We’ve been visited by... Dr Hernan Gras, retina and vitreous specialist

Dr Hernan Gras studied a master’s course at the IMO in 2004 and is currently a retina and vitreous specialist at the Centro Vision in Mendoza, Argentina.

How do you remember your experience at IMO?
I never thought I would ever be able to take a master’s course at IMO. It was a much better experience than I could have imagined and believed I could have achieved in my profession.

Why did you take the master’s course?
In Argentina, Dr Borja Corcostegui is well-known, just as he is in other parts of the world. I took some time off to visit Spain to do a rotation at IMO for a week. When I was here, I was impressed by the quality of the medical team and realised that it would be a great opportunity for me to do a retina and vitreous master’s course at IMO.

How important has the master’s course been for your career?
When I finished the course, it was a difficult moment, because I had to return to Argentina, and I was quite concerned about having to start again. I didn’t know how or where I was going to work to apply the knowledge I had acquired. Luckily, and thanks to the good training I’d received before and during my stay at IMO, it wasn’t that difficult for me. The master’s course was a springboard, and I found a job fairly quickly in the hospital where I wanted to work. Today, I’m a partner at that clinic.

In your field, what areas are you particularly interest in?
I’m very committed to the treatment of the retina, which is a very extensive area, and you have to dedicate a lot of time and effort to it. I’m passionate about retinal and vitreous surgery and especially the macula; I specialise in macular oedema and AMD.

What do you think about IMO in 2010?
The new IMO is amazing, it’s the first time I’ve visited the new site, it looks like the Sistine Chapel! But the staff are the same as before, with their professionalism and warmth, which for me is unsurpassable. The people who work here make me feel at home. In fact, it literally was my home during the master’s course, as I had to sleep here two or three times a week.

Thank you and have a safe journey home to Argentina.

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