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Subspecialties Professional Development, Refractive, Imaging & Diagnostics

Planning for Success

Nikki Hafezi: There has been a paradigm shift in the mentality of young ophthalmologists in recent years. When Farhad was a young resident, he aspired to climb the traditional academic ladder. He obtained his MD/PhD, garnered fellowships, became a really good clinician and, with time, he was appointed chairman of a university clinic. Any ophthalmologist of his age group would agree that Farhad has achieved what many hope to in their professional careers.

Nowadays, his students and residents have different aspirations. There’s more focus on work-life balance and on quality of life. While dreams of climbing the ladder are still present, the “new” generation have other criteria in their career development plans: innovation, economics and entrepreneurship. We know that income influences almost everyone’s life, but it’s not necessarily the most important factor anymore; people want a blend of quality of life, entrepreneurship, creativity, research, and clinics. They want it all, basically. Providing that will form the foundation of the ELZA Institute, which is on course to open in April.

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Farhad & Nikki Hafezi

Farhad & Nikki Hafezi

Instrumental in building IROC in Zürich, and the 2014 recipient of the Carl Camras award, today Farhad Hafezi is building a new eyecare and research facility: the ELZA institute. His clinical focus is on corneal and refractive laser surgery including irregular astigmatism, and on enhancing and extending the use of CXL. Nikki Hafezi is the Managing Director and CEO of GroupAdvance Consulting and EMAGine SA, which provide business development and fundraising advice to companies in the medical technology field, and develops, manufactures and markets medical products to address unmet ophthalmic needs. Nikki is also in charge of the ELZA institute’s business strategy and development.

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