Borja Corcóstegui Guraya was born on 9th October 1950 in San Sebastián. Coming from a long line of ophthalmologists, he studied medicine in Zaragoza until 1974. In 1977, he went on to study ophthalmology at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB). During his post-doctoral studies in London, Philadelphia and New York, he specialised in vitreoretinal diseases.

Dr Corcóstegui started his career at the Vall d’Hebron University Hospital as a member of the Retina Unit. He later became the director of the Vitreoretina Unit and, in 1991, the director of the Ophthalmology Department.

Three years later, Dr Corcóstegui co-founded the Barcelona Institute of Ocular Microsurgery, of which he has been the medical director until 2022. In 1998, he became president of the Spanish Vitreo-Retinal Society (SERV, in Spanish). Since 2005, Dr. Corcóstegui has been the president of the European Society of Retina Specialists (EURETINA).

In 2009, Dr Corcóstegui became a member of the Royal Academy of Medicine of Catalonia (RAMC, in Catalan) and, in 2017, he became a permanent member of this institution. In addition, Dr Corcóstegui is affiliated to several national and international societies, including the aforementioned. He holds the presidency of the Scientific Council of the European School of Advanced Studies in Ophtalmology (ESASO). Moreover, Dr Corcóstegui holds over a dozen awards and international recognitions for his contributions to the study and treatment of retinal detachments and his work on the field.

Dr Corcóstegui also has extensive teaching experience, as he is the appointed professor of the IMO professorship at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) where he teaches in the Master’s Degree in Vitreoretinal Studies. Moreover, Dr Corcóstegui has supervised nine doctoral theses presented at the UAB and 26 training courses in vitreoretinal diseases. Furthermore, he has participated as a presenting speaker at 118 conferences in universities all over Spain, Europe and America, among other countries.

In the field of research, Dr Corcóstegui has published three books and 28 articles in national and international journals. His work on the development of vitreoretinal surgery techniques and equipment is well-known in the field.

Date of appointment: 9 July 2001