Miguel N. Burnier, Jr., M.D., Ph.D., FRCSC


Miguel N. Burnier, Jr., is the author and co-author of over 500 publications. He is currently the Director of the Henry C. Witelson Ocular Pathology Laboratory in Canada; the General Director of Clinical Research and Training of the McGill University Health Centre Research Institute; and a Full Professor of Ophthalmology, Pathology, Medicine and Oncology at McGill University. Previously, Miguel was the Thomas O. Hecht Family Chair in Ophthalmology and also the Chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology, McGill University. Before that, he was a Professor and as a Senior Scientist working at both the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (AFIP) and the National Eye Institute. Prior to that, Miguel was the Professor and Chair of the Department of Pathology at the Federal University of Sao Paulo, Brazil. He completed a fellowship in Pathology at the AFIP. Miguel received his M.D. and completed his residencies in Pathology and Ophthalmology in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He also completed his MS and Ph.D. in Ocular Pathology at the Federal University of Sao Paulo.

Miguel is distinguished with several national and international awards, including The University of Sao Paulo’s Gold Medal in Ophthalmology, The European Ophthalmology Award of Excellence, the American Academy of Ophthalmology Award of Excellence and The Pan American Association of Ophthalmology Life Achievement Award. He has additionally received the WHO award for melanoma research; the FARVO medal from the ARVO for his research contributions to the field of Ocular Pathology and Oncology; and The Brazilian Academy of Science Award in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Miguel is an active member of over 20 societies and was the Editor-in-Chief of The Canadian Journal of Ophthalmology.