2013 Kritzinger Memorial Award: Dr. Renato Ambrósio Jr.

Prof. Renato Ambrósio Jr. is a world-class cornea and refractive surgery specialist in clinical practice in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He is the oldest son of the late Renato Ambrósio MD, a pioneer in refractive surgery in the early 1980s, and Vera M Ambrósio MD, director of Instituto de Olhos R Ambrósio.

In November 2002, after having completed his residency at Instituto de Oftalmologia Tadeu Cvintal in 2000 and a fellowship at the University of Washington, Dr. Ambrósio joined his family practice, with his mother and younger brother, Rodrigo M Ambrósio MD, a retina and vitreous specialist. He defended his doctoral thesis on science at the University of São Paulo in 2004 and currently is associate professor of ophthalmology at the Pontific Catholic University in Rio de Janeiro and at the Federal University of São Paulo (UNIFESP). In 2004 he foundedthe Rio de Janeiro Corneal Tomography and Biomechanics Study Group, which includes over a dozen research associates under his mentorship.

Prof. Ambrósio has authored over 350 scientific publications and has received over 50 awards in Brazil and internationally. He is the actual and will be the last president of the Brazilian Society of Refractive Surgery (SBCR),* for which his father, Renato Ambrósio, was the second president, from 1988 to 1990.

*In 2014, SBCR was combined with the Brazilian Society of Implants and Cataract Surgery to constitute BRASCRS, the Brazilian Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery.