Specialized in clinical ophthalmology of the anterior segment of the eye, Elena Barraquer is internationally renowned in the field of cataract surgery and the evolution of its treatment. Thus, since she graduated in 1977 in Medicine and Surgery at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, Elena Barraquer has focused on the development of ophthalmology, especially in the care and treatment of patients.
Elena Barraquer developed her professional career in the United States and Italy. What was presented to her in 1977 as an opportunity to learn research in Maryland ended up becoming a stay of more than 11 years of training. After two years working at the National Institute of Health, and two other doing pathological anatomy at the Wilmer Eye Institute (Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions), she earned her medical degree and majored in ophthalmology at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary (Harvard Medical School), making her one of the few specialists in ophthalmology who performed her entire specialty in the USA. Later she moved to Turin, Italy, where from 1989 to 2002 she practiced as an ophthalmologist and surgeon at the Bosio Barraquer Associated Medical Studio.
In 2003, she returned to Barcelona to continue her career: Elena Barraquer has been adding milestones in the field of international cooperation, with the Elena Barraquer Foundation being her most ambitious and charismatic project up to date.