Dr. Liana Ventura

In 1985, Dr. Liana Ventura did the Medicine course at the Federal University of Pernambuco – UFPE. Has Specialist Degree in Ophthalmology conferred by the Brazilian Council of Ophthalmology – CBO. She studied post-graduate studies abroad through the Fellowship in Pediatric Ophthalmology at the University of San Juan in Puerto Rico, USA (1985), and was the first pediatric ophthalmologist officially certified in Brazil. She completed a PhD in the University of Minas Gerais – UFMG (2001) and a Masters in Administration of Ophthalmology Practice at the Federal University of São Paulo – UNIFESP (2003).

Founding partner of the Altino Ventura Foundation. Founding partner of the Hospital de Olhos de Pernambuco. Coordinated the Specialization Courses and Medical Residency of the FAV, for several years, courses recognized by the Ministry of Education and the Brazilian Council of Ophthalmology – MEC and by the CBO.

In 2005, Dr. Liana Ventura founded the Specialized Center for Rehabilitation “Menina dos OLhos”, to assist patients with low vision, blindness and multiple disabilities, of the low income population of Brazil. In 2014, this service was recognized by the Ministry of Health as CER IV with competence to meet the four deficiencies: visual, auditory, motor and intellectual. The Altino Ventura Foundation’s Rehabilitation Center serves a monthly average of 659 visually impaired, 535 intellectually disabled, 506 physically disabled, and 247 hearing impaired. Being considered an innovative and reference center, through its multiprofessional team attends with a transdiscipline approach the patients from the north and northeast of the country, and enables medical professionals and therapists to act in the health care of patients with multiple disabilities.

Dr. Liana Ventura is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), the American Association of Cataract Surgeons and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS), the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB), the Latin American Association for Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ALLACSA-R), Pan American Association of Ophthalmology (PAAO) and the Brazilian Council of Ophthalmology (CBO).

She is a professor in ophthalmology and is a researcher, and has published more than 80 scientific papers, peer-review, in international and national journals, published the books: 1. Dyslexia and Learning Disorders; 2. Prisms in the diagnosis and treatment of strabismus. She has published several chapters of books in Brazil and abroad.

In partnership with researchers from UNIFESP, researchers from the Altino Ventura Foundation were the first to discover the ocular findings of the retina and optic nerve, visual impairment in children with the Zika Virus Congenital Syndrome.

She implemented several pioneering and innovative projects to combat blindness and visual rehabilitation of the low-income population, developed by the Altino Ventura Foundation throughout the state of Pernambuco. Among them: 1. Project Congenital Cataract; 2. Project Retinopathy of Prematurity; 3. Project Ocular Health Project in institutionalized children (orphans); 4. Project Eye Health in students of the Pernambuco public school system; 5. Project of Multidisciplinary Care for Children with Möbius Sequence; 6. Project of Multidisciplinary Care for Children with Congenital Syndrome of Zika Virus.

The Altino Ventura Foundation’s Multidisciplinary Specialized Attention Program for Children with Congenital Syndrome of the Zika Virus and its families / caregivers, Pernambuco, has already diagnosed 376 children suspected of this syndrome, and attends an early intervention program for 141 children. Alongside her staff at the Altino Ventura Foundation, Dr. Liana Ventura has served as strategic partner of the UNICEF INCLUSION NETWORK Program, which has developed and supported children with Zika Virus Congenital Syndrome and their families / caregivers, promoting empowerment actions , Strengthening, education and social. This program has a partnership of the Ministry of Health, PAHO, ZIKALAB, JOHNSON & JOHNSON and Recife City Hall.

She has implemented projects of international partnerships, with interinstitutional and interstate activities: 1. The I International Low Vision Project, Ophthalmology of UNIFESP (SP), Hospital São Geraldo – HCUFMG, Altino Ventura Foundation and Faculty of Medical Sciences of UNICAMP. International support from the German NGO Christoffel Blindness Mission (CBM), the ORSA Foundation, Standard Chartered Bank (“Seeing is believing”) Benefiting 11 states in the north and northeast of Brazil .; 2. The Sight First Low Vision Project. A partnership of the Lions International Foundation, Lions LA-30 District and Altino Ventura. Benefiting 3 states from the northeast; 3. The II International Low Vision Project, a partnership of the Dept. Ophthalmology of UNIFESP (SP), Hospital São Geraldo – HCUFMG, Altino Ventura Foundation and Faculty of Medical Sciences of UNICAMP. With international support from the German Government and CBM. Benefiting 5 states from the north and northeast.

Currently,  Dr Liana Ventura is president of the Pan American Ophthalmology Foundation (PAOF, 2016-2018), and chair of the Curator Council of the Altino Ventura Foundation. Coordinator of the Department of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus of Hospital de Olhos de Pernambuco (Hope).