18th EVRS Meeting

August 30 – September 02, 2018



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Dr. Grazia Pertile – The Relja Zivojnovic Award Receiver


Relja Zivojnovic Award Lecture
Lessons learned from Autologous Choroidal Graft Surgery for AMD
01/09/2018 @ 12:45 – 13:30


Surgery in High Myopic Eyes
01/09/2018 @ 16:30 – 17:00

Doctor Grazia Pertile build her experience in the treatment of severe retinal diseases with Doctor Carl Claes at the Middelheim Hospital in Antwerp. The department of Ophthalmology of this hospital represented an international referral centre for trauma cases, recurrent retinal detachment, retinopathy of prematurity and essudative macular degeneration.

When she moved to the Sacro Cuore Hospital in Negrar – Verona – she had the opportunity to capitalize on her considerable surgical experience. Doctor Grazia Pertile is one of the few surgeons in Italy and Europe who performs a surgical treatment in selected cases of essudative macular degeneration. Two techniques are performed: macular translocation and autologous choroidal graft transplantation. The wide experience in this sector gave the opportunity to her group to study the modifications induced by the surgery and has led to a better understanding of the disease and the possible therapeutic approaches.

She expanded the diagnostic service of the department. The SD-OCT (Optical Coherence Tomography) that permits in vivo evaluation of the retina has become an invaluable tool for almost all retina diseases. In order to provide the patient a complete aid, the outpatient clinic has been equipped with a low vision service, qualified in the assessment of the visual acuity in the low vision range and in the rehabilitation of low vision patients

Doctor Grazia Pertile has been particularly focused on clinical goals. Nevertheless, she promoted several collaborative initiatives with some fundamental research centres (University Eye Centre, Tubingen, Germany; Division of Neuroscience, San Raffaele Scientific Institute Milan, Italy; Ludwig-Maximillians University, Munich, Germany; New York Medical College, Valhalla, New York, USA; IIT Genoa and Milan, Italy). This cooperation led to the publication of seven papers in relevant scientific journals.

Since 2011 she is involved in a project for the development of a photovoltaic artificial retina.

She conducted clinical research according to CGP and authorize the use of her personal data according to D.Lgs. n°96/2003.

Curriculum Vitae

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Dr. Richard F. Spaide  – The EVRS Lecture Award Receiver



EVRS Award Lecture
31/08/2018 @ 12:15 – 13:00


Review of OCT Angiogram
31/08/2018 @ 15:50 – 16:20


Dr. Richard Spaide is an ophthalmologist in New York, New York and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Lenox Hill Hospital and NYU Langone Medical Center. He received his medical degree from Sidney Kimmel Medical College and has been in practice for more than 20 years. He also speaks multiple languages, including Spanish, Polish, Russian and Ukrainian.

Dr. Spaide is specialized in diseases of the retina and vitreous. His particular interests include retinal surgery, macular degeneration, macular holes, macular pucker, diabetic retinopathy, and intraocular inflammation. He has published more than 300 articles and 50 book chapters and 9 books about the diagnosis and treatment of retinal diseases. He has given lectures around the world.

He has a remarkable number of “firsts” in retinal diseases including the development of autofluorescence imaging using a fundus camera and the first practical method to image deeper structures in the eye with optical coherence tomography. These imaging methods now are used around the world. He has described many new findings and diseases of the eye and helped develop many novel treatments. He has developed numerous surgical instruments that were named after him and holds patents for ophthalmic inventions.

He is the recipient of the Richard and Hilda Rosenthal Foundation Award in the Visual Sciences, the Senior Honor Award from the American Society of Retinal Surgeons, and the Senior Achievement Award from the American Academy of Opthalmology and the Prix Soubrane de la Recherche en Ophthalmologie, Award of Merit from the Retina Society, the Henkind Award, Coscas Award, Nataraja Pillai Award, W. Richard Green MD Award, George Theodossiadis Award, Founders Award, American Society of Retinal Surgeons, Life Achievement Honor Award, American Academy of Ophthalmology, and the Simon Gratz Award, Thomas Jefferson University.

Dr. Spaide was chosen as the 2016 recipient of the Roger H. Johnson Macular Degeneration Award. This is given every 2 years to an individual making a substantial contribution to the understanding, diagnosis, or treatment of macular degeneration, and is one of the most prestigious awards in macular degeneration research.

Dr. Spaide is on medical boards of a number of institutions and has been mentioned in multiple Who’s Who and Best Doctors lists. He is a past executive editor of the American Journal of Ophthalmology and is currently associate editor of the journal Retina. He is on the editorial board of numerous journals.


Undergraduate: Muhlenberg College
Medical School: Jefferson Medical College
Ophthalmology Residency: St. Vincent’s Hospital and Medical Center of New York
Vitreoretinal Surgical Fellowship: Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat Hospital

Curriculum Vitae

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