He has also been the first Spanish doctor awarded by the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) for his contribution to visual health.
Jorge Alio is the only doctor from Alicante among the 50 best Spanish doctors, according to the list ‘Top Doctors 2018’. It should be reminded that Dr. Alio, the professor of Ophthalmology at the Miguel Hernandez University (UMH) of Elche, was also recognized one of the best doctors in 2017 edition of this list. It is, therefore, another milestone that Dr. Jorge Alio, an expert in diseases of the anterior segment of the eye at the international level, has reached in his career along with the fact of being a specialist in cataract surgery, intraocular lenses and glaucoma. He is also famous for his studies on cell therapy for treatment of keratoconus at advanced stages, as well as for the fact that he was a pioneer in the introduction of refractive surgery in Spain, along with new techniques for corneal transplantation.
Last month he 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. It is the third time that Jorge Alio is mentioned in this classification, which is considered to be one of the most prestigious publications, which ranks the most influential people in the field of ophthalmology, including surgeons, scientists and biomedical engineers.
Furthermore, Dr. Alio, the academic of the Royal Academy of Medicine of the Valencian Community (RAMCV), has developed an exclusive technique for eye colour changes for cosmetic or therapeutic reasons, which has been published in ‘Text and Atlas on Corneal Pigmentation’, the first book in the world devoted to keratopigmentation and directed to eye care specialists. He is also the creator of the concept of microincisional cataract surgery (MICS) and a pioneer in the area of multifocal, accommodative, and toric IOLs.
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.
It should be reminded that Jorge Alio, has recently published an article ‘Cellular therapy of the corneal stroma: Real approach or science fiction? ‘ in the prestigious journal ‘Ophthalmology Times Europe’. The article is devoted to the research, carried out by the doctor and his collaborators, into extraocular mesenchymal stem cells, which could be an alternative to the classical cornea transplantation.
He is also the creator and director of the first online course in refractive surgery from the Miguel Hernandez University, entitled ‘Scientific Methodology in Refractive, Cataract, and Cornea Surgery’. Moreover, he is a founder of Vissum Corporation and the Jorge Alio Foundation for the Prevention of Blindness, which performs humanitarian actions, such as project ‘Vision Nouadhibou’, which is devoted to the construction of the first eye hospital in Mauritania; as well as cultural initiatives such as the Painting Competition ‘Miradas’ which aims at raising public awareness of the importance of eye health and blindness prevention through art.