Biography: Iva Dekaris

Iva DekarisIva Dekaris, MD, PhD is Medical Director and Head of Corneal Department at University Eye Hospital “Svjetlost”; professor of ophthalmology at Universities of Rijeka, Vice-President of the European Eye Bank Association and Vice-President of the Croatian Society for Cataract and Refractive Surgery. She is also an associate-member of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts. The areas of her surgical and research expertise are anterior segment procedures. She has overall experience of over 20 000 surgeries mostly cataract, refractive surgery on the lens, corneal grafts, amniotic membrane transplantations, stem-cell transplantations, anti-glaucoma surgeries. She was the first surgeon to start with modern lamellar corneal grafts (DSAEK and UT-DSAEK) in south-eastern Europe. She was co-founder of the first eye bank in Croatia in 1995; finished her Postdoctoral Cornea Research Fellowship at Harvard Medical School (1998) and served as President of the European Eye Bank Association (2010-2013). She acts as European Committee expert for “replacement ocular tissues” and a teacher at the Surgical skill training courses of the European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons (ESCRS). She had held dozens of invited lectures all over Europe, published 50 papers in CC journals (611 Scopus citation) and co-authored three international books. For her work dr. Dekaris received several rewards: Croatian State Annual Award for both young and senior scientist, Croatian Ministry of Health Award for the achievements in Ophthalmology and South-eastern European Society Award for work in ophthalmology. She is an Editorial board member of five scientific journals (Ophthalmology Research: An International Journal, Journal of Eye & Cataract Refractive Surgery, Journal of Clinical & Experimental Ophthalmology, Acta Medica Croatica and Medical Sciences – Journal of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts) and a reviewer for IOVS, British Journal of Ophthalmology, Acta Ophthalmologica, Eye, Molecular Vision and others. She is a mentor of eight ophthalmology residents working on their PhD thesis.