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Best trained ophthalmologists for patient eye care and cure

ESASO a vision of collaboration

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Welcome to ESASO General ophthalmology is a well-recognised medical specialisation in all European countries, but Master’s degree programmes to provide further training and education are not yet fully developed. Consequently, ophthalmology graduates wishing to specialise need to find an institution or hospital that can offer them facilities for research or on-the-job training. Others may want to pursue a fellowship programme, but these are usually only available to US graduates. ESASO was founded in 2008 to address both this challenge and the specific further education needs of training and practising clinicians, drawing on the skills of colleagues worldwide and the support of various universities. It seeks to facilitate the dissemination of new and effective ophthalmological learning and expertise through a dynamic combination of in-depth exposition of topics and direct face-to-face training, where experts show students how to deal with practical situations and problems. The School is based within the Università della Svizzera italiana (USI), Lugano Campus, Switzerland. In 2010, ESASO opened its Campus in Asia, the continent where more than half of the world’s blind people live and one where postgraduate training is practically non-existent. ESASO offers theoretical tuition as well as practical training, and has devised a detailed programme for the first few years featuring an expert team with recognised clinical and teaching experience. The theoretical curriculum and surgical practices can be completed at the same university and those students who finish their education will receive their degree from that university.

The School‘s activities cover all subspecialties such as surgical and medical retina, cornea and refractive, cataract, glaucoma, uveitis, oculoplasty, pediatry and strabismus. We hope that ESASO will grow into a leading institution in the field of ophthalmological training for the benefit of all eye patients.

Prof. Borja Corcóstegui President Scientific Council

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Mission ESASO aims to improve the clinical and surgical practice of specialists in ophthalmology in order to promote and enhance professional skills. Its objective is to provide ophthalmologists with postgraduate education and hands-on training from an internationally renowned faculty. The School promotes scientific research, organises meetings and seminars, and manages publications, all with the purpose of improving scientific knowledge within the ophthalmic community and thereby benefiting eye care and cure for patients.

Dr. Giuseppe Guarnaccia Executive Director

The basic training system envisaged by the Bologna Process is currently offered by universities, but there is an almost complete lack of effective postuniversity training across Europe.

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ESASO Campuses ESASO Lugano

ESASO Singapore

ESASO is headquartered at the Università della Svizzera italiana (USI), Lugano Campus, in the canton of Ticino in the south of Switzerland. The University was founded in 1996 and occupies a privileged geographic position with access to an efficient public transport network, including proximity to the international airports of Milan.

ESASO’s successful launch led to the concept of ESASO Asia. Singapore was chosen as the venue for the new campus because of its status as the “Switzerland of Asia”, with a well-developed academic system, a central location, good infrastructure and facilities, and political and social stability. The Asian Campus is located at one of Singapore’s most prestigious private medical establishments: the Camden Medical Center, on Orchard Road in the heart of the city. It features state-of-the-art lecture facilities with internet and network connections, as well as specialised console tables that can be converted into wetlab workstations. The Board of Directors has appointed Dr. Adrian Koh as Director Asia.

This young institution is open and receptive to enriching new initiatives. It is free to put forward strategies to meet the challenges confronting modern humanity: the new technologies, society, the environment, and the economy. The University combines academic training with accredited qualifications, and boasts steadily rising student numbers, growing success in research and an international mix of students, research and doctoral assistants, and professors. Today, over 2,700 students from 70 countries are enrolled at the USI in Lugano. The Campus buildings host offices for faculty and staff, classrooms, labs accessible 24/7 and a canteen. It is a place not just for studying, but also for cultural exchange.

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Educational Programmes Educational Programmes Programme courses at ESASO are taught by a distinguished international faculty. The medically oriented subjects are lectured by renowned practitioners invited for each specific domain. ESASO offers three programmes, each leading to a separate certificate: 1. Students who wish to attend only single modules receive a certificate of attendance. 2. Students who complete all five modules receive the Diploma of Specialist Superior in Ophthalmology (DiSSO), which is equivalent to the Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS). 3. Students who complete all the modules plus a one-year fellowship programme at one of a number of prestigious institutions receive the Master of Advanced Studies in Ophthalmology (MAS).

Modules Each module has the same structure. ESASO conducts regular surveys after each module to guarantee quality and steadily improve the programmes. The Module consist of: a total of eight days of personal preparation and classes/labs, assisted and coordinated by the respective faculty members.

ESASO-EURETINA Certification ESASO has been appointed by EURETINA to organise certification courses in several fields of ophthalmology, thereby ensuring consistency and high quality in both clinical practice and clinical trials. The certification includes theoretical and practical guidance to • technicians • optometrists • residents, and • ophthalmologists

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Fellowships: General Principles Students working towards the Master of Advanced Studies in Ophthalmology (MAS) participate in the fellowship scheme for eye specialists after completing the DiSSO. The ESASO Fellowship is an advanced specialist training programme in which the recipient can acquire a thorough, in-depth understanding of the specific subject and, accordingly, proficiency in the exercise of the clinical-surgical profession.

Objectives of the Fellowship Programme The Fellowship consists of a grant and a research project which is supervised by Prof. Stanley Chang, New York. Students must publish their findings. The Fellowship curricula are planned in consultation with accredited departments of ophthalmology to ensure that the prescribed objectives are achieved.

Institutions Fellows’ advanced training is conducted at one of the specialist teaching hospitals or university centres that have entered into a partnership agreement with ESASO and agreed on a training programme in a specialist branch of ophthalmology.

1. The Fellow achieves proficiency in the execution techniques for all diagnostic procedures covered by the Fellowship; is being involved in all clinical/treatment decisions; and has mastered a good theoretical knowledge of operating techniques. In addition, the Fellow has commenced her/his research project under a Tutor’s supervision. (Months 1 – 4)

Cataract • Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain Cornea & Refractive Surgery • Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain Medical Retina • Allgemeines Krankenhaus – Universitätskliniken Vienna, Austria • Ocular Microsurgery Institute (IMO), Barcelona, Spain • Università Vita-Salute San Raffaele, Milan, Italy Surgical Retina • Columbia University Medical Center, New York-Presbyterian, USA • St. Augustinus Hospital, Antwerp, Belgium • Ocular Microsurgery Institute (IMO), Barcelona, Spain

Duration and Organisation The one-year Fellowship programme is subdivided into three consecutive stages corresponding to skill levels that are progressively attained and certified term by term.

2. The Fellow further fine-tunes her/his skills for the execution of all diagnostic procedures; achieves a competent autonomy in handling the clinical and therapeutic aspects of a patient’s care; and begins executing surgery procedures under a Tutor’s supervision. The Fellow carries on with his research work according to the plan laid out at the start of the Fellowship. (Months 5 – 8)

3. The Fellow achieves a thorough knowledge and mastery of the technical skills and of the diagnostic and clinical routines; acquires a sound proficiency in surgery procedures as confirmed by the number of operations carried out; and completes her/his research programme. (Months 9 – 12)

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Admission Admission requirements

Deadlines for application

• Master of Medicine obtained at a university recognised under the regulations of the country concerned • Specialisation degree in ophthalmology obtained in accordance with the current regulations

• 15 December 2011 Orbital, Lacrimal & Ophthalmic – Plastic Surgery, Malta (30 January – 3 February 2012)

Documents to be submitted The application package, to be sent as PDF files, must include: application form (to be completed in full); curriculum vitae; letter of recommendation; diplomas (official transcripts or notarised copies); passport copy and electronic (passport-style) picture. Participants whose tuition fees are paid by their institution or an industry sponsor must submit a certificate of sponsorship as evidence of financial support.

Cornea and Corneal Refractive Surgery (6 – 11 February 2012) • 31 March 2012 Medical Retina (4 – 8 June 2012) Surgical Retina (11 – 15 June 2012) • 30 June 2012 Cataract and Intraocular Refractive Surgery (3 – 8 September 2012)

Tuition fee 2012 per module The fee covers tuition, course material, lunches (at the USI canteen) and accommodation and is € 2.250 per module. Advance payment (30 – 45 days before the module commences) is required to secure participation.

Late applications may be accepted within the limits of the available places (25 participants per week).

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Faculty Allen David, Prof. Dr.

Consultant Ophthalmologist

Sunderland Eye Infirmary

Newcastle on Tyne, UK

Aslan Bekir Sitki, Prof. Dr.

Head of Eye Clinic

MESA Hospital

Ankara, Turkey

Aylward Bill, Dr.

Medical Director

Moorfields Eye Hospital

London, UK

Bandello Francesco, Prof. Dr. Chairman Dept. of Ophthalmology University Vita-Salute Scientific Institute San Raffaele

Milan, Italy

Barton Keith, Dr.

Director Glaucoma Service

Moorfields Eye Hospital

London, UK

Bellucci Roberto, Prof. Dr.

Director of Ophthalmic Unit

Hospital of Verona

Verona, Italy

Benjamin Larry, Prof. Dr.

Consultant Ophthalmologist, Stoke Mandeville Hospital Aylesbury Bucks, UK Ophthalmology Dept.

Bernasconi Ottavio, Dr.

Head Ophthalmology Dept.

Ospedale Regionale Bellinzona e Valli Bellinzona, Switzerland

Binder Susanne, Prof. Dr.

Chair Ophthalmology Dept.

Rudolf Foundation Clinic

Vienna, Austria

Burgoyne Claude F., Dr.

Senior Scientist and Research, Director Legacy Health System

Devers Eye Institute

Portland, USA

Capone Antonio, Dr.

Clinical Prof. of Biomedical Sciences William Beaumont Hospital

Royal Oak, USA

Chang Stanley, Prof. Dr.

Chairman of Ophthalmology

Columbia University

New York, USA

Claes Carl Dr.

Head of VR Department

St. Augustinus Hospital

Antwerp, Belgium

Corcóstegui Borja, Prof. Dr.


Ocular Microsurgery Institute (IMO)

Barcelona, Spain

Cruess Alan, Prof. Dr.

Head Dept. of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

Dalhousie University

Halifax, Canada

Cunha-Vaz José, Prof. Dr.



Coimbra, Portugal

Cvenkel Barbara, Dr.

Head of Glaucoma Unit

Eye Hospital, University Medical Center Ljubljana, Slovenia

D‘Amico Donald J., Dr.

Chairman Ophthalmology Dept.

Weill Cornell College

New York, USA

Dua Harminder, Prof. Dr.

Chair Division of Ophthalmology

University of Nottingham

Nottingham, UK

Elies Daniel, Dr.

Cornea, Cataract & Refractive Surgery Specialist

Ocular Microsurgery Institute (IMO)

Barcelona, Spain

Evans Nicholas, Prof. Dr.

Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon

Royal Eye Infirmary

Plymouth, Devon, UK

Falcomatà Bruno, Dr.

Head Retina Service

Hospital B.M.M.

Reggio Calabria, Italy

Findl Oliver, Prof. Dr.

Chair Ophthalmology Dept.

Hanusch Hospital

Vienna, Austria

Flammer Josef, Prof. Dr.

Head Ophthalmology Dept.

University of Basel

Basel, Switzerland

García-Arumi José, Prof. Dr.

Director Ophthalmology Dept.

Universitat de Barcelona

Barcelona, Spain

Gatinel Damien, Prof. Dr.

Head Anterior & Refractive Surgery, Ophthalmology Dept.

Rothschild Foundation

Paris, France

Gaudric Alain, Prof. Dr.

Director Ophthalmology Service

Hôpital Lariboisière

Paris, France

Gonzalez Duarte Roser, Prof. Dr. Professor in Genetics

Universitat de Barcelona

Barcelona, Spain

Grehn Franz, Prof. Dr.

Chairman Ophthalmology Dept.

University Eye Hospital

Würzburg, Germany

Güell José L., Prof. Dr.

Associated Professor

Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona

Barcelona, Spain

Hamza Ismail, Prof. Dr.

Professor of Ophthalmology

Ain Shams University

Cairo, Egypt

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Hannush Sadeer B., Dr.

Attending Surgeon, Cornea Service Wills Eye Institute

Langhorne, USA

Holz Frank G., Prof. Dr.

Chairman Ophthalmology Dept.

University of Bonn

Bonn, Germany

Kampik Anselm, Prof. Dr.

Chairman Ophthalmology Dept.

Augenklinik der Universität München

Munich, Germany

Moorfields Eye Hospital and UCL Institute of Ophthalmology


Khaw Peng, Prof. Dr. Professor Koh Adrian, Dr.

Founding Partner & Sen. Consultant Eye & Retina Surgeons


Kroll Peter, Prof. Dr.

Former Director

University Eye Clinic

Münster, Germany

Lanzetta Paolo, Prof. Dr.

Associated Professor and Chairman Ophthalmology Dept.

University of Udine

Udine, Italy

Lemij Hans, Prof. Dr.

Glaucoma Specialist

Rotterdam Eye Hospital

Rotterdam, Netherlands

Li Xiaoxin, Prof. Dr.


People Eye Center of Peking Univ.

Bejing, China

Loewenstein Anat, Prof. Dr.

Director Dept. of Ophthalmology

Tel Aviv Medical Center

Tel Aviv, Israel

Malecaze François, Prof. Dr.

Professor of Ophthalmology

Service d‘ophtalmologie Hôp. Purpan

Toulouse, France

Mateo Carlos, Dr.


Ocular Microsurgery Institute (IMO)

Barcelona, Spain

Mermoud André, Prof. Dr.

Surgeon Glaucoma Center

Clinique Montchoisi

Lausanne, Switzerland

Munier Francis, Prof. Dr.

Head of Retinoblastoma and Oculogenetic Units

Jules Gonin Eye Hospital

Lausanne, Switzerland

Navarro Alemany Rafael, Dr.

Retina Specialist

Ocular Microsurgery Institute (IMO)

Barcelona, Spain

Nikolakopoulos Athanasios, Dr. Chairman Ophthalmology Dept.

Papanikolaou Hospital

Thessaloniki, Greece

Nuijts Rudolph M.M.A., Prof. Dr. Director Cornea Clinic, Dept. of Opthalmology

Maastricht University Medical Center

Maastricht, Netherlands

Ohji Masahito, Prof. Dr.

Chairman Ophthalmology Dept.

Shiga University of Medical Science

Otsu, Japan

Pallikaris Ioannis G., Prof. Dr.


University Hospital of Crete

Voutes Crete, Greece

Pelayes David, Dr.

Assoc. Professor, Ophthalmology Dept. University of Buenos Aires

Pfeiffer Norbert, Prof. Dr.

Head Ophthalmology Dept.

Mainz University Medical Eye Hospital Mainz, Germany

Pinelli Roberto

Scientific Director

Istituto Laser Microchirurgia Oculare

Brescia, Italy

Pournaras C., Prof. Dr.

Associated Professor

Université de Genève

Geneva, Switzerland

Prieto Isabel, Prof. Dr.

Head Ophthalmology Dept.

Hospital Prof. Dr. Fernando Fonseca

Amadora, Portugal

Prünte Christian, Prof. Dr.

Head Ophthalmology Dept.

Kantonsspital Baselland, Liestal

Binningen, Switzerland

Rejdak Robert A. , Dr.

Chair Ophthalmology Dept.

Medical University

Lublin, Poland

Richard Gisbert, Prof. Dr.

Head and Chairman Ophthalmology Dept.

Eye Clinic University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf

Hamburg, Germany

Rizzo Stanislao, Dr.

Head Ophthalmology Dept.

Ospedale Santa Chiara

Pisa, Italy

Rosen Emanuel, Prof. Dr.

Visiting Professor, Dept. of Vision Sciences

The Bridgewater Hospital

Manchester, UK

Rosen Paul, Prof. Dr.

Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon

Oxford Eye Hospital


Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Faculty Schalenbourg Ann, Dr.

Senior Lecturer Adult Ocular Oncology Unit

Jules Gonin Eye Hospital

Lausanne, Switzerland

Schmidt-Erfurth Ursula, Prof. Dr. Director Ophthalmology Dept.

Medical University of Wien

Vienna, Austria

Shaarawy Tarek, Dr.

Head Glaucoma Sector, Dept. of Clinical Neurosciences

Université de Genève

Geneva, Switzerland

Simona Filippo, Dr.

Cataract & Refractive Surgeon Spec. Centro Laservis

Locarno, Switzerland

Stalmans Ingeborg, Prof. Dr.

Adjunct Clinic Head, Ophth. Dept. University Hospitals Leuven

Leuven, Belgium

Sze Guang Ong, Prof. Dr.

Founding Partner & Sen. Consultant Eye & Retina Surgeons


Tassignon Marie-José, Prof. Dr. Head Dept. of Ophthalmology

University Hospital Antwerp

Edegem, Belgium

Thygesen John, Prof. Dr.

Director Glaucoma Services

Copenhagen Univ. Hospital Glostrup

Glostrup, Denmark

Tornambe Paul E., Prof. Dr.


San Diego Retina Research Found.

Poway, USA

Traverso Carlo E., Prof. Dr.

Director of Eye Clinic, Dept. of University of Genova Neurosciences, Ophth. and Genetics

Genova, Italy

Trese Michael, Prof. Dr.

Chief Vitreoretinal Surgery

William Beaumont Hospital

Royal Oak, USA

Trubilin Vladimir, Prof.


Fed. Medical Biology Agency (FMBA)

Moscow, Russia

Tuulonen Anja, Prof. Dr.

Head Ophthalmology Dept.

Oulu University Hospital

Oys, Finland

Ursell Paul, Prof. Dr.

Consultant Ophthalmologist

Epsom & St Helier Univ. Hospitals Trust Epsom, UK

Viswanathan Ananth, Dr.

Consultant Surgeon

Moorfields Eye Hospital

London, UK

Williams George, Prof. Dr.

Retinal Consultant

William Beaumont Hospital

Royal Oak, USA

Wolf Sebastian, Prof. Dr.


Universitätsklinik für Augenheilkunde Berne, Switzerland

Wolfensberger Thomas, Dr.

Director Vitreoretinal Dept.

Jules Gonin Eye Hospital

Yannuzzi Lawrence, Prof.

Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology School of Medicine, Columbia Univ.

Lausanne, Switzerland New York, USA

Zarbin Marco, Prof. Dr. Chair

Inst. of Ophthalmology & Visual Science, Newark, USA UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School

Zografos Leonidas, Prof. Dr.

Jules Gonin Eye Hospital

Medical Director

Lausanne, Switzerland

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