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Liliana Werner, MD, PhD

Languages spoken: French, Portuguese, English

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Research Interests

  • Intraocular Lenses
  • Pathology and complications of intraocular lenses
  • Surface modified intraocular lenses

Liliana Werner, MD, PhD is a Professor of Ophthalmology and Vision Sciences, and Co-Director of the Intermountain Ocular Research Center, at the John A. Moran Eye Center, University of Utah. She has a MD degree from Brazil, and a PhD degree (Biomaterials) from France. Dr. Werner’s research is centered on the interaction between ocular tissues and different intraocular lens designs, materials and surface modifications. These include intraocular lenses implanted after cataract surgery, and also phakic lenses for refractive surgery and ophthalmic implantable devices in general. She has authored more than 360 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters on the subject, co-edited three books, and received numerous awards in international meetings for scientific presentations, videos, and posters. She has also been a guest speaker in different international meetings in at least 25 countries.

Dr. Werner is also a consultant for various companies manufacturing IOLs and other ocular biodevices and a consultant for the FDA. She has been named as one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in the World of Ophthalmology (The Ophthalmologist magazine). Since June 1, 2020, Dr. Werner is the U.S. Associate Editor of the Journal of Cataract & Refractive Surgery.

Education History

Postdoctoral Fellowship Medical University of South Carolina, Center for Research on Ocular Therapeutics and Biodevices
Postdoctoral Fellow
University of Paris V (René Descartes)
Graduate Training University of Paris VI (Pierre et Marie Curie)
University of Paris VI (Pierre et Marie Curie)
Fellowship University of Paris VI (Pierre et Marie Curie)
Eye Clinic of Felício Rocho Hospital
Professional Medical Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG)

Selected Publications

Journal Article

  1. Gerhart J, Withers C, Gerhart C, Werner L, Mamalis N, Bravo-Nuevo A, Scheinfeld V, FitzGerald P, Getts R, George-Weinstein M (2018). Myo/Nog cells are present in the ciliary processes, on the zonule of Zinn and posterior capsule of the lens following cataract surgery. Exp Eye Res, 171, 101-105.
  2. Aliancy J, Werner L, Ludlow J, Nguyen J, Masino B, Ha L, Mamalis N (2018). Long-term capsule clarity with a disk-shaped intraocular lens. J Cataract Refract Surg, 44(4), 504-509.
  3. Tsaousis KT, Werner L, Trindade CLC, Guan J, Li J, Reiter N (2018). Assessment of a novel pinhole supplementary implant for sulcus fixation in pseudophakic cadaver eyes. Eye (Lond), 32(3), 637-645.
  4. Ludlow J, Nguyen J, Aliancy J, Masino B, Ha L, Werner L, Mamalis N (2018). Long-term uveal and capsular biocompatibility of a novel modular intraocular lens system.LID - 10.1111/aos.13674 [doi]. Acta Ophthalmol, 96(4), e427-e433.


  1. Legeais JM, Legeay G, Werner L, Renard G (1996). Procédé de revêtement de matériaux et produits ainsi obtenus. Téflon AF pour implant intraoculaire. U.S. Patent No. 9604267. Washington, D.C.:U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.