• Bruce Koffler, MD.


    Dr. Koffler grew up in Brooklyn, New York and graduated from Brooklyn College. He attended Georgetown University School of Medicine and completed his Internship, Residency, as well as his Fellowship in Corneal Transplants and Infectious Eye Disease at the Georgetown Center for Sight. He began his academic career in 1979 as an Assistant Professor at the University of Kentucky where he taught for four years. During that time he established the University of Kentucky Lions Eye Bank.

    In 1983, Dr. Koffler opened his private practice, the Koffler Vision Group. He continues to specialize in corneal diseases, corneal transplants, cataract surgery, LASIK, eye lesions, glaucoma, infectious diseases of the eye and numerous other problems. Koffler Vision Group also operates a Dry Eye Center and Clinical Research Institute.

    Dr. Koffler serves as the Executive Secretary of the International Medical Contact Lens Council (IMCLC) and helps to organize the symposium for the World Ophthalmology Conference (WOC). He also serves at the International Director for the Contact Lens Association of Ophthalmology, and he is a board member for the American Association of Orthokeratology and Myopia Control. He travels nationally and internationally for various speaking engagements for the organizations he represents. Dr. Koffler was honored by his peers as the Best Doctor in America designation and was most recently awarded the “Senior Leadership Award for the American Academy of Ophthalmology”.

    His hope for the future is to do charitable work nationally, internationally and in Third World countries. In his free time he enjoys playing golf and traveling with his wife, being with his four grandchildren, fishing with his son and two son-in-laws for trout out West and playing racket sports.

  • Gudrun Bischoff, MD.

    Executive Secretary General

    Dr. Gudrun Bischoff was born and schooled in Hamburg. After graduating from Sophie-Barat school, she went on to study medicine and received her diploma after passing the State exams in 1971 with flying colours. She then began specialized training at Saint Georg Hospital. In 1978, she set up a private practice as an ophthalmologist before creating the Medical Eye-Care Praxen & Klinik one year later with two associates. This practice now accounts for five production centers as well as a surgical clinic in northwest Hamburg. Acting chairperson for the German Contact Lens Society (Deutschen Augenärztlichen Kontaktlinsengesellschaft - DAKG), Dr. Bischoff has long been involved in the specialised and political-professional aspects of the ophthalmology field. With a mandate from the Professional Ophthalmology Association (Berufsverband der Augenheilkunde – BVA) from 1985 to 2002, Gudrun Bischoff was in charge of the contact lens working group. She forged ahead as a pioneer for ten years in the international ISO standards field. During this same period, she also founded, in partnership with colleagues, the German Contact Lens Society (Deutsche Augenärztliche Kontaktlinsengesellschaft - DAKG) in 1990. Today, she supervises the team working on medical contactology for the Cornea section of the German scientific association of Ophthalmology (Deutsche Opthalmologische Gesellschaft - DOG).


    As part of her technical and political-professional activities, Gudrun Bischoff has organised countless conventions and conferences such as the Contact Lens Convention for the German Association of Ophthalmologists (Berufsverbands der Augenärzte BVA), meetings of experts for the DAKG, the Contact Lens morning meetings for the German Ophthalmology Academy (AAD) and the Contact Lens Symposium for the German Ophthalmic Surgeons (DOC).


    In addition to speaking at various national and international conventions over the years, Gudrun Bischoff has published articles in both the general and trade press, while participating in numerous professional conferences and radio and television programmes. She is a member of the professional Ophthalmologists Association (BVA), the German scientific ophthalmology association (DOG), the Contact Lens Association of Ophthalmologists (CLAO), the European Contact Lens and Ocular Surface Society (ECLSO) and American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), the ARVO, Association for Research and Vision in Ophthalmology

    She is an active participant in Hamburg`s professional organisation KV as teacher for medical professional graduation, on the Ultrasound Commission for the Association of National Health Service doctors as well as a member and auditor for ophthalmology on the Hamburg Medical Council.


    Dr. Gudrun Bischoff was elected to chair the World Ophthalmology Congress (WOC), which was held from 5 to 9 February 2016 in Guadalajara, Mexico. Taking over the position from the Brazilian Doctor Paulo Ricardo de Olivera, Gudrun Bischoff will serve a two-year mandate, leading up to the next Word Congress in Barcelona, Spain in June 2018.

  • Paulo Ricardo de Olivera, MD.

    Past President

    Graduated from Medical School of Federal University of Goiás, Brasil. Residency in the State University of Campinas, São Paulo. Doctorate in Ophthalmology by the Medical School of the University of São Paulo. Interests: Contact Lenses, Cornea, Refractive Surgery, Cataract Surgery.


    Most relevant positions held:

    President of the Ophthalmology Society of Goiás, Brasil (1989-1986). President of the Brazilian Contact Lens, Cornea and Refractometry Society – SOBLEC, for two terms (1995-1997 and 1997-1999). President of the International Medical Contact Lens Council – IMCLC, for two terms (2010-2012 and 2014-2016).

    With purpose of volunteering he is a member of the Rotary International. As Rotarian he was president of the Rotary Club Goiânia-Oeste, chairman of the Group Student Exchange Program and District Protocol Director for two terms.


    Current positions:

    Coordinator of the SOBLEC Deliberative Council, Coordinator of the SOBLEC Departament of International Affairs, member of the Executive Committee of IMCLC, Ophthalmologist of the Instituto Panamericano de Oftalmologia, in Goiânia, Goiás, Brazil

  • Albert Franceschetti, MD.

    Scientific Program Chairman

    Dr. Franceschetti is one of Europe’s leading ophthalmologists. He is former Chief of the Ophthalmology Unit at the Hôpital de la Tour, Geneva, Switzerland and is current President of the Continuous Education Committee of the Swiss Ophthalmological Society and President of the Contact Lens Committee of the Swiss Ophthalmological Society.

    He is a former delegate for quality control of the Swiss Ophthalmological Society and has contributed in various teaching and service capacities in European ophthalmology.

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