Brief History

The Pan-American Cornea Society (PanCornea), former Ibero-american Cornea Society, is an independent, international society that has as its mission the promotion of the exchange of technical and scientific information among the ophthalmologists of the Americas specializing in cornea and external eye disease.

Society Objectives

To achieve this mission, PanCornea will act to organize and disseminate specialized information through conferences, meetings, academic events and publications; and will incorporate study groups for different topics in cornea and external eye disease, including dry eye and ocular surface diseases.

PanCornea has as its goal to be recognized as the representative society of specialists in cornea and external eye disease of the Americas, both regionally and globally.


PanCornea is comprised of regular and associate members.

Regular members will be those ophthalmologists who have a minimum of five years practice in cornea and external disease including ocular surface and dry eye in clinical, surgical and investigational areas and who have contributed to the medical literature in the aforementioned areas in peer reviewed journals.

Associate members will be those ophthalmologists or investigators with an interest in cornea and external disease, including ocular surface and dry eye. Associate members will have at least five years of dedicated interest in the subspecialties of cornea and ocular surface in clinical, surgical or investigational areas.

2016-2018 Board of Directors

President Victor L. Perez, MD
Vice President Juan Carlos Abad, MD
Past President José Alvaro Pereira Gomes, MD, PhD
Member Coordinator Daniel H. Scorsetti, MD, PhD
Secretary Treasurer Guillermo A. Amescua, MD
Regional Director Coordinator Enrique O. Graue Hernández, MD, MSc
Director of Communications Gustavo Novais, MD
Representative of PAAO Mark J. Mannis, MD, FACS
Representative of APABO Luciene Barbosa De Sousa, MD
Scientific Advisory Committee Richard L. Abbott, MD
Eduardo C. Alfonso, MD
Carmen J. Barraquer Coll, MD
Rubens Belfort Jr., MD, PhD
Denise De Freitas, MD
Enrique L. Graue, MD
Ana Luisa Höfling-Lima, MD
Enrique S. Malbrán Sr., MD