2019 Waring Memorial Award for a Young Ophthalmologist:
Dr. Alain Saad
Dr. Alain Saad graduated from the Faculty of Medicine, Saint Joseph University, Beirut, Lebanon in 2005. He subsequently pursued a residency in Ophthalmology at Hotel Dieu de France, Beirut, then started in 2008 at the Rothschild Foundation in Paris. Dr. Saad then completed a fellowship in the cataract, cornea and refractive surgery department led by Dr. Damien Gatinel (2013-2015) at the Rothschild Foundation and he became a full time attending surgeon in this department in June 2015.
Since 2017, Dr Saad has been Assistant Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon and an attending/visiting staff at the Rothschild Foundation in Paris.
Throughout his career, Dr. Saad has maintained a busy clinical practice, and has continued with his teaching activities and research. He is a member of numerous professional societies and a reviewer for several journals in ophthalmology; he has published more than 50 articles in peer-reviewed literature and has given more than 90 oral presentations in local and international meetings. His research interests include new developments in corneal topography and tomography, artificial intelligence application to ophthalmology, wavefront, biomechanics, new intraocular lenses and new keratoplasties technique.
Along with Dr. Gatinel, he has developed an artificial intelligence system for the detection of ectasia susceptible eyes: The “SCORE analyzer by Gatinel and Saad” launched in April 2014. In 2019, he participated in the launch of a new IOL calculation formula based on artificial intelligence called PEARL-DGS (Precision Enhancement using Artificial Intelligence and Output Linearization by Debellemanière, Gatinel and Saad).
Dr. Saad was a recipient of the Achievement Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology in 2016 and of multiple best papers and posters awards from the AAO and ASCRS. He was cited and ranked #10 by The Ophthalmologist in its power list “Top 40 under 40” in 2015 and nominated in the “Rising stars in Ophthalmology” list in 2017.