Dion Paridaens


Following his medical training in the University of Utrecht, Dion Paridaens performed a two-year oncology fellowship in Moorfields Eye Hospital and the Institute of Ophthalmology, London. He later completed his Ph.D. thesis on periocular melanoma in

1993 and was awarded the FC Donders Prize in 1995 for his scientific contributions.

Since 1996 he has worked as a consultant surgeon in the Oculoplastic & Orbital Service of the Rotterdam Eye Hospital, The Netherlands, a high volume tertiary care institution. 

In 1997 he was a visiting orbital fellow in Vancouver, British Columbia. He has been a honorary Consultant to the Erasmus Medical Center Rotterdam and was a part-time Professor at the Hopitaux Universitaires de Geneve, Switzerland between 2011 and 2016. Dr. Paridaens has been an invited lecturer and guest surgeon in various countries and has published over 170 publications, several book chapters and educational DVDs and iPhone application on oculoplastic surgery and orbital decompression. 

His research focuses on periocular and intraocular tumors, eyelid- & lacrimal surgery

and Graves Orbitopathy and has supervised several PhD students. He has been the clinical director of the oculoplastic fellowship in the Rotterdam Eye Hospital since 1991 and has trained 1-2 fellows per year since then.

Between 1997 and May 2010 he was Editor-in-Chief of the international Journal

ORBIT. He is a regular reviewer for several scientific journals. Since 2012 he has been on the Committee of the European Society of Ophthalmic Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery (ESOPRS). Since 2014 he has served as the Secretary of ESOPRS. He is a founding member of the Dutch Orbital Society and of the Rotterdam Thyroid Center. He has served as a medical advisor for several patient organisations in the Netherlands.

Dion Paridaens is married and is the proud father of three teenagers.