2018 Waring Memorial Award for a Young Ophthalmologist: Dr. David Smadja

David Smadja is Director of the Refractive Surgery and Research and Innovation unit at Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem, Israel. In 2015, he also joined the Nanotechnology Institute of Bar-Ilan University in Ramat Gan, as an adjunct researcher associate in Prof Zalevsky’s laboratory.

Dr. Smadja graduated from medical school in Paris VI University, France, followed by residency training in Ophthalmology at Bordeaux Hospital University and a clinical fellowship in Cornea and Refractive Surgery in the same department. Dr. Smadja completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Refractive Surgery at the Cole Eye Institute, Cleveland Clinic in 2011. He then served as a senior consultant at the National Reference Center for Keratoconus in Bordeaux and moved to Israel in 2014, where he now practices.

Dr. Smadja has published over 60 scientific works, including peer-reviewed publications, book chapters and review articles. He holds two patents in the field of nanotechnology and refractive correction, and is co-founder of 2 start-ups companies in the same field. He currently serves as the chair of the ISRS Externship committee and board member of the ISRS multimedia library subcommittee. Dr. Smadja served also regularly as a course instructor at international conferences, on corneal topography, keratoconus detection and astigmatism correction. He is an Associate Editor of the International Journal of Keratoconus and Ectatic Disease.

Some of Dr. Smadja’s previous awards and distinctions include the Best Paper Awards from the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) in 2013 and 2015, the ISRS 22nd Troutman Award in 2013, the Joseph Colin Prize in 2018 from the French Society of Intraocular Implant and Refractive Surgery, the Gold Medal from the Intraocular Implant and Refractive Society of India (IIRSI) in 2018.