Jorge Alio, MD, PhD

Prof. Dr Jorge Alio 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, also in Alicante, Spain.

Jorge Alio has been deeply involved since the beginning of his professional career in Academic and Research activities in combination with an intense clinical and surgical practice. His main dedication has been to Cataract, Cornea and Refractive Surgery, even though within the broad basis of his medical education he has been involved in other areas such as Ocular Inflammation (uveitis), Vitreoretinal diseases and Strabismus surgery. Since early days he has developed an academic career in different Spanish and international universities and has performed over 50,000 surgeries during his surgical career.

The activities of Prof. Jorge Alio are currently mainly oriented on an international basis and he has contributed to the organization, funding and dissemination of different international and Spanish scientific societies. He has collaborated in the organization of many international and Spanish symposiums and congresses, such as the International Ocular Inflammation Society ( IOIS ) the European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery ( ESCRS ), The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) the International Society of Refractive Surgery ( ISRS) and the World Ophthalmology Congress ( WOC ) among many others.

He has been the author or co-author of 440 peer review papers published in prestigious international scientific journals, 241 book chapters, 78 books (as editor or co-editor), over 200 collaborations in ophthalmic scientific journals and over 1800 presentations and invited lectures in international meetings. The Hirsch factor (h-factor) of Dr Alio which indicates the influence of his work in the publications of other researchers is 47 (Scopus) and Dr Alio is listed with a field rating of 15 of top authors worldwide in ophthalmology during the last 5 years by the Microsoft Academic Search. At present, he holds the LXIII chair of the Academia Ophthalmologica Internationalis, XLIX chair of the European Academy of Ophthalmology and has received a total of 77 international and national awards including the Arruga Award (SEO)1990, the Rayner Medal (UKIRS) 2002, two Kelman Awards (Video Refractive Milan, Hellenic Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery HSCRS) 2003 and 2008, the Strampelli Award (International Refractive Surgery Society IRSS) 2007, Senior and Secretariat Awards of the AAO, 2008, two Barraquer Awards (ISRS/AAO) 2009 and (Keratomileusis study group KMSG) 2010, Guillermo Pico Award (Sociedad Puertorriqueña de Oftalmologia SPO) 2009, Torchbearer Award 2010 (Corneal Research Foundation CRFA) Lifetime Achievement Award (ISRS/AAO) 2012, Waring medal (Slack inc.) 2012 and Bober Ans Award (Danish Ophthalmological Society DOE) 2012.

He has directed a total of 56 PhD doctorate projects and is Visiting Professor of several European, Latin American and US universities. Dr Alio participates in a number of executive boards and editorial boards of international scientific ophthalmological organizations. He is member elect of the American Ophthalmological Society since 2013.

He is the founder of the Foundation that bears his name, dedicated to the promotion of the prevention of blindness with actions both in Spain and on international levels, particularly in Mauritania where a Center for Sight is being created at the present moment with the support of other international charity organizations.


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