Internationally Renowned Corneal Surgeon

Ophthalmologist Dr. Thomas John was recently invited by the Serbian Medical Society and the Military Academy in Belgrade, Serbia, to be the chief guest of honor and an invited speaker at a September conference at the Military Medical Academy in Belgrade.

John, a Harvard University-trained cornea specialist, is among the leading ophthalmologists in the nation and on the medical staff at Advocate South Suburban Hospital in Hazel Crest.

“I gave an oration entitled, ‘Paradigm Shift in Corneal Transplantation Surgery,’ to the Serbian Ophthalmology Society,” John said. “At the conference, I was awarded the title of visiting professor, Department of Defense, Military Medical Academy, Belgrade. This is the first such title to be given by their department of defense to any ophthalmologist in the world.”

Ophthalmologists from Serbia and neighboring countries attended John’s oration.

Serbia Visit

During his visit, John also met with Crown Princess Katherine of Serbia.

“The royal family in Serbia has a rich history and it was another honor to be welcomed by the princess,” John said.

October 24-27, 2007

Performed live surgery, broadcast to about 3,000 ophthalmologists – Surical Procedure: Descemetorhexis with Endokeratoplasty (DXEK), performed at the S. Giovanni E. Paolo Hospital in Venice, Italy, at the International Meeting of the Italian Ophthalmological Society (Società Oftalmologica Italiana), Venice, Italy.

January 17, 2003

Invited Foreign Guest Speaker at 61stAll India Ophthalmological Conference in India.

Spoke on: ” Deep Lamellar Endothelial Keratoplasty (DLEK): Preliminary results and advanced surgical techniques.” New Delhi, India.

November 2, 2002

Invited Foreign Guest Speaker at the Meeting Promocion Medica “Centenario Daniel A. Carrion.”

Spoke on: “Transplantation of the cornea: Deep Lamellar Endothelial Keratoplasty (DLEK)” Lima, Peru.

January 6 – 15, 2003, Kakinada, India

Sri Kiran Eye Institute performed free eye examinations and cornea consultations.

  • Performed several complicated corneal transplants and anterior segment reconstructive surgeries
  • Taught attending physicians and fellows corneal surgical procedures
  • Gave several lectures to fellows and attendings on corneal topics
  • Helped organize ocular research activities