2012 Casebeer Award: Dr. Zoltan Z. Nagy

Zoltan Z. Nagy, MD, has been working in ophthalmology since 1986. Currently he is a professor at the Department of Ophthalmology, Semmelweis University, Budapest, Hungary and serves as a vice dean of the Faculty of General Medicine. His main interest in ophthalmology is cataract and refractive surgery.

He started refractive surgery first in Hungary in 1992, performing all kinds of refractive procedures: PRK, LASIK, epi-LASIK, LASEK, PTK, and femto-LASIK. Overall, he operated more than 30,000 eyes, with all kinds of refractive errors. He discovered the role of harmful ultraviolet-B effects during corneal avascular wound healing, which was published in Ophthalmology in 1997. This is his most cited article so far. He has published more than 200 articles in English, and in Hungarian, he has written 20 book chapters.

In 2008, Prof. Nagy performed the world’s first femtolaser-assisted cataract surgery. He published his first clinical results with femtolaser cataract surgery in peer-reviewed ophthalmic journals since the first procedure. In 2010 he received the Waring Medal for the best publication in the Journal of Refractive Surgery. He is a member of the Executive Board of the International Society of Refractive Surgery and a co-opted member of the European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery Board.