2023 Kritzinger Memorial Award:Maria A. Henriquez, MD

Dr. Maria A Henriquez is from Venezuela. She completed her medical schooling at the Universidad de los Andes, Venezuela, graduating magna cum laude and first of her class in 2004. She specialized in ophthalmology at the Universidad Federico Villareal in Lima, Peru, and completed her fellowship in cornea and refractive surgery at Oftalmosalud, Peru, and a fellowship in ocular ultrasound and ocular surface at Universidad Federal de São Paulo in Brazil.

Dr. Henriquez obtained her master’s degree at Universidad de Salta in Argentina in 2008 and her PhD at the Universidad San Martin de Porras, in Lima in 2012. Then she completed the Global Clinical Scholars Research Training Program at Harvard Medical School, in Boston, Massachusetts, in 2014-2015. She is the founder of the Research Department at Oftalmosalud, which she directs to the present day. Dr. Henriquez has published, so far, over 53 articles in peer-reviewed journals. She has published over 10 book chapters and has recently edited the book Keratoconus: Diagnosis and Management (Elsevier).

Dr. Henriquez has received more than 22 awards related to research in ophthalmology. Among them, the Tyson Award, in 2009, granted by the Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology; the Joseph Colin Keratoconus Award, in 2019, for the best article published by the International Journal of Keratoconus and Ectatic Corneal Diseases; and the Cornea Society Troutman Prize Award for the best article published in the Journal of Cornea, in 2020. She has been the recipient of the National Award for Medical and Ophthalmological Research in Peru on more than seven occasions. She is currently the editor-in-chief of the Peruvian Journal of Ophthalmology and integrates the editorial board of the Pancornea Society, besides being a reviewer for more than 12 peer-reviewed journals.

Dr. Henriquez is a well-known researcher and speaker at the national and international level, mainly in the field of keratoconus diagnosis, corneal collagen crosslinking, and refractive surgery, as well as being a surgeon and a postgraduate professor.