2023 José I. Barraquer Lecture and Award:
Roberto Pineda, MD
A native of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Dr. Roberto Pineda completed his medical degree at the University of Minnesota Medical School and was admitted to the Howard Hughes NIH-HHMI Research Scholars Program. He went on to complete his residency in ophthalmology at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary (MEEI), Harvard Medical School, where he served as chief resident and director of the Trauma Service for an additional year. As a Heed Fellow recipient, he completed his cornea and refractive surgery fellowship at MEEI. Currently, he is the Thomas Y and Clara W Butler Chair in Ophthalmology and an associate professor of ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School on the Cornea and Refractive Surgery Service at MEEI.
Dr. Pineda has published over 80 peer-reviewed papers and coauthored 5 books, including the award-winning Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary Illustrated Manual of Ophthalmology (5th ed.). He has received both the American Academy of Ophthalmology Achievement and Senior Achievement Awards and has served on the Academy’s Practicing Ophthalmology Committee in Cataract, the Ethics Committee, and the Preferred Practice Patterns Committee, Adult Cataract. Additionally, he was inducted into the International Intraocular Implant Club (IIIC) in 2016. He regularly participates in global ophthalmology programs such as Orbis, Lifeline Express, and SightLife’s Surgical Skill Transfer Program, in addition to his own programs in Uganda and Sudan. He has served on the International Council of Ophthalmology Fellowship Committee, regularly sponsoring award recipients since 2005. Currently, he sits on the board of KeraLink International, working to reduce corneal blindness through advancements in novel low-resource technologies.