Iva Dekaris is a Medical Director of University Eye Hospital “Svjetlost”, President-elect of the European Eye Bank Association and associate-member of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts. She obtained her medical degree, Masters and PhD degree at the University of Zagreb. She trained in ophthalmology at the Universities of Zagreb and Harvard Medical School in Boston and finished Postdoctoral Cornea Research Fellowship at Harvard Medical School. She acts as surgical instructor for the European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons and European School for Advanced Studies in Ophthalmology. The area of her surgical and research expertise is anterior segment surgery, with the overall experience of over 20 000 surgeries. She was the first surgeon in south-eastern Europe to start with modern transplantation techniques - lamellar corneal grafts and transplantation of corneal limbal stem cell transplantation. She had held dozens of invited lectures all over Europe, published more than 100 professional and scientific papers, and co-authored five international books. For her work dr. Dekaris received several rewards: Croatian State Annual Award for scientific work, Croatian Ministry of Health Award for the achievements in Ophthalmology and South-eastern European Society Award for development of ophthalmology. She is an Editorial board member of five, and a reviewer of another six international scientific journals.