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Roberto Pinelli

Roberto Pinelli

Switzerland Eye Research Institute


Born in Brescia in 1959 and lives in Lugano. A student of medicine and music, he obtained his diploma in piano at the Brescia Conservatoire. He graduated in Medicine and Surgery at the State University of Milan, where he went on to specialise in ophthalmology. He studied orchestra conducting under Seiji Ozawa at the Tanglewood Music Center in Boston, and for 23 years until 2013 he was a lecturer in score reading at the Trento Conservatoire. He trained in refractive surgery with Dr Michael Gordon at the Vision Surgery Laser Center in San Diego, the United States (currently the Gordon-Weiss-Schanzlin Vision Institute). In 2013 he undertook a new project in the Canton of Ticino, SERI Switzerland Eye Research Institute in Lugano, an eye surgery and ophthalmology research institute and care centre for visual defects and all kinds of eye diseases. Until 2014, he was a lecturer in corneal pathology and refractive surgery techniques at the ESASO, European School for Advanced Studies in Ophthalmology in Lugano. An ophthalmology and eye surgery specialist with the FMH (Swiss Medical Association), he has pioneered leading-edge surgery and innovation in ophthalmology, including P-Curve for presbyopia correction, osmotic transepithelial corneal cross-linking for the treatment of keratoconus, and the ParaCel eyewash. He was invited to join the exclusive International Intra-Ocular Implant Club (IIIC) for surgeons founded by Sir Harold Ridley. In 2009-10, in view of his groundbreaking research activity in the field of refractive surgery and the science of vision, he was invited to join the executive committee of the world’s most prominent ophthalmology association, the American Academy of Ophthalmology (ISRS/AAO). Currently a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of Biosyntrx (Colorado Springs, Colorado), a biotech company operating in the field of ophthalmology, and the Medical Advisory Board of Avedro (Waltham, Massachusetts), a leading company in the calibration of instruments and devices for eye pathologies.

Research Interest

Corneal cross-linking