Dr. Marie-José Tassignon

Marie-JoséTassignonDr. Marie-José Tassignon, MD, PhD, FEBO is the Chief and Head of the Department of Ophthalmology of the University Hospital of Antwerpen.

Marie-José Tassignon was born in 1952 in Belgium and has been raised both in Dutch and French languages. She completed her studies and earned her medical degree at the Free University of Brussels with high distinction. She was appointed Chief of the Department of Ophthalmology of the Antwerp University Hospital and Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Antwerp in 1991. In 2007, Dr. Tassignon became Medical Director of the Antwerp University Hospital. She has been Full Professor at the University of Antwerp since 2003.

She was President of the European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons from 2004 until 2007 and was President of the European Board of Ophthalmology from 2007 until 2008. She is a member of 18 international societies in ophthalmology and a board member for 5 of the societies. She was elected Chair “L” of the International Academy of Ophthalmology in 2007 and was elected Chair “V” of the European Academy of Ophthalmology in 2008. She became a member of the Royal Academy of Medicine of Belgium in 2009.

Dr. Tassignon has had seven patents approved. New patent applications are in the pipeline to improve surgical techniques and patient outcomes. Dr. Tassignon is author/co-author of 248 publications and 23 chapters in 21 books. She is also involved in international ophthalmological congresses and in a few of them she acts as a Board Member. Dr. Tassignon is an international renowned ophthalmologist has received many global awards in recognition to her contribution in the international ophthalmological field.Unlike many other departments of ophthalmology, Tassignon has attracted engineers, physicists and paramedical researchers to complement the medical staff at the Antwerp Department of Ophthalmology.Unlike many other departments of ophthalmology, Tassignon has attracted engineers, physicists and paramedical researchers to complement the medical staff at the Antwerp Department of Ophthalmology.Unlike many other departments of ophthalmology, Tassignon has attracted engineers, physicists and paramedical researchers to complement the medical staff at the Antwerp Department of Ophthalmology.

As an ophthalmic surgeon, Dr. Tassignon is dedicated to patients from all age ranges. In 2008 she operated King Albert II of Belgium successfully on a cataract in his right eye. She used an innovative procedure called lens-in-the-bag implantation technique patented by her that avoids posterior capsule opacity (which is the main complication after cataract surgery).

Dr. Tassignon is a mother of two and grandmother of three.