Dr. Giselle Ricur

Bascom Palmer Eye Institute

Giselle Ricur is a digital health specialist, who has advocated for the adoption of information and communication technologies (ICT) in healthcare for over 25 years. Firm believer that innovative opportunities -in education as well as in research- can enhance clinical outreach, both on a national and international scale; without compromising the core values of being able to “deliver compassionate, high quality health care.

Trained as a physician and Ophthalmologist in Argentina. Transitioned into the health informatics field in US-based Telemedicine programs (ECU, NC; UTMB, TX). She has an MBA in Strategic Direction (Polytechnic University of Catalonia, SP) and a MSc in Healthcare Management (Swiss Business School) and is undergoing PhD studies in Science & Technology (UNCU, ARG).

Founder and principle of the Zaldivar’s Telemedicine Program in the late 90’s, founder of the first international chapter of the American Telemedicine Association (ATALACC) in 2003, and former collaborator of the Distributed Medical Intelligence (DMI) group, the U.S. Army Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC), the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO/WHO), the Economic Council for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC/UN), and the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB).

Postgraduate faculty of the Healthcare Administration School (Aconcagua University); the Telemedicine Diploma Course (Cuyo’s National University Medical School); Director and Faculty of the Digital Healthcare Management Specialization Course and its Executive Master’s Program at ADEN’s International Business School (affiliated to the George Washington University Business School, USA and ADEN’s University in Panama).

Fellow and long-standing member of the American Telemedicine Association (ATA), its Ocular Telehealth and International SIGs (2000); Member of the Editorial Committees of the Telemedicine and e-Health Journal, Telemedicine and Telecare Journal, and the Latin American Telehealth Journal; Member of the ICT Task Force of the International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO), Member of the of the ICT and Education Interest Group of the Argentine Council of Ophthalmology (CAO), and of its Telemedicine Committee.

As author and co-author of telehealth peer-reviewed articles and textbook chapters, she has been an invited lecturer throughout the Latin-American region, regarding real-time consultations, the physician/patient relationship in telemedicine, and how to implement ICT to extend patient outreach; as well as to how to apply disruptive technologies such as serious gaming and extended reality to medical teaching. Her expertise includes the design and
development of training content for innovative learning management systems that host digital teaching vehicles. Recently, she designed Bascom Palmer Eye institute’s virtual twin, and enabled the first ophthalmology-related classes for medical students in the Bascom Palmer Verse.

In recognition for her work and contributions in telehealth, she has received several awards: the Polycom Award for Scientific Merit in Telemedicine (2005), ATA’s Certificate of Appreciation for SIG/Chapter Leadership as Founder and Immediate Past Chair of the ATALACC (2007), as well as for Past Vice Chair and Chair of ATA’s International SIG (2012); the International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO) Certificate of Appreciation for Contributions to the field of Teleophthalmology (2014). Inducted in June 2020 into the ATA’s College of Fellows, and in June of 2021 distinguished by the Argentinean Council of Ophthalmology for services and contributions to the field of Telemedicine and eHealth during the COVID-19 pandemic.