NEWS | July 24, 2014

UC Davis eye surgeon receives Castroviejo Medal from the Cornea Society


Mark J. Mannis, professor and chair of the Department of Ophthalmology and Vision Science and director of the UC Davis Eye Center, has received the Castroviejo Medal from the Cornea Society for his significant contributions in the field of cornea and anterior segment surgery. The medal, named in honor of Ramon Castroviejo, the father of modern corneal transplant surgery and the inspiration for the founding of the Cornea Society, is the society's highest honor.   

Mark J. Mannis Mark J. Mannis

"The Cornea Society Board of Directors is truly honored to be able to give the 2014 Castroviejo award to Mark Mannis. He is not only one of the contemporary giants in the field of cornea and external disease, but he is one of the nicest people around,” said Cornea Society President Christopher J. Rapuano.

"He has been a mentor to an entire generation of cornea specialists as a fellowship director and department chair, but also in his leadership positions within the Cornea Society. The field of cornea and external disease is a better because Mark has been one of our leaders for many years," Rapuano said.

Mannis specializes in corneal transplantation and treating external diseases of the eye. He also has conducted research on antimicrobial agents and growth factors that affect corneal wound healing, skin diseases that affect the eye, visual rehabilitation after corneal transplantation, and the artificial cornea. He has authored more than 130 publications and six books on topics related to corneal surgery and disease, and has served as a board member and president of the Cornea Society and as program director for the World Cornea Congress, which is sponsored by the Cornea Society. He is a former editor of Cornea: The Journal of Cornea and External Disease, the society's peer-reviewed journal, and continues to be a frequent contributor. 

Mannis completed his cornea fellowship at the University of Iowa with Jay H. Krachmer and his residency at Washington University. He received his medical degree from the University of Florida and attained a bachelor's degree from Brandeis University. Mannis is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, American College of Surgeons, American Medical Association, American Ophthalmological Society, Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, Pan American Association of Ophthalmology, Eye Bank Association of America, Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology, California Academy of Eye Physicians and Surgeons, and the California Medical Association.

Founded in 1975, the Cornea Society is an international society that promotes the exchange of information in cornea and external disease. With more than 700 members worldwide, the society fosters the exchange of information through scientific meetings, communications and its peer-reviewed journal. For more information, email


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