Prof. Dr. Dr. Farhad Hafezi

Farhad Hafezi (born 1967) grew up in Fribourg, Switzerland, and studied medicine in Fribourg and Bern.

Clinical activity

Prof. Hafezi’s primary focus is medical and refractive corneal surgery, particularly the management of refractive laser surgery complications and the treatment of corneal ectatic disorders. He was instrumental in the clinical development and international establishment of corneal cross-linking (CXL) for the treatment of keratoconus, ectasia after LASIK and infectious keratitis..

In 2010, Prof. Hafezi was appointed to the University of Geneva, where he headed the Ophthalmic Clinic until 2014 as Chairman and Full Professor.

Hafezi holds an adjunct professorship in Los Angeles at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California (USC) since 2012, and in 2015, he started as Medical Director of the ELZA Institute in Dietikon and as Group Leader of the Ocular Cell Biology research group the Centre for Applied Biotechnology and Molecular Medicine at the University of Zurich. In 2017, Prof. Hafezi was made a Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at Wenzhou Medical University, Wenzhou, China.

Current Positions

University of Geneva, Switzerland: Professor, Medical Faculty

University of Zurich, Switzerland: Research Group Leader

University of Southern California (USC) Los Angeles, USA: Adjunct Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology

Wenzhou Medical University, Wenzhou, China: Visiting Professor

ELZA Institute AG, Dietikon, Switzerland: Medical Director

Study and Research

From 1993 to 1994 he completed a two-year postgraduate course in experimental medicine and biology at the ETH and University of Zurich (now Master of Science in Biology), followed by 3 years of research in the Retinal Cell Biology Laboratory at the Eye Clinic of the University of Zurich. His research focused on molecular mechanisms of retinal degeneration. He identified the first gene that completely prevented light-induced retinal damage (Hafezi et al., Nature Medicine, 1997).

Since 2002 he has been actively involved in corneal research and was instrumental in the clinical development of CXL for the treatment of keratoconus. His work has helped expand the application of CXL to children and other corneal ectactic disorders like post-LASIK ectasia and Terrien Marginal Degeneration, and also for the treatment of corneal infections and ulcers.

Publications, international activities

You can find his research profiles here: Google ScholarResearch Gate, and www.vision.research.eu.

He is co-editor of the Journal of Refractive Surgery and an editorial board member of Translational Vision Research & TechnologyEye and Vision, International Journal of Keratoconus and Ectatic Corneal Disease and Iranian Journal of Ophthalmology.

He is a regular speaker and facilitator at the ESCRS (European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery) and the AAO (American Academy of Ophthalmology) annual congresses.

Awards, The Power List

Prof. Hafezi has received 23 national and international awards so far. These were awarded both for his clinical and scientific work, as well as for his contributions to technology development in the form of innovation awards.

Among the awards are the ARVO Foundation / Carl Camras Translational Research Award (USA), as well as the highest honours in ophthalmology in Switzerland and Belgium.

In 2014, readers of the international journal “The Ophthalmologist” voted Prof. Hafezi among the world’s 100 most influential personalities in ophthalmology. Read more here. In 2016, 2018 and 2020, Prof. Hafezi was also elected to the biennial Power List.

In 2019, Prof. Hafezi was appointed FARVO – a fellow of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology – in recognition of his clinical and research contributions over the years, which is a rare and prized badge of honour.

Prof. Hafezi is fluent in German, English, French, Polish and Persian. He is married and has three children.

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Squitieri Elias
Squitieri Elias
12:43 08 Sep 21
Die Behandlungen waren bei mir erfolgreich, alle waren sehr nett und haben mein Leben vereinfacht.Danke
Eliane Bossart
Eliane Bossart
13:01 05 Sep 21
Vor einem Jahr war ich einer ganz verzweifelten Situation und total im Stich gelassen. Meine Augen wurden aufgrund... eines ausgeprägten Kerakotonus immer schlechter, ich hatte Angst und war alleine mit meinen Problemen. Zudem vertrug ich die Kontaktlinsen nur noch ganz schlecht und hatte jeden Tag Schmerzen.Professor Hafezi hat mir mit zwei Operationen wieder das auf Grund der Situation mögliche an Lebensqualität zurückgebracht. Es war ein starpaziöses Jahr mit vielen Entbehrungen aber es hat sich gelohnt! Herzlichen Dank fuer die Unterstützung.read more
Gabriela Meyer
Gabriela Meyer
18:32 22 Aug 21
Ich wurde von meiner Optikerin auf Prof. Dr. Dr. Hafezi aufmerksam gemacht. Es war mir vorher nicht bewusst, dass meine... Augenkrankheit (Keratokonus) operativ mittels Cross Linking behandelt und so gestoppt werden kann. Die Beratung und Behandlung war sehr kompetent und ich fühlte mich jederzeit wohl. Die Operation verlief gut und das Ergebnis ist einwandfrei.read more
Naomi
Naomi
11:38 11 Aug 21
Ich bin sehr glücklich, dass ich das Elza Institute gefunden habe. Ich wurde von anderen Augenärzten abgewiesen, da... meine Augen zu kompliziert/schwierig zu behandeln waren. Prof. Dr. Dr. Hafezi konnte mir jedoch helfen und ich bin sehr glücklich und zufrieden mit dem Resultat. Vielen Dank!read more
Till B
Till B
08:30 19 Jul 21
Ich habe eine überaus kompetente Beratung und Behandlung erlebt. Die gesamte Betreuung war sehr freundlich und... professionell. Herzlichen Dank!read more
Thomas S.
Thomas S.
09:37 07 Jul 21
My left eye had to be operated on because of a cataract. As I had an Artiflex lens implanted a few years ago, it had to... be removed first before a modern lens could be implanted to correct the cataract. Prof. Hafezi treated me in an very competent and friendly manner. I am very happy with the result.read more
Selma A. Rahim
Selma A. Rahim
19:45 02 Jul 21
Dr. Hafezi.. the KING OF CXL🤴
Gianluca Ricci
Gianluca Ricci
12:46 10 Apr 21
Great team and service!
rehaneyecare
rehaneyecare
05:36 08 Apr 21
Excellent surgeon
Steven H.A
Steven H.A
16:13 11 Jan 21
Prof. F. Hafezi s expertise is enormous and he has a very pleasant and calm nature which gives the patient... security.Thank youread more
Online Commande
Online Commande
09:19 05 Dec 20
Totally creepy, very arrogant Prof.He just want your money.It may explain, why this Prof. is not in the center of the... city of Zürich and why he has been thrown away from University of Geneva.read more
Elena Churilova
Elena Churilova
10:06 17 Nov 20
At the moment, 3 months have passed since the moment I made laser vision correction in this clinic. and I can say that... I am happy that I chose this particular clinic and Prof. F. Hafezi. The entire staff of the clinic is very friendly, treats patients with sympathy and patience if they are nervous before surgery (my big gratitude to Aida Alili for all support and patience). The doctor Hafezi and other doctors of the clinic are very professional and ready to explain to you as many times as you need. I can only recommend!read more
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