Dr. Shady Awwad is a professor of Ophthalmology and the head of the cornea & refractive surgery division at the American University of Beirut Medical Center. He received his medical degree and completed his residency training at the American University of Beirut. He subsequently completed a fellowship in cornea & refractive surgery and then ocular pathology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. Shady’s research and clinical interests are focused on analytical corneal imaging including developing machine learning models, ocular and corneal wavefront analysis, keratoconus diagnosis and treatment, refractive surgery, and intraocular lens calculations after refractive surgery, for which he has two formulas on the ASCRS IOL calculator website.
He created a patented technique to analyze optical coherence tomography images of corneal haze and demarcation lines using artificial intelligence and another software to analyze slit lamp photos, among others, and accurately compute corneal lesions coordinates, surface area, and density, ideal for custom ablation area phototherapeutic keratectomy. He has several online ophthalmology software and tools. He has been awarded , the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society award, the American Academy of Ophthalmology achievement award, and the George Waring Medal for editorial excellence from the Journal of Refractive Surgery.
Awards And Achievements
Actively involved in teaching & training
Head of the Corneal Service Singapore National Eye Center (SNEC). Head of the Tissue Engineering and Stem Cell Group at the Singapore Eye Research Institute and Professor with DUKE-NUS GMS. Named Professor of Clinical Innovation at SNEC/SERI. Director of Education, Singhealth Transplant and Deputy Executive Director at SERI. He has trained 22 international fellows, 5 masters students and 6 PhD students. He leads a clinical service and runs a research program comprising of clinical and translational studies. His work is focused on corneal transplantation, femtosecond laser technology, corneal imaging, corneal infections, corneal refractive surgery, keratoprosthesis surgery and corneal genetics. He has published >350 peer-reviewed papers and 15 book chapters. Current H-index 47, citations 7640. He has given >150 invited plenary, symposium and named lectures globally. His research work as generated 15 patents, 5 of which have been licensed to companies.
Dr. Ahmed has become world renowned for his skills and groundbreaking work in the diagnosis and surgical treatment of highly complex eye diseases including glaucoma and surgical complications. He is recognized as being one of the most experienced complex eye surgeons in the world and has trained numerous surgeons in innovative surgical techniques.
Furthermore, he has been at the leading edge of novel treatments for glaucoma, cataract and lens implant surgery. Patients are referred to him locally, nationally, and from around the world. He has been invited to perform surgery in 4 continents across the globe.
Dr. Ahmed has a keen interest in the development of advanced microsurgical devices and techniques in glaucoma surgery and complicated cataract extraction, and is actively involved in research and medical education at a national and international level. He has received research grants to study glaucoma medications, glaucoma laser and surgical devices/techniques, angle closure glaucoma, anterior segment and retinal/optic nerve imaging in glaucoma, cataract surgical techniques and devices, and intraocular lens designs.
Dr. Ahmed has designed innovative glaucoma diamond scalpels for surgery, microsurgical instrumentation, and devices, implants, and techniques for the management of the dislocated cataract, iris reconstruction, and glaucoma implant devices. He has done pioneering work in innovative glaucoma surgery, developing and coining the term “Micro-Invasive Glaucoma Surgery (MIGS)” as a new genre of surgical approaches and devices. He also performed the first laser cataract surgery in Canada. As a result of his innovative expertise, Dr. Ahmed has been asked to consult for a variety of companies and manufacturers, especially pertaining to the development of new devices and technologies.
Deepak P Edward, M.D. FACS, FARVO. is Vice-Chair, Education, Professor of Ophthalmology and Pathology at the University of Illinois College of Medicine, and Adjunct Professor, Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland.
Dr. Edward is glaucoma specialist who maintains a busy clinical and surgical schedule for the treatment of advanced and complex glaucoma. He has a wide range of research interests in the fields of glaucoma, ophthalmic education, ophthalmic pathology, biomarkers, cell biology and proteomics. He has over 250 publications and has edited a textbook on glaucoma. He an active member of the American Academy of ophthalmology and received the Senior Achievement Award, and a member of the American Glaucoma Society. Dr Edward is an innovative educator and has been awarded several teaching awards during his career including a Lifetime teaching award at the University of Illinois.
Dr Edward has memberships in several professional societies including AAO, AGS, Verhoeff-Zimmerman Society, and the American Ophthalmological Society.
Cataract Subspecialty Service and Ocular Inflammation and Immunology Service
Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC)
Soon-Phaik Chee, MD, is a Professor at the National University of Singapore and Duke-National University of Singapore Graduate Medical School, Singapore. 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 also serves as group lead member of the Cataract research team at the Singapore Eye Research Institute. She obtained her Master of Medicine (Ophthalmology) at the National University of Singapore and was admitted as a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Glasgow and Edinburgh and the College of Ophthalmologists, UK. She subsequently completed her fellowship in Uveitis and Oculoplastics, Lacrimal and Orbital Surgery at Moorfield’s Eye Hospital, London in 1993.
Dr Chee’s research interests in cataract include the management of complicated cataracts such as the dense posterior polar cataract, subluxated cataracts, premium intraocular lens implants and femtosecond laser assisted cataract surgery. In addition to innovations in surgical techniques, she has also designed intraocular instruments which greatly augment surgeons’ abilities to overcome difficulties and improve the outcomes in these highly demanding cases.
Bruce Allan qualified in medicine from Cambridge in 1985, and was appointed as a Consultant Surgeon at Moorfields in 1998 after advanced specialist training in the UK, South Africa, and Australia. He was Training Director for the Corneal Service at Moorfields for over 10 years, and Service Director for Refractive Surgery from 2012 to 2019. He is currently chairing the Royal College of Ophthalmologists Refractive Surgery Standards Working Group and is an ESCRS and EU Cornea board member.
He and his wife, Consultant Psychiatrist Dr Maria Teresa Casasus Borrell, live in North London with their three daughters. He is a keen football fan and sailor.
Professional activities include:
Current research interests include:
1) MB.ChB. (University of Pretoria, 1985)
2) M.Med. (Ophthalmology) (Cum Laude), University of Pretoria, 1994.
3) FCS (SA) (Ophthalmology) – SA College of Surgeons, October 1994.
4) FRCSEd (Ophthalmology) – Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh, 1995.
5) RCO Laser Refractive Certificate. March 2009.
6) Physician CEO, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. 2017.
Consultant Eye Surgeon and Medical Director, Wellington Eye Clinic; Consultant Ophthalmologist and Head of the Department of Ophthalmology at The Beacon Hospital, Dublin, Ireland
1) CONGRESS ATTENDANCE:
Attended more than 300 international congresses since 1991.
2) COURSES ATTENDED:
Attended 43 courses since qualifying in 1995.
3) PAPERS PRESENTED
Presented more than 400 papers at international meetings and congresses.
4) COURSES PRESENTED:
Presented more than 100 instructional courses on advanced laser surgery, corneal cross-linking and cataract surgery and IOL power topics.
More than 100 Publications in peer review and trade journals.
Ahmed H. Assaf is a professor of Ophthalmology in the faculty of medicine, Ain Shams University, a fellow of the royal college of surgeons of Edinburgh and a consultant of phacorefractive surgery in Al-Watany eye hospital in Cairo. Cataract surgery with premium IOLs is his primary focus, together with the implementation of Femtosecond laser technology, which consists of about 30% of his total annual volume of cataract surgery. He awarded the best paper of session about his study of femtosecond laser cataract surgery in different nuclear density during ASCRS 2017. He started to implant presbyopia-correcting IOLs since 2002 and has substantial experience in various designs of multifocal, new trifocal, and extended depth of focus IOLs. He participated in the pre-launch visual outcome study of AcrySof IQ ReSTOR multifocal toric IOL and presented his results during ESCRS annual meeting in Paris, 2010. He has a particular interest in complicated cataract surgery with intra-scleral haptic fixation (ISHF), together with iris repair and different techniques of pupilloplasty.
International Conference Participations:
More than 70 participations by free papers, videos, and posters in international conferences as ESCRS, ASCRS, ASCRS, AAO, WOC, AECOS)
Industry consultancy & advisory board:
Ahmed Mostafa Abdelrahman, MD, FRCSED. A professor of Ophthalmology, Cairo University, since 2009 till present. In 2015, he achieved the Professional Postgraduate Diploma in Total Quality Management (TQM) for Healthcare Reform. He is the founder and president of the Egyptian Society for Continuous Ophthalmic Education, (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. He is the owner of the Giza specialized Eye center (http://www.gizaeyecenter.com) with the Glaucoma Management and Education center being part of it. 2016, the Royal College of Edinburgh council appointed him to be an examiner in the college exams. He received the Education Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology in 2019.
Dr. Claes was born and educated in Belgium. He completed fellowships in vitreoretinal surgery at Harvard Medical School and the Retina Foundation in Boston as well as at the Eye Hospital Rotterdam, where he worked under the supervision of Dr. Relja Zivojnovic, a pioneer in vitreoretinal surgery. In 1989, Dr. Claes established a new vitreoretina I department at Middelheim Hospital, treating hundreds of patients, referred from all over Europe, North Africa, the Middle East and beyond. During this time, he worked closely with Dr. Zivojnovic. In 1997, Dr. Claes became the head of Vitreoretinal Department at AZ Middelheim, a position he held until 2005 when he moved to St. Augustinus Hospital to start a new vitreoretinal department. There he continued to operate and treat international patients with advanced diseases. He is currently the head of this department. Dr. Claes is the founder and organizer of the Advanced Vitreoretinal Course, held every 2 years in Antwerp and hosting up to 300 participants from over 30 different countries. Numerous fellows and observers have been trained in his department. Dr. Claes has presented over 400 guest lectures in conferences on five continents. He has performed live surgery demonstrations during ophthalmology meetings and has written book chapters and published numerous articles in scientific journals. Currently, he is a reviewer for the Retina Journal. He is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, Club Jules Gonin, the European Vitreoretinal Society, the European Retina Society and Socidte Beige d’Ophtalmologie. He is part of the Advisory Board of the Schepens International Society and the faculty at the European School for Advanced Studies in Ophthalmology in Lugano, Switzerland. In collaboration with various medical manufacturers, he has devised many new surgical instruments, equipment, and techniques, contributing to the development of modern vitreoretinal surgery. For this work, he has received many internationals awards, such as the Belgische Selectie Award (1985), an American Academy of Ophthalmology Achievement Award (2001), the Junior Honor Award at the Greek Vitreo-Retina I Society (2010), and the Nataraja Pillai Oration Award (2011). Dr. Claes practises in Antwerp and has an international reputation for surgery of complicated retinal detachments, trauma, retinopathy of prematurity, proliferative vitreoretinopathy, macular translocations, pigment epithelial transplantations, and pediatric cases. He performs 1000 surgical interventions a year with over 50% of his patients coming from abroad.
Dr. Ahmed Awadein, MD, FRCS is a Professor of Ophthalmology at Cairo University.
He received his doctorate degree from Cairo University in 2003 and his fellowship degree from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow in 2004. He acquired clinical fellowship training in Johns Hopkins Hospital in Maryland, USA in 2006, where he received an intensive medical and surgical hands-on training in the field of pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus.
Dr. Ahmed Awadein is specialized in pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus and has performed over 10000 strabismus operations to date, including complex and recurrent cases. He has over 35 international publications in the field of pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus and has developed a computerized test to assist in the evaluation of patients with diplopia. He also participated as an instructor in various national and international conferences.
Heads the Cataract and Glaucoma departments at Megur Eye Care Centre, Bidar Karnataka India.
Specialises in Complex Cataract Surgeries. He is committed to teaching surgery through his personal Youtube Channel.
He has more than 200 presentations at various national and international meetings. He is a reviewer for the Indian Journal Of Ophthalmology. He has won many national & international awards for scientific Papers and Videos.
DR Elrayes is Professor and chairman of department of Ophthalmology at Institute of Ophthalmology in Cairo. He received his medical degree with honor from Ein Shams University. He completed his Ophthalmology training and residency in Cairo University hospital. Dr Elrayes had his master degree in Ophthalmology from Cairo University after which he joined the Associated Retinal Consultants with its great faculty in Royal Oak Michigan for his vitreoretinal fellowship in1993. He also had a year of research fellowship in Research Eye Institute, Oakland University, Rochester Michigan, U.S.A 1994. He received his Ph.D. degree in 1997.
Dr Elrayes is on faculty in the Institute of Ophthalmology in Cairo, joining and participating as primary investigator in clinical trials nationally and internationally, with special interest in diabetic retinopathy, retinal detachment and pediatric retinal surgery. Serves as a vitreoretinal surgeon in the Retina service In the eye institute hospital, International Eye Hospital . He is an innovator of the 23 g fragmatome as well as the innovator of the suprachoroidal surgical techniques and product line. He is a founder of the Arab African Society of Retina Specialists (AASRS), Member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO),Member of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO),Member of the European Vitreo Retina Society (EVRS),Member of the American society of Retina Specialists (ASRS),Member of the Egyptian Ophthalmological Society, Member of the Club Vit.,Member of the Pan Arab, African Ophthalmological Council. He is a board member of the international affair committee of the American society of retina specialists ,and the liaison leader for the serving Africa and middle east. He received Amin El Maghraby award: Egyptian Ophthalmologic Society Meeting 2001. International education award: American Academy of Ophthalmology 2010. International scholar award: American Academy of Ophthalmology. Honor Award: American Society of Retina specialist 2011 and the Senior Honor Award: American Society of Retina specialist 2014:American Academy of Ophthalmology achievement award 2015. Fellow of the American Society of Retina Specialists 2021.
As of today Dr Elrayes is a professor in the institute of Ophthalmology ,Chairman of the Retina Department , sharing with his colleges teaching and fellow training , publications ,journal reviews , Book chapters and executive committee for a number educational and research committees.
NATIONAL MEDICAL DEGREES:
INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL DEGREES:
Founding partner and retina specialist at the Institute of Ocular Microsurgery. Academic Head of the Master’s and Postgraduate programmes at IMO Research Foundation, which is part of the Department of Surgery at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB).
Professor of Ophthalmology and Coordinator of the Ophthalmology knowledge area of the Faculty of Medicine at the UAB. He is President of the Spanish Society of Retina and Vitreous (SERV), Head of the Ophthalmology Department at Vall d’Hebron University Hospital and Director of the Ophthalmology Biomedical Research Unit at the same hospital since 2007. Member of the Royal Academy of Medicine in Barcelona.
On a national level, he is Vice-president of the Spanish Retina and Vitreous Society (SERV) and a member of the Board of Directors of the Spanish Ophthalmology Society.
On an international level, he holds the position of Liaison Leader of the American Society of Retina Specialists (ASRS) for Europe, is a member of the Board of Directors of EURETINA and the Board of Directors of Club Jules Gonin, as well as being a founding member and professor at the European School of Advanced Studies in Ophthalmology (ESASO).
He is a specialist in retina surgery, with a special interest in the treatment of diabetic retinopathy and complicated retinal detachment surgery. He is apioneer in Spain in the treatment of macular hole, intraocular tumour surgery and retinal vascular disease.
Upon completion of ophthalmology residency in 1997, Dr. Hosny worked as a fellow of refractive and anterior segment surgery at the University of Alicante, Spain perusing the clinical research of his Doctorate thesis under supervision of Professor Jorge Alio. He then travelled to work as a Registrar of Ophthalmology at Princess Alexandra Eye Pavilion in Edinburgh for one year. He obtained his Masters Degree from Cairo University in 1996, His FRCS degree from the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in 1998, and his Doctorate degree in 1999. Dr. Hosny has numerous international publications including coauthoring in David Ben Ezra’s book “Ocular inflammation”. Dr. Hosny is a regular presenter at the ASCRS and occasionally at the ESCRS meetings over the past 12 years. He served for more than six years as panelist and co-Chair person in sessions at the annual meeting of the ASCRS.
Dr. Hosny is currently a Professor of Ophthalmology at Cairo University, he also is a leading Refractive and Anterior segment consultant at Dar El Oyoun Specialized Eye Hospitals in Egypt.
Peter Stalmans is a staff member of the Department of Ophthalmology at UZ Leuven and Associate Professor at the KU Leuven. He gained his degree in medicine from the KU Leuven. He completed his residency-in-training in ophthalmology at UZ Leuven, after which he worked for one year as a vitreoretinal fellow at the Eye Hospital Rotterdam. He became a staff member at UZ Leuven in 2000, Associate Professor at the KU Leuven in 2001, and head of clinic in 2016.
Professor Stalmans is a member of AAO, ARVO, EVER, the Belgian Society of Ophthalmology, ASRS, EVRS, and EURETINA and has organized the international Leuven Retina Meeting in 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2017. He has presented at various national and international meetings. Professor Stalmans was the principal investigator of a number of phase II ocriplasmin clinical trials and was the coordinating investigator of the MIVI TRUST phase III trials (MIVI 6 and MIVI 7). In 2017, he performed the first ever successful robotic retinal vein cannulation.
His professional interests are vitreoretinal surgery, surgical instrument and device development, artificial vision, robotic eye surgery, 3D digital surgery and pharmacological vitreolysis.
Consultant Cornea and Refractive surgery Clinical and
translational Scientist, Narayana Nethralaya, Bangalore, INDIA
GROW laboratories Faculty, Dept. of Ophthalmology, Univ. Maastricht.
Prof. Dr. Rohit Shetty is the Vice Chairman
of Narayana Nethralaya Eye Institute. He is
a Professor at Sri Devaraj Urs Medical
College, India and an Adjunct Associate
Professor at MS Ramaiah Medical College,
Bangalore and is an Affiliate Associate
Professor and PhD guide at the Maastricht
University in the Netherlands.
Prof. Dr. Rohit Shetty has over 200
Publication in peer reviewed indexed
Journals. He is a Corneal Refractive
Surgeon at Narayana Nethralaya Eye
Institute, Bangalore, India. His other areas
of work include Neuro-ophthalmology &
Prof. Dr. Rohit Shetty defended his PhD from Maastricht University, Netherlands
on Understanding the Clinical, Immunological and Genetic Molecular Mechanism
of Keratoconus. He has a special interest in the management of Keratoconus, tear
film abnormalities and biomarkers. He has introduced cutting edge technology at
Narayana Nethralaya and spearheads treatment for challenging eye disorders.
In the 2015 annual conference of the All India Ophthalmological Society,
Dr. Rohit Shetty won the prestigious Col. Rangachari award for the overall best
paper of the conference for his work on “Is Inflammation Driving Keratoconus? –
A Holistic Study Of Molecular Pathways”.
The American Academy of Ophthalmology recently conferred an achievement
award to Dr. Rohit Shetty for the distinguished services he has rendered over
the years to the programs of the society.
Dr. Sihem Lazreg currently owns and manages a private practice focused on treating ocular surface disease in adults and children in Algeria, and served as an Associate Professor at the University Hospital Mustapha Bacha of Algiers in 1990 through 2008. Dr. Lazreg obtained her Medical Degree from, completed residency at, and completed a fellowship at Paris Diderot University in France. She specializes in paediatric ophthalmology and ocular surface diseases. She is the leader on ocular surface in North Africa.
Dr. Lazreg has authored many manuscripts on severe allergies (vernal and atopic keratoconjunctivitis), dry eye associated with Sjogren’s Syndrome and graft-versus-host disease, and children’s blepharitis. Her main medical interests include ocular surface diseases, dry eye and allergies, Dr. Lazreg is a scientific coordinator in the Algerian Ophthalmologic Society and she is member of many African, European, Asian and American ophthalmologic societies, she is a member and ambassador of TFOS DEWS2.
Professor Walter Sekundo, MD, PhD is Medical Director and Chairman, Department of Ophthalmology, Philipps University of Marburg and University Eye Clinic Germany. In addition, he is the Head Surgeon of SMILEEYES Refractive Clinic Marburg. He is a comprehensive ophthalmic surgeon with special interest in cornea, cataract and refractive surgery. He studied Medicine in Frankfurt/Germany, New Orleans and Durham/USA. He received the postgraduate training at the Dept. of Ophthalmology, University of Bonn/Germany. He also accomplished fellowships in Eye Pathology at Tennents Institute of Ophthalmology (Glasgow/UK), Corneal & Refractive Surgery at Moorfields Eye Hospital (London/UK) and Vitreoretinal Surgery at the University of Marburg (Germany). He is one of the inventors of Small Incision Lenticule Extraction (SMILE) and received several prestigious awards (Leonhard-Klein Award etc.) for this and other microsurgical developments. Prof. Sekundo is member in 11 national and international associations and a reviewer for several professional journals. He is an Editorial Board Member of “Der Ophthalmologe”, the journal of the German Ophthalmological Society. He published 170 original papers, 45 book chapters and edited a book on SMILE. He presented over 700 papers at national and international meetings. Despite all these commitments he remains a busy clinician with a total of over 25,000 procedures and some 1500-2000 anterior and posterior segment procedures annually. For this reason, since 2010 the independent “Focus Magazine” has regularly ranked him as one of the 30 top cataract and refractive surgeons in Germany.
Dr. Khoueir completed his residency at the Saint-Joseph University in Beirut. He then pursued his glaucoma training by obtaining postdoctoral fellowships from the Glaucoma Institute in Paris (UPMC Sorbonne University, Paris, France) and subsequently from the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary Hospital in Boston (Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA).
Dr. Khoueir received the young ophthalmologist scholarship award during the 8th International Congress on Glaucoma Surgery in 2016.
Dr. Khoueir currently holds the position of associate director of the Glaucoma division at the Beirut Eye and ENT Specialist Hospital. He’s a research collaborator at the Mayo Clinic Ophthalmology department. He’s a clinical instructor and lecturer at the Saint-Joseph University medical school in Beirut. He is the co-chair of the associate advisory board of the World Glaucoma Association and a member of the associate advisory board of the International Society of Glaucoma Surgery.
He is interested in the medical and surgical management of glaucoma and ophthalmic imaging with a special interest in innovative techniques such as minimally invasive glaucoma surgery (MIGS) and glaucoma laser treatments.
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