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Call for papers - Complex keratoplasty

Guest Editors

Semih Çakmak, MD, Istanbul University, Türkiye
Hyeck Soo Son, MD, FEBO, University Hospital Heidelberg, Germany

Submission Status: Open   |   Submission Deadline: 28 March 2025

BMC Ophthalmology is calling for submissions to our Collection on Complex keratoplasty, exploring surgical techniques, clinical outcomes, and challenges faced in the implementation of complex keratoplasty procedures. 

Meet the Guest Editors

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Semih Çakmak, MD, Istanbul University, Türkiye

Semih Çakmak received his medical degree from Istanbul University, Istanbul Faculty of Medicine. He then completed his residency in Ophthalmology at Beyoğlu Eye Training and Research Hospital of the University of Health Sciences, Turkey. He completed his medical specialty training thesis on Descemet's membrane endothelial keratoplasty. He has published over 25 scientific articles and presented at various ophthalmological meetings. His main areas of interest are corneal surgery, corneal surface disease, cataract and refractive surgery. He is continuing academic studies at Istanbul University, Istanbul Faculty of Medicine.

Hyeck Soo Son, MD, FEBO, University Hospital Heidelberg, Germany

Hyeck-Soo Son, MD, FEBO, is a corneal surgeon and deputy medical director of the LIONS Cornea Bank at the University Eye Clinic of Heidelberg. After his ophthalmology training in Heidelberg, he completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at the Wilmer Eye Institute, where he focused on keratoconus, cataract surgery, and development of genetic treatment modality for inherited corneal diseases.

About the Collection

BMC Ophthalmology is calling for submissions to our Collection on Complex keratoplasty. Complex keratoplasty refers to advanced corneal transplant procedures designed to replace damaged or diseased corneal tissue with healthy donor tissue, aiming to restore vision and improve corneal function. Procedures like penetrating keratoplasty, deep anterior lamellar keratoplasty (DALK), Descemet stripping automated endothelial keratoplasty (DSAEK), Descemet membrane endothelial keratoplasty (DMEK), and keratoprosthetics often result in varied surgical outcomes, graft rejection, and postoperative care complexities.

The aim of this Collection is to explore the surgical techniques used in complex keratoplasty procedures, discuss the challenges in implementing these techniques, highlight their clinical outcomes, and present new insights into therapeutic approaches. Therefore, this Collection welcomes research articles that include, but are not limited to, the following topics:

  • Surgical techniques in complex keratoplasty, including suture methods and graft preparation
  • Advances in immunomodulatory therapies to prevent graft rejection
  • Imaging modalities for early detection and monitoring of graft health
  • Long-term outcomes and quality of life considerations for patients undergoing complex keratoplasty.

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There are currently no articles in this collection.

Submission Guidelines

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This Collection welcomes submission of original Research Articles. Should you wish to submit a different article type, please read our submission guidelines to confirm that type is accepted by the journal. Articles for this Collection should be submitted via our submission system, Snapp. During the submission process you will be asked whether you are submitting to a Collection, please select "Complex keratoplasty" from the dropdown menu.

Articles will undergo the journal’s standard peer-review process and are subject to all of the journal’s standard policies. Articles will be added to the Collection as they are published.

The Editors have no competing interests with the submissions which they handle through the peer review process. The peer review of any submissions for which the Editors have competing interests is handled by another Editorial Board Member who has no competing interests.