Bertil Damato, MD, PhD

Bertil Damato, MD, PhD

Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology, UCSF

Box 0730, UCSF
San Francisco, CA 94143-0730

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Research Summary

Dr. Bertil Eric Damato, MD, PhD, is Professor of Ophthalmology and Radiation Oncology and Director of the Ocular Oncology Service at the University of California, San Francisco.

He did his undergraduate training in Malta, where he was born, and completed his post-graduate education in Glasgow. Before 2013, he was Consultant Ophthalmologist at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital, where he was Director of the Ocular Oncology Service, which he established in 1993.

Dr. Damato has published more than 200 peer-reviewed articles, 68 reviews, 75 book chapters and 6 books, one as single author.

He has served as Founding Secretary then President of the European Ophthalmic Oncology Group; President of the European Vision and Eye Research Association; and Vice-President then President of the International Society of Ocular Oncology.


Medical School, University of Malta MD, 1972-1977, Medicine
Glasgow Royal Infirmary, Scotland, 1978-1979, Resident Surgery & Medicine
Glasgow Royal Infirmary, Scotland, 1979-198,0 Sen.House Officer,  Pathology
Western Infirmary/ University of Glasgow, Scotland, FRCS; PhD; FRCOphth, 1980-1987, Registrar/Sen.Registrar/, Lecturer (Fellow), Ophthalmology

Professional Experience

  • 1987-1991
    Senior Lecturer, Ophthalmology, University of Glasgow, Scotland.
  • 1992-1996
    Hon. Secretary, Founding Committee, European Ophthalmic Oncology Group (OOG).
  • 1991-1992
    Reader, Ophthalmology, University of Glasgow, Scotland.
  • 1993-2013
    Consultant (i.e., Attending), Ophthalmology, Royal Liverpool University Hospital, UK.
  • 1997-1999
    President, European Ophthalmic Oncology Group, Program Director/Principal Investigator
  • 2000-present
    Hon. Professor, University of Liverpool, England.
  • 2000-2001
    President, European Vision and Eye Research (EVER).
  • 2007-2011
    Vice-President, International Society of Ocular Oncology (ISOO).
  • 2011-2013
    President, International Society of Ocular Oncology.
  • 2012-present
    Chair, Program Committee, American Association of Ocular Oncologists and Pathologists.
  • 2013-present
    Hon. Consultant, Ophthalmology, Royal Liverpool University Hospital, UK.
  • 2013-present
    Professor, Ophthalmology and Radiation Oncology, University of California, San Francisco.

Honors & Awards

  • 1970
    Old Edwardian Medal for Best All Rounder, St. Edward’s College, Malta
  • 1973
    Professor Pace Prize for Research in Anatomy, University of Malta
  • 1977
    Begley Prize, Royal College of Surgeons, England
  • 1983
    Mary Hawthorne Prize for Research, University of Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1994
    Honorary Fellow, Ophthalmological Society of Alberta
  • 2004
    Innovation Award (Highly Commended), National Health Service North West, England
  • 2004
    Hospital Doctor of the Year (Finalist), Hospital Doctor, England
  • 2006
    Lifetime Achievement Award, International Conference on Adjuvant Therapy of Malignant Melanoma, Sweden
  • 2006
    Bjerrum Medal, Danish Ophthalmological Society, Denmark
  • 2008
    Sam and Dora Cohen Gold Medal, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
  • 2009
    Platinum Award, Advisory Committee on Clinical Excellence Awards, National Health Service, England
  • 2010
    Honorary Fellowship, College of Optometrists, England
  • 2011
    Innovation Award (Commended), Royal College of Ophthalmologists, United Kingdom
  • 2011
    Team of the Year (Commended), Pfizer Excellence in Oncology Awards
  • 2012
    Ashton Medal, Royal College of ophthalmologists, United Kingdom
  • 2012
    Watson Medal, Cambridge Ophthalmological Symposium
  • 2012
    Jerry Shields Award, Asia-Pacific Society of Ocular Oncology and Pathology, Hong Kong
  • 2013
    Paul Harris Fellowship, Rotary Club of Mid Wirral

Selected Publications

  1. Ho VW, Hussain RN, Czanner G, Sen J, Heimann H, Damato BE. Porous Versus Nonporous Orbital Implants After Enucleation for Uveal Melanoma: A Randomized Study. Ophthal Plast Reconstr Surg. 2016 Nov 17.
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  2. DeParis SW, Taktak A, Eleuteri A, Enanoria W, Heimann H, Coupland SE, Damato B. External Validation of the Liverpool Uveal Melanoma Prognosticator Online. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2016 Nov 1; 57(14):6116-6122.
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  3. Vallabh NA, Sahni JN, Parkes CK, Czanner G, Heimann H, Damato B. Near-infrared reflectance and autofluorescence imaging characteristics of choroidal nevi. Eye (Lond). 2016 Dec; 30(12):1593-1597.
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  4. Hope-Stone L, Brown SL, Heimann H, Damato B, Salmon P. Two-year patient-reported outcomes following treatment of uveal melanoma. Eye (Lond). 2016 Dec; 30(12):1598-1605.
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  5. Hussain RN, Jmor F, Damato B, Heimann H. Verteporfin photodynamic therapy for the treatment of choroidal haemangioma associated with Sturge-Weber syndrome. Photodiagnosis Photodyn Ther. 2016 Sep; 15:143-6.
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  6. Hussain RN, Kalirai H, Groenewald C, Kacperek A, Errington RD, Coupland SE, Heimann H, Damato B. Prognostic Biopsy of Choroidal Melanoma after Proton Beam Radiation Therapy. Ophthalmology. 2016 Oct; 123(10):2264-5.
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  7. Kivelä TT, Piperno-Neumann S, Desjardins L, Schmittel A, Bechrakis N, Midena E, Leyvraz S, Zografos L, Grange JD, Ract-Madoux G, Marshall E, Damato B, Eskelin S. Validation of a Prognostic Staging for Metastatic Uveal Melanoma: A Collaborative Study of the European Ophthalmic Oncology Group. Am J Ophthalmol. 2016 Aug; 168:217-26.
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  8. De la Huerta I, Seider MI, Hetts SW, Damato BE. Delayed Cerebral Infarction Following Intra-arterial Chemotherapy for Retinoblastoma. JAMA Ophthalmol. 2016 Jun 1; 134(6):712-4.
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  9. Coupland SE, Damato BE. Conjunctival Primary Acquired Melanosis: Is it Time for a New Terminology? Am J Ophthalmol. 2016 May; 165:203-4.
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  10. Kao A, Afshar A, Bloomer M, Damato B. Management of Primary Acquired Melanosis, Nevus, and Conjunctival Melanoma. Cancer Control. 2016 Apr; 23(2):117-25.
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  11. Olsen AS, Alberti M, Serup L, la Cour M, Damato B, Kolko M. Glaucoma detection with damato multifixation campimetry online. Eye (Lond). 2016 May; 30(5):731-9.
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  12. Al-Jamal RT, Cassoux N, Desjardins L, Damato B, Konstantinidis L, Coupland SE, Heimann H, Petrovic A, Zografos L, Schalenbourg A, Velazquez-Martin JP, Krema H, Bogdali A, Markiewicz A, Romanowska-Dixon B, Metz CH, Biewald E, Bornfeld N, Kiratli H, Bronkhorst IH, Jager MJ, Marinkovic M, Fili M, Seregard S, Frenkel S, Pe'er J, Salvi SM, Rennie IG, Rospond-Kubiak I, Kociecki J, Kiilgaard JF, Heegaard S, Cohen VM, Sagoo MS, Amiryan A, Saakyan S, Eide N, Krohn J, Midena E, Parrozzani R, Grange JD, Kilic E, Blasi MA, Saornil MA, Kivelä TT. The Pediatric Choroidal and Ciliary Body Melanoma Study: A Survey by the European Ophthalmic Oncology Group. Ophthalmology. 2016 Apr; 123(4):898-907.
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  13. McCarthy C, Kalirai H, Lake SL, Dodson A, Damato BE, Coupland SE. Insights into genetic alterations of liver metastases from uveal melanoma. Pigment Cell Melanoma Res. 2016 Jan; 29(1):60-7.
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  14. Hussain RN, Jmor F, Damato B, Heimann H. Verteporfin photodynamic therapy for the treatment of sporadic retinal capillary haemangioblastoma. Photodiagnosis Photodyn Ther. 2015 Dec; 12(4):555-60.
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  15. Mittal R, Cherepanoff S, Thornton S, Kalirai H, Damato B, Coupland SE. Bilateral Diffuse Uveal Melanocytic Proliferation: Molecular Genetic Analysis of a Case and Review of the Literature. Ocul Oncol Pathol. 2015 Dec; 2(2):94-9.
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  16. Rospond-Kubiak I, Groenewald C, Coupland SE, Damato B. Core Endoresection as Neoadjuvant Treatment of Uveal Melanoma. Ocul Oncol Pathol. 2015 Dec; 2(2):91-3.
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  17. Nissen EJ, Kalirai H, Damato B, Heimann H, Coupland SE. Two Distinct Uveal Melanomas in the Same Eye. JAMA Ophthalmol. 2015 Sep; 133(9):1094-6.
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  18. Nathan P, Cohen V, Coupland S, Curtis K, Damato B, Evans J, Fenwick S, Kirkpatrick L, Li O, Marshall E, McGuirk K, Ottensmeier C, Pearce N, Salvi S, Stedman B, Szlosarek P, Turnbull N. Uveal Melanoma UK National Guidelines. Eur J Cancer. 2015 Nov; 51(16):2404-12.
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  19. Coupland SE, Kalirai H, Ho V, Thornton S, Damato BE, Heimann H. Concordant chromosome 3 results in paired choroidal melanoma biopsies and subsequent tumour resection specimens. Br J Ophthalmol. 2015 Oct; 99(10):1444-50.
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  20. Heussen FM, Coupland SE, Kalirai H, Damato BE, Heimann H. Non-ocular primary malignancies in patients with uveal melanoma: the Liverpool experience. Br J Ophthalmol. 2016 Mar; 100(3):356-9.
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