Jorge ALIO (Spain)

Dr. Jorge Alio has been professor and chairman of ophthalmology since 1987, first at the University of Alicante and since 2002 at the University Miguel Hernandez de Elche, also in Alicante, Spain. Since the beginning of his professional career, he has been deeply involved in academic and research activities in combination with an intense clinical and surgical practice. His main dedication has been to cataract, cornea and refractive surgery, even though within his broader medical education he has been involved in other areas such as ocular inflammation (uveitis), vitreoretinal diseases and strabismus surgery. He has developed an academic career in different Spanish and international universities and has performed over 40,000 surgeries during his surgical career.

He has participated in the organization of many international and Spanish symposia and congresses, such as the International Ocular Inflammation Society, the European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the International Society of Refractive Surgery and the World Ophthalmology Congress, among many others.

He has been author or co-author of 440 peer-reviewed papers published in prestigious international scientific journals, 241 book chapters, 78 books (as editor or co-editor), over 200 collaborations in ophthalmic scientific journals and over 1800 presentations and invited lectures in international meetings. Dr. Alio's Hirsch factor (h-factor) that indicates the influence of his work in the publications of other researchers is 47 (Scopus), and he is listed with a field rating of 15 of top authors worldwide in ophthalmology during the past five years by the Microsoft Academic Search. At present, he holds the LXIII chair of the Academia Ophthalmologica Internationalis, XLIX chair of the European Academy of Ophthalmology and has received a total of 77 international and national awards.

Dr. Alio has directed a total of 56 PhD doctorate projects and is visiting professor of several European, Latin American and US universities. He participates in a number of executive boards and editorial boards of international scientific ophthalmological organizations. He has been a member-elect of the American Ophthalmological Society since 2013.

He is the founder of the foundation that bears his name, which is dedicated to promoting the prevention of blindness with actions both in Spain and on an international level, particularly in Mauritania where a Center for Sight is currently being created with the support of other international charitable organizations.