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Demetrios G. Vavvas

Monte J. Wallace Ophthalmology Chair in Retina. | Co-Director Ocular Regenerative Medical Institute. | Principal Investigator Angiogenesis Laboratory. | Department of Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School. | Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and Massachusetts General Hospital, USA.

As one of his nominators commented: “Vavvas is an outstanding, kind-hearted clinician, surgeon, scientist, and mentor. He devotes countless hours to his patients, research, and opening doors to less fortunate students and doctors from all around the world. Vavvas more than deserves recognition for his contributions to ophthalmology, which can be seen through his publications and videos. He is always open-minded, down to earth and, above all, independent.”

Who have been your mentors?

I have looked up to Professor Gragoudas and Professor Miller.

What was the luckiest break of your career?

I was very fortunate to get a position at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary.

What would be a piece of advice you’d give to your younger self?

“Read more!”

What’s the best part of being an ophthalmologist?

It is the satisfaction of helping people see, and the breadth and depth of science, the potential of the field, and the caliber of our colleagues.  

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