The Power List 2019 – Surgical Pioneers
Professor of Ophthalmology, S. Fyodorov Eye Microsurgery Complex, Moscow, Russia
What was your early inspiration for becoming an ophthalmologist?
I come from a medical family, so I knew from an early age that I would be a doctor someday. However, the final decision which field of medicine to choose was not the easy one. My first inspiration came from the lecture of Prof. Fyodorov I attended as a part of the ophthalmology course. I was intrigued with that profession, specifically new surgical technologies evolving at that time. I have never been disappointed with the choice I made.
What have been your career highlights?
My professional career unfolded in one clinic, which is now bearing the name of its founder. Ascending gradually from one step to another: resident, research fellow, senior surgeon, chief of the department – it has been an interesting journey. I never stopped asking questions and learning from both my senior and junior colleagues. A real breakthrough came from my international professional communications. When I discovered the world of international ophthalmology, I found it overwhelmingly full of interesting news, ideas, research projects and collaborations. I enjoy innovating, and that will always be an integral part of my daily life, and my professional career.
What will be the next big breakthrough in ophthalmology?
There are several on the horizon. A real breakthrough will be coming from AI in the area of diagnostics and follow-up of patients with chronic conditions, from gene therapy treatments for hereditary diseases to automated technologies in surgery.
What’s the best part of being an ophthalmologist?
Ophthalmology is an emotionally rewarding profession. The feedback you get from patients whose vision was restored is fantastic. You can get addicted to it – you want to do more for your patients, to be able to get that response again and again.