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Camiel Boon

The Power List 2017


Camiel Boon

Consultant ophthalmologist and retina specialist, Leiden University Medical Centre, The Netherlands


As well as having active research interests, Boon was appointed as Professor of Clinical Ophthalmogenetics at the University of Amsterdam in November 2016 – at only 37 years of age. Boon is a fellow of the European Board of Ophthalmology, a board member of the Medical Retina working group of the Dutch ophthalmology society, NOG, co-founder and board member of the European Young Retinal Specialists Society and founder of the international CHASE Consortium for clinical and genetic research on central serous chorioretinopathy. Boon is also the initiator and principal researcher of multiple treatment trials for diseases of the retina.


One nominator said: “After doing a PhD on identifying the genetic basis of retinal diseases, and training as an ophthalmologist, Camiel Boon did a fellowship in genetics and retina in Oxford. He then became a faculty member in Leiden age 34 years, studying the genetics of serous chorioretinopathy. Within three years, he set up his retinal surgery clinic, clinical trials, and a research group with five PhD students. At 37 years of age, he was made a full professor at the University of Amsterdam, running the Delleman genetics archive. He is involved in ARVO and founder of a trans-European young ophthalmologists group. He is amazing!”


Part of the Power List 2017

Top 50 rising stars

Thanks to the demographics of the developed world, the future of eyecare looks like it will be one of limited resources and rising patient burden.

So who will lead ophthalmology over the next few decades and shape its future? To find out, we asked you, our readers, to vote for ophthalmology’s Top 50 rising stars… and here they are.

Welcome to the 2017 Power List.

In 2018, The Ophthalmologist will be recognising the Top 100 pioneers and game-changers in the field of ophthalmology.

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