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Editorial Board

Lisa Heinke, Associate Editor
New Content ItemLisa’s scientific background is in developmental genetics and cell biology. She completed her Bachelor and Master’s degrees in Molecular Biology at the Universities of Mainz and Potsdam, Germany, respectively, where she focused on plant biochemistry and genetics. She then relocated to the UK to pursue a PhD in Biological Sciences from the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology at the University of Cambridge. Her PhD explored Wnt signalling and developmental genetics in Drosophila and human (cancer) cell lines.
After continuing her PhD work in a short Post-Doc, Lisa joined the BMC Series as an Editor of BMC Ophthalmology, BMC Gastroenterology, and BMC Zoology in 2021. She has a keen interest in promoting open access policies as well as science communication.

Senior Editorial Board Members

Dr Penny Asbell, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, USA

New Content ItemPenny Asbell, MD, FACS, MBA, FARVO, holds the Barrett G. Haik Endowed Chair, Department of Ophthalmology, Hamilton Eye Institute and is Professor of Ophthalmology in the College of Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) in Memphis TN. Dr. Asbell has received numerous awards, including the Phillips Thygeson Lecturer honor from the University of California-San Francisco, the Meibom-Moore Lecturer of Honor award (Dusseldorf), and the Secretariat Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology and has been named Fellow of ARVO. Her research areas of interest include cornea, anterior segment surgery, ocular biomarkers, refractive surgery and antibiotic resistance in eye infections.  She has published over 200 peer reviewed articles and is a regular member of NEI review panels. Dr. Asbell has been the Principal Investigator for over 100 clinical trials, including HEDS study on treating ocular herpes simplex disease, PERK study that set the standard for evaluations of refractive surgery procedures, and DREAM on the use of Omega 3 for dry eye disease.

Dr Choul Yong Park, Dongguk University Ilsan Hospital, South Korea

New Content ItemDr. Park is a board certified ophthalmologist by Korean Ophthalmology Society. He is the Chairman of Department of Ophthalmology, Dongguk University Hospital, South Korea. He graduated Seoul National University, College of Medicine and completed PhD at Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University, Seoul. He investigated adenovirus mediated intraocular gene delivery during his post-doc period at Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins University, US. His area of expertise is cataract surgery, corneal surgery and refractive surgery. His clinical research interest includes optimizing refractive outcome after multifocal intraocular lens, corneal crosslinking, novel pterygium surgery, and acanthamoeba keratitis. His basic research focus includes ocular drug delivery system, ophthalmic use of nanoparticles, nitric oxide application for ocular surface diseases, and bioengineering of corneal endothelial cells.

Dr Andrzej Grzybowski, Uniwersytet Warminsko-Mazurski
Olsztyn, Poland

New Content ItemAndrzej Grzybowski, M.D., Ph.D., MBA, is a Professor of Ophthalmology and Chair of Department of Ophthalmology, University of Warmia and Mazury, Olsztyn, Poland; Head of Institute for Research in Ophthalmology, Foundation for Ophthalmology Development, Poznan, Poland. He is active in international scientific societies including Euretina (Co-opted Board member 2016-2018), Retina Society, AAO, EVER, ESCRS, and ISRS, ISBCS, International Council of Ophthalmology, and Cogan Society. He became lifelong member (chair LIV) of the European Academy of Ophthalmology and is a member of Ophthalmic Education Consortium (OEC) advisory committee of Ophthalmology Foundation. He has been active contributor to major ophthalmic conferences worldwide, including AAO, APAO, WCO, CCOS, Euretina, ESCRS, EVER, ISOPT, etc. As the only Polish ophthalmologist he was included in TOP 2% ranking of world-best scientists prepared by Stanford University for 2019 and 2020. Expertscape worldwide ranking: No 1 in cataract field and No 1 in cataract extraction field. In 2021, he received ISRS (International Society for Refractive Surgery) Founders’ Award, and published a book Artificial Intelligence in Ophthalmology (Springer). In 2022 he was awarded OFFICERS' CROSS OF THE ORDER OF POLONIA RESTITUTA for outstanding achievements in research and teaching, and support for international scientific cooperation by President of Poland.

Dr Javier Zarranz-Ventura, Hospital Clínic Barcelona, Spain

New Content ItemDr. Javier Zarranz-Ventura obtained his medical degree at Universidad de Navarra, specialist training in ophthalmology at Clínica Universidad de Navarra, and a PhD in medicine at Universidad de Navarra, awarded cum laude with European mention. He underwent a fellowship in medical retina and uveitis at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London and two fellowships in vitreoretinal surgery in Gloucestershire and Bristol (2011-2014). 
He has been working as a vitreoretinal surgeon at the Institut Clínic d'Oftalmologia (ICOF), Hospital Clínic de Barcelona, and Hospital Universitari Sagrat Cor in Barcelona since May 2014. His main clinical and research interests are age-related macular degeneration (AMD), diabetic eye disease, and vitreoretinal surgery, as well as retinal imaging techniques, particularly OCT and OCT-A, and Artificial Intelligence. He is member of numerous scientific societies such as EURETINA, BEAVRS, ARVO and the Spanish Society of Retina and Vitreous (SERV). 
Dr. Zarranz-Ventura has authored >250 scientific communications, >75 scientific papers, >35 book chapters, and 3 books, and has given >160 invited lectures. He has a H-index of 20, an i10-index of 37, and has >1600 citations.

Dr Eleni Papageorgiou, University Hospital of Larissa, Greece

New Content ItemDr Papageorgiou is a consultant ophthalmic surgeon, specialized in pediatric ophthalmology, strabismus and neuroophthalmology at the University Hospital of Larissa Greece. She graduated from the Medical School of the Aristoteles University Thessaloniki Greece, and subsequently completed a PhD in Neuroscience-Neuroophthalmology at the University of Tuebingen, Germany, funded by a Marie-Curie EU-Programme. Dr Papageorgiou has completed her specialist training in Ophthalmology at the Centre for Ophthalmology, University of Tuebingen, and then completed a fellowship in Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus at the University of Leicester, UK. Her practice focuses on the management of primary, secondary and tertiary care of patients with strabismus and ocular motor disorders, as well as general paediatric ophthalmology.  She is active in resident training and is also involved in student education. Her research focuses on amblyopia management, pediatric ocular imaging, driving with visual field deficits and ocular manifestations of neurological disease. In 2014 she became an Associate Editor, and in 2020 a Senior Editorial Board Member for BMC Ophthalmology.

Dr Luca Rossetti, Clinica Oculistica, Università di Milano, Italy

New Content ItemProfessor Luca Rossetti completed his fellowship at the Clinical Epidemiology Laboratory of the Mario Negri Institute in Milan and at the Clinical Trial Unit of the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Maryland, Baltimore.  He is currently the Director of the Eye Clinic at the University of Milan, San Paolo Hospital, and is a Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Milan.  His main research interest is on clinical research in glaucoma.   He has been responsible for the Glaucoma Unit at the San Paolo Hospital since 2000  and has been involved in over 40 clinical trials, mainly in the field of glaucoma. He is a member of the European Vision Institute and has authored over 150 articles in peer reviewed journals, mainly on the topic of glaucoma. He has been on the board of BMC Ophthalmology since 2012. 

Dr Michele Figus, University of Pisa, Italy

New Content ItemMichele Figus, M.D., Ph.D, works as Associate Professor of Ophthalmology and Chairman of the Residency Training Program since 2018 at the University of Pisa, Italy. He is currently Head of Ophthalmology at Azienda Ospedaliero Universitaria Pisana, in Pisa. Fellow of the European Board of Ophthalmology he has been elected as National Expert in Diagnosis for the Italian Ophthalmology Society for ten years and Board member in the Health Art Academy in Italy and in ophthalmic societies. He leaded as Principal Investigator many clinical trials and published more than 140 papers in JCR Impact Factor indexed Journals. His main research project is glaucoma, focused on glaucoma surgery.

Editorial Board of BMC Ophthalmology

In-House Editor
Dr Lisa Heinke

Senior Editorial Board Members

Penny Asbell, The University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis TN, USA
Michele Figus, University of Pisa, Italy
Andrzej Grzybowski, Uniwersytet Warminsko-Mazurski Olsztyn, Poland
Hemant Khanna, UMASS Medical School, USA
Eleni Papageorgiou, University Hospital of Larissa, Greece
Choul Yong Park, Dongguk University, College of Medicine, South Korea
Luca Rossetti, Clinica Oculistica, Università di Milano, Italy
Javier Zarranz-Ventura, Hospital Clínic Barcelona, Spain

Editorial Board Members
Cataract and refractive surgery

Andreas Borkenstein, Privatklinik Kreuzschwestern Graz and Borkenstein & Borkenstein priv.practice, Austria
Jacqueline R Busingye, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, USA
Bruce Gaynes, Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, USA
Sang Beom Han, Kangwon National University Hospital, South Korea
Jong Hwa Jun, Keimyung University School of Medicine, South Korea
Viral Juthani, Montefiore Medical Center, USA
Joann Kang, Montefiore Medical Center, USA
Ramin Khoramnia, University Eye Clinic Heidelberg, Germany
Jieun Lee, Pusan National University, South Korea
Sang-Mok Lee, Hallym University College of Medicine, South Korea
Kaevalin Lekhanont, Ramathibodi Hospital, Mahidol University, Thailand
Yi Lu, Eye and ENT Hospital, Fudan University, China
Nambi Nallasamy, University of Michigan, Kellogg Eye Center, USA
Yutaro Nishi, Nishi Eye Hospital, Japan
David Pablo Piñero Llorens, University of Alicante, Spain
Young Joo Shin, Hallym University, South Korea
Anurag Shrivastava, Montefiore Medical Center, USA
Evelyn Tai, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Malaysia
Ibrahim Toprak, Pamukkale University, Turkey
Mengmeng Wang, Hebei Provincial Eye Hospital, China
Samuel Yiu, Johns Hopkins University, USA
Madeleine Zetterberg, Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Sweden
Shi-you Zhou, Zhongshan Ophthalmic Center, China
Lei Zhu, Henan Eye Institute, China
Noel Ziebarth, University of Miami, USA


Cornea and external eye diseases
Stefano Barabino, University of Genoa, Italy
Yuh-Shin Chang, Department of Ophthalmology, Chi Mei Medical Center, Tainan, Taiwan R.O.C.
Edwin Chen, Scripps Memorial Hospital, USA
Rashmi Deshmukh, Cambridge University Hospitals (Addenbrookes), United Kingdom
Asim Farooq, University of Chicago Medical Center, USA
Thomas Fuchsluger, University Hospital Erlangen, Germany
Jianjun Gu, Zhongshan Ophthalmic Center, China
Bharat Gurnani, Aravind Eye Hospital and Post Graduate Institute of Ophthalmology, Pondicherry, India
Farhad Hafezi, ELZA Institute, Switzerland
Jiucheng He, LSU Health Sciences Center, USA
David G Hwang, University of California, San Francisco, USA
Hosik Hwang, Catholic University of Korea, South Korea
Dimitrios Karamichos, The University of North Texas Health Science Center, USA
MeeKum Kim, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Republic of Korea
H un Lee, Asan Medical Center, South Korea
Jong Joo Lee, National Medical Center, South Korea
Cosimo Mazzotta, University of Siena, Italy
Michael Mimouni, Rambam Health Care Campus, Israel
Keiichiro Minami, Miyata Eye Hospital, Japan
Dilip Mishra, LV Prasad Eye Institute, India
Pietro Emanuele Napoli, University of Cagliari, Italy
Anna Maria Roszkowska, University Hospital of Messina, Italy
Rohan Bir Singh, Massachusetts Eye and Ear, Harvard Medical School, USA
Chi Chin Sun, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Taiwan
Piera Versura, University of Bologna, Italy
Takefumi Yamaguchi, Tokyo Dental College, Japan

Ryo Asaoka, The University of Tokyo, Japan
Ali Riza Cenk Celebi, Acibadem University School of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology, Turkey
Carlo Alberto Cutolo, Eye Clinic, University of Genoa, Italy
Yi Dai, Fudan University, China
Pinakin Gunvant Davey, Western University of Health Sciences, USA
Antonio M Fea, Universita' di Torino, Italy
Gerhard Garhofer, Medical University of Vienna, Austria
Asaad Ghanem, Mansoura University, Egypt
Michele Iester, University of Genoa, Italy
Martha Kim, Dongguk University Ilsan Hospital, South Korea
Su-Ho Lim, Daegu Veterans Health Service Medical Center, Republic of Korea
Wei Liu, Tianjin Medical University Eye Hospital, China, People's Republic
Enrico Martini, Ospedale di Sassuolo, Italy
Leonardo Mastropasqua, University of Chieti-Pescara, Italy
Jean-Claude Mwanza, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA
Monisha Nongpiur, Singapore Eye Research Institute, Singapore
Chiara Posarelli, University of Pisa, Italy
Seungsoo Rho, Department of Ophthalmology, CHA Bundang Medical Center, CHA University, South Korea
Ivano Riva, University of Brescia, Italy
Matteo Sacchi, San Giuseppe Hospital - IRCCS Multimedica, Italy
Rajesh Sasikumar, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, Utd.Arab.Emir.
Andrew Tatham, Princess Alexandra Eye Pavilion, UK
Sahil Thakur, Singapore Eye Research Institute, Singapore
Nestor Ventura-Abreu, Hospital Clinic of Barcelona, Spain
Ye Zhang, Beijing Tongren Hospital, China

Inflammatory eye diseases
Ilir Arapi, Polytechnic University of Marche, Italy
Ester Carreno, Bristol Eye Hospital, UK
Anita Chan, Singapore National Eye Centre, Singapore
Joveeta Joseph, L V Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad, India
Anton Lennikov, University of Missouri, USA
Ariel Schlaen, Hospital Universitario Aust ral, Argentina

Ahmed Awadein, Faculty of Medicine Cairo University, Egypt
Weiwei Chen, Beijing Tongren Hospital, China
Raffaele Nuzzi, University of Turin, Italy
Anastasia Pilat, University of Leicester, UK
Frank Proudlock, University of Leicester, UK
Rong-Kung Tsai, Buddhist Tzu Chi Medical Center, Taiwan

Oculoplastics and trauma
Ceyhun Arici, Istanbul University-Cerrahpasa, Turkey
Bahram Eshraghi, Farabi Eye Hospital, Iran
Shahar Frenkel, Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Center, Israel
Yi-Hsun Huang, National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan
Michelle T Sun, Royal Adelaide Hospital and The University of Adelaide, Australia
Kaliki Swathi, L V Prasad Eye Institute, India
Jiang Qian, Fudan Eye & ENT Hospital, China
Ofira Zloto, Sheba Medical Center, Israel

Pediatrics and strabismus
Zia Chaudhuri, Lady Hardinge Medical College, India
Preeti Patil Chhablani, L V Prasad Eye Institute, India
Abdelrahman Elhusseiny, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, USA
Ifeoma Ezegwui, University of Nigeria, Nigeria
Dina El-Fayoumi, Kasr El-Aini School of Medicine, Egypt
Ifeoma Ezegwui, University of Nigeria, Nigeria
Mohamed Farid, Benha University, Egypt
Boris Gramatikov, Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute, USA
Jason Peragallo, Emory University, Georgia
Matthieu Robert, Necker-Enfants malades Hospital, France
Oriel Spierer, Tel Aviv University, Israel

Solmaz Abdolrahimzadeh, University of Rome "La Sapienza", Italy
Seong Joon Ahn, Hanyang University Seoul Hospital, South Korea
Kwadwo Owusu Akuffo, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana
Winfried Amoaku, University of Nottingham, UK
Jiwon Baek, Bucheon St.Mary’s Hospital, The Catholic University of Korea, Korea, Republic of
Amber Bhayana, Dr. Rajendra Prasad Centre for Ophthalmic Sciences, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India
Muna Bhende, Medical Research Foundation, India
Mark Breazzano, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, USA
Adriano Carnevali, Department of Ophthalmology, University Magna Graecia of Catanzaro, Italy, Italy
Ebru Nevin Cetin, Faculty of Medicine at Pamukkale University, Turkey
Hsiao-Ming Chao, National Yang-Ming University, Taiwan
Haoyu Chen, Joint Shantou International Eye Center, China
Ta-Ching Chen, National Taiwan University, Taiwan
Youxin Chen, Peking Union Medical College Hospital, China
Jay Chhablani, L V Prasad Eye Institute, India
Vivek Dave, L V Prasad Eye Institute, India
Andreas Ebneter, University Hospital of Bern, Switzerland
Amal Elbendary, Mansoura University Faculty of Medicine, Egypt
James Fadool, Florida State University, USA
Wei Fang, Sir Run Run Shaw institute of Clinical Medicine of Zhejiang University, China
Bruno Fernandes, Independent, Canada
Antonio Ferreras, Miguel Servet university hospital, Spain
Yousef Fouad, Ain Shams University Faculty of Medicine, Egypt
Rino Frisina, University of Padova, Italy
Querques Giuseppe, University Vita Salute, IRCCS Ospedale San Raffaele, Italy
David Hinkle, UMASS Medical School, USA
Stephan Hoffmann, Saarland University, Germany
Claudio Iovino, University of Cagliari, Italy
Lawrence P. L. Iu, Prince of Wales Hospital, China
Takeshi Iwase, Nagoya University Graduate School of Medicine, Japan
Vikas Khetan, Sankara Nethralaya, India
Jiro Kogo, St. Marianna University School of Medicine, Japan
Vasudevan Lakshminarayanan, University of Waterloo, Canada
Albert Li, VitreoRetinal Consultants of New York, United States
Ji Hwan Lee, Yonsei University College of Medicine, South Korea
Antonio Longo, University of Catania,Italy
Marco Lupidi, University of Perugia, Italy
Lyubomyr Lytvynchuk, University Hospital Giessen and Marburg GmbH, Germany
Moustafa Magliyah, King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital, Saudi Arabia
Khathutshelo Percy Mashige, University of Kwazulu-Natal,South Africa
Rodolfo Mastropasqua, Marche Polytechnic University, Italy
Paolo Milani, Istituto Auxologico Italiano, Italy
Nyawira Mwangi, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK
Katarzyna Nowomiejska, Medical University in Lublin, Poland
Barbara Parolini, Eyecare Clinic, Italy
Fabio Patelli, ASST Santi Paolo e Carlo University Hospital, Italy
Claudio Punzo, University of Massachusettes Medical School, USA
Gökhan Pekel, Pamukkale University Faculty of Medicine, Turkey
Raju Rajala, University of Oklahoma, USA
Shisong Rong, Chinese University of Hong Kong, China
Abdelrahma Salman, Ain Shams University, Egypt
Valentina Sarao, University of Udine, Italy
Kumar Saurabh, Netralayam, Kolkata, India
Rehman Siddiqui, Aga Khan University Hospital, Pakistan
Kareem Sioufi, Medical University of South Carolina, USA
Chrysanthos Symeonidis, General Hospital of Naoussa, Greece
Francesco Testa, University of Campania Luigi, Italy
Mario Damiano Toro, Medical University of Lublin, Poland
Shusheng Wang, Tulane University, USA
Tsutomu Yasukawa, Nagoya City University, Japan
Minzhong Yu, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University, USA
Cheolmin Yun, Korea University, Republic of Korea
Antonio Ferreras, Miguel Servet University Hospital, Spain
Evgeni Zernii, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia
Xinyuan Zhang, Beijing Tongren Hospital, Capital Medical University, China
Yan Zhang, Tianjin Medical University Eye Hospital, China, People's Republic
Ruilin Zhu, Peking University First Hospital, China

Editorial Advisors
Jorge Alio, VISSUM, Instituto Oftalmologico de Alicante, Spain
Chi-Chao Chan, National Eye Institute, USA
Roy Chuck, Montefiore Medical Center, USA
Lalit Dandona, Indian Council of Medical Research, India
John Forrester, University of Aberdeen, UK
Roberta Scherer, John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health,USA
Eric Singman, Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins Hospital, USA

Statistical Advisors
Joanna Moschandreas, University of Crete, Greece
Meidong Zhu, University of Sydney, Australia

Systematic Reviews Advisor
Roberta Scherer, Johns Hopkins, USA

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