Dr. Francisco Arnalich

Madrid, Spain

Dr. Francisco Arnalich is a leading expert in the field of corneal diseases and its treatment.


Education and Training

He holds a medical degree from the Autonomous University of Madrid (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid), Spain, and ranked first of his class in the National Residency Exam (MIR) which included 10.000 medical students. He completed his residency program of ophthalmology in the prestigious Hospital Universitario Ramón y Cajal de Madrid, granted with the award to the best surgical resident of his class. He was competitively selected to join a two-year fellowship program in Cornea and External Disease at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London, that enriched his training notably. He received the doctor degree from the Autonomous University of Madrid, with a special award for his work on stem cells and corneal regeneration.

Currently, he is a consultant and transplant coordinator at the Cornea, Cataract and External Disease Unit of Hospital Universitario Ramón y Cajal de Madrid, and a consultant at the Cornea, Cataract and Refractive Unit of Hospital Vissum Madrid. He frequently visits other top international corneal centers such as the Schepens Eye Institute in Massachussets, The Netherlands Institute for Innovative Ocular Surgery (NIIOS) in Rotterdam, The PriveVision Clinic in Indianapolis, and the Instituto Oflalmológico Fernández Vega in Oviedo.


His scientific work includes more than 30 international peer-reviewed articles indexed in the Journal Citation Report, and covers all fields of corneal, cataract and refractive surgery but focuses mainly on corneal transplant, infectious keratitis, Fuchs dystrophy and keratoconus. His research and scientific projects have been supported by the Spanish government and private corporations such as Fundación Mutua Madrileña. He has patented an injector for endothelial corneal transplantation and actively participates in several international multicentric studies on corneal transplants. He also participates in the National Program “Dioptrio ocular” that studies keratoconus treatment.

He is an honorary professor at the Alcalá de Henares University and associate professor at the European University of Madrid. He is currently a lecturer at national and international congresses, and the coordinator of the Transplant Course at the Centro de Cirugía Minimamente Invasiva Jesús Uson, in Caceres, Spain. In addition, he is a member of the Spanish and American Academy of Ophthalmology.

Medical Expertise

His clinical areas of expertise are:

  • MEDICAL CORNEA, including infectious and inflammatory disease, KERATOCONUS and other ecstatic diseases, corneal endothelial failure, and management of corneal grafts, ocular trauma, and chemical injuries
  • CATARACT SURGERY, including high complexity cases
  • REFRACTIVE SURGERY including laser correction and intraocular lens implantation
  • SURGICAL CORNEA for keratoconus (corneal crosslinking, corneal rings, and lamellar transplants), endothelial diseases (DSAEK and DMEK corneal transplants), other surgical diseases requiring penetrating keratoplasty, anterior segment reconstruction and therapeutic laser procedures.
Dr. Francisco Arnalich