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ESCRS Board elections are held every two years. Board members serve for a term of four years and can be re-elected for one additional four year term. Board members must have been a full member of the ESCRS for at least the last three consecutive years and in order to stand for election candidates must be nominated by five other full members of the Society.


There were five positions open on the Board in this election and seventeen full members of the ESCRS were nominated. Voting opened on the 10 June and closed on the 2 September.


The successful candidates elected to the ESCRS Board are as follows:


Elected Board Members

Jorge Alió, Spain

Jorge Alió MD, PhD, FEBO is Professor and Chairman of Ophthalmology, University Miguel Hernandez, Alicante, Spain, founder of Vissum Corporation, Spain and the Jorge Alió Foundation for the Prevention of Blindness. He is a high-volume surgeon in cataract, cornea and refractive surgery with over 50,000 surgeries performed. His main research interests include lens, refractive and corneal surgery. Pioneer in the area of multifocal, accommodative and toric IOLs, excimer laser refractive surgery, phakic IOLs and corneal regeneration surgery, he is author of over 563 peer review papers, 367 chapters, 93 books; extremely active at congresses with lectures and courses; 2018 Hirsch factor (h-factor) of 60 (Scopus); LXIII chair of the Academia Ophthalmologica Internationalis; XLIX chair of the European Academy of Ophthalmology; and has received over 103 international and national awards. He is creator and Director of the online course Scientific Methodology in Refractive, Cataract and Cornea Surgery (University Miguel Hernandez). Fellows from all over the world come to his research facilities to be trained under his supervision.


“I believe that the ESCRS has the potential to be a global reference in the specialty with a particular focus on the promotion of evidence-based knowledge in cataract, refractive and corneal surgery”.

Bruce Allan, UK

We all need easy access to information on our treatment outcomes and accurate, up-to-date advice on which lenses, lasers and procedures are performing best. Pooled data from electronic healthcare record (EHR) systems can provide the answers if the right structures are in place. My aim in standing for the ESCRS Board is to promote access to EHR systems for your practices, automated quality systems to keep you in touch with your outcomes, and a framework for using pooled data to answer your clinical research questions. Important foundations have been laid through EUREQUO, but more work is required to widen participation. In particular, data upload should be automated. You, as a busy surgeon, should not have to input data manually.


I have been on the staff at Moorfields Eye Hospital since 1998, chair of the UK Refractive Surgery Standards Working Group since 2015, and an EuCornea board member since 2017. I have lectured and published widely and have made many friends in both industry and medicine through teaching and international collaboration. With your support, I believe I have the experience and the energy to contribute strongly as an ESCRS Board member.

Vikentia Katsanevaki, Greece

Vikentia Katsanevaki, MD, PhD has been active within the ESCRS for the past 15 years. She has been, and continues to be, a member of the Programme Committee, faculty of the refractive surgery didactic course, invited lecturer and faculty of various instructional courses and senior instructor of refractive wetlabs. She has been an elected member of the ESCRS Board since 2015.


She has been trained at the University of Crete, Greece and completed a fellowship in cornea and external disease at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London UK.


After long collaboration with the University of Crete and serving as a refractive consultant in a major group practice in Athens, she currently runs a private practice in Athens for cataract and refractive surgery.


If re-elected to the Board, she plans to continue building her teaching and organisational experience with major interest in young ophthalmologists.

Nic Reus, The Netherlands

After having completed my residency in 2009, I specialised in cataract surgery at The Rotterdam Eye Hospital (the Netherlands). In 2014, I joined the Department of Ophthalmology at the Amphia Hospital in Breda, the Netherlands.


I am currently a member of the ESCRS Programme Committee and act as liaison between the ESCRS and the European Society of Ophthalmic Nurses and Technicians (ESONT). Since 2011, I have been a (senior) course and wetlab instructor at the meetings of the ESCRS. In addition, I am instructor in the Young Ophthalmologists Programme. Furthermore, I have been a board member of the Netherlands Intraocular Implant Club (NIOIC) since 2009.


In 2005, I received a PhD (cum laude) from the Erasmus University Rotterdam. I have authored 39 peer-reviewed articles. Recent publications have covered straylight and patient-reported outcome measures.


If elected to the Board, I would like to build on my teaching, research and organisational experience to further improve the role of the ESCRS in providing the best in education in cataract and refractive surgery, in supporting clinical research, and in offering a platform for European ophthalmologists to exchange their ideas and experiences.

Filomena Ribeiro, Portugal

I am honoured to be nominated for the ESCRS Board election. I have been involved as an ESCRS Co-Opted Board Member and as a member of the Programme and Young Ophthalmologists Committees. I am pleased and willing to express my wish to continue this participation, to expand the Society’s efforts to offer voice and participation to all those who can contribute, being particularly focused on education and research as leverages to the ESCRS.


I am the head of the Hospital da Luz (Lisbon) Ophthalmology Department, Professor of Ophthalmology and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Lisbon, Board of the Portuguese College of Ophthalmology, and past-president of the Portuguese Group of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (CIRP). I participate as an examiner in the FEBOS-CR (EBO-ESCRS Subspecialty exam), I am a member of the Portuguese National Jury of Ophthalmology and director of UEMS-accredited courses. I developed my research activity at Visual Sciences Research Centre mainly in IOL power calculation and eye computational models.


I would be grateful to have your vote support and I invite you to contact me with any questions you might have.