2018 Kritzinger Memorial Award: Dr. Soosan Jacob

Dr. Soosan Jacob, MS, DNB, FRCS, Director and Chief – Dr. Agarwal’s Refractive and Cornea Foundation (DARCF) has won more than 50 international awards for her innovations, publications and video films. Two-time winner of ASCRS Golden Apple award, recipient of ASCRS Top-Gun Instructor award, John Henahan award for Young Ophthalmologist, Innovator’s award from Connecticut Society of Eye Physicians and JRS Waring medal for editorial excellence, AM Gokhale oration, Harold Stein Innovator lecture and Bruce Jackson oration, she has authored 94 peer reviewed publications, more than 200 chapters in 34 textbooks and is editor for 17 Ophthalmology textbooks. She is Chair-Multimedia Editorial Board ISRS, member ISRS Executive Committee, associate editor JRS and is on editorial board of IJO, EyeNet (AAO), EuroTimes, IJKECD, OSN-AsiaPacific, Glaucoma Today, CRST Europe, TNOA-JOSR and Ophthalmology & Therapy.

Her latest award-winning innovations include Corneal Allogenic Intrastromal Ring Segments (CAIRS) for keratoconus – winner of BPOS ASCRS 2017; PrEsbyopic Allogenic Refractive Lenticule (PEARL) Inlay for presbyopia –award at ASCRS 2016, BSCRS 2016, Best of Show at AAO 2016 and the JRS Waring Medal 2017; Glued capsular hook for subluxated cataracts: First prize ESCRS and AAO Global Video contest.

Other award winning innovations are Contact lens assisted crosslinking (CACXL) for thin corneas, Stab Incision Glaucoma Surgery (SIGS), Air-pump Assisted Pre-Descemet’s Endothelial Keratoplasty and Endo-illuminator assisted Descemet’s Membrane Endothelial Keratoplasty (E-DMEK); classification of Descemet’s detachments into rhegmatogenous, tractional, bullous and complex with treatment algorithm, Relaxing Descemetotomy; Turnaround technique for Intacs; Glued Endo-Capsular Ring, Anterior segment transplantation, supra-brow single stab incision ptosis surgery, sequential segmental terminal lenticular side cut dissection and white ring Sign for SMILE. Her educational YouTube channel is amongst the top-most heavily subscribed Ophthalmic YouTube channels.