2013 Lans Distinguished Award: Dr. Damien Gatinel

Damien Gatinel MD has been the head of the Anterior Segment and Refractive Surgery Department at the Rothschild Foundation, Paris, since 2007. He completed his fellowship at the Department of Ophthalmology of the University of Paris 13 and then served as assistant professor at the Department of Ophthalmology of Bichat, University of Paris 7.

His research has focused on astigmatism correction, IOL design, and laser profiles of photoablation used in refractive surgery and their consequences on the optical quality of the human eye. The challenges of the detection of early subclinical keratoconus is another field of interest.

Dr. Gatinel collaborates actively with the research and development units of companies involved in the field of ophthalmic industry and owns several patents, including the first diffractive trifocal IOL design.

Dr. Gatinel is a board member of the Research Committee of the European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons and a member of the International Society of Refractive Surgery and the American Academy of Ophthalmology—from which he received an Achievement Award in 2005. He serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Refractive Surgery and is a reviewer for 10 different journals. He has received 12 international awards, among which he received five consecutively at the Congress of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery in 2011, 2012, and 2013. He has published more than 70 articles in peer-reviewed journals and edited three books.