other journals.
Dr. Stulting has been principal investigator for several NIH-supported clinical trials. He was co-director of the Collaborative Corneal Transplantation Studies, has authored over 230 papers in peer-reviewed journals, published several textbook chapters, taught courses for over 30 years at the AAO and lectured around the world. He was awarded the AAO Senior Honor Award and the FDA's Citation for Excellence, Commitment, and Outstanding Service in Protecting the Public. He received the prestigious Paton Award from the Eye Bank Association of America, the Barraquer Award from ISRS, and the Binkhorst Award from the ASCRS.
Dr. Stulting graduated summa cum laude from Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, with a BS in Chemistry. He received his MD and PhD in microbiology and immunology from Duke. He completed his internal medicine internship and residency at Washington University's Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, and his ophthalmology residency at the University of Miami, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. He completed a fellowship in cornea and external disease at Emory University, where he practiced, taught, and performed research from 1982 to 2010.
In 2010, he founded the Stulting Research Center at Woolfson Eye Institute, where he conducts a variety of clinical trials. He has a fulltime practice in cornea, refractive surgery, and external disease and consults with industry on bringing new technologies to the market in the U.S.
Dr. Vasavada completed his FRCS in 1980 from the Royal College of Surgeons, England, and started the Raghudeep Eye Clinic, as a cataract specialty clinic in 1984 in Ahmedabad, India. He set up the Iladevi Cataract & IOL Research Centre (ICIRC), a basic research facility in 1991. Today, ICIRC is an Indian government-recognized laboratory dedicated to basic research and translational research into common prevalent eye conditions. He acts as director of both institutions.
He has been instrumental in positioning cataract management as a subspecialty, and in raising the bar for management outcomes, be it the popularization of IOLs or establishing phacoemulsification as a standard of care in the Asia-Pacific region.
His expertise extends to managing the complex and challenging cataracts. He has made important contributions to cataract surgery, including emphasizing the role of balancing phaco fluidics (step-down technique); innovating a versatile chop technique (step-by-step chop in-situ and lateral separation); and defining paradigms for challenging cases like dense cataracts, small pupils, and subluxated cataracts.
His most important contribution has been his work in pediatric cataract management. He has innovated, researched and standardized paradigms, including management of posterior capsule and anterior vitreous and IOL implantation strategies. He has undertaken the only single-center, randomized trial to determine the safety of primary IOL implantation in children under 2 years old.
Dr. Vasavada is very involved in charitable endeavors that provide high quality eyecare to all strata of society. Projects include the Raghudeep Eye Clinic, where he offers quality care to children often at no cost plus additional support being offered to ensure successful follow-up. In the last ten years, more than 2,000 cataract surgeries have been performed on children from low social-economic classes. Another is a center in Dholka where high quality eyecare is provided to less privileged sections of society at nominal charges.
Dr. Vasavada has trained more than 100 national and 35 international ophthalmologists. He lectures, performs live surgical demonstrations, and participates extensively in educational programs across the globe. He has published more than 135 publications and is a member of many ophthalmic socities, including the International Council of Ophthalmology, AAO, ASCRS, ESCRS, Associates in Ophthalmology, Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology, and Asia-Pacific Association of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons (APACRS).
His contribution to ophthalmology has been recognized worldwide. He has received include the Binkhorst Medal lecture by the ASCRS, APACRS Award for Best Educator in Asia Pacific Region, AAO Achievement Award, Arthur Lim Oration by the APACRS, Dr. B.C. Roy Award for contribution in the field of ophthalmology in India, National Best Researcher Award.
Dr. Ventura is head of the Cataract Department of the Altino Ventura Foundation and Medical Coordinator of the Surgical Center of the HOPE Eye Hospital, both in Recife, Brazil. She is the vice-mentor of the Specialization Course in Ophthalmology of the Altino Ventura Foundation.
Dr. Ventura obtained her medical degree in 2009 at the Medical School of the University of Pernambuco, Recife, and completed her residency training at the Altino Ventura Foundation in 2013. In this same year she obtained her master's degree from the Federal University of Alagoas, in Maceio, Brazil, and started a fellowship in cataract and refractive surgery at the Baylor College of Medicine, in Houston, Texas, USA. Her fellowship finished in 2014, and she returned to Brazil to join as faculty of the Altino Ventura Foundation and HOPE Eye Hospital. Dr. Ventura received her PhD at the Federal University of São Paulo in late 2017.
Dr. Ventura has won several awards in recognition of her scientific achievements. Her clinical and research interests are in the areas of cataract and refractive surgery, especially femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery, new technologies in cataract surgery, intraocular lenses, and congenital cataract surgery. She has published more than 25 articles in peer-reviewed journals and has written more than 15 book chapters and serves as an editorial board member of the JCRS and of the Brazilian Journal of Ophthalmology. She also is director of the cataract section of the Ophthalmology in Focus in the journal of the Brazilian Association of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons. She is a reviewer for the JCRS, Journal of Refractive Surgery, Brazilian Archives of Ophthalmology, and Brazilian Journal of Ophthalmology.
Dr. Ventura is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, International Society of Refractive Surgery, Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology, Latin American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons, Brazilian Council of Ophthalmology, Brazilian Society of Ophthalmology, and BRASCRS.
Li Wang, MD, PhD, is an associate professor of ophthalmology at the Cullen Eye Institute, Department of Ophthalmology, Baylor College of Medicine. She received her MD from the Shanxi Medical College, Shanxi Province, China, and PhD from the Ruprecht-Karls-Universität, Heidelberg, Germany. She completed a research fellowship at the Cullen Eye Institute, Department of Ophthalmology, Baylor College of Medicine.
Dr. Wang serves on the editorial boards of JCRS and Journal of Refractive Surgery. She is a member of Intraocular Lens Calculation Subcommittee of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS).
Dr. Wang's areas of research include various aspects in cataract surgery, refractive surgery, diagnostic devices, optics, and wavefront technology and its use in refractive and cataract surgery. She has authored more than 80 peer-reviewed journal articles and 40 book chapters.
Dr. Waring is an associate professor of ophthalmology and the director of refractive surgery at Medical University of South Carolina, Storm Eye Institute, and serves as the medical director at Magill Vision Center, both in Charleston. Dr. Waring also serves as adjunct assistant professor of bioengineering at the College of Engineering and Science at Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina. Dr. Waring is a diplomat of the American Board of Ophthalmology and has received numerous awards and distinctions for excellence in ophthalmology including the AAO Achievement Award, and the Distinguished Lans Award, the Presidential Award and the Recognition Award, all from the International Society of Refractive Surgery.
Dr. Waring is active in clinical research and is the co-founder of the Ocular Biomechanics and Diffusion Laboratory in the Department of Bioengineering at Clemson University. He has also served as medical director of ophthalmology at the St. Joseph's Translational Research Institute in Atlanta. He has more than 100 scientific publications, abstracts, and presentations to his credit.
Dr. Waring is a founding member of the American and European College of Ophthalmic Surgeons and the Cornea, External Disease and Refractive Surgery Society and was selected as 1 of 10 founding members of the prestigious Vanguard Ophthalmology society to recognize future leaders in ophthalmology. He is a fellow of the AAO and the American College of Surgeons and is active in numerous other professional societies.
Dr. Waring is an editorial board member of the JCRS and the Journal of Refractive Surgery and serves as senior editor for the Ophthalmic News and Education Subcommittee on Refractive Management. He has served as chief medical editor of Millennial Eye and as Refractive Surgery Section Editor for Eye Net Magazine. He is also a regular reviewer for multiple peer-reviewed journals.
Dr. Waring also has served on over 15 scientific advisory panels, aiding in the development of new technologies.