2022 Founders’ Award: Soosan Jacob, MBBS, FRCS

Dr. Soosan Jacob, director and chief of Dr. Agarwal’s Refractive and Cornea Foundation and senior consultant in Cataract and Glaucoma Services at Dr. Agarwal’s Eye Hospital, Chennai, India, is a noted surgeon and academician and a well-respected innovator. She is chair of the multimedia editorial board of International Society of Refractive Surgery (ISRS), member of the ISRS executive committee, chair of the Cornea Committee of the Global Education & Research Society of Ophthalmology, associate editor at the Journal of Refractive Surgery (JRS), section editor at EyeNet (AAO), and editorial board member for many peer-reviewed journals. She has been featured at a virtual roundtable as one of five of the most influential female figures in ophthalmology and listed multiple times among the Top 100 most influential people in ophthalmology and as a key opinion leader. She is a two-time winner of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) Golden Apple award and has also received the ASCRS Top-Gun Instructor award, the John Henahan Prize, the JRS Waring Medal, the Innovator’s Award from the Connecticut Society of Eye Physicians, and numerous other international awards and named orations.

Dr. Jacob’s innovations include corneal allogenic intrastromal ring segments for keratoconus; contact lens–assisted corneal crosslinking for thin corneas; presbyopic allogenic refractive lenticule inlays for presbyopia; glued capsular hook for subluxated cataracts; stab incision glaucoma surgery; air pump−assisted pre-Descemet endothelial keratoplasty and endoilluminator-assisted Descemet membrane endothelial keratoplasty; host Descemetic scaffolding; classification of Descemet detachments into rhegmatogenous, tractional, bullous, and complex, with treatment algorithm; relaxing Descemetotomy; turnaround technique for Intacs; glued endocapsular ring; anterior segment transplantation; suprabrow single-stab-incision ptosis surgery; sequential segmental terminal lenticular side-cut dissection and white ring sign for SMILE; SMILE lenticule−assisted dermoid excision; and others. Her educational YouTube channel is among the top-most heavily subscribed ophthalmic YouTube channels.

Dr. Jacobs has authored more than 110 peer-reviewed publications and more than 200 chapters in 40 textbooks and is editor for 17 ophthalmology textbooks.