Exploring excellence in Ophthalmology: Exclusive interview with Dr. Javier Elizalde, deputy medical director of the Barraquer Ophthalmology Center.

The Barraquer Ophthalmology Centre has exceptional professionals, and among them, Dr. Javier Elizalde, current deputy medical director and coordinator of the retina and vitreous area, stands out. With an outstanding career, Dr. Elizalde has contributed significantly to the field of ophthalmology, being a reference in macula surgery, diabetic retinopathy, retinal detachment and adult intraocular tumors.

Dr. Javier Elizalde's extraordinary career and outstanding training at Instituto Barraquer demonstrate a continued commitment to excellence in ophthalmology. From innovation in teaching to leadership in surgery and certification, Instituto Barraquer continues to be the reference for those seeking comprehensive and successful training in the ocular field.

What do you think is the importance of training in the field of ophthalmology?

To be a good ophthalmologist, it is essential to follow a solid training plan and stay up to date. The heritage of leading teachers in Spain must be taken advantage of and transmitted to new generations to provide the best service in eye care.

What type of training content do you teach in classes? How do you integrate research and innovation into student training?

I seek practicality in my classes, sharing real documented cases to convey clinical judgment and important details. I emphasize healthcare education and dedicate time to research in the specialized training program.

Why do you think Instituto Barraquer is a leader in ophthalmological education?

It is the pioneer school in the training of ophthalmologists in Spain. With more than 70 years dedicated to teaching and more than 150 trained ophthalmologists, its educational model has been strengthened and adapted to legislative, technological and generational demands.

How do students prepare for certification exams?

The acquisition of theoretical knowledge is essential. Our pioneering program covers all areas of ophthalmology, with mandatory periodic evaluations. Currently, we are the national centre with the most students successfully examined by the European Board of Ophthalmology.

What do you like most about teaching at Instituto Barraquer?

We encourage teamwork, perseverance and involvement in clinical practice. We create an environment conducive to solid training, constantly evaluating the skills acquired and recognizing successes. We convey the importance of the human aspect of medicine.

What advice would you give to a student who is considering studying at Barraquer?

Don't hesitate! If ophthalmology is your calling and you are motivated to complete a rigorous program, Barraquer will provide all resources and services. Success will depend on the student's interest and involvement.

 Join us on this journey of discovery and advancement in ophthalmology, where knowledge, practice and vision of the future converge in one place: Barraquer Institute.