Born in Chieti (Italy) on January 8th 1960, Piero Barboni earned an MD in 1986 at the University of Bologna, Italy, where he completed his residency in Ophthalmology in 1990.
Appointed professor at the Department of Neurological Science of Bologna University from 2007 to 2011.
Currently, he is consultant ophthalmologist at Scientific Institute San Raffaele, University of Milan since 2012 and consultant ophthalmologist at Ospedale Bellaria, University of Bologna since 2016
Private practice at Studio Oculistico d’Azeglio, Bologna
He is also devoted to the study of hereditary optic neuropathies, for which he collaborates with several university-based centers (University of Bologna, University of South California, Los Angeles, USA, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil). These projects includes:
- Concerted action of european comunities “Prevention of blindness: molecular research and medical care in retinitis pigmentosa” 1990-1993
- The international research project on Leber’s Hereditary Optic Neuropathy in Brazil, sine 2005
- Mitochondrial Disease Working Group Member for the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) Common Data Element (CDE) Project
Since 1991 he has been working in private practice, with specific attention to the anterior segment surgery, including phacoemulsification, glaucoma surgery and excimer laser (FemtoLASIK and PRK). He is also expert in vitroretinal surgery. Since 1993 he has been invited as a surgeon to over 10 live surgery meetings; he has also participated as a faculty member to more than 50 national and international meetings and organized courses at the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS). Winner of the Best Paper of Session at 1996 ASCRS. Promoter of European Network on optic nerve degeneration (2016)
He has completed several observerships abroad, including the following:
- The Wilmer Eye Institute, Baltimore
- St. Louis Eye Institute, Tarpon Springs
- Bascom Palmer, University of Miami
- Washington University, Seattle
- Ocular Surface Research Center, Miami
- Doheny Eye Institute, University of South California, Los Angeles
He is a member of the following scientific societies:
- North American Neurophthalmology Society (NANOS)
- American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS)
- Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO)
He has authored more than 100 papers on international peer-reviewed journals and several books.