Prof. Mario Stirpe - President
A pupil of Prof. G.B. Bietti, Prof. Stirpe, after obtaining tenure in ophthalmology in 1972, was appointed director of the Diagnostic and Surgical Centre for Retinal Diseases at the Department of Ophthalmology of the University of Rome. In Miami in 1973 he joined the international group that created and disseminated throughout the world a new type of retinal surgery based on the removal of vitreous gel. From that moment on, he oriented his research prevalently towards the treatment of serious retinal diseases. From 1978 to 1994 he taught at several universities and “continuing education” courses in the United States on behalf of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. During the first half of the 1980s he helped establish the G.B. Bietti Foundation for Study and Research in Ophthalmology. In 1994 he played an important role in promoting the change in the law regulating cornea transplants in Italy and subsequently, through the Bietti Foundation, in establishing the Latium Eye Bank. In 2001, in recognition of his contribution to the field, he was selected as a “Guest of Honour” of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. In the early 2000s he dedicated part of his efforts to turning the G.B. Bietti Foundation for Study and Research in Ophthalmology into a Research Hospital [Istituto di Ricovero e Cura a Carattere Scientifico - IRCCS]. In early 2006 the commission for the assignment of recognitions of merit awarded him the Gold Medal of Distinction in the field of health care, and the President of the Republic C.A.Ciampi awarded him the Cross of Distinction of the Italian Republic. He is a member of the most prestigious international societies of ophthalmology, has authored over 200 scientific publications, organized five international ophthalmology congresses, and edited three volumes that have had worldwide distribution. Currently, he is the president of the G.B. Bietti Foundation for Study and Research in Ophthalmology - Research Hospital [Istituto di Ricovero e Cura a Carattere Scientifico –IRCCS] and is particularly involved in multi-centre international studies. Honours and awards:
- Guest of Honour of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (2001).
- Cross of Distinction of the Italian Republic.
- Medal of Distinction in the field of health care.
- Medal from the Cornell Hospital in New York (McLean lecture).
- Medal from the Columbia University in New York (DeVoe lecture).
- Gold Medal from the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness.
- Gold Medal for teaching from the Italian Society of Ophthalmology.
- Gold Medal from the Gonzalez Rodriguez Foundation in Bogotà.
- J. Donald Gass Award 2011