Gerrit R.J. Melles, MD, PhD
In 1997, after completing medical school and specializing in ophthalmology, Dr. Melles started focusing on the treatment of corneal diseases. In 2000 he founded the Netherlands Institute for Innovative Ocular Surgery (NIIOS) with several associated organizations, among which Melles Cornea Clinic Rotterdam and Amnitrans EyeBank Rotterdam. At NIIOS, in joint effort with a dedicated team, Dr. Melles developed and continuously evaluates diverse techniques for both tissue preparation and corneal transplantation, such as: DALK (Deep Anterior Lamellar Keratoplasty), DLEK (Deep Lamellar Endothelial Keratoplasty), DSEK / DSAEK (Descemet Stripping (Automated) Endothelial Keratoplasty), DMEK (Descemet Membrane Endothelial Keratoplasty), DMET (Descemet Membrane Endothelial Transfer) and Bowman Layer Implantation. His objective is to treat corneal disorders with techniques that are minimally invasive. In addition he developed several instruments and medical devices to facilitate the surgical procedures. Furthermore he is actively involved in the development of ophthalmic staining solutions, such as VisionBlue®, MembraneBlue®, ILM-Blue® and MembraneBlue Dual®. On all these fields Dr. Melles has authored a broad range of scientific publications in high-ranking peer-reviewed scientific journals. Under his supervision more than 650 patients have had surgery with the DMEK technique that he developed. The American Academy of Ophthalmology awarded him its Achievement Award in 2005 and 2009. Other honours and awards Dr. Melles received for his contributions to the treatment of corneal disorders by advanced lamellar keratoplasty are for example: 5th Optic lecture of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists, Liverpool, United Kingdom (2013), 13th Montgomery lecture of the Irish College of Ophthalmologists, Dublin, Ireland (2013), Ridley-Lecture at 25th DOC congress, Nürnberg, Germany (2012), Membership of Honor, El Instituto Barraquer, Barcelona, Spain (2010), Dr. Eduard Konrad Zirm award, Rohovkový Kongres, Prague, Czech Republic (2009), Charles W. Tillett, M.D. lecture, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA (2008), Mediglia d’Oro (golden medal) at 7th SITRAC congress, Milan, Italy (2008). Dr. Melles has a great interest in classical music and is an amateur composer. To share his passion for music with others he founded the Melles Classical Music Foundation (MCMF) with the MCMF orchestra. Aim of the foundation is to organize two to three performances a year of mostly self-composed symphonic music and to give talented young musicians the opportunity to perform in a concert setting.