The Iraqi Ministry of Defense will send some soldiers to Alicante for complex eye surgeries and reconstructions
Doctor Jorge Alio has traveled to Iraq at the invitation of the Ministry of Defense with the objective of examining and treating people injured in the war. He has visited the capital, Baghdad, to know in situ the situation, and to get information about the victims. The seriousness of the situation in Iraq can be proved by x-ray results in which bullets and shrapnel can be observed. The Iraqi Ministry of Defense has decided to send some of the most seriously injured soldiers of the second Iraqi army, who are fighting against ISIS, to Alicante, after the visual health diagnosis, so that Dr. Alio can perform complex surgeries and eye reconstructions on them.
The Iraqi administration selected Dr. Alio, the professor of Ophthalmology at the Miguel Hernandez University (UMH) of Elche, because he is the best professional in his specialty. During his visit, he also had the opportunity to go to the children’s hospital ‘Luz de sus ojos’ to cover the basic health and education needs of orphaned children with whom he would cooperate in the future. Moreover, he was able to meet a delegation from the Iraqi Medicine Directorate, as well as to visit the most important cultural and religious places in the city.
This trip is the culmination of a hugely successful year for Dr. Alio, who has recently entered the ‘Forbes’ list of the 100 best doctors in Spain, being one of the six Spanish ophthalmologists. It should be also reminded, that Jorge Alio, the scientific director of ophthalmological clinic Vissum, was awarded the ‘Life Achievement Honor Award’ by the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), being the first Spanish doctor to obtain it, for his brilliant career and contributions to eye surgery and the treatment of eye diseases.
Moreover, Dr. Jorge Alio has been ranked twelfth among the world’s most influential ophthalmologists. The list of 100 professionals, entitled ‘The Power List 2018’, was drawn up by the British magazine ‘The Ophthalmologist’, one of the most prestigious publications in the field. Furthermore, he was distinguished with the Alberto Sols Award for the ‘Best Research Work’, and he is the only doctor from Alicante among the 50 best Spanish doctors, according to the list ‘Top Doctors 2018’.
Dr. Jorge Alio, an expert in diseases of the anterior segment of the eye at the international level, is famous for his studies on cell therapy for treatment of keratoconus at advanced stages. He is also a specialist in cataract surgery, intraocular lenses and glaucoma. Moreover, he was a pioneer in the introduction of refractive surgery in Spain, along with new techniques for corneal transplantation and an exclusive technique for eye colour changes for cosmetic or therapeutic reasons.
Jorge Alio has been the author or co-author of over 775 scientific articles published in prestigious international journals, 360 book chapters (as editor or coeditor), and has received 103 international and national awards. Among them there is the prestigious Presidency of Honor award of Vision Spain association.