Prof. dr. Zoltán Zsolt Nagy

Prof. Dr. Zoltán Zsolt Nagy is the Director of the Department of Ophthalmology at Semmelweis University, member of the Strategic and Scientific Advisory Board of the BrainVisionCenter, and a corresponding member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences since 2022. His scientific interests include laser surgery in ophthalmology, corneal wound healing and, most recently, the potential of gene therapy for hereditary retinal diseases. He is the founder of the first Accredited Centre for Genetic Surgery based in the Department of Ophthalmology.

He graduated from the Szent-Györgyi Albert Faculty of Medicine, University of Szeged, Hungary, in 1986 with summa cum laude degree.

In 1992, he obtained a specialist diploma in ophthalmology and started to work in refractive surgery.

Special attention was paid to corneal wound healing during the avascular corneal wound healing period, i.e. 1-6 months after surgery. He discovered the detrimental effect of   UV-B on wound healing, and as a result recommended the wearing of UV-B filtering sunglasses for 6 months after refractive surgery.

He was a DAAD fellow in Germany in 1994-1995 and worked as an ophthalmologist at Moorfields Eye Hospital from 1999 to 2000.

In 2008, he was the first in the world to perform femto-laser cataract surgery and in 2020, he is the first to perform femto-laser glaucoma surgery.

He has been an invited speaker at several universities and congresses abroad.

In recognition of his work, he was awarded the Casebeer Prize of the International Society of Refractive Surgery in 2012 and the Presidential Award 2 years later.

In 2010, the Journal of Refractive Surgery awarded him the Waring Prize for the best publication.

He was awarded the László Batthyány-Strattmann Prize in 2013, the Imre-Blaskovics Prize in 2018 and the Hungarian Order of Merit, Honorary Officer Cross in 2021.