The Power List 2016
Professor and Chairman of Ophthalmology, University of Alicante, and Medical Director of Vissum Corporation
A leading authority in refractive surgery (although originally a vitreoretinal surgeon), Jorge Alió is at the forefront of much of the research in this field. He is the medical director of Vissum, Europe’s largest eye institute and research facility, an ESCRS board member and co-founder (with his wife) of an eponymous foundation dedicated to blindness prevention both in Spain and internationally, including building an eye hospital in Mauritania. Alió has received many international awards for his clinical and research work in ocular neovascularization and inflammation, preventative ophthalmology, refractive surgery and anterior segment surgery. He ascribes much of his success to his mentors over the years – Steve Trokel, Dick Lindstrom, George Waring, among many greats – and notes that he’s “the last disciple of Charlie Kelman”. Alió also runs an art competition for Spanish artists whose work relates to vision, and the project is now being extended globally.