Resume / Bio
Prof. Dr. Jorge Alio, Elected Board Member of the European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons (ESCRS, 2020) and Candidate to the General Secretary of the ESCRS for the terms 2021-2023, is 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 vocationally involved in Ophthalmic Academic and Research activities in combination with an intense clinical and surgical practice. His main dedication has been to Cataract, Cornea and Refractive Surgery.
Graduate with Honors from Universidad Complutense, Madrid (1976). PhD, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid (with Honors, Summa cum Laude & Award of the Spanish Society of Ophthalmology) and Ophthalmology degree in Universidad Autonoma, Madrid (1980), Postdoctorate Fellow at the Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins University (1985-86), Assistant, Professor Universidad Autonoma, Madrid and Salamanca University (1976-83), Full Professor Universidad de Salamanca (1983-86), Professor and Chairman of Ophthalmology Univ Alicante (1987-97) and finally Prof and Chairman Universidad Miguel Hernandez de Elche, Alicante Spain (1997-present). He has been Director of the Department of Pathology and Surgery of the University of Alicante (1997-2000) He visiting or Honorary Professor in different Spanish and international universities (Universidad de Sevilla (Spain), La Habana (Cuba), Mansoura (Egypt), Massachusetts Eye and Ear (USA), Research Institute of Ophthalmology (Egypt) and Wenzhou University (China), among others. As an ophthalmic surgeon, and has performed over 50,000 ocular surgeries during his surgical career. He is member of the American Ophthalmological Society (AOS) in which he was accepted with his second doctorate in Regenerative advanced therapies in Corneal Regeneration in 2019.
Prof Jorge Alio’s professional collaboration with activities of international Scientific Societies includes as the main ones the following: International Ocular Inflammation Society (IOIS, Founder, General Secretary and Chairman), European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery ( ESCRS, Elected Board Member in two different terms ), the American Academy of Ophthalmology through the International Society of Refractive Surgery (ISRS, General Secretary(2003-2006) and President (2006-2008) and the World Ophthalmology Congress (WOC, Executive Board in two terms), and European Vision Institute (EVICR.net Founder and Board Member since its creation in 2006) among others.
Throughout his career and arising from his clinical research activities, he has been the author or co-author of 669 peer review papers (World of Science peer review indexed international scientific journals), 384 book chapters, 99 books (as editor or co-editor), o and over 2106 presentations and invited lectures in international meetings. The Hirsch factor (h-factor) 68 (Scopus)
Prof Alio, academically also holds Chairs at the Academia Ophthalmologica Internationalis and the European Academy of Ophthalmology. He has directed a total of 76 PhD doctorate university projects. He is the Founder and Director since 2016 of the online University Expert Course “Refractive, Cataract and Cornea Surgery” (University Miguel Hernandez) which involves 275 multimedia teaching activities and the acknowledged level of University Expert by University Miguel Hernandez (Spain) and the ISRS/AAO.
He has received over 100 international and national awards and recognitions including the Arruga Award (Sociedad Española de Oftalmologia, 1990), the Rayner Medal (UKIRS, 2002), two Kelman Awards (Video Refractive Milan 2003, Hellenic Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery HSCRS 2008), the Strampelli Award (International Refractive Surgery Society IRSS 2007), Senior and Secretariat Awards of the AAO, 2008, two Barraquer Awards (ISRS/AAO 2009 and (Keratomileusis study group KMSG 2010), Guillermo Pico Award (Sociedad Puertorriqueña de Oftalmologia SPO 2009), Torchbearer Award (Corneal Research Foundation CRFA 2010) Lifetime Achievement Award (ISRS/AAO 2012), Waring medal (Slack inc. 2012) , Bober Ans Award (Danish Ophthalmological Society 2012), APAO Achievement award 2016, AECOS Joseph Colin Award 2016, the AAO Lifetime Achievement Honor Award in 2018 and the National Research Award Alberto Sols (Spain) in 2019.
As a clinical ophthalmic scientist, he was listed he has been acknowledged as the author with the highest impact factor in clinical research in the subject of Cataract over the last 5 years by The Ophthalmologist, February 2014, 2016, 2018. He was listed as the author with the highest impact factor in the field of keratoconus over the last 5 years by The Ophthalmologist, June 2014. Also, he was listed in the Power List as one of the 100 most influential doctors in Ophthalmology (The Ophthalmologist, 2014, 2016 and 2018). Prof. Alio has been recently acknowledged in 2019 by Expertscape (www.expertscape.com) as listed number 1 in scientific reference publications in Refractive Surgery, Cataract Extraction, Cornea, Anterior Eye Segment, Intraocular Lens Implantation, Ophthalmological Surgical Procedures, and number 2 in Refractive Errors, Visual Acuity, Laser Corneal Surgery, Laser therapy and LASIK.
Prof Alio actively collaborates in a number of Executive Boards and Editorial Boards of international scientific ophthalmological publications, such as Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (Top 100 recognition), Journal of Refractive Surgery (Silver Award), British Journal of Ophthalmology (Section Editor), BMC Ophthalmology (Editorial Advisor), Ophthalmic Research (Editorial Board and Advisory Board), Journal of Ocular Immunology and Inflammation (co-Founder and Editorial Board), European Journal of Ophthalmology (Editorial Board), Survey of Ophthalmology (Editorial Board), Archives of the Sociedad Española de Oftalmologia (Editorial Board), Eye and Vision (co-editor in Chief), Frontiers in Ophthalmology (Associate Editor), MEAJO (International Advisory Board) Saudi Journal of Ophthalmology (Editorial Board) and Open Ophthalmology Journal ( Editor in Chief 2016-2020), and TVST (Section Editor). He is also Editorial Board Member in ophthalmic tabloids such as Cataract and Refractive Surgery Today (CRST) and Ophthalmology Times.
Concerning humanitarian services, he is the Founder of the Foundation that bears his name, dedicated to the promotion of the prevention of blindness which carries out its activities both in Spain and on international levels, particularly in Mauritania where a Center for Sight (UBASO) was created in 2010. Since 2018 to the present moment this project evolved into the Nouadhibou Vision Project/Fundacion Jorge Alio Foundation, offering humanitarian ophthalmic services in the only Eye Center existing so far in Mauritania.
Currently Prof Alio is academically serving in Universidad Miguel Hernandez as Professor and Chairman of Ophthalmology and Director of the Iberia Biobank and Biodata created jointly with the funding of the National Network of Clinical Research (OFTARED, National Health Institute Carlos III), where he is the Coordinator of Eye Diopter Research. His clinical services as an ophthalmic clinician and surgeon are provided in Vissum Instituto Oftalmologico de Alicante (Founded by Dr Alio in 2004), Grupo Miranza. He is the Honorary President of the patient´s association for the assistance of the visually handicapped “Accion Vision España”.
Prof Alio has been also involved and is today active in many social national and European civilian organizations and has been President twice of the Rotary Club of Alicante.
He is married to Maria Lopez and is father of 4 children, one of them also an MD PhD academic and clinical Ophthalmologist.