Palioura Sotiria Opthalmologist
Education & Academic Qualifications
- Adj. Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology, YALE UNIVERSITY MEDICAL SCHOOL, USA (2019 – present)
- Adj. Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology, BASCOM PALMER EYE INSTITUTE, USA (2015 – present)
- Visiting Professor of Ophthalmology, UNIVERSITY OF BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (2020 – present)
- Instructor, Department of Ophthalmology, BASCOM PALMER EYE INSTITUTE, USA (7/2014 – 7/2015)
- 2019 – Diplomate of the Principles and Practice of Clinical Research, HARVARD SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH, USA
- 2018 – Diplomate/Fellow of the European Board of Ophthalmology (FEBO)
- 2016 – Certified Eye Bank Technician (CEBT), Eye Bank Association of America, USA
- 2015 – Diplomate/Fellow of the American Board of Ophthalmology
- Fellowship in Cornea and Ocular Surface with emphasis on Cornea Transplantations, Ocular Surface Tumors and Ocular Surface Autoimmune/Inflammatory Conditions, BASCOM PALMER EYE INSTITUTE, USA (2014 – 2015)
- Ophthalmology Residency, Department of Ophthalmology, HARVARD UNIVERSITY MEDICAL SCHOOL, USA (2011 – 2014)
- Transitional Year Internship, Department of Medicine, MEMORIAL SLOAN-KETTERING CANCER CENTER, USA (2010 – 2011)
- Doctor of Medicine (M.D. degree) with full scholarship and distinction Cum Laude (awarded to the top 5% of the graduating class), YALE UNIVERSITY MEDICAL SCHOOL, USA (2003 – 2010)
- PhD with full scholarship, distinction and awards (MD/PhD Thesis Award, Farr Scholar Excellence in Research Award), YALE UNIVERSITY MEDICAL SCHOOL, USA (2003 – 2010)
- Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) and Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry with distinction Magna Cum Laude (top 10% of the class, ΦΒΚ Honor Society), YALE UNIVERSITY, USA (1999 – 2003)
2010 – “RNA-Dependent Selenocysteine Biosynthesis in Eukaryotes and Archaea”
Under the guidance of Drs. Dieter Söll and Thomas A. Steitz, the 2009 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry
Full scholarship, distinction and awards (MD/PhD Thesis Award, Farr Scholar Excellence in Research Award), YALE UNIVERSITY MEDICAL SCHOOL, USA (2003 – 2010)
Fellowship in Societies, Membership in Journal Editorial Committees
American Academy of Ophthalmology
Cornea Society (American Society for Cornea Specialists)
American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS)
EuCornea (European Society of Cornea Specialists)
European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ESCRS)
Hellenic Society of Intraocular Implant and Refractive Surgery (HSIOIRS)
Hellenic Ophthalmological Society
Editorial Boards/ AD-HOC REVIEWER for peer-reviewed international journals
American Journal of Ophthalmology
Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
British Journal of Ophthalmology
Journal of Refractive Surgery
Journal of Ophthalmology
Digital Journal of Ophthalmology
Visiting Professor of Ophthalmology, UNIVERSITY OF BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (2020 – present)
Consultant, Hygeia Group of Hospitals (2019 – present)
Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology, YALE UNIVERSITY MEDICAL SCHOOL, USA (2019 – present)
Medical Affairs Associate for Europe, Middle East and Asia, Alcon S.A. (2019 – present)
Consultant, Athens Vision Eye Institute (2017 – 2020)
Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology, BASCOM PALMER EYE INSTITUTE, USA (2015 – present)
Instructor of Ophthalmology, BASCOM PALMER EYE INSTITUTE, USA (7/2014 – 7/2015)
Attending Surgeon in Ophthalmology, BASCOM PALMER EYE INSTITUTE, ΗΠΑ (2014 – present)
Hygeia Hospital, Athens, Greece
Mitera Hospital ,Athens, Greece
Bascom Palmer Eye Institute/Anne Bates Leach Eye Hospital, FL, USA
University of Miami Hospital, FL, USA
Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center – University of Miami Health System, FL, USA
Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary, MA, USA
Massachusetts General Hospital, MA, USA
Brigham & Women’s Hospital, MA, USA
Boston Children’s Hospital, MA, USA
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard University Boston, MA, USA
Jamaica Plain VA Medical Center, MA, USA
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, NY, USA
Yale New Haven Hospital, CT, USA
West Haven VA Medical Center, CT, USA
Bridgeport Hospital – Yale New Haven Health System, CT, USA
Clinical supervisor and research mentor for graduating medical students from YALE UNIVERSITY MEDICAL SCHOOL (2019 – present)
Research mentor for graduating medical students from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (2017 – present)
Clinical and surgical instructor for trained ophthalmologists during their Cornea and External Disease fellowship, BASCOM PALMER EYE INSTITUTE, USA (2015 – present)
Clinical and surgical instructor for ophthalmology residents, BASCOM PALMER EYE INSTITUTE, USA (2014 – present)
Laboratory project supervisor for undergraduate students, YALE UNIVERSITY, USA (2007 – 2008)
Teaching Assistant for the course: “Medical Impact of Basic Science”, YALE UNIVERSITY, USA (2006)
Anatomy Teaching Program for high school students, YALE UNIVERSITY MEDICAL SCHOOL, USA (2004 – 2005)
Clinical & Research Interest
Cataract Surgery with Implantation of Monofocal, Multifocal and Extended Depth of Focus Intraocular Lenses (IOLs)
Cornea Transplantation: Penetrating Keratoplasty (PKP), Deep Anterior Lamellar Keratoplasty (DALK), Endothelial Transplantation (DSAEK, ultra-thin DSAEK, DMEK)
Refractive Surgery: Laser Correction of Myopia and Astigmatism
Cornea/Collagen Crosslinking: Management of Keratoconus and Corneal Ectasias
Surgical Management of Pterygium with Conjunctival Autograft and the P.E.R.F.E.C.T. Technique
Surgical and Medical Management of Ocular Surface Tumors: Ocular Surface Squamous Neoplasia (OSSN)/Conjunctival Squamous Cell Carcinoma, Conjunctival Melanoma, Conjunctival Lymphoma, Primary Acquired Melanosis, Conjunctival Nevus, Conjunctival Papilloma
Limbal Stem Cell Transplantation
Management of Ocular Surface Autoimmune and Inflammatory Conditions: Ocular Cicatricial Pemphigoid/Mucous Membrane Pemphigoid, Sjogren’s Syndrome, Peripheral Ulcerative Keratitis, Episcleritis, Scleritis, Graft-versus-Host Disease, Stevens-Johnson Syndrome
Management of Severe Allergic Keratoconjunctivitis in Children (Vernal Keratoconjunctivitis) and Adults (Atopic Keratoconjunctivitis)
Management of Herpetic Keratitis and Herpes Zoster Ophthalmicus
Management of Infectious Keratitis and Corneal Ulcers (Bacterial, Fungal, Acanthamoeba, Microsporidia)
Clinical research on the use of autologous serum tears for the management of severe dry eye disease due to autoimmune inflammatory conditions of the ocular surface (e.g. Sjogren’s syndrome, ocular cicatricial pemphigoid/mucous membrane pemphigoid, graft-versus-host disease, Stevens-Johnson syndrome)
Clinical research on the use of topical chemotherapeutic agents for the management of ocular surface squamous neoplasia/conjunctival squamous cell carcinoma
Clinical research on the medical management of ocular cicatricial pemphigoid/mucous membrane pemphigoid
Clinical research on the use of advanced technology intraocular lenses in cataract surgery for the correction of presbyopia
Honors & Awards
2020 – Best Surgical Video Award (“Ultra-Thin Descemet Stripping Endothelial Keratoplasty in a Patient with Axenfeld-Rieger Syndrome and a Pars Plana Glaucoma Tube”) at the 36th Annual Congress of the Hellenic Society of Intraocular Implant and Refractive Surgery, Athens, Greece
2019 – Clinical Research Scholar Award from the Principles & Practice of Clinical Research Course at the HARVARD SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH
2019 – Best Surgical Video Award (“Combined Simple Limbal Epithelial Transplantation and Glaucoma Tube Placement in a Monocular Patient with Advanced Glaucoma and Limbal Stem Cell Deficiency”) at the 52nd Annual Congress of the Hellenic Ophthalmological Society, Athens, Greece
2015 – The Eye Bank Association of America Travel Grant
2015 – The “Spyros Georgaras” fellowship from the Hellenic Society of Intraocular Implant and Refractive Surgery
2014 – The Claes Dohlman Fellowship Award from the Claes Dohlman Society and the HARVARD MEDICAL SCHOOL Cornea Center of Excellence
2014 – Ophthalmology Resident Excellence Award by the Association of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) Foundation
2013 – Best Resident Research Award in Cornea and Refractive Surgery by the HARVARD MEDICAL SCHOOL Cornea Center of Excellence
2013 – The New England Ophthalmological Society Best Clinical Poster Award
2013 – Selected by the Association of University Professors in Ophthalmology in the United States to Participate in the Heed Ophthalmic Foundation Residents Retreat
2012 – The Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary Alumni Meeting Award for Best Poster Presentation in Clinical Research
2012 – The Joseph M. and Eula C. Lawrence Travel Grant by the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) Foundation
2011 – Performance Improvement Award in Recognition to Commitment for Improving Patient Care from the MEMORIAL SLOAN-KETTERING CANCER CENTER
2010 – Doctor of Medicine (M.D. degree) with distinction Cum Laude (awarded to the top 5% of the graduating class) from YALE UNIVERSITY MEDICAL SCHOOL
2010 – The MD/PhD Thesis Prize from YALE UNIVERSITY MEDICAL SCHOOL
2010 – The Farr Scholar Excellence in Research Award from YALE UNIVERSITY MEDICAL SCHOOL
2009 – Graduate Affiliate for the YALE World Fellows Program
2007 – Selected to participate (among 4000 applicants) in the 57th Lindau Meeting of Nobel Laureates in Medicine, Lindau, Germany
2007 – Excellence in Teaching Award from the Department of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry, YALE UNIVERSITY
2007 – The Robert Macnab Memorial Prize from the Department of Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry, YALE UNIVERSITY
2003 – 2010 Full Scholarship by the YALE UNIVERSITY MEDICAL SCHOOL (MD/PhD Program)
2003 – Elected in the Phi Beta Kappa (ΦΒΚ) Honor Society of Excellent College Graduates
2003 – Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) and Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry with distinction Magna Cum Laude (top 10% of the class), YALE UNIVERSITY
2002 – Acceptance in the B.Sc./M.Sc. Combined Degree Program due to Academic Excellence (top 2% of the class) at YALE UNIVERSITY
Chapters in greater than 10 international ophthalmology books and atlases, including the following:
Gkiala A., Palioura S. Conjunctival Tumors. In Digital Bibliography at the University of
Buenos Aires Master’s in Ophthalmology, ed. Chiarada, P. Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Palioura S., Alfonso E.C. Chapter 3. Classic signs, symptoms, classification and differential
diagnosis of pterygium. In Pterygium Surgery, ed. Gulani, A.C. Thieme Publishers, New York, NY, USA.
Palioura S., Amescua G. Chapter 9. Environmental impact on dry eye disease. In Dry Eye
Disease: An Up-to-Date Practical Guide, eds. Mah, F., Rhee, M. Slack Inc Publishers, Thorofare, NJ, USA.
Perez V.L., Palioura S., Kim S. Ocular graft-versus-host disease. In Cornea, eds. Mannis, M., Holland, E. Elsevier Publishers, London, United Kingdom.
Yoo S.H., Palioura S., Diakonis V.F. IOL refractive surprises. In Intraocular Lens Surgery: Selection, Complications, and Complex Cases, eds. Randleman, B., Ahmed, I., Thieme Medical Publishers, New York, NY, USA.
Palioura S., Ginat D.T., Ashrafzadeh A., Chodosh J. Imaging after cornea surgery. In Post-treatment Imaging of the Orbit, eds. Ginat, D.T., Freitag, S., Springer Science, Heidelberg, Germany.
Palioura S., Ginat D.T., Farrokh-Siar L., Yanoga F., Chodosh J. Imaging after cataract and intraocular lens implant surgery. In Post-treatment Imaging of the Orbit, eds. Ginat, D.T., Freitag, S., Springer Science, Heidelberg, Germany.
Palioura S., Chodosh J. Keratoprosthesis. In Expert Techniques in Ophthalmic Surgery, eds. Spaeth, G., Ichhpujani, P., and Yanoff, M. JP Medical Publishers, London, UK.
Palioura S., Chodosh J. Boston Keratoprosthesis Type II: indications, techniques, outcomes, and management. In Keratoprostheses and Artificial Corneas: Fundamentals and Surgical Applications, eds. Cortina, S., de la Cruz, J., Springer Science, Heidelberg, Germany.
More than 50 publications in international peer-reviewed scientific journals, including the following:
2020, Gkiala A., Palioura S.
Conjunctival melanoma: update on genetics, epigenetics and targeted molecular and immune-based therapies.
Clinical Ophthalmology (in press)
2020, Lu L., Palioura S.
Management of stromal herpes simplex virus keratitis with epithelial ulceration using optical coherence tomography-generated corneal thickness maps.
Cornea (in press)
2020, Venkateswaran N., Amescua G., Palioura S.
Perioperative management of dense cataracts.
International Ophthalmology Clinics 60(3):51-60.
2019, Marmalidou A., Palioura S., Dana R., Kheirkhah A.
Medical and surgical management of conjunctivochalasis.
The Ocular Surface 17(3):393-399.
2018, Palioura S., Relhan N., Leung E., Chang V., Yoo S.H., Dubovy S.R., Flynn H.W. Jr. Delayed-onset Candida parapsilosis cornea tunnel infection and endophthalmitis after cataract surgery: histopathology and clinical course.
American Journal of Ophthalmology Case Reports 11:109-114.
2017, Palioura S., Colby K.
Outcomes of Descemet Stripping Endothelial Keratoplasty (DSEK) using Eye Bank-prepared pre-loaded grafts.
2017, Sayed-Ahmed I.O., Palioura S., Galor A., Karp C.L. (2017)
Diagnosis and medical management of conjunctival squamous neoplasia.
Expert Review in Ophthalmology 12(1):11-19.
2016, Palioura S., Henry C.R., Amescua G., Alfonso E.C.
Role of steroids in the treatment of bacterial keratitis.
Clinical Ophthalmology 10:179-86.
2016, Atallah M., Palioura S., Perez V.L., Amescua G.
Limbal stem cell transplantation: current perspectives.
Clinical Ophthalmology 10:593-602.
2015, Palioura S., Galor A., Karp C.L.
Management of ocular surface tumors: excision vs. topical treatment.
Panamerican Journal of Ophthalmology 13:86-89.