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INTERNATIONAL AND REGIONAL SPEAKERS

Ahmed Mostafa Hassan Abdelrahman
Professor of Ophthalmology
Cairo University
Cairo, Egypt

Ahmed Mostafa Hassan Abdelrahman, MD, FRCSED, Born in Egypt on the 11th of December, 1966. He is Graduated from Kasr Aini School of Medicine, Cairo University, in 1990 and achieved first place over more than 1500 medical students. He achieved the Medical Doctorate degree in Ophthalmology from Cairo University in 1998 and the fellowship degree from Edinburgh in 2000. He is a professor of Ophthalmology, Cairo University, since 2009 to this day. He teaches the undergraduate and postgraduate students, trains the residents, runs a tertiary glaucoma clinic and organizes the annual Kasr Aini glaucoma activities. In 2015, he got the Professional Postgraduate Diploma in Total Quality Management (TQM) for Healthcare Reform from the American University in Cairo. He is the founder and president of the Egyptian Society for Continuous Ophthalmic Education(EGSCOE), a society officially registered in 2015 that offers continuous Ophthalmic education and training for the young ophthalmologists (EGSCOE on telegram & Website: egscoe.info). He is a glaucoma consultant with national and international publications and innovations in the field of glaucoma surgery. He is a glaucoma reviewer for a number of PubMed prestigious Ophthalmology journals e.g. JAMA, Eye, European Medical Journal and Journal of Glaucoma. Also, he is the owner of the Giza specialized Eye center (http://www.gizaeyecenter.com) and a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons. In 2016, the Royal College of Edinburgh council appointed him to be an examiner in the college exams.

Andrew Lee
Professor of Ophthalmology, Neurology, and Neurosurgery, Chair, Blanton Eye Institute
Weill Cornell Medicine, Houston Methodist Hospital
Houston, United States of America

Andrew G. Lee, M.D. is chair of the Blanton Eye Institute, Department of Ophthalmology at Houston Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas and is Professor of Ophthalmology, Neurology, and Neurosurgery at Weill Cornell Medicine. He is adjunct professor of Ophthalmology at Baylor College of Medicine; Texas A and M College of Medicine; University of Iowa and the University of Buffalo; and Clinical Professor at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas and the UT MD Anderson Cancer Center. Dr Lee has served on the national and international Editorial Board of 20 ophthalmic journals including JAMA Ophthalmology; Survey of Ophthalmology; the American Journal of Ophthalmology, the Canadian Journal of Ophthalmology, the Japanese Journal of Ophthalmology, the Journal of Neuro-ophthalmology, and Eye and was the founding editor in chief of the Journal of Academic Ophthalmology. He has published over 400 peer-reviewed articles, 40 book chapters, and eight full textbooks in ophthalmology. He has been the invited speaker at over 3oo national and international eye meetings and has given 14 named lectureships. He has a special interest in resident education, enjoys teaching about teaching in ophthalmology, and has received the resident teaching award 7 times at five different academic institutions. Lee has received the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) honor award, senior honor award, secretariat award, and lifetime achievement award.

Ashvin Agarwal
Chief of Clinical Services
Agarwal’s group of Eye Hospitals
Chennai, India

Ashvin Agarwal, Chief of Clinical Services in the Agarwal’s group of Eye Hospitals, ISRS Subcommittee member. He is a cataract, cornea and refractive surgeon with a special interest towards handling complex and complicated situations, such as Nucleus drop, IOL drops, traumatic cases, iris and anterior segment reconstruction, corneal decompensation.

 

He was also instrumental in the performing a new form of surgery called vitrectomy assisted phacoemulsification (VAP) for the aqueous misdirection syndrome. And another called Extrusion Cannula Assisted Levitation (ECAL) for dropped IOL.

Carlos Pavesio
Consultant Ophthalmologist
Moorfields Eye Hospital London
London, United Kingdom

Dr Carlos Pavesio is a Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon for the Medical Retinal Service at Moorfields Eye Hospital, London, UK. He was the Medical Retina Service Director between 2008 and 2016. He is also an honorary Clinical Lecturer and Uveitis theme leader for the Biomedical Research Centre, Institute of Ophthalmology, London and Honorary Consultant Ophthalmologist at St Thomas’s Hospital in London. He has just been appointed Director of the Fellowship Programme at Moorfields Eye Hospital.

Dr Pavesio is a member of many international ophthalmological societies, including IOIS (International Ocular Inflammation Society), IUSG (International Uveitis Study Group) and the American Academy of Ophthalmology. He was a board member for the SOE and EUPO (European Union of Professors of Ophthalmology).

For more than 10 years he has been the organiser of the Uveitis Programme for EURETINA and SOE, apart from having organised more than 10 International Uveitis Courses, both in the UK and abroad.

He has given more than 300 lectures both in the UK and Internationally. He was visiting Professor of Ophthalmology in New Zealand in 2009 and HMDP Visiting Expert in Ophthalmology – Uveitis, Intraocular Inflammation, Medical Retina in Singapore in 2014. He has also been a faculty member for the Cole Eye Institute Uveitis Course held annually in Cleveland, USA.

Dr Pavesio is the Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Ophthalmic Inflammation and Infection and a member of the editorial board of the British Journal of Ophthalmology, Ocular Immunology and Inflammation, International Ophthalmology, and Journal of Ocular Infections and Inflammation and Ophthalmology. He has authored more than 10 book chapters and over 160 peer-reviewed publications in the field.

Prof. David Taylor
Professor Emeritus Paediatric Ophthalmology
Great Ormond Street Hospital
London, United Kingdom

David Taylor was born in Tasmania and attended Liverpool Medical School in the 1960s when the city was extremely enjoyable and he barely passed out of medical school. The geneticist Professor Sir Cyril Clarke’s enthusiasm for ophthalmology opened his eyes to the specialty’s variety and jobs followed at St Paul’s Liverpool, Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH), Moorfields Eye Hospital and an observership with Dr Marshall Parks in Washington, D.C.

In 1976, after a fellowship with William F Hoyt he was appointed jointly to GOSH and to the National Hospitals for Nervous Diseases, (NHQS) and latterly as Professor at UCL. Fundraising through Help a Child to See supported an academic and clinical pediatric ophthalmology department that worked on congenital cataract, vision development, neurophysiology, eye movements, and latterly in epidemiology. Academic collaborations led to 250 publications, 21 named lectures, 16 medals, and 15 visiting professorships and £5. 3M in grant and capital funding.

Georgios Kymionis
Professor and Head, Anterior Segment Department
Jules Gonin Eye Hospital
Lausanne, Switzerland

George D. Kymionis is Professor and Head of the Anterior Segment Department of the Jules-Gonin Eye Hospital at University of Lausanne in Switzerland. His clinical work focuses on diseases and surgery of the cornea having done the first endothelium transplant (DMEK) at the time he was in Greece and the first worldwide first bilateral pediatric DSAEK after penetrating keratoplasty. He has first described new techniques, as the procedure of combining transepithelial phototherapeutic keratectomy (t-PTK) and corneal cross-linking (CXL) (Cretan Protocol). His research work consists of about 300 publications (5192 citations with h-index 39 in Scopus) and 30 book chapters, 36 awards and 7 multicenter studies.

Leon Au
Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon
Manchester Royal Eye Hospital
Manchester, United Kingdom

He graduated from the University of Nottingham in 1998 with an ophthalmology prize of the year. He completed 8 years of general ophthalmology training in Nottingham and Manchester before undertaking separate sub-specialty training fellowships in cornea, glaucoma and refractive surgery. He has been a dual-specialty consultant in the Manchester Royal Eye Hospital since February 2009.

 

His major areas of expertise are glaucoma, cornea related problems, external eye disease and cataract . He is one of the international leader in innovative Minimally Invasive Glaucoma Surgery (MIGS) and conducts clinical trails in many of these new technologies.He publishes his research regularly in peer-reviewed medical journals and he lectures in the field of cornea and glaucoma in both national and international conferences.

Lyndon da Cruz
Head of Department, Vitreo-retinal Surgery
Moorfields Eye Hospital, London
London, United Kingdom

Lyndon da Cruz began his medical career in Perth, Western Australia. In 1982 he was awarded the Inaugural Reynolds Scholarship to study medicine at St Georges College, University of Western Australia. He was awarded the State Health Department research prize for public health during his studies. A degree in Philosophy and Physiology took him to Oxford University in 1990 and following the degree he remained in the UK to complete the fellowship of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists based at the Oxford Eye Hospital. In 1995 he returned to Western Australia on an Australian Medical Research Council (MRC) Scholarship where he was awarded a PhD from UWA for his research on Gene Transfer to the Retinal Pigment Epithelium in 1999. He completed the Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of Ophthalmologists and the first of his sub-specialty retinal fellowships.

 

In 2000 he was nominated the Menzies Scholar for Australia by the Australian MRC and the Menzies Foundation. Also, in the same year, he was awarded the Howard Florey Fellowship from the Royal Society that brought him to Moorfields Eye Hospital and the Institute of Ophthalmology. He completed his post-doctoral fellowship at the Institute of Ophthalmology in Retinal Gene therapy and medical and surgical retinal fellowships at Moorfields. In 2003 he was appointed Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon in medical and surgical retina at Moorfields Eye Hospital. He was appointed Professor of Retinal Stem Cell and Transplantation Surgery at UCL. He is chief investigator and surgeon for the bionic eye implantation project in London and is currently clinical lead on The London Project for transplanting stem-cell-derived retinal cells for patients with Macular Degeneration. Currently he is the head of the department of vitreo-retinal surgery at Moorfields Eye Hospital, London.

Marc De Smet
Professor and Head
MicroInvasive Ocular Surgery Center
Lausanne, Switzerland

Marc de Smet was born in Canada, completing his medical training in McGill and UBC. He worked for 8 years at the NEI in Bethesda MD in the immunology service along side Robert Nussenblatt, completing his term as Chief of the Clinical Immunology Service. He completed a 1 year fellowship at the Wilmer Eye Institute in Vitreo-retinal surgery in Baltimore.

Next followed 10 years as head of the department of Ophthalmology at the University of Amsterdam, where he initiated a clinical research unit and forged collaborations with outside departments including the biomedical engineering department of the Technical university in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. He has since moved to a private group practice focused on retina and inflammatory disorders in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Research interests include retinal imaging (during which he pioneered with Richard Rosen, transverse scanning),pharmacology as applied to retinal diseases leading for example to the clinical development of Jetrea (ocriplasmin), the use of methotrexate in eyes for the treatment of ocular lymphoma, the use of steroids for various ocular indications. For 10 years, he has worked on the development of a robotic surgical platform for eye surgery along with the bio-engineering group at TU/e leading to Preceyes bv, a start-up dedicated to the development of high precision assistive eye surgery. He is the current chief medical officer of the company. The robotic arm was used for the first time in humans August 2016 in Oxford England. The next stage of development will be the incorporation of intelligent instruments to enhance safety, ease of use, and facilitate the development of new applications.

Marine Espinasse
Consultant Ophtalmologist
Polyclinique Lyon Nord
Lyon, France

Marine Espinasse was intern in Saint Etienne Public Hospital from 2010 to 2015. She was a fellow in Saint Chamond Public Hospital, she developed oculoplastic surgery in this hospital from 2015 to 2018. She used to work on confocal microscopy from 2011 till now, with both ophthalmologists and dermatologists.

Nicola Ghazi
Professor and Chair of Ophthalmology
The Lebanese American University, Gilbert and Rose-Marie Chagoury School of Medicine, Department of Ophthalmology
Beirut, Lebanon

Ghazi is the author numerous published research articles, abstracts, and book chapters including a full book section on retinal diseases. He has delivered many presentations, among which were more than 64 invited lectures, at regional, national and international meetings across the world.

Ghazi has served on many institutional, national and international advisory boards and committees including educational, research and administrative committees.

He is a member of 12 national and international ophthalmic organizations including the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Association of Ophthalmic Pathologists and Oncologists, the International Association of Ophthalmic Pathologists, and the Association for Research and Vision in Ophthalmology. He also previously served as an examiner for the Saudi Board of Ophthalmology and as a member of the Ophthalmic Pathology Task Force for The International Council of Ophthalmology.

Ghazi is a reviewer for 16 ophthalmic journals including the American Journal of Ophthalmology, JAMA Ophthalmology, British Journal of Ophthalmology, Retina, and Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences. He also serves as an editorial board member of the Journal of Clinical & Experimental Ophthalmology, the Saudi Journal of Ophthalmology, the Austin Journal of Clinical Ophthalmology, and Journal of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences.

His dedication to clinical excellence, patient experience, research and medical education lead to his recognition by 20 honors and awards including the Resident and Fellow Teaching Award for excellence and dedication in resident teaching at the University of Virginia (2007), the University of Virginia School of Medicine Leadership in Academic Medicine (2008), the Teacher of the Year Award at the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Virginia (2009), the Thomas Frey Resident Award for outstanding research and presentation at the Virginia Society of Ophthalmology (2007, 2009 and 2010), the list of Compassionate Doctors in the USA (2010), the Patients’ Choice in the USA (2010 and 2011), and the Best Research Award at the Saudi Ophthalmology (2017).

Rajesh Fogla
Senior Consultant, Director
Apollo Hospital, Cornea Clinic
Hyderabad, India

Dr Rajesh Fogla, is the Director of Cornea Clinic, and a senior consultant at Apollo Hospitals, in Hyderabad, INDIA. He is also a visiting consultant at Lanka Hospitals, Colombo, Sri Lanka. He completed his Ophthalmology training & Cornea fellowship at Sankara Nethralaya, Chennai, INDIA. He is a fellow of the Royal College of Edinburgh, & American College of Surgeons. He is one of the founding members and President of Cornea Society of India. He specializes in Cornea & Refractive Surgery, with special interest in lamellar corneal surgery, refractive surgery and ocular surface reconstruction. He has been actively involved in teaching and training of fellows at his center, besides conducting instruction courses at various National and International Meetings. He has numerous publications in peer reviewed journals, besides being a reviewer for several journals such as Cornea, Journal of Cataract & Refractive Surgery, American Journal of Ophthalmology, & Ophthalmology. He has received numerous awards both at National & International levels.

Raman Malhotra
Consultant Ophthalmic and Oculoplastic Surgeon
Corneoplastic Unit, Queen Victoria Hospital
London, United Kingdom

Raman Malhotra is a Consultant Ophthalmic and Oculoplastic surgeon at the Corneoplastic Unit, Queen Victoria Hospital, East Grinstead, UK.

He completed his ophthalmic training in London and Oxford and fellowship training in Australia.

He has published over 200 peer-reviewed papers. He is section editor of The British Journal of Ophthalmology. He is a preceptor for a successful international fellowship programme and has trained 20 oculoplastic surgeons in the UK and world-wide.

He leads the oculoplastic division for the largest facial palsy service in the UK. His research has resulted in development of new techniques in ptosis surgery, facial palsy rehabilitation, platinum segment chain implants for eyelid loading and instrumentation for endoscopic lacrimal surgery. He has helped develop innovative non-surgical approaches to aesthetic and non-aesthetic oculoplastic treatments.

He also runs an aesthetic private practice.

Richard Packard
Senior Consultant Ophthalmologist
Arnott Eye Associates
London, United Kingdom

Richard Packard is senior consultant at Arnott Eye Associates in London.

He was consultant surgeon at the Prince Charles Eye Unit in Windsor from 1982-2016. He has been at the forefront of the research and teaching of minimally invasive cataract surgery since he started using phacoemulsification in 1979 as senior registrar to Eric Arnott at Charing Cross Hospital in London. In 1979 he inserted the world’s first folded soft intraocular lens during a rabbit study to evaluate a new hydrophilic lens material. In 1986 he did a European phaco tour with Charles Kelman lecturing and operating in 5 different countries in 8 days. In 1990 he implanted the first foldable hydrophobic IOL. He has lectured and operated in 61 countries on all aspects of cataract surgery and written many papers in peer reviewed journals. He was a Board Member of the ESCRS from 1999-2007 and is a committee member of the ASCRS.

Since 2000 he has been chairman of the judges for the ESCRS Video Competition. He has designed many instruments for cataract surgery most specifically related to MICS. His latest interest is in laser capsulotomy which stimulated the subject for his Binkhorst Lecture in 2015. He has received many other awards including the IIIC medal, AUSCRS Gold Medal, Tun Onn Hussein Medal, Charles Kelman lecturer at VCR Milan, Farquarson lecturer of the RCS Glasgow, Gold Medal at Eye Advance Mumbai. In 2018 he was the Honored Guest of ASCRS in Washington DC and gave the Svyatoslav Fyodorov Memorial Lecture in Moscow.