Speaker Biography

Bertil Damato received his undergraduate education in Malta, where he was born, and his postgraduate training in ophthalmology and ocular oncology under the mentorship of Professor W. Foulds at the Tennent Institute of Ophthalmology in Glasgow. In 1993, he established the Liverpool Ocular Oncology Centre, which he directed for 20 years. From 2013 to 2018, he was Professor of Ophthalmology and Radiation Oncology and Director of the Ocular Oncology Service at the University of California, San Francisco. Currently, he is a Consultant Ocular Oncologist at St. Erik Eye Hospital, Stockholm, and Moorfields Eye Hospital, London.

Professor Damato has served as President of the European Ocular Oncology Group, President of the European Vision and Research Association and President of the International Society of Ocular Oncology. His research has focussed on ocular oncology, particularly treatment of uveal melanoma as well as survival prognostication and quality of life of patients with these tumours. He has published more than 300 scientific articles and authored or co-edited several textbooks. Professor Damato has received a number of awards, which include the Bjerrum Medal in Denmark, the Cohen Medal in South Africa, the Watson and Ashton Medals in the UK, and the Shields Medal in Hong Kong. He is married to Frankanne and has two children, both doctors.

Opening Ceremony, Euretina Lecture & August Deutman Awards

Date: Thursday 5th October 16.15 – 17.15
Room: Grand Auditorium
Chairperson: Alistair Laidlaw UK


16.15 – Introduction and background of Bertil Damato. Presented by Alistair Laidlaw UK


16.20 – Euretina Lecture: OncoVR – a new subspecialty? Presented by Bertil Damato UK


16.50 – August Deutman Awards


17.15 – End of Session