Prof. Pasquale Aragona
Pasquale Aragona is Full Professor and Chairman of Ophthalmology, at the Department of Biomedical Sciences, University of Messina, Italy, Head of the Eye Clinic of the Azienda Ospedaliera Universitaria “G. Martino” di Messina and Head of the Regional Excellence Centre for Ocular Surface Diseases at the University of Messina, Italy, which receives patients coming from the whole South of Italy.
He obtained his MD degree at the University of Messina in 1985, and obtained his specialization in Ophthalmology in 1989 and in Clinical Pharmacology in 1994 at the University of Messina. In 1999, he obtained his Doctorate Diploma in Ophthalmology and Surgical Correction of the Refractive Errors at the University of Padua, Italy. In the 1987 and 1991 he was attached to the Institute of Ophthalmology of the University of London and External Eye Diseases and Contact Lens Departments of the Moorfield’s Eye Hospital in London were he carried out researches about ocular surface diseases and contact lens related ocular surface disorders.
Clinically, he specializes in the medical and surgical treatment of ocular surface diseases and of the anterior segment of the eye.
He is Past-President of the Italian Society of Dacriology and Ocular Surface (SIDSO), and member of the Board of the following scientific Societies: Società Oftalmologi Universitari (SOU); Società Italiana Uveiti e Infiammazioni Oculari (SIUMIO); Società Italiana di Contattologia Medica (SICOM); Società Oftalmologica Siciliana (SOSi).
He is also member of the OCEAN Group (Osmoprotection in Dry Eye – European Expert Group), of the ODYSSEY Group (European Consensus Group on Severe Dry Eye Diagnosis and Treatment) and the ECOS-G group (European Consensus Ocular Surface Glaucoma Group). He was also part of the second Dry Eye Work Shop organized by the Tear Film and Ocular Surface Society. He was Regional Representative for TFOS (2004-2010) and member of the Medical and Scientific Advisory Board of the Tear Film Ocular Surface Society (TFOS) (2010- 2013); he participated to the Meibomian Gland Dysfunction Workshop of the TFOS (2009-2011). Prof. Aragona acts as reviewer for principal journals in ophthalmology, is in the Editorial Board of several International Journal of Ophthalmology and is the author of 200 scientific papers. He is recipient of the Italian Ophthalmological Society Prize for Pure Research in 1996 and of the Amber–Silver Medal of the Cornea Polish Symposium in 2011 and the Amber-Gold Medal of the Polish Cornea Symposium in 2015.