Dr Borja Corcóstegui, the most highly valued Spanish ophthalmologist, according to the Healthcare Reputation Monitor

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The IMO founder and medical director leads this ranking, which also features Dr José García-Arumí and Dr Carlos Mateo.

Dr Borja Corcóstegu
IMO founder and medical director leads this ranking, which also features Dr José García-Arumí and Dr Carlos Mateo. Dr Borja Corcóstegui, founder and medical director of IMO, leads the ranking of specialists in ophthalmology with the best reputation in Spain, according to the first Healthcare Reputation Monitor (MRS in Spanish), a study which was presented today, ranking the top hospitals, hospital services and healthcare professionals by specialty, based on interviews with 2,400 physicians, nurses, patients and specialist journalists as well as on 186 objective indicators of quality and healthcare performance. Along with Dr Corcóstegui, it also includes his fellow retinologists at IMO, Dr. José García-Arumí (fourth) and Dr. Carlos Mateo, (tenth). Furthermore, with respect to other specialties, the study highlights Valentín Fuster (Cardiology), Enrique Moreno (General Surgery), Ana Lluch (Medical Oncology), Pedro Guillen (Trauma) and Eduard Vieta (Psychiatry), among other recognised professionals, up to a total of 14. As regards hospital services with the best reputation by specialty that are included in the MRS as well, IMO appears again at the top of the ranking.

Dr José García-Arumí, a specialist in surgical retina and, prominently, in vitreoretinal surgery and treatment of the macular hole, ranks fourth under Ophthalmology.

The MRS is endorsed by the Corporate Reputation Business Monitor, which conducts business reputation studies in Spain and in eight other countries on an annual basis, and has been carried out by the Spanish market research institute, Análisis e Investigación. For its part, the KMPG (ISAE3000) auditing company has reviewed the report methodology and results, which was led by a broad expert Advisory Council, consisting of the presidents of the General Councils of Physicians and Nurses, Patients' Associations and Healthcare Journalists, as well as people of recognised standing and extensive experience in decision-making positions within Spanish healthcare.

Dr Carlos Mateo, who also holds a leading position in the Healthcare Reputation Monitor ranking, specialises in high myopia, retinal detachment, severe eye trauma and diabetic retinopathy.

Borja Corcóstegui

Borja Corcóstegui was born in San Sebastián in 1950, within a family from Bilbao whose dedication to medicine and ophthalmology dates back to the early 19th century. He studied Medicine at the University of Zaragoza and graduated in 1974. He was awarded his doctorate degree with a Cum Laude distinction, with the thesis Peripheral ischemising retinopathies, in 1986, after going through residency at the Vall d'Hebron Hospital in Barcelona and having obtained the title of ophthalmologist at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) in 1977. Later, he began to specialise in vitreoretinal diseases by visiting hospitals in London, Philadelphia and New York. In 1979, he was appointed attending physician of the Ophthalmology Department at the Vall d'Hebron University Hospital, where he was also to be appointed head of department in 1983 and head of the Ophthalmology Department in 1991. Moreover, he worked as a consultant of the Ophthalmology Department at the Catalonia General Hospital from 1985 to 1990. In the mid-80s, Corcóstegui created, together with another partner, the Retina and Vitreous Centre. From then on, the project expanded to include the best professionals from the different ophthalmic subspecialties through collaborators and the joining of new partners, until, in 1994, he founded the current Ocular Microsurgery Institute in Barcelona, where he has been its medical director since.

Dr Borja Corcóstegui, considered to be the most highly-valued ophthalmologist in Spain, according to the MRS, has devoted his longlasting career to vitreoretinal diseases.

He is the co-founder and vice-president of the Eyes of the world Foundation since 2000, co-founder and scientific director of the European School for Advanced Studies in Ophthalmology, ESASO (Università della Svizzera Italiana), as well as holding IMO professorship at the UAB. He is also the driver and honorary president of IMO Foundation, an organisation that has been dedicated to research, education and prevention of eye diseases since 2010 and is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the Club Jules Gonin (exclusive club gathering the best retina specialists in Europe) and EURETINA (European Society of Retina Specialists). Currently, he is a past president of this society and of the Spanish Retina and Vitreous Society. The ophthalmologist attends numerous courses and conferences both at home and abroad and is the coordinator of the biennial meeting Trends in Surgical and Medical Retina, which is held at IMO. The next conference will take place on 29 and 30 May 2015 and will be attended by renowned retinologists, who will gather at IMO to discuss the latest trends in retina and vitreous.

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