Department of Ophthalmology @ Ospedale San Raffaele

San Raffaele’s ophthalmology unit is divided into 14 subsections covering the whole field of ophthalmology. The services are linked together with the other operating units of the hospital to ensure a complete response in the case of complex diseases that involve different areas.

The ophthalmology unit is accredited by the European Board of Ophthalmology (EBO). The EBO makes evaluation of the clinical-assistance and teaching-training standards by inspectors from their organization. Thanks to this accreditation the unit can accommodate doctors-specialists and teachers from accredited university hospitals in various European countries.

The ophthalmology unit has also been recognised by the International Council of Ophthalmology as a suitable structure to welcome specialists from all over the world to perform fellowships in various fields of ophthalmology.

The ophthalmology unit is part of the European Vision Institute (EVI.CT.SE). It is a European network of clinical ophthalmological research centres, dedicated to conducting clinical research activities in ophthalmology with the highest quality standards, following the European and international directives for clinical studies. This network has an infrastructure for the management of multi-centre clinical trials through common and harmonised technical and organisational standard operating procedures, quality control and staff training. EVI.CT.SE serves as a fundamental resource for the development of translational research, in particular for industrial innovation for medical and pharmaceutical devices in the European Union.

The ophthalmology unit was chosen by the European School for Advanced Studies in Ophthalmology (ESASO) as a venue for the execution of fellowships in the field of retinal diseases.

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cataract surgeries with phacoemulsification technology


vitreoretinal surgery procedures


strabismus surgery procedures


paediatric surgery procedures


eyelid surgery procedures


orbital surgeries


lacrimal pathways surgeries


incisional surgery for glaucoma


laser treatments for glaucoma


retinal laser treatments


intravitreal injections


ocular diagnostic imaging procedures


ocular functional tests

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Ospedale San Raffaele

The San Raffaele Research Hospital is a highly specialized multi-disciplinary medical center of world importance, which embodies the integrity of the treatment, clinical research and teaching activities. San Raffaele provides treatment in all existing medical fields, which allows this center to take care of the most complex patient cases. The Hospital is recognized as IRCCS (Scientific Institute for Research and Healthcare) for its research in molecular medicine and innovative treatments application, such as the gene therapy.

The hospital is a multi-specialty center with more than 50 clinical specialties available and with over 1600 beds; it is accredited by the Italian National Health System to provide care to both public and private, Italian and international patients. In 2018 the San Raffaele Hospital performed over 51,000 patient admissions, 72,000 emergency room encounters and delivered over 1.5 million outpatient medical services. It is widely regarded as the most celebrated hospital in the country and among the most reputable medical centers in Europe. San Raffaele’s wards and operating theatres are equipped with the most advanced machines, such as PET, PET/CT, Gamma Knife, Cyber Knife, Rapid Arc, Tomotherapy. San Raffaele’s Radiotherapy Unit was the first place in Europe to install Tomotherapy in 2004. Nowadays this Unit confirms to be one of the most experienced worldwide; it has developed numerous protocols for cancer treatment of the prostate, breast, central nervous system, brain, liver, pancreas, gastrointestinal tract, lungs, and others. The Oncological Board of the Hospital consisting of diagnosticians, clinical oncologists, immunologists, surgeons and radiotherapists, hold weekly meetings to discuss oncological patients’ pathways in a multidisciplinary manner.

Beside its Cancer Center, San Raffaele is well-known for its medical know-how in cardiology and cardiac surgery, neurology and neurosurgery, gastroenterology and gastrointestinal tract surgery, liver surgery, pancreas surgery, transplant medicine, gynecology and obstetrics, urology, dermatology, ophthalmology, immunology, rheumatology and pediatrics.

San Raffaele is a pioneer in the field of gene medicine and treatment of rare immunologic and genetic diseases. San Raffaele Scientific Institute is where the first in the world gene therapy with stem cells was created, named Strimvelis, for patients affected by ADA-SCID syndrome.

The Research at the San Raffaele Hospital focuses on integrating basic, translational and clinical research to provide the most advanced care to the patients. It counts on over 1,500 scientists, working in state-of-the-art facilities covering a surface of 130,000 square meters, and have produced over 1,446 scientific publications in 2018. Research at San Raffaele aims at understanding the mechanisms underlying a variety of important human diseases and at identifying new targets and new therapeutic strategies to treat them.

The San Raffaele Hospital hosts the Università Vita-Salute San Raffaele, a fully private university with a complete Medical School (including specialty courses and residencies), Nursing School, a Psychology graduate and post-graduate programs, and Allied Health Professions School. The mission of the Vita-Salute San Raffaele University is to answer the question "Quid est homo?" in the belief that the human being is a biological, psychological and spiritual unicum. Since 2010 the San Raffaele Hospital also hosts the International MD Program, the only graduate program accredited to license Medical Doctors in both Europe and North America.


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