Dr. Marco Lombardo

Short biography and curriculum vitae


Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Marco Lombardo is an International expert of corneal laser  surgery for the correction of refrative defects, such as myopia, hypermetropia and astigmatism. He is one of the pioneers  of the advanced surface ablation techniques; he has authored tens of scientific publications and books on this field of research. He is  invited on a regular basis to present the results of his work to international conferences and to clinical centers worldwide.

Dr. Marco Lombardo is responsible for several projects aiming at developing adaptive optics technology for the early detection of retinal diseases and at developing new treatments for the cure of keratoconus (transepithelial corneal cross linking) and for the cure of corneal blindness using stem cells.


2004 – 2007: PhD in Biomedical and Computer Engineering, University Magna Græcia of Catanzaro (Italy) – Department of Experimental and Clinical Medicine. Thesis Discussion: “Study and design of an innovative system for measuring and correcting the wave aberration of the human eye”.

1999 – 2003: Specialization in Ophthalmology (50/50 with honours), Catholic University of Rome (Italy) – Department of Ophthalmology. Thesis Discussion: “First corneal surface optical aberrations and their correction”..

1993 – 1999: Degree in Medicine and Surgery (110/110 with honours), University “La Sapienza” of Rome (Italy). Thesis Discussion: “Application of an innovative visual biofeedback method in patients suffering from inherited retinal dystrophies”.


2010 Ottobre: DALK-DMEK wet-lab course at NIIOS (Rotterdam, The Netherlands) under the supervision of Prof. Gerrit Melles.

2009 April & 2008 May: Visiting Surgeon at the Devers Eye Institute – Corneal Services (Portland, Oregon, USA), under the supervision of Prof. Mark A. Terry.

2001 Giugno: Visiting Doctor at the Instituto Oftalmologico de Alicante (Spain), under the supervision of Prof. J. Aliò.


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Dr. M. Lombardo is registered as physician, specialized in ophthalmology and eye surgery at the Ordine dei Medici-Chirurghi della Provincia di Roma with registration number M50316. He has his own private practice in via Nizza, 46 – 00198 Rome (to make an appointment call +39 331 3438300).

Dr. M. Lombardo is expert at detecting and treating keratoconus and corneal pathologies, retinal pathologies and macular diseases. He is expert in refractive laser surgery, cataract surgery and pediatric ophthalmology. He has performed more than 1800 surgical procedures, mostly on the anterior segment of the eye.


The main Dr. Marco Lombardo’s research interests are corneal biomechanics, corneal cross-linking, high-resolution optical microscopy (including adaptive optics and non-linear two-photon microscopy), nanotechnology, laser-tissue interaction, human optics and quality of vision, biocompatibility of intraocular lenses, innovation technology in ophthalmology.

Dr. Lombardo is Senior Researcher at the IRCCS Fondazione G.B. Bietti of Rome since January 2010. He is responsible for various assorted, clinical and experimental, research projects related to the analysis of corneal biomechanics and optical quality of the cornea. He is principal investigator for the first Italian study on the application of adaptive optics retinal imaging for early detection of neuro-retinal diseases. He is also principal investigator of a clinical trial which aims to investigate the efficacy of a new transepithelial corneal cross-linking procedure using iontophoresis (trial n. NCT02117999).

Dr. Marco Lombardo’s has been awarded several prizes for the results of his research in ophthalmology and visual science. He has published more than 50 papers on the most prestigious International peer-reviewed journal in Ophthalmology, Optics and Vision Science. He is Editorial Board Member of the Journal of Ophthalmology and he also serves on a regular basis as reviewer for 18 scientific journals in the field of ophthalmology, vision science, optics and microscopy.


Dr. Marco Lombardo is often invited to show to the general public the achievements of his scientific and clinical work on magazine, TV or WEB podcast. You can find all his TV interviews on Vision Engineering Italy YouTube channel.

The Ophthalmologist
Dr. Marco Lombardo talks about his research on high-resolution imaging of the retina in patients using an adaptive optics retinal camera. The interview has been published on the first issue of “The Ophthalmologist”.

Ophthalmologist Time Europe
Dr. Marco Lombardo talks about his first achievements using a compact adaptive optics retinal camera in patients suffering from neuro-retinal diseases.

Cataract & Refractive Surgery Today
Dr. Marco Lombardo talks about the new modalities to describe the human optics in patients.


As seen from here
Dr. Marco Lombardo talks about the results of advanced surface ablation techniques at the most famous US podcast for ophthalmologists and eye surgeons.