European Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgeons (ESCRS) SOCIETY

Beatrice Cochener
President of the European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons
Professor and Chairman, Ophthalmology Department
University Hospital of Brest
Brest, France

Béatrice Cochener-Lamard is 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) for three years (2009-2011), 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 ESCRS board member and President since 2018, social secretary of Eucornea and member of ICO educational committee. Her main fields of interest are anterior segment, refractive surgery and corneal surgery. In 2013, she was awarded the Legion of Honor, a French distinction of high merit. In terms of research activities, she is a member of the Medical Imaging Laboratory (Brest Inserm LATim). Invited to many conferences across the world, she has contributed to more than 200 publications and was in charge of the SFO national report dedicated to Presbyopia in 2012 and associated to the one on Ocular Surface in 2016 and 2 books on refractive surgery published in 2016.

Filomena Ribeiro
Head, Ophthalmology Department
Hospital da Luz
Lisbon, Portugal

Filomena Ribeiro is the head of the Hospital da Luz (Lisbon) Ophthalmology Department, Professor of Ophthalmology and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Lisbon, Board of the Portuguese College of Ophthalmology, and past-president of the Portuguese Group of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (CIRP). She participated as an examiner in the FEBOS-CR (EBO-ESCRS Subspecialty exam), she is a member of the Portuguese National Jury of Ophthalmology and director of UEMS-accredited courses. She developed her research activity at Visual Sciences Research Centre mainly in IOL power calculation and eye computational models.

This year she is honoured to be nominated for the ESCRS Board election. She has been involved as an ESCRS Co-Opted Board Member and as a member of the Programme and Young Ophthalmologists.

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.

Advanced Ophthalmology Practice (AOP) Society

Emmanuel Bui Quoc
Head of Ophthalmology Department
Robert Debré University Hospital, Assistance Publique-Hôpitaux de Paris
Paris, France

Dr. Emmanuel Bui Quoc, MD, PhD, is an Opthalmologist and Department Chief at « Robert Debré » University Hospital, member of « Assistance Publique-Hôpitaux de Paris (APHP) », one of the major hospital systems in Europe providing health care, teaching, research, prevention, education and emergency medical service in 52 branches of medicine.

He is a medical consultant and surgeon. He also works at Lariboisièreand Cochin Hospital in Paris.

Until 2005, Dr. Bui Quoc was an Intern at Assistance Publique Hopitaux de Paris.

He graduated from Paris University for his MD and PhD.

His thesis research was conducted in the « Collège de France » in Paris.
From 2005 to 2008, he was Clinic Head in Opthalmology Department at Necker Hospital (Assistance Publique Hopitaux de Paris).

He is specialized in ophthalmology and strabismology. Dr. Bui Quoc supports patients with amblyopia, strabismus, cataracts, glaucoma, retinal diseases and others.

Sofiene Kallel
Hospital Practitioner
Quinze-Vingts National Ophthalmology Hospital
Paris, France


Stanislas Roman
Hospital Practitioner
Quinze-Vingts National Ophthalmology Hospital
Paris, France



Ali Rajhi
Editor-in-Chief, Saudi Journal of Ophthalmology
Alfaisal University
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia


Sabah Jastaneiah
Senior Consultant Ophthalmologist
Specialized Medical Center Hospital
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

She started her ophthalmology career in 1996 after joining the King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital/ King Abdulaziz University Hospital (KKESH/KAUH) joint ophthalmology residency program, then did her Fellowship training in cornea and anterior segment specialty at the King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital (KKESH). Worked her way up till becoming a senior academic consultant based on clinical and academic achievements. Currently working as, a senior academic consultant and chairman of the ophthalmology department at the Specialized Medical Center hospital (SMC).

Has received more than 15 scientific awards including being the best resident, teacher and physician. She also received awards for best paper presentations in different meetings including the best national paper on prevention of blindness at the world ophthalmology congress, best research paper awarded by the Saudi ophthalmology society, and best video and poster presented in different meetings.

Published more than 25 papers in beer review journals including Cornea, American Journal of ophthalmology, Eye, Saudi journal of ophthalmology SJO, the International Journal of Clinical Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Middle East African Journal of Ophthalmology, and the investigative ophthalmology and visual science IOVS.

Participated in the training and supervision of residents in the ophthalmology residency program involved directly in the training of cornea & anterior segment fellows in their two-year fellowship training program. currently supervising interns from Al-Faisal university during their ophthalmology attachment.

Samar Al Swailem
Associate Director of Research Department, Senior Consultant Ophthalmologist
King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Dr Al-Swailem is a Senior Consultant in external eye disease, refractive and cataract surgeries and an editorial Board Member at MEAJO. She received her MD with honor class from King Saud University and her subspecialty qualifications from King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital (KKESH). She joined KKESH as a consultant since 2007 and worked in different administrative positons including chairman of anterior segment division, chair of IRB and morbidity/mortality committees. She currently holds the position of associate director of research department, and chair of IRB Committee at KKESH.

Dr Al-Swailem is involved in several clinical and translational projects/ grants. She is a co-author in prestigious book chapters such as “Azar & Gatinel Refractive Surgery” and “Albert & Jakobiec Principles & practice of ophthalmology”. She participated in the scientific organizing committee at world ophthalmology congress and SOS. She has given 67 presentations in 61 international conferences, including courses at American academy of ophthalmology, European Society of cataract and refractive surgeons, Wilmer Eye institute’s and MEACO. She is an examiner for the Saudi Board of Ophthalmology, and actively participates in the training of residents/fellows.

Dr Al-Swailem was awarded with recognition of “Outstanding Best 2nd-year Resident Performance”, “Outstanding Best 4th-year Resident Performance”, “Best Research-Year 2005- SOS”, “Exceptional Physician-Year 2015- KKESH“ and “Most productive department head in taking corrective actions and preventive action toward Patient Safety incidents-year-2016-KKESH”.