2012 21st Annual Richard C. Troutman MD DSC (HON) Prize: Dr. Marcony R. Santhiago

Marcony R. Santhiago, MD, PhD, graduated from medical school in Rio de Janeiro and completed electives in ophthalmology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. After completion of his residency at Piedade Hospital in Rio, he went to a fellowship at the University of São Paulo in Cataract and Refractive Surgery under the supervision of Newton Kara-Junior, Marcelo Netto and Samir J Bechara. At the same time he started the doctoral program.

From 2009 to 2012, Dr. Santhiago did a postdoctoral fellowship under the supervision of Dr. Steven E. Wilson at the refractive surgery department of the Cleveland Clinic. Some of his awards include the Best of Show Award for Scientific Video at the 2011 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the Preventing Blindness Award for Best Paper at the 2010 Brazilian Congress of Ophthalmology, and the Miguel Lafer Prize for Highest Scientific Production among all physicians at the University of São Paulo 2010-2011. In 2012, Dr. Santhiago was inducted as a member of ALUMNI-USP, which recognizes individual merits among ophthalmologists at the University of Sao Paulo.

A reviewer of several journals in ophthalmology, Dr. Santhiago’s research interests include basic research in corneal biology as well as new developments in corneal topography, wavefront, biomechanics and IOLs. In 2012, he returned to Rio, where he now holds a faculty position as a professor and head of the cataract and refractive surgery department at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. He is also a staff member at the University of São Paulo.