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Name: Marc D. de Smet


Chief Physician Vitreo-retinal Surgery at the Department of Ophthalmology ZNA

Middelheim, Antwerp, Belgium.

Professor of Ophthalmology, Department of Ophthalmology, Academic Medical Center,

University of Amsterdam.

Director of the Vitreo-retinal and Uveitis Division, Department of Ophthalmology ZNA Middelheim, Antwerp, Belgium.

Visiting professor, Department of Ophthalmology, University of Gent, Belgium


Prof. M.D. de Smet is a well respected authority in vitreo-retinal surgery. Of Canadian origin where he completed his medical training in Mc Gill and British Columbia, he did in 1992 a Vitreo-retinal fellowship in the Wilmer Eye Institute of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore Maryland (U.S).

Ph.D Thesis in Immunology, University of Amsterdam 2000 • Diplomate of the American Board of Ophthalmology 1989 • Fellow of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists (England) 1989 • Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada 1988 • Licenciate of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada 1987 • Licenciate of the Medical Council of Canada 1984 • Diplomate of the National Board of Medical Examiners 1984 • MD, CM McGill University 1983 • B.Sc.(hon) University of Ottawa 1979 •


For 10 years Prof. M.D. de Smet directed the department of Ophthalmology in Amsterdam (Netherlands) and has trained numerous residents and fellows in Ophthalmology and Vitreo-retinal surgery.


The Netherlands, Switzerland, Canada, USA, Germany, Spain


Prof. M.D. de Smet is actively involved in groundbreaking research aimed at pushing the boundaries of VR surgery or improving its results, by use of minimally invasive surgical approaches.

He is a member of several illustrious ophthalmic societies and member of the editorial boards of several eye journals

Current Society Memberships:

Belgian Ophthalmology Society • Canadian Medical Association • Quebec Medical Association • Royal College of Surgeons (Canada) • American Association for the Advancement of Science • American Academy of Ophthalmology (fellow) • Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology • Dutch Ophthalmological Society • EURETINA • European Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology (EUPO) • Royal College of Ophthalmology (U.K.) •

Elected Memberships:

American Uveitis Society • International Ocular Inflammation Society • International Uveitis Study Group • Vitreous Society • Société ophtalmologie d’infectio-immunologie francophone • New York Academy of Science •

State, Provincial and National Licenses:

SRC (Dutch Specialty Board) • Belgian Specialty Board • California Board of Medical Quality Assurance • Maryland Board of Physician Quality Assurance • British Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons • Corporation professionnelle des médecins du Québec


He has well over 100 scientific papers, has spoken, moderated or organized countless congresses and meetings, as well as operated in a number of countries.

1- Fréchet J.M.J., de Smet M.D., Farrall M.J.: Chemical modification of cross linked resins by phase transfer catalysis: preparation of polymer bound dinitriles and diamines.

Tetrahedron Lett. 1979 (2), 137-8.

2- Fréchet J.M.J., de Smet M.D., Farrall M.J.: Application of phase transfer catalysis to the chemical modification of cross linked polystyrene resins: J Org Chem 44: 1774-9, 1979.

3- Fréchet J.M.J., de Smet M.D., Farrall M.J.: Functionalization of cross linked polystyrene resins. 2. Preparation of nucleophilic resins containing hydroxyl or thiol functionalities.

Polymer 20: 675-680, 1979.

4- Conway B.E., Angerstein-Kozlowska H., Novak D., de Smet M.: Some questions on the significance of multiple state underpotential depositions and its dependence on ion adsorption. Proc. Electrochem. Soc. 80: 271-305, 1979.

5- Marc D. de Smet, Jack Rootman: Orbital manifestations of plasmacytic lymphoproliferations. Ophthalmology 94: 995, 1987.

6- Marc D. de Smet, Jean Carruthers, Michael Lepawsky: Anterior segment ischemia treated with hyperbaric oxygen. Can J Ophthalmol 22: 381, 1987.

7- François G Roberge, Haya Lorberboum-Galski, Phuc Le Hoang, Marc de Smet, Chi Chao Chan, David FitzGerald, Ira Pastan: Selective immunosuppresion of activated T cells with the chimeric toxin IL-2-PE40. Inhibition of experimental autoimmune uveoretinitis (EAU). J Immunol 143: 3498 3502,1989.

8- Marc D. de Smet, Chi Chao Chan, Robert B. Nussenblatt, Alan G. Palestine:

Capnocytophaga canis morsus (DF-2) as a cause of a chronic corneal infection. Am J Ophthalmol 109: 240-242, 1990.

9- W.J. Lipham, H. Sanui. T.M. Redmond, B. Wiggert, M.D. de Smet, G.J. Chader, I.

Gery: Immunological features of synthetic peptides derived from the retinal protein IRBP:

differences between immunodominant and non-dominant peptides. Curr Eye Res 9: 95Marc D. de Smet, Frank V. Buffam, Randall N. Fairley, Nicholas J.S. Voss: Prevention of radiation-induced stenosis of the nasolacrimal duct. Can J Ophthalmol 25: 145-147, 1990.

11- Marc D. de Smet, Joyce Yokohama, Manabu Mochizuki, Vijay Singh, Tochimichi Shinohara, Barbara Wiggert, Gerald Chader, Igal Gery, Robert B. Nussenblatt: Cellular Immune Responses of Uveitis Patients to Retinal Antigens and their Fragments. Am J Ophthalmol 110: 135-142, 1990.

12- M.D. de Smet, B. Wiggert, G. J. Chader, M. Mochizuki, I. Gery, R. B. Nussenblatt:

Cellular Immune Responses to Fragments of S-Antigen in Patients with Uveitis. In Ocular Immunology Today. M. Usui, S. Ohno, K. Aoki, eds. Elsevier Science Publ., 1990. pp.


13- S. Kotake, M. D. de Smet, H. Sanui, B. Wiggert, T. M. Redmond, G. J. Chader, I.

Gery: Analysis of the immunodominant and highly uveitogenic epitope of interphotoreceptor retinoid binding protein (IRBP). In Ocular Immunology Today. M.

Usui, S. Ohno, K. Aoki, eds. Elsevier Science Publ., 1990. pp. 281-284.

14- C. P. Herbort, M. D. de Smet, F. G. Roberge, R. B. Nussenblatt, H. LoberboumGalski, I. Pastan: New immunosuppressive approach to corneal graft rejection: A clinical and immunological study in a rat PKP-model. In Ocular Immunology Today. M. Usui, S.

Ohno, K. Aoki, eds. Elsevier Science Publ., 1990. pp. 415-419.

15- Marc D. de Smet, Janet B. Davis, Robert B. Nussenblatt, Alan G. Palestine: Large cell lymphoma mascarading as a viral retinitis. Int Ophthalmol 14: 413-417, 1990.

16- Rubens Belfort Jr, Robert B. Nussenblatt, Claudio Lottemberg, Sergio Kwitko, Wallace Chamon, Marc de Smet, Ben Rubin. Spontaneous lens subluxation in uveitis. Am J Ophthalmol.110: 714-716, 1990.

17- Satoshi Kotake, Marc D. de Smet, Barbara Wiggert, T. Michael Redmond, Gerald J.

Chader, and Igal Gery: Analysis of the pivotal residues of the immunodominant and highly uveitogenic determinant of interphotoreceptor retinoid-binding protein (IRBP). J Immunol 146: 2995-3001, 1991.

18- Carl P. Herbort, Marc D. de Smet, François Roberge, Robert B. Nussenblatt, David FitzGerald, Haya Lorberboum-Galski, Ira Pastan: Treatment of Corneal Allograft Rejection with the Cytotoxin IL2 PE40. Transplantation 52: 470-474, 1991.

19- A. G. Palestine, M.A. Polis, M. D. de Smet, B. F. Baird, J. Falloon, J.A. Kovacs, R.T.

Davey, J. J. Zurlo, K. M. Zunich, M. Davis, L. Hubbard, R. Brothers, F. L. Ferris, E. Chew, J. L. Davis, B. I. Rubin, S.D. Mellow, J.A. Metcalf, J. Manischewitz, J.R. Minor, R. B.

Nussenblatt, H. Masur, H. C. Lane: A randomized, controlled trial of foscarnet in the treatment of cytomegalovirus retinitis in patients with the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome. Ann Int Med 115: 665-673, 1991.

20- Marc D. de Smet, Robert B. Nussenblatt: Ocular manifestations of AIDS. JAMA 266:

3019 3022, 1992.

21- Rubens Belfort Jr, Marc de Smet, Scott M. Whitcup, Carlos Pavesio, Claudio Lottenberg, Benjamin Rubin, Juan S. Lopez, Robert Nussenblatt: Ocular complications of Stevens Johnson syndrome and toxic epidermal necrolysis in patients with AIDS. Cornea 10: 536-538, 1990.

22- Scott M. Whitcup, Rubens Belfort Jr., Marc D. de Smet, Alan G. Palestine, Robert B.

Nussenblatt, Chi-Chao Chan: Immunohistochemistry of the inflammatory response in Propionibacterium acnes endophthalmitis. Arch Ophthalmol 109: 978-9, 1991.

23- Karina M. Butler, Marc D. de Smet, Robert N. Husson, Brigitta Mueller, Kallanna Manjunath, Karen Montrella, Gayle Lovato, Paul Jarolinski, Robert B. Nussenblatt, Philip A. Pizzo: Treatment of aggressive CMV retinitis with ganciclovir in combination with foscarnet in a child with human immunodeficiency virus infection. J Pediatr. 120: 483Scott M. Whitcup, Karina M. Butler, Rafael Caruso, Marc D. de Smet, Benjamin Rubin, Robert N. Husson, Juan S. Lopez, Rubens Belfort Jr., Philip A. Pizzo, and Robert B.

Nussenblatt: Retinal Toxicity in HIV-Infected Children Treated with 2’,3’-Dideoxyinosine (ddI). Am J Ophthalmol 113: 1-7, 1992.

25- Marc D. de Smet, Benjamin I. Rubin, Juan Lopez, Scott M. Whitcup, Howard A.

Austin, Robert B. Nussenblatt: Combined use of cyclosporine and ketoconazole in the treatment of endogenous uveitis. Am J Ophthalmol 113: 687-690, 1992.

26- Lopez JS, Price FW Jr, Whitcup SM, Li Q, de Smet M, Chan CC:

Immunohistochemistry of Terrien's and Mooren's corneal degeneration. Arch Ophthalmol 109: 988-992, 1991.

27- Yujiro Fujino, Chi Chao Chan, Marc D. de Smet, Naofumi Hikita, Igal Gery, Manabu Mochizuki, Robert B. Nussenblatt: FK506 Treatment of Experimental Autoimmune Uveoretinitis in Primates. Transplant Proc 23: 3335-3338, 1991.

28- Chi-Chao Chan, Alan G Palestine, Janet L Davis, Marc D. de Smet, Ian W. McLean, Miguel Burnier, John H. Drouilhet, Robert B. Nussenblatt. Role of chorioretinal biopsy in inflammatory eye disease. Ophthalmology 98: 1281-1286, 1991.

29- Rubin BI, Holland EJ, de Smet MD, Belfort R Jr, Nussenblatt RB: Response of reactivated ligneous conjunctivitis to topical cyclosporine. Am J Ophthalmol 112: 95-96, 1991.

30- Lopez JS, de Smet MD, Masur H, Mueller BU, Pizzo PA, Nussenblatt RB: Orally administered 566C80 for treatment of ocular toxoplasmosis in a patient with the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome. Am J Ophthalmol 113: 331-333, 1992.

31- MD de Smet: Differential diagnosis of retinitis and choroiditis in patients with acquired immunodeficiency sydrome. Am J Med 92 (suppl 24): S17-S21, 1992.

32- Sanda MG, Yang JC, Topalian SL, Groves ES, Childs A, Belfort R, de Smet MD, Schwartzentruber DJ, White DE, Lotze MT, Rosenberg SA: Intravenous administration of recombinant human macrophage colony-stimulating factor to patients with metastatic cancer: a phase I study. J Clin Oncol 10: 1643-1649, 1992.

33- de Kozak Y, Stiemer RH, Mirshahi M, Frank RW, de Smet M, Faure JP: Humoral immune response against S-antigen/TNF alpha common epitope in rat EAU suppressed by the monoclonal antibody S2D2. Curr Eye Res 11 (suppl): 119-127, 1992.

34- Whitcup SM, Fenton RM, Pluda JM, de Smet MD, Nussenblatt RB, Chan CC:

Pneumocystis carinii and mycobacterium avium-intracellulare infection of the choroid.

Retina 12: 331-335, 1992.

35- Polis MA, de Smet MD, Baird BF, Mellow S, Falloon J, Davey RT, Kovacs JA, Palestine AG, Nussenblatt RB, Masur H, Lane HC: Increased survival of a cohort of patients with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome and cytomegalovirus retinitis who received sodium phosphonoformate (Foscarnet). Am J Med 94: 175-180, 1993.

36- Roberge FG, Xu D, Chan CC, de Smet, MD, Nussenblatt RB, Chen H: Treatment of autoimmune uveoretinitis in the rat with rapamycin, an inhibitor of lymphocyte growth factor signal transduction. Curr Eye Res 12: 197-203, 1993.

37- de Smet MD: Ocular consequences of human immunodeficiency virus infection.

Ophthalmol Clin North Amer 6: 117-126, 1993.

38- de Smet MD, Butler KM, Rubin BI, Whitcup SM, DeBarge LR, Martin DF, Pizzo PA, Nussenblatt RB: The ocular complications of HIV in the pediatric population. Recent

Advances in Uveitis, Proceedings of the third International Symposium on Uveitis. Eds:

Dernouchamps JP, Verougstraete C, Capsers-Velu L, Tassignon MJ. Kugler Publications, New York, 1993.

39- Nussenblatt RB, de Smet MD, Rubin B, Freidlin V, Whitcup SM, Davis J, Herman D, Bloom JN, Sran PK, Whitcher S, Palestine A, Austin H: A masked, randomized, doseresponse study between cyclosporine A and G in the treatment of sight-threatening uveitis of non infectious origin. Am J Ophthalmol 115: 583-591, 1993.

40- Martin D F, Chan C C, de Smet M D, Palestine A G, Davis J L, Whitcup S W, Burnier M N, Nussenblatt R B: The role of chorioretinal biospy in the management of posterior uveitis. Ophthalmology 100: 705-714, 1993.

41- de Smet MD, Bitar G, Roberge FG, Gery I, Nussenblatt RB: Human S-Antigen:

Presence of multiple immunogenic and immunopathogenic sites in the lewis rat. J Autoimmunity 6:587-599, 1993.

42- Whitcup SM, de Smet MD, Rubin BI, Palestine AG, Martin DF, Burnier M, Chan CC, Nussenblatt RB: Intraocular Lymphoma. Clinical and histopathologic diagnosis.

Ophthalmology 100: 1399-1406, 1993.

43- de Smet MD, Nussenblatt RB: Clinical use of cyclosporine in ocular disease. Int Ophthalmol Clin 33: 31-45, 1993.

44- Roberge FG, Kozhich A, Chan CC, Martin DF, Nussenblatt RB, de Smet MD: Inhibition of cellular transfer of experimental autoimmune uveoretinitis by rapamycin. Ocular Immunol Inflam 1: 269 273, 1993.

45- Rengarajan K, de Smet MD, Chader GJ, Wiggert B: Identification of heat shock proteins binding to an immunodominant uveitopathogenic peptide of IRBP. Curr Eye Res 13: 289-296, 1994.

46- Rengarajan K, de Smet MD, Chader GJ, Wiggert B: Characterization of human B cell proteins binding specifically to uveitopathogenic peptide 1169-1191 of bovine IRBP.

Biochem Biophys Res Comm 204: 799-806, 1994.

47- Mochizuki M, de Smet MD: Use of immunosuppressive agents in ocular diseases.

Prog Retinal Eye Res 13: 479-506, 1994.

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