2020/2021 Lifetime Achievement Award: Paolo Vinciguerra, MD

Paolo Vinciguerra, MD is a professor in ophthalmology at Humanitas University as well as chairman of the Eye Center of the Humanitas Clinical and Research Center, Rozzano, Milan, Italy. He is the president of the Italian Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, and since 2003 he is also an advisor for the Italian Ministry of Health. He is part of the editorial board of the Journal of Refractive Surgery as well as board director of numerous national and international societies.

Dr. Vinciguerra’s research interests range from cataract surgery with femtosecond laser to corneal biomechanics, corneal collagen crosslinking, phototherapeutic keratectomy, customized refractive surgery with novel treatment profiles and models of regression after the ablation, corneal transplant, and vitreoretinal surgery. Dr. Vinciguerra has developed many innovative techniques, such as smoothing after therapeutic refractive surgery, cross-cylinder ablation, and the custom ablation transition zone (CATZ). He is one of the most productive researchers in the treatment of keratoconus with crosslinking, the evaluation of corneal biomechanics, and therapeutic and refractive laser surgery.

Among other recognitions, Dr. Vinciguerra received the Lans Award from the International Society of Refractive Surgery (ISRS) in 2003, the Senior Achievement Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology in 2010, and the Waring Medal in 2011 from the ISRS, as well as the Italian Ophthalmological Society’s Gold Frezzotti medal.

Dr. Vinciguerra is the author of 159 original scientific articles, he has received eight best-paper awards in international meetings, and his work has been cited more than 2600 times, with an h-index of 26. He is the holder of seven international patents.