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Rimvydas Stanislovas Ašoklis

Associate Professor at University Faculty of Medicine, Vilnius, Lithuania

Head of the Center of Eye Diseases in Vilnius, Lithuania

Rimvydas Stanislovas Ašoklis is an Assoc. Prof. in Vilnius University Faculty of Medicine and Head of the Center of Eye Diseases in Vilnius. His main areas of practice are an anterior segment and corneal diseases, corneal and amniotic membrane transplantation, as well as cataract and glaucoma surgery.


He is a part of many scientific organizations and Editorial Boards such are “Lietuvos Oftalmologija”, “Okulistyka” and “Theory and Practice in Medicine” and representative in many regional and European Ophthalmology Associations such are Vilnius County Society of Ophthalmologists, Lithuanian Society of Ophthalmologists, European Association for Vision and Eye Research, European Board of Ophthalmology and UEMS - Section of Ophthalmology.


Prof. Ašoklis is currently a Chairman of the Residency Exchange Committee of the European Board of Ophthalmology.

Stefano Barabino

Head of the Ocular Surface Center at the Sacco Hospital, Milan University, Italy

President of the Italian Society of Ocular Surface

Stefano Barabino is a Professor of Ophthalmology and Head of the Ocular Surface Center at the Sacco Hospital, Milan University, Italy. He received his medical doctor degree from Genoa University in 1998, completed his residency in Ophthalmology in 2002, and received his Ph.D. degree in Immunology in 2005. Dr. Barabino completed a two-year fellowship at Harvard University, in Boston, USA.


As specialist in dry eye and ocular surface diseases, he has published more than 100 scientific articles in Italian and International scientific journals. He is an active member of several European and International professional societies, President of the Italian Society of Ocular Surface, board member of Ocular Immunology & Inflammation, Eye & Contact Lens, The Ocular Surface, and BMC Ophthalmology. Dr. Barabino has been an active member of the Tear Film & Ocular Surface Society (TFOS) since its inception in 2000.

Harminder Singh Dua

Chair and Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Nottingham

Head of the Division of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Nottingham, UK

Head of Service, Department of Ophthalmology, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

Professor Harminder Singh Dua, MBBS, DO, DO(London), MS, MNAMS, FRCS(Edinburgh), FRCOphth.(UK), FEBO, MD, PhD, FRCP(Honorary, Edinburgh), FCOptom.(Honorary, UK), FRCOphth.(Honorary, UK), FAICO(Honorary, India), is an Indian-British medical doctor and researcher. He did his Graduation in Medicine from Government Medical College and Hospital, Nagpur. Prof. Dua was an associate professor at the Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, USA when he was invited to chair in Nottingham in April 1994. Now he is the chair and professor of ophthalmology at University of Nottingham and is the head of the Division of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences.

He was president of EuCornea, the European society of Cornea and Ocular surface disease specialists. He is also president of the EVERf (European Association for Vision and Eye Research Foundation) and past president of the association itself. He was elected to the chair of Academia Ophthalmologica Internationalis and invited to join as member of the American Ophthalmological Society by thesis. In March 2011 he was elected president of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists. He has over 400 research publications and has an H-index of 71. He served as co-Editor-in-Chief of the British Journal of Ophthalmology and was made Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists in September 2018. He is Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh and th College of Optometrists UK, the highes accolade conferred by the respective Colleges. Professor Dua was Trustee of Sight Savers International and was a member of the International steering committee of the second Dry Eye Workshop and served on the “Definition and Classification committee” (DEWS II 2015-17).

Amongst his over hundred and twenty five awards and accolades are The Rotary Foundation Global Alumni Service to Humanity Award (2013). The Times Higher Education Award 2014 for “Research project of the year”; Vicechancellor’s medal (2016), and several medals and eponymous lectures.

Dua was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) by His Royal Highness, the Duke of Cambridge in the 2019 for services to eye healthcare, health education and ophthalmology. He was listed by the magazine “Ophthalmologist” in the top 20 most influential individuals in ophthalmology worldwide (2014) and in the top 100 in 2016, 2018 and 2020. He was one of five Ophthalmologists in the list of “Britain’s Top Doctors” (2010) published by the Times magazine. He has been endowed with honorary life memberships of four international academic societies.

In 2001, he proposed Dua classification for chemical injuries in eye. Professor Dua’s most famous contribution to ophthalmology was his research group’s discovery of a previously undetected layer of the human cornea in 2013. His work to develop our understanding of this Pre-Decemet layer – also dubbed Dua’s Layer - has enhanced understanding of lamellar corneal surgery, posterior corneal pathology and led to the innovation of three novel surgical procedures that made lamellar corneal transplantation safer. The Dua’s layer has been recently endorsed by the board of the American Association of Ocular Oncologists and Pathologists (AAOOP).

Farhad Hafezi

Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Geneva, Switzerland

Research Group Leader at the University of Zurich, Switzerland

Adjunct Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Southern California (USC) Los Angeles, USA

Visiting Professor at the Wenzhou Medical University, Wenzhou, China

Chief Medical Officer at the ELZA Institute, Zürich, Switzerland

As a prominent eye surgeon and researcher, Professor Farhad Hafezi is considered to be a leading expert and key opinion leader in the development and translation of corneal cross-linking (CXL) and its multiple applications in the field of ophthalmology, including the treatment of corneal ectatic disorders like keratoconus, pellucid marginal degeneration and post-LASIK ectasia. During his successful career to date, Prof. Hafezi has made significant advancements in the field; he was part of the Zurich group that developed corneal cross-linking (CXL), has determined multiple ways of safely cross-linking thin corneas, and has led the charge of bringing CXL to the slit lamp, and using it as a potentially antibiotic-free method of treating corneal infections. Prof. Hafezi and his colleagues have pioneered the use of CXL for the treatment of corneal infections, calling the technique “photoactivated chromophore for infectious keratitis cross-linking”, or PACK-CXL.


His work in the field of corneal collagen cross-linking has led him to receive a number of international awards. So far, prof. Hafezi has received over 20 national and international awards both for his clinical and scientific work, as well as for his contributions to technology development.

In 2019, Prof. Hafezi was appointed FARVO – a fellow of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology – in recognition of his clinical and research contributions over the years, which is a rare and prized badge of honour.

In year 2020, an internationally recognized magazine The Ophthalmologist named Prof. Farhad Hafezi for the fourth consecutive time (in years 2014, 2016, 2018 and 2020) to its biennial Power List, an international celebration and recognition of the top 100 most influential people in the field of ophthalmology, defining its thought leaders and inspirational talents.


His other accomplishments include:

Keratoconus Global Award (2009) for his work on CXL technology.

Carl Camras Award 2014 for translational research (Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology [ARVO])

The 2014 IIRSI Gold Medal for his efforts in introducing CXL into clinical ophthalmology

Member of The Ophthalmologist Power List Top 100 (2014, 2016, 2018 – biennial list; ranked every time the Power List has been run)

Casebeer Award (2014) of the International Society for Refractive Surgery

The 2016 El-Maghraby International Award for his contributions to ophthalmology

The 2016 Gold Medal of SAMIR for his pioneering work on corneal cross-linking

Elected as an honorary member of Hungary’s SHIOL (Societas Hungarica Ad Implantandam Oculi Lenticulam) in 2016


Farhad Hafezi is one of the most cited ophthalmologists of his generation, with an h-index of 46 and a total of more than 8,700 citations in the scientific literature, a co-editor of the Journal of Refractive Surgery and an editorial board member of Translational Vision Research & Technology, Eye and Vision, International Journal of Keratoconus and Ectatic Corneal Disease and Iranian Journal of Ophthalmology. He is a regular speaker and facilitator at the ESCRS (European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery) and the AAO (American Academy of Ophthalmology) annual congresses.

Nino Hirnschall

Consultant Ophthalmologist, Hanusch Hospital, Vienna, Austria

Medical Investigator at Vienna Institute for Research in Ocular Surgery (VIROS), Vienna, Austria

Member of Research Committee at European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons (ESCRS)

Nino Hirnschall, MD, PhD, FEBO, started his ophthalmic research at medical school in Vienna, before becoming a research fellow in London and completing a PhD in medical physics in Vienna. Hirnschall’s research interests include IOL power calculation, astigmatism, OCT and patient assessment techniques, glaucoma, and he has developed and patented a novel algorithm for intra-operative IOL power calculation, which he describes as his biggest achievement to date.


At the age of 30, dr. Hirnschall has published as first author on over 10 of his peer-reviewed articles. As an expert on IOL optics, biometry and IOL calculation, now he has more than 80 publications. Before, he was a very active member in the Young Ophthalmologists committee of the ESCRS and now he is a member of its Research Committee, and has given a number of lectures and courses.


In the year 2015, famous journal The Ophthalmologist listed Hirnschall in Top 40 Under 40; a list of young, up-and-coming individuals set to rise to the top of their field. In 2017, Dr. Hirnschall was awarded by ESCRS with a Peter Barry Fellowship as a corneal fellow at Sydney Eye Hospital.

Mirko Jankov

Clinical director of Laserfocus eye microsurgery center

Mirko Jankov underwent his residency in ophthalmology and subspecialized in cataract and anterior segment surgery in Sao Paulo in Brazil. He became a subspecialist in refractive surgery in Zurich under the mentorship of Prof. Theo Seiler.


He worked for years as a research and clinical fellow with Prof. Theo Seiler in Zurich (Switzerland) and Ioannis Palikaris in Heraklion (Greece). Up to this day he has been a part of the research team of the Institute for Refractive and Ophthalmic Surgery (IROC) from Zurich and one of the organizers and lecturers of a subspecialist course in refractive surgery in Switzerland.  In addition, Jankov is a certified world instructor for Alcon/WaveLight.


He finished his PhD in the field of bioengineering at the Federal University of Sao Paulo. For years, he was the head of the refractive surgery team at the Institute of Ophthalmology in Curitiba in Brasil and Miloš Clinic in Belgrade. He is the author of more than a hundred papers presented in scientific journals, books and professional conferences, and a reviewer of several medical journals, including Archives of Ophthalmology, Arquivos Brasileiros de Ophthalmologia, British Journal of Ophthalmology, Current Eye Research, Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, Journal of Refractive Surgery, Middle East and African Journal of Ophthalmology and Ophthalmology. He is a member of prestigious American, European, Brazilian and domestic ophthalmology associations and has won several awards, including the Global Ambassador of Ophthalmology award in 2007.

Milan Pešić

Consultant Ophthalmologist at the Barraquer Ophthalmology Centre, Barcelona, Spain

Member of the Barraquer Institute teaching team in Barcelona, Spain

After achieveing his medical degree at the Faculty of medicine in Split, Croatia, he joined one of the world's most renowned institutions in ophthalmology, Barraquer Clinic in Barcelona, Spain, where he works as a consultant ophthalmologist surgeon since 1998. He complemented his training with Master’s courses on the Anterior Segment and the Posterior Segment at the Barraquer Institute.


He currently works in the areas of refractive surgery and the crystalline lens as well as the anterior chamber at the Barraquer Ophthalmology Centre. In addition, he is a tutor at the Barraquer Institute and belongs to different national and international scientific associations.


As his primer areas of interest include cataract and refractive surgery, dr. Pešić dedicated years of his succesful career in search for the perfect IOL calculation formula. As a powerful and intuitive tool, this calculator enables surgeons to manage astigmatic refractive errors after placement of a toric IOL, an excellent option for achieving desirable refractive results in patients with astigmatism. As, however, the occasional outcome is not always optimal, dr. Pešić's formula represents a major advance in management of these patients.

Vladimir Pfeifer

Specialist in ophthalmology and eye surgery at Dr. Pfeifer Eye Surgery Center in Ljubljana, Slovenia

ESCRS Education Comity Member

EBO-ESCRS Examination Board Member

Dr. Pfeifer graduated from the Ljubljana Medical Faculty, where he also passed his specialization examination. He earned a Master’s degree in Zagreb and later in Ljubljana as well. As a permanent employee of the Ljubljana Eye Clinic, he is a head of the department of the anterior ocular segment surgery and of the dispensary for refractive surgery and corneal disorders, a supervisor of transplantation activities, member of the extended expert team for transplantation activities and senior mentor to trainee specialists. His area of expertese include cataract and refractive surgery, corneal transplantation (PKP, DALK, DMEK, DSAEK) and glaucoma surgery.


He is a member of numerous international ophthalmologic organizations, such as ESCRS (European Society for Cataract and Refractive Surgery), where he acted as a co-opted member for several years, ASCRS (American Society for Cataract and Refractive Surgery), EVRS (European Society for vitreoretinal surgery – board member), SESCRS (East European society of cataract and Refractive surgery), AAO (American Academy of Ophthalmology) and others. In ESCRS he is a member of the Education Committee.


Dr. Pfeifer is a globally recognized eye surgeon and has received the highest awards for eye surgery in Europe and in the USA. For his innovative techniques in cataract surgery, he was awarded the highest recognitions by the ESCRS and ASCRS, at whose congresses he hosts workshops on eye surgery every year.

Nataša Vidović Valentinčič

Head of the Ophthalmology department, Uveitis service at Eye Hospital, UMC, Ljubljana, Slovenia

President of the Slovenian Society of Ophthalmology

Dr. Nataša Vidović Valentinčič, MD, PhD, FEBO, after finishing her medical education became an ophthalmologist. She finished her postdoctorate degree and as a permanent employee of the Eye Hospital, UMC in Ljubljana, she is a head of the department of uveitis service and a senior mentor to trainee specialists. Her professional interest scopes on uveitis, surgery of anterior segment, habilitation and rehabilitation of blind and visually impaired, as well as scientific research.


She is a member of numerous international ophthalmologic organizations, such as ESCRS (European Society for Cataract and Refractive Surgery) and IOIS (international ocular inflammation society).


Dr. Vidović Valentinčič is a globally recognized ophthalmologist and works as a President of the Slovenian Society of Ophthalmology.