Professor Kanxing Zhao

Kanxing Zhao graduated from Tianjin Medical University in 1970 and obtained his PhD from Beijing University of Medical Science in 1989. He has been engaged in ophthalmological clinical, teaching, and scientific research for 47 years. He studied and was trained firstly under Prof. Yushi He, who was the pioneer of strabismology in China, and then under Prof. Jiaqi Liu, who was the founder of pediatric ophthalmology in China. 

During his professional career, he has made substantial contributions to the development of ophthalmology, pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus, and higher education in ophthalmology in China. Moreover, he devotes himself to creating cooperation and exchange with the International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO), Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology (APAO), American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, and other international organizations of ophthalmology. 

He is a member of Academia Ophthalmologica Internationalis, a past trustee of the ICO, a council member of APAO, vice president of the Asia-Pacific Strabismus and Paediatric Ophthalmology Society, and a member of the International Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus Council as well as its advisory committee. He is the immediate past president of the Chinese Ophthalmological Society (COS) and president of the Chinese Ophthalmologist Association. He is also the immediate past chief editor of the Chinese Journal of Ophthalmology and the associate chief editor of the Chinese Journal of Experimental Ophthalmology. He is president of the Chinese Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus. He is the past vice president of Tianjin Medical University and head of the graduate school of Tianjin Medical University. He is also the immediate past director of Tianjin Eye Hospital and the founder and director of Tianjin Eye Institute and Tianjin Key Laboratory of Ophthalmology and Visual Science. 

Over the past decades, his research areas have included strabismus, pediatric ophthalmology, and ophthalmic genetics. Prof. Zhao has found that the diagnosis of amblyopia in children displaced the diagnostic criteria for adults and established the lower limits of normal vision during the period from ages 3-7 in China. He has introduced, spread, and innovated many surgical techniques for complicated strabismus and promoted microsurgical techniques for strabismus in China. He has trained more than 100 postgraduate students, including 52 doctoral students, and more than 1000 fellows in mainland China. He has published more than 400 papers including 63 SCI papers. He is the chief editor of Ophthalmology (7th and 8th editions) and the chief editor of Strabismus and Amblyopia (1st and 2nd editions).  

He was awarded the Tianjin Natural and Scientific Award 2nd Level and the Tianjin Scientific and Technological Advancement Award 1st Level 3 times. He has received the APAO ICO Mark Tso Golden Apple Award, COS Award for Outstanding Achievement, Golden Key Award and Golden Apple Award from the Chinese American Ophthalmology Society, APAO Distinguished Service Award, and COS Life Achievement Honor Award.