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Parma Campus

Parma Campus

In 2021 a new ESASO Campus was inaugurated in Parma, Italy.
The Campus is primarily focused on glaucoma surgery and the teaching and learning experience is tailored for both national or international qualified ophthalmologists or residents in ophthalmology.

Classroom - Wet Lab

The Campus in Parma is equipped with a dedicated classroom and a wet lab with workstations designed for surgical training in ophthalmology. The learning experience will be enhanced by evaluation of patients in a clinical setting.


A comfortable hotel with a renowned restaurant, a 5-minute walk from the ESASO Campus and a 10-minute walk from the city centre.


ESASO Parma Campus
University of Parma
c/o Ospedale Maggiore, Monoblocco
UO Oculistica
Padiglione 9, Piano Terra
Via Gramsci 14, Parma, Italy

The European School for Advanced Studies in Ophthalmology (ESASO) established its headquarters in Lugano where, in 2016, the first ESASO Training Centre was inaugurated.

ESASO has a second campus in Singapore, where the education and training programme is tailored for the Asian ophthalmologists or residents in ophthalmology.

In 2021 ESASO established a new and innovative Campus in Parma within the Department of Medicine and Surgery of the University of Parma. The Campus is equipped with a classroom and a wet lab with workstations dedicated to surgical training in ophthalmology. The learning experience will also focus on evaluation of patients in a clinical setting.

The ESASO Board appointed Prof. Stefano Gandolfi as Scientific Director of the Campus in Parma.



Leading ophthalmologists from around the world contribute to ESASO’s hands-on training programme, where theoretical lessons are coupled with practical experience on advanced surgical machines.

About Parma

Parma is an attractive medium-sized city with approximately 198,000 inhabitants, located in Northern Italy, less than a two-hour drive from Milan and just over an hour drive from Bologna.

The city is divided into two parts by the river “Parma”.

“This side of the water” (city centre) and “the other side of the water” are a way to distinguish the richer part of the city from the “Oltretorrente”, the picturesque neighbourhood with its multi-ethnic population that also encompasses the Parco Ducale, one of the most popular green spaces in Parma.

An excellent starting point for exploring the city is Piazza Garibaldi, the city centre, dominated by the 13th century Governor’s Palace, an imposing building that houses Parma’s Museum of Modern Art, where the contemporary exhibits are in stark contrast with the historic surroundings.

On the streets leading off the Piazza (Via della Repubblica, Via Mazzini, Via Cavour, Strada Farini) you can find shops, boutiques, outdoor cafés, bars, and restaurants.
If you walk down via Cavour on the right hand side you will find Via al Duomo that leads to the cobbled Piazza Del Duomo, where you can admire the Cathedral (Duomo) and the Baptistery (Battistero) that date back to the 12th century.

The Pilotta Palace is one of the largest buildings in Parma and it is located near the river. It was built in the 16th century and had various functions including a royal palace and a court. The building houses the National Gallery, the Biblioteca Palatina (Palatina Library) and the magnificent Teatro Farnese, one of the most renowned examples of a wooden theatre. Built in the 17th century, it was seriously damaged during the Second World War and was restored thereafter.

A few minutes from the city centre you can admire the worldwide famous opera house, the Teatro Regio. Music has a leading role in the city with the Verdi Opera Festival, the international jazz music festival, and performances in the modern Paganini Auditorium designed by Renzo Piano. In the museums and art galleries you can admire the masterpieces of local painters such as Correggio and Parmigianino.

The main building of the University of Parma, one of Italy’s most ancient universities, founded in the 13th century, is also located near the city centre.

Parma is famous for its high quality of life, for its food and rich gastronomical tradition: two of its specialties are Parmigiano Reggiano cheese and Parma ham.