M.B., B.S., B.Sc. (Med) (Hons), M. Biomed, Eng., F.R.A.N.Z.C.O.
Dr Nagi Assaad is an Ophthalmic Surgeon practising in General Ophthalmology and Medical Retina.
He graduated in medicine from The University of Sydney and also completed a research degree in Visual Physiology. He completed a Master of Biomedical Engineering degree at the University of New South Wales, with a focus on advanced optics, ophthalmic technology and retinal protein structure.
Dr Assaad underwent specialist ophthalmology training at Prince of Wales Hospital, Sydney, followed by a fellowship in Medical Retina and Uveitis at the internationally renowned Moorfields Eye Hospital, London. He has extensive experience in retinal laser treatments and the use of intraocular injections for the management of retinal diseases including macular degeneration.
He has been involved in teaching medical students, optometrists and ophthalmology registrars throughout his career in ophthalmology. He is a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists.
Dr Assaad is a cataract surgeon who operates regularly at Chatswood Private Hospital. He is a Visiting Medical Officer at Prince of Wales Hospital and Sutherland Hospital.
His interests include general ophthalmology, cataract surgery, medical retina, macular degeneration, diabetic eye disease and retinal vascular disease.
Dr Matt Ball is an ophthalmic surgeon with additional sub-specialist qualifications in cornea and anterior segment surgery. Dr Ball completed undergraduate medical training at the University of Adelaide, followed by a Masters in International Public Health at the University of Sydney before commencing ophthalmology training at Sydney Eye Hospital.
During his time at Sydney Eye Hospital, Dr Ball was heavily involved in training new ophthalmology registrars, and was recognised for excellence by being awarded both the Churchill Fellowship and the Norman Rose Travelling Scholarship. He also participated in developing world programs such as the Myanmar Eye Care Programme, and was a Senior Medical Office for Medecins Sans Frontieres in Ethiopia.
After completing ophthalmology qualifications, Dr Ball completed two further Fellowship qualifications in the UK, first in corneal surgery at Bristol Eye Hospital, and then in anterior segment surgery at the prestigious Moorfields Eye Hospital in London.
Matt is a member of the Corneal Unit at Sydney Eye Hospital and has worked at St George Hospital for the past 5 years.He was awarded the Best Consultant Teacher 2013 for UNSW St George and Sutherland Clinician Schools and Consultant of the Year Sydney Eye Hospital 2013.
Matt has been consulting at St Leonards Eye Centre, with Dr Diana Semmonds since 2012. He currently operates privately at Chatswood Private Hospital and specialises in cataract, pterygium and corneal surgery.
Dr Allan Bank is a graduate of Sydney University medical school with residency training at Royal North Shore Hospital. This was followed by a year of basic research in the labs of the Save Sight institute and specialist training at Sydney Eye Hospital.
An advanced fellowship in glaucoma at the prestigious UT Southwestern, Dallas, Texas under Professor Rand Allingham and Professor Karanjit Kooner followed.
An offer to join the faculty at UT Southwestern was declined due to a desire to raise his family in Australia watching cricket rather than remaining in the United States and following baseball!
On return to Australia he was offered positions at Bankstown and Prince of Wales public hospitals. Currently, he runs the Glaucoma Unit at the Prince of Wales Hospital and supervises registrar training in both cataract and glaucoma surgery. Dr Bank was also instrumental in establishing the new Chatswood Private Hospital, a world class facility for eye and ENT surgery.
He is a Peer reviewer for the American Journal of Ophthalmology, and has published extensively in numerous journals. Current research relates to glaucoma imaging in glaucoma diagnosis.
Perhaps his proudest achievement would be coaching club level cricket for many years, not to mention his keen interest in both playing soccer and cycling.
Dr Gaurav Bhardwaj is a vitreoretinal surgeon and medical retina specialist. He studied Medicine at the University of Newcastle and then subsequently completed a PhD at the University of New South Wales. This involved detailed research in the area of retinal haemorrhages in children and he was awarded a research grant from the Sydney Children’s Hospital Foundation. Dr Bhardwaj then undertook specialist training in Ophthalmology in the Sydney Eye Hospital network for 4 years.
After general ophthalmic training, Dr Bhardwaj completed 2 years of fellowship training in Medical Retina and Uveitis and then Vitreoretinal Surgery at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital (RVEEH) in Melbourne, the largest Retinal Unit in Australia. During this period, he developed considerable expertise in the diagnosis and management of the full range of retinal and vitreous disorders, complicated cataract surgery (including sutureless scleral fixated lenses) and ocular trauma.
Following this he migrated along with his family to Europe and worked at the world renowned Moorfields Eye Hospital in London, the largest eye hospital in Europe, where he was a senior vitreoretinal fellow for 1 year. At Moorfields, Dr Bhardwaj managed adult and paediatric patients from all over the United Kingdom and Europe with complex vitreoretinal disorders and further refined his surgical and diagnostic skills. He was also exposed to the latest research in the areas of retinal gene therapy, retinal pigment epithelial stem cell treatment and the artificial retina.
Dr Bhardwaj has continued his research interest with ongoing publications into major scientific journals. He also maintains his knowledge of the latest research in his field by being a reviewer for major scientific journals. He is involved in training registrars and retinal fellows in ophthalmic and vitreoretinal surgery.
Dr Bhardwaj prides himself on providing the best possible outcomes for his patients. His professionalism is reflected by the numerous written compliments he has received from extremely grateful patients he has helped along the way. He is a fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (FRANZCO), a member of the Australia and New Zealand Society of Retinal Specialists (ANZSRS) and the Australian Medical Association (AMA).
Dr Booth-Mason trained at St Thomas Hospital and Moorfields Eye Hospital, London UK. She held a Consultant position at Sussex Eye Hospital, Brighton UK for four years before emigrating to Australia. She was attached to Sydney Eye Hospital for two years before setting up practice in Gordon. Dr Booth-Mason has been a partner of Gordon Eye Surgery since 1993. She is regularly involved in clinical trials and teaching GPs and optometrists.
Dr Michael G. Branley Specialises in macular degeneration, retina, uveitis & vitreoretinal conditions. He undertook sub-specialty fellowship training at Moorfields Eye Hospital (London, UK) and St Paul’s Eye Hospital (Liverpool, UK). He is a consultant ophthalmologist at Royal North Shore and Concord Hospitals and is an on-call medical specialist for the Australian Navy Reserve.
Dr Caroline Catt specialises in paediatric and general ophthalmology, including cataract surgery. She graduated with degrees from the University of Sydney and the Flinders University of South Australia and completed her ophthalmology training at Sydney Eye Hospital. A fellowship at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada developed her particular interest in paediatric and neonatal ophthalmology. She was the recipient of the prestigious Dr JD Morin award for excellence as a clinical fellow in the areas of clinical care, research and education.
Dr Catt has published in peer-reviewed journals, has undertaken clinical studies in paediatric ophthalmic disease and presented the findings internationally. She has a keen interest in teaching ophthalmologists-in-training.
Dr Derek Chan is an ophthalmologist who specialises in cataract surgery and retinal conditions including macular degeneration, diabetes and retinal occlusions.
Dr Chan graduated with Honours from University of New South Wales and completed ophthalmology training at Prince of Wales Hospital, Randwick. He completed a subspecialty fellowship in Medical Retina from Moorfields Eye Hospital, London.
Dr Chan has obtained a Masters of Public Health from the University of New South Wales. He is an investigator in international clinical trials for macular degeneration, diabetes and retinal vein occlusions. He has published many research articles in peer reviewed journals including a clinical trial on cataract surgery.
Dr Chan is a conjoint lecturer at the University of New South Wales and is actively involved in teaching optometrists, general practitioners and ophthalmology registrars.
Dr Chang graduated from medicine and surgery at the University of NSW with first class honours. After completing his specialist ophthalmology training in Australia, Dr Chang was awarded RANZCO Eye Foundation scholarship to undertake further subspecialist qualifications in Medical Retina & Uveitis at Moorfields Eye Hospital, London.
Dr Chang’s areas of clinical expertise include the diagnosis and treatment of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), diabetic retinopathy, retinal vascular diseases and uveitis. He is experienced in performing retinal laser treatment, complex cataract surgery in the presence of retinal disease, and intraocular injection treatments for retinal diseases.
Dr Chang has been awarded PhD for his research in ocular immunology and continues to be involved in medical research to improve patient care. He holds academic appointment at the University of NSW and is involved in teaching medical students and other health professionals such as GPs and optometrists.
Dr Simon Chen is an experienced retinal and cataract surgeon at Vision Eye Institute and a Conjoint Senior Lecturer at the University of New South Wales (UNSW).
He has been a principal investigator for international clinical trials of new treatments for retinal disease and has published over 40 papers in peer reviewed medical journals covering various aspects of retinal and cataract surgery (which can be viewed here: http://orcid.org/0000-0002-2113-1443 ). He has conducted scientific research into eye injections for retinal disease, reviews research papers for leading medical journals and is regularly invited to lecture at conferences. He teaches trainee eye surgeons and optometrists.
Simon has particular expertise and extensive experience with sutureless vitrectomy surgery for epiretinal membrane, macular hole, diabetic retinopathy, retinal detachment and trauma; and intravitreal therapy for age related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and retinal vein occlusions. He is also an experienced cataract surgeon with a particular interest in complex cataract surgery (especially in patients with retinal disease or previous trauma).
Simon graduated in Medicine and Surgery from the University of London, then trained in Ophthalmology at the teaching hospitals of the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge, UK and completed advanced training in retinal and cataract surgery during surgical fellowships at the Oxford Eye Hospital, UK and Lions Eye Institute, Australia.
He consults at Vision Eye Institute Bondi Junction, Chatswood, Drummoyne and Hurstville.
Dr Chowdhury graduated in Medicine from the University of Sydney with First Class Honours. He was awarded a PhD from the University of New South Wales for his groundbreaking research into a Bionic Eye for blind patients, and was also a visiting fellow at Harvard University Medical School. He trained in eye surgery at the Prince of Wales Hospital in Randwick and Sydney Children’s Hospital. He was awarded the Filipic Greer Medal during training and received the Fellowship of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists. He subsequently undertook further training in advanced cataract surgery, LASIK surgery, and corneal transplantation at the prestigious Moorfields Eye Hospital in London.
Dr Chowdhury undertakes cutting-edge research in corneal, cataract and retinal disease, and is actively involved in training the next generation of eye surgeons. He has published numerous papers in international journals, and received several prominent research grants. He is a Clinical Senior Lecturer at the University of Sydney Medical School, and an Examiner for the College of Ophthalmologists.
Dr Brian Chua’s sub-speciality is in glaucoma research and therapy, as well as cataract surgery.
He is a VMO at St Vincents and Macquarie University Hospital, and a staff specialist at the glaucoma unit at Sydney Eye Hospital.
Brian graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Medicine / Bachelor of Surgery (Hons) and a Masters of Public Health (Hons).
He commenced his internship and residency at Royal North Shore Hospital before starting Ophthalmology training through the Sydney Eye Hospital.
He was heavily involved in the Blue Mountains Eye Study, both as the study coordinator and a clinical examiner, through the Centre for Vision Research at Westmead Hospital.
After completing his ophthalmic training at the Sydney Eye Hospital, Dr Chua undertook further Fellowship training to Sub-Specialise in Glaucoma at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital in Melbourne before returning to Sydney to continue his clinical and research commitments.
Brian has authored numerous scientific articles published in peer-reviewed journals, and has also presented at multiple local and international scientific congresses.
Colin Clement is a clinical ophthalmologist practicing in Sydney CBD, Fairfield and St Leonards with expertise in the management of cataract and glaucoma. He received his Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from the University of Sydney, Australia. He has also completed a Bachelor of Science (Honours) and PhD at the same institution. He undertook ophthalmology training at the Sydney Eye Hospital followed by glaucoma fellowship training in Bath (UK), London (UK) and Geneva (Switzerland).
Currently Colin is a staff specialist at Sydney Eye Hospital and a senior clinical lecturer at the University of Sydney. He is director of glaucoma surgery training at the Sight Foundation Wet Lab and he is an editor for the clinical ophthalmology journal, CLEVER, as well as the Journal of Current Glaucoma Practice. He serves on the associate advisory committee of the International Society of Glaucoma Surgery, is a member of the expert advisory committee for Glaucoma Australia and is on the human research ethics committee for RANZCO.
Colin has clinical research interests in glaucoma surgery techniques and outcomes, and has edited 1 textbook, authored 6 book chapters and more than 50 peer-reviewed research articles.
M.B., B.S., B.Med.Sc., Grad Dip. Med (Ophth.Sc.), Ph.D., R.A.N.Z.C.O
Dr Elisa Cornish specialises in the management of medical retinal and inflammatory disorders of the eye as well as glaucoma, neuro-ophthalmology and inherited eye disease. These include the most common causes of visual loss: macular degeneration, diabetic eye disease and retinal vein occlusion.
Dr Cornish has been passionate about research in retinal disorders since graduating with Honours in Science and completing a PhD in retinal development at the University of Sydney. She graduated in Medicine from the University of Sydney and then undertook her general ophthalmology training at the Sydney Eye Hospital network. She pursued sub-specialty training in Medical Retina, Uveitis, Neuro-Ophthalmology, Glaucoma and Inherited Eye Diseases at the Professorial Unit at Sydney Eye Hospital and Moorfields Eye Hospital, London.
Dr Cornish is a Consultant Eye Surgeon, Staff Specialist at Sydney Eye Hospital and Westmead Hospital, as well as being a Clinical Lecturer at the University of Sydney. She is actively involved in ophthalmology registrar and medical student teaching and is part of the Inherited Eye Disease Unit at the Save Sight Institute, Discipline of Ophthalmology where she has a special interest in electrophysiology.
As a clinical academic, Dr Cornish has published widely in peer-reviewed ophthalmic journals and has an ongoing interest in clinical and basic science research. She is actively involved as an investigator in clinical trials of new therapeutic agents to treat blinding retinal conditions. She is personable and an effective communicator with her patients and is enthusiastic about the challenges of managing complex eye disorders.
Dr Samuel Dance is a general ophthalmologist with sub-specialty training in Cataract and Glaucoma surgery, and medical conditions of the retina including Diabetic Retinopathy, Macular Degeneration and Vein occlusions.
Dr Dance attained his medical degree at Monash University, and achieved a Master of Surgery at the University of Sydney, graduating Dux of his class. He completed his ophthalmology training at Prince of Wales Hospital in Randwick, before moving to the United Kingdom. At Cambridge University and the renowned Moorfields Eye Hospital, Dr Dance gained further sub-speciality experience in complex Glaucoma and Cataract Surgery and in the management of Medical Retina conditions.
Dr Dance has been a reviewer for the Journal of Glaucoma, lectured at both the University of Sydney, and University of New South Wales, and has been an investigator for multiple international clinical trials assessing innovative ocular therapies. He has authored multiple articles in peer-reviewed journals and presentations at International, National and State medical conferences. He was appointed to the Ophthalmology Liaison Committee at Glaucoma Australia and he is a fellow of the Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists.
Dr Jenny Danks is an ophthalmologist working in general ophthalmology and Oculoplastic Surgery.
She performs Cataract surgery as well as Eyelid surgery, Tear duct (Lacrimal surgery) and Orbital surgery.
Dr Danks is a member of the Department of Oculoplastics at Sydney Eye Hospital and a Visiting Medical Officer at Royal North Shore Hospital. She practices at Peninsula Eye Centre in Dee Why and Gordon Eye Surgery.
Graduating from the University of Melbourne, Dr Danks trained in Ophthalmology at Sydney Eye Hospital before completing fellowships in Oculoplastic surgery in Bristol, and London at Moorfield’s Eye Hospital.
As a member of the College of Ophthalmology (RANZCO) since 1996, Dr Danks has served as Director of Training and Chair of Education for NSW. She is currently a supervisor of registrar training and on the committee of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Ophthalmic Plastic Surgeons (ANZSOPS).
Dr Helen Do is an ophthalmic surgeon specialising in medical retina and cataract surgery. She graduated medicine from University of New South Wales with first class honours and gained a Masters of Medicine in Ophthalmic Science at University of Sydney during which she wrote a treatise on retinal vein occlusions.
Helen completed her ophthalmology training at the Sydney Eye Hospital program including training at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and Liverpool Hospital. She also performed outreach programs to rural Northern Territory based from Royal Darwin Hospital. She underwent a Medical Retina fellowship in Sydney as a Bayer Medical Retina Fellow.
Dr Helen Do manages patients with medical retina conditions including medical, laser and injection management of patients with diabetic eye disease, age related macular degeneration, retinal vascular conditions and other macular and retinal diseases. She performs cataract and pterygium surgery and manages patients with acute and general ophthalmology conditions.
Dr John Downie is a Medical Retina Specialist, Senior Vitreoretinal Surgeon and Complex Cataract Surgeon. He studied Medicine at the University of Sydney, graduating with Honours in 1987, and trained as an Ophthalmologist at the Sydney Eye Hospital, where he was the Professorial Senior Registrar in 1995.
Dr Downie undertook further sub-specialised training as a retinal specialist at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London as a Vitreoretinal Surgical Fellow, under the prestigious Renee and Francis Hock Research Fellowship.
Dr Downie is the first retinal surgeon to work and operate in Sydney’s South and the Wollongong region, and has been caring for patients with retinal and cataract diseases since 1999. He routinely accepts difficult cataract referrals from his surgical colleagues and has performed a considerable number of both cataract and vitreoretinal procedures during his career.
Teaching & Training:
Dr Downie has twice received the Trainer of Excellence Award by the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists.
He is involved in both patient care and the teaching, and the supervision of ophthalmology trainees and vitreoretinal surgical fellows at the Sydney Eye Hospital, Prince of Wales Hospital and Sydney Children’s Hospital.
His interest in training young ophthalmologists extends to work overseas. Under the auspices of the Fred Hollows Foundation and the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists, Dr Downie regularly travels to Cambodia to teach trainees in the Cambodian Ophthalmology Residents Programme.
Dr Rahul Dubey completed his medical training at the University of New South Wales, graduating with Honours. He then completed 5 years of Specialist Medical training including two years of Physicians Training at the prestigious Central Sydney Network. Dr Dubey then pursued his speciality interest in Ophthalmology undertaking comprehensive ophthalmology training through The Prince of Wales Hospital and Sydney Eye Hospital. Upon attaining his Fellowship of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists he undertook further subspecialty fellowship training in Medical Retina, Uveitis and Vitreoretinal Surgery at the world renowned Moorfields Eye Hospital, London and The Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield, United Kingdom.
His surgical expertise encompasses all diseases of the retina, macula and vitreous using the latest micro-incisional vitreoretinal techniques including 27G Pars Plana Vitrectomy. He has particular expertise in macular hole surgery, epiretinal membrane surgery, retinal detachment surgery, advanced diabetic eye disease, age-related macular degeneration, vitreous haemorrhage, ocular trauma and successful treatment of symptomatic floaters. He is also experienced in complex refractive cataract surgery including secondary intraocular lens implantation. Dr Dubey has extensive experience with intravitreal injections and laser in the management of retinal vascular disease and advanced macular degeneration.
Dr Dubey has published extensively in peer-reviewed medical literature, and frequently lectures at National and International conferences including the EURETINA, European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons, British and Eire Vitreoretinal Surgeons and Asia Pacific Association of Vitreoretinal Surgeons.
Dr Dubey is particularly passionate about education including surgical supervision of Ophthalmologists-in training. He is enthusiastic about maintaining and improving the quality of surgical practice.
Dr Eade is an Consultant Ophthalmologist with subspeciality training in Oculoplastic, Orbital and Lacrimal Surgery and Ocular Oncology.
She graduated from Medicine with Honours at the University of Sydney. She completed her specialty ophthalmology training at Sydney Eye Hospital with her final six months as the Senior Ophthalmology Registrar at Westmead Children’s Hospital.
After completing a Masters Degree in Ophthalmic Science at the University of Sydney she undertook a fellowship in Ocular Oncology at Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia, USA. She undertook two further years of sub-speciality training with world leaders in Oculoplastic, Orbital and Lacrimal surgery at the Royal Manchester Eye Hospital, United Kingdom and the Royal Victorian Eye & Ear Hospital, Melbourne.
Dr Eade is a fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmology (RANZCO) and a member of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Ophthalmic Plastic Surgeons (ANZSOPS). She has published widely in the peer-reviewed medical literature and presented at national and international conferences.
She is an approachable doctor and focuses on addressing her patient’s concerns. She continues to update her knowledge of advances in her field and to maintain her clinical and surgical excellence. She has an ongoing interest in international ophthalmology, having worked in local clinics in Cambodia, Vietnam, Sri-Lanka and Myanmar.
She specializes in Eyelid Surgery including cosmetic surgery, Orbital Surgery and Lacrimal Surgery in adults and children.
During his studies at Sydney University, Ian was awarded the Undergraduate Claffey Prize in Ophthalmology in Medicine V, and the George Allan Prize for Proficiency in Therapeutics in Medicine VI. After five years of General Medical and Surgical training at Royal North Shore Hospital, he commenced Ophthalmology training at Concord Hospital under the tutelage of the legendary Dr M. B. Kappagoda. He then studied at Sydney Eye Hospital in Woolloomooloo, and was Assistant Field Director to Professor Fred Hollows on the National Trachoma and Eye Health Programme.
Ian worked overseas in England, particularly in Cambridge, Oxford, and London. He visited centres of excellence in Europe, the United States and Canada. He was the Ophthalmic Surgeon for The Gambia, West Africa, during 1979. He has over 282 publications including book chapters. His PhD on ‘The Watery Eye’ was accepted in 2007. He anticipates that his DSc will be submitted in April, 2020. It is entitled: Cataracts in Medicine in 2020: Translation of aetiology, associations, and management into surgical and visual outcomes
Ian has contributed to developing Ophthalmology around the world, including in The Philippines, Myanmar, Vietnam, and The Gambia, West Africa. He has received numerous awards for Ophthalmology, and excellence in teaching, as well as a Medal of the Order of Australia for services to Medicine as an Ophthalmologist.
He has currently shared the leadership of Writers Group, held every second Saturday at his home at 10am, for the last ten years. Here, Medical students and junior Medical Graduates meet to write publications on most aspects of Ophthalmology, and senior Ophthalmologists and other Medical Specialists regularly teach here as well.
Ian is a VMO in Ophthalmology at Prince of Wales Hospital, contributes to the Outpatient Clinic of the Ocular Plastics Unit, and teaches Neuro-ophthalmology. He is a VMO at Northern Beaches Hospital.
Ian is in private Ophthalmology practice in Chatswood, and operates on Chalazia in his consulting rooms, and in Chatswood Private Hospital performing Temporal Artery Biopsies. Achieving a rapid tissue diagnosis of Temporal Arteritis means that within 24 hours of first seeing the patient, such a patient may be managed most appropriately, not only in terms of Ophthalmological care, but also by their GP, their Rheumatologist, and their Optometrist. This ensures that in the short term and the long term, visual system and systemic complications, including the 42 features of Temporal Arteritis, are minimised.
Ian is happy to see patients with Temporal Arteritis, or indeed any other emergency, rapidly, by setting aside designated time to care for them most appropriately.
Associate Professor Clare Fraser is a clinician-researcher at the University of Sydney’s Save Sight Institute. She is involved in the clinical care of patients, researching the best ways to diagnose and manage neuro-ophthalmic eye conditions as well as being involved in teaching. As well as operating at Chatswood Private Hospital, she is a consultant Visiting Medical Officer at both Sydney Eye Hospital and St Vincent’s Hospital, and is also in private practice in Sydney.
Samantha Fraser-Bell BSc(Med), MBBS, MHA, PhD, FRANZCO, Associate Professor, Discipline of Ophthalmology, University of Sydney
Associate Professor Samantha Fraser-Bell is an ophthalmic surgeon specialising in medical retina and uveitis; with expertise in managing conditions such as age related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, retinal vein occlusion and inflammatory eye disease.
After graduating with first class honours from the University of New South Wales Medical School, Samantha completed Ophthalmology training at the Sydney Eye Hospital. She undertook a Postgraduate Research Fellowship at the Doheny Eye Institute, Los Angeles, USA in the area of age related macular degeneration and was awarded a PhD for this work.
Having been awarded the Sydney Hospital Alumni and Novartis/RANZCO foundation Medical Retinal Scholarships, she completed sub-specialty training in Medical Retinal and Uveitis at Moorfields’ Eye Hospital, London, UK.
Since returning to Sydney to practice, Samantha has continued to conduct research and is a principal investigator for many clinical medical retinal trials at the Save Sight Institute and Sydney Eye Hospital including trials in macular degeneration, diabetic macular oedema and retinal vein occlusion. She is often asked to present her research at national and international ophthalmology conferences which has also been published in numerous leading internationally ophthalmology journals.
Samantha is an Associate Professor at the University of Sydney, and a consultant Medical Retinal subspecialist at the Royal North Shore and Sydney Eye Hospitals. Other significant positions held by SFB include; Director of Sydney Eye Hospital Medical retinal fellowship, ORIA research Advisory Board member and Executive Scientific Programme Committee member for the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists annual conference. She is a member of RANZCO, ANZSRS, ORA, ASRS and ARVO and is one of the few Australians elected to the Macula Society.
Dr Giblin’s sub-speciality ophthalmic interest is Ocular Oncology. In 1987 he became the first ophthalmic surgeon in Australia to complete formal fellowship training in the management of eye cancer and simulating conditions. He also spent one year in the Hamburg University Ophthalmology Department and worked as a locum consultant ophthalmic surgeon at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge.
Dr Giblin is in private ophthalmic practice in Chatswood. He is a Visiting Medical Officer at Sydney Eye Hospital and operates at Chatwood Private Hospital. Outside of medicine he is a keen magician.
Dr Gorbatov trained to be an Ophthalmologist at the Sydney Eye Hospital, having obtained his medical qualifications from the University of Sydney. Further training in retinal diseases was undertaken at the Lions Eye Institute in Perth and the Manchester Royal Eye Hospital in the United Kingdom.
He is currently a member of the Retinal Unit at Sydney Eye Hospital.
As a vitreoretinal surgeon, Dr Gorbatov’s interests are in surgery for retinal detachment, vitreous haemorrhage, macular hole, epiretinal membrane, diabetic retinopathy and related disorders. Special interests in the treatment of age related macular degeneration (AMD) including the new injectable medications, and in optical coherence tomography (OCT).
Dr Gorbatov is credentialed to perform intravitreal injections at MetWest Surgical.
Mark enjoys skiing with his young family and looks forward to regular visits to the snowfields.
John Grigg is Head of the Discipline of Ophthalmology at the University of Sydney and Consultant Ophthalmologist Sydney Eye Hospital and The Children’s Hospital Westmead.
The Discipline of Ophthalmology oversees all ophthalmic teaching and research at the University of Sydney including The Save Sight Institute. The Institute (SSI) has grown to be the equal leading ophthalmic research institute in Australia.
John Grigg completed his vocational ophthalmology training on the Sydney Eye Hospital program. Further subspecialty clinical training Fellowships in glaucoma, paediatric ophthalmology and visual electrophysiology were undertaken in Australia and the UK.
He has clinical responsibilities at Sydney Eye Hospital including glaucoma, Cataract and Inherited eye disease clinics as well as at The Children’s Hospital, Westmead, Sydney.
Prof Grigg is a pioneer in Laser cataract surgery having trained in Salt Lake City, USA. He has been performing this surgery since 2011 when the second machine outside the USA was obtained. He has presented on the field at Royal Australian and New Zealand scientific meetings and local clinical meetings.
Prof Grigg has authored over 100 peer reviewed publications and textbook chapters on glaucoma, cataract and paediatric eye disease. In 2013 he co-chaired the World Glaucoma Association’s consensus statement on paediatric glaucoma.
Dr Dov Hersh is an oculoplastic and ophthalmic surgeon with rare dual international fellowship qualifications in both oculoplastics and medical retina. Dr Hersh specialises in scarless endoscopic lacrimal surgery, minimally invasive lid surgery and periocular tumour management. Dr Hersh also offers the latest treatments in the management of cataract and retinal disorders.
After completing specialist ophthalmology qualifications at Sydney Eye Hospital (FRANZCO), Dr Hersh undertook a further 2.5 years of sub-specialty training at two of Europe’s premiere eye institutions, Bristol Eye Hospital and Moorfields Eye Hospital, London.
Dr Hersh trained with pioneers in the fields of oculoplastics and medical retina, and brings this expertise to his patients. He was appointed as an accredited investigator in an array of multi-national clinical trials studying new treatments and trained in advanced surgical techniques. Dr Hersh has authored multiple published manuscripts in international peer reviewed journals in his specialty fields, and has written a book chapter on orbital inflammatory disease.
Prior to his medical career Dov gained a B.Com, specialising in IT. As a medical student he established telemedicine projects in developing countries. In recognition of his effort Dr Hersh was nominated by colleagues and was awarded semi-finalist for young Australian of the Year.
Dr Hersh understands the importance of listening to his patients needs and takes pride in keeping up-to-date with the evidence and latest advances in ophthalmology so he can individualise the care he provides.
Dr Peter Heydon is a fellowship trained uveitis and medical retina specialist, cataract surgeon and general ophthalmologist.
He completed his undergraduate medical degree at the University of New South Wales in 2006 and then obtained a Masters of Medicine in Ophthalmic Science at The University of Sydney.
His ophthalmology training was conducted at Sydney Eye Hospital. He then undertook a 2 year fellowship in Medical Retina and Inflammatory Eye Disease/Uveitis at the renowned Moorfields Eye Hospital, London.
Peter has already been appointed as a Consultant Ophthalmologist at two respected public hospitals (Royal Prince Alfred and Liverpool). His main interests are macular degeneration, vein occlusion, diabetes and uveitis. He is also pleased to undertake cataract surgery and treat general ophthalmology.
A/Prof Alex Hunyor is a retinal specialist with expertise in vitreoretinal surgery and macular disease.
He graduated with Honours from Sydney University Medical School in 1990, and trained in ophthalmology at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital (RVEEH) in Melbourne.
He was awarded both the Cedric Cohen and the Ken Howsam Medals for excellence in the RANZCO examinations, and the RANZCO-ARVO and RANZCO-Sigma Scholarships.
He then undertook 3½ years of subspecialty training in medical and surgical retina at RVEEH, the Casey Eye Institute (Portland, Oregon USA) and with Professor JDM Gass at Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN). Alex returned to practice in Sydney in 2000.
Alex is Associate Professor of Ophthalmology and member of the Macular Research Group at the Save Sight Institute, University of Sydney. He is involved in numerous clinical trials for treatment of retinal diseases. He is one of the principal investigators in the Australian Macular Hole Study and the Fight Retinal Blindness project.
He is a member of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Retinal Specialists, Oceania Retina Association, American Academy of Ophthalmology, Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, and the American Society of Retina Specialists (ASRS). He is the Australian international delegate to the ASRS.
Alex serves on the Medical Board of the Macular Degeneration Foundation, and is a Governor on the Board of the Sydney Eye Hospital Foundation. He is an examiner for the RANZCO Advanced Clinical Examinations, Chair of the RANZCO Medicare Advisory Committee, and is involved in teaching of local ophthalmic trainees and ophthalmologists as well as participating in education of overseas specialists through the RANZCO International Development Programme. Alex has received the RANZCO Award for Excellence in Training on 4 occasions.
He has given many lectures at local and international scientific meetings, has numerous peer-reviewed publications, and serves as a reviewer for several ophthalmic journals as well as the Medical Journal of Australia.
Dr Irvine is an Ophthalmologist who specialises in cataract surgery and general ophthalmology in his private practice at Manly. His areas of special interest are cataract surgery with customisation of the refractive outcome to suit individual visual requirements and occupational needs, glaucoma management, angle closure glaucoma and nutritional aspects of eye disease. Dr Irvine graduated from University of Western Australia with distinction in 1986 and completed ophthalmology surgical training at Sydney Eye Hospital. He also trained as a senior registrar based at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.
Simon operates privately at Manly Waters Private Hospital and Chatswood Private Hospital.
Simon volunteers his time for the RANZCO Myanmar Eye Care Program and other ophthalmic charities in India. He finds this work immensely fulfilling in helping promote eye health in third world countries.
Dr Jones did his ophthalmology training at the University of Sydney and his fellowship training at the Hospital for Sick Children (Sickkids Hospital) and the University of Toronto. He was awarded the prestigious Morin Award for the most outstanding ophthalmology fellow at Sickkids Hospital.
His Neurology fellowship was completed at Royal North Shore Hospital.
He has a keen interest in research with contributions to over 15 peer reviewed scientific journals and publications.
Lead author of the chapter on childhood blindness in the latest edition of Wright’s Paediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus
Dr Jones is a Staff Specialist appointment at the Sydney Eye Hospital and the Head of Ophthalmology Department at The Children’s Hospital Westmead.
Dr Kalapesi graduated medicine from the University of New South Wales. After this, Dr Kalapesi undertook prevocational work at Westmead and Prince of Wales Hospitals in Sydney. She undertook her Part 1 Ophthalmology Examinations during this period and then achieved a Doctor of Philosophy, PhD (2002-2007), at the University of New South Wales in basic laboratory ophthalmic research.
She trained as an Ophthalmology Registrar (2005-2010) based at the Prince Of Wales Hospital, Randwick and recently undertook 2 years of further fellowship experience in the United Kingdom. Her first fellowship was at the Royal United Hospital, Bath in General Ophthalmology with experience in cataract, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, strabismus, paediatrics but with a special interest in oculoplastics.
After this Dr Kalapesi took on her second fellowship at the Bristol Eye Hospital, as the Oculoplastics and Orbital fellow. During this year, she gained vast surgical experience in the management of lid, lacrimal and orbital conditions. She was an investigator for the CIRTED Trial investigating the role of immunosuppression and radiotherapy in thyroid eye disease. She also hosted weekly multidisciplinary orbital meetings. Dr Kalapesi attended 17 international meetings, 11 courses, presented at 6 meetings and trained registrars whilst in the United Kingdom. She has published 14 articles on various topics in ophthalmology.
Dr Kalapesi is in private ophthalmic practice, The Eye Clinic, in Manly. Dr Kalapesi also consults in Epping and Sydney CBD.
Dr Kang attended medical school at the University of Sydney, where he also attained a Bachelor of Science degree with the University Medal. He completed ophthalmology training at Prince of Wales Hospital and pursued a fellowship in vitreoretinal surgery and medical retina at Southampton University Hospital in UK, where he also worked as a consultant in 2005 and 2006.
Dr Kang has been active in research into retinal vein occlusion, macular degeneration and macular hole, and published numerous papers in major international journals. he routinely performs surgery for retinal detachment, macular hole, epiretinal membrane and diabetic retinopathy.
He has been involved in a volunteer ophthalmology program, the Myanmar Eye Care Project since 2003. Dr Kang was extremely honoured to receive the XOVA (eXcellence in Ophthalmology Vision Award) in 2014 on behalf of the program. They were one of five winners from 88 high quality applications submitted by eye specialist institutions worldwide.
Dr Tanya Karaconji is a glaucoma specialist, cataract surgeon and general ophthalmologist.
Dr. Tanya Karaconji specialises in glaucoma and general ophthalmology, including cataract surgery. Tanya completed her undergraduate degree from the University of New South Wales and graduated in Medicine from the University of Sydney where she also completed a Masters degree in the discipline of Clinical Ophthalmology.
She completed her ophthalmology training at Sydney Eye Hospital before undergoing advanced sub-specialist Fellowship training in glaucoma management and surgery at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital in the United Kingdom. Here, she gained experience in the management of complex glaucoma in a tertiary referral setting including glaucoma drainage devices in adults and children, non-penetrating glaucoma surgery, and minimally invasive treatments for glaucoma.
Tanya is a Clinical Senior Lecturer at the University of Sydney and has published in peer-reviewed literature and regularly presents at Australian and international ophthalmic meetings.
Dr. Kaushik is a Specialist in Glaucoma, Cataract Surgery and General Ophthalmology and a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists. She completed her medical training at the University of Newcastle, where she graduated with Honours. Dr. Kaushik completed her ophthalmology specialist training at Sydney Eye Hospital and her Glaucoma subspecialty training at Manchester Royal Infirmary in the United Kingdom.
Dr. Kaushik is a specialist in all types of cataract and glaucoma surgery including minimally invasive glaucoma (MIGS) implants and laser treatment of glaucoma. Whilst in Manchester, she was a co-investigator for Minimally Invasive Glaucoma Surgery clinical trials.
Dr. Kaushik has a strong research background with a PhD and many international publications in peer reviewed journals. Her research interests include glaucoma, macular degeneration, ocular ageing and nutritional aspects of ocular disease. Dr. Kaushik has been supported by NHMRC scholarships whilst undertaking her PhD and received research awards from the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists and the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology. She has collaborated with international researchers and is a regular reviewer for high impact ophthalmology journals.
Dr. Kaushik is also a Clinical Associate Lecturer with the University of Sydney and is involved in teaching and selection of medical students. She has also worked with the Fred Hollows Foundation in the Northern Territory.
Dr Georgina Kourt is an Ophthalmologist and an Oculoplastic Surgeon.
She is a Visiting Medical Officer at Sydney Hospital/Sydney Eye Hospital and is a founding member of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Oculoplastic Surgeons. She is a past President of ANZSOPS. She is a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists and a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of Surgeons.
Dr Kourt completed her Oculoplastic Fellowship at the Sydney Eye Hospital and the Mater Hospital under the tutelage of Dr Peter Rogers, recognized as the “Father of Oculoplastic Surgery” in Australia. Dr Kourt has undertaken several observerships at Moorfields Eye Hospital, London. She is an immediate past member of the Court of Examiners for RANZCO and is a Clinical Senior Lecturer in the Discipline of Ophthalmology at the Sydney Medical School of The University of Sydney. She is a Past Chairman of the Eye Medical Staff Council at Sydney Eye Hospital and is a Board Member of the Sydney Eye Hospital Foundation. Dr Kourt also has admitting rights at Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick, St Vincent’s Hospital, Darlinghurst, Sight Foundation Theatre, Chatswood Private Hospital and St Luke’s Hospital, Potts Point.
Dr Kourt also consults at the Save Sight Institute and at Sydney Hospital. Dr Kourt undertakes annual surgical field trips to the Northern Territory. Dr Kourt is the recipient of the Medical Media Award for pioneering surgery and community service.
B.Med., M.P.H., Grad. Dip Refract. Cat. Surg., F.R.A.N.Z.C.O.
Dr. Nikhil L. Kumar is an Ophthalmic Surgeon. He has a specific interest in conventional and laser Cataract Surgery, Laser Vision Correction, alternatives to laser surgery, Cornea Transplantation Surgery, the management of Keratoconus and Pterygium Surgery. He also has an interest in the management of glaucoma and microincisional glaucoma surgery.
Dr Kumar graduated in Medicine from the University of Newcastle in 1998 and earned a Masters of Public Health degree from the University of New South Wales. He completed Ophthalmology Fellowship training at the Sydney Eye Hospital. Thereafter, Dr Kumar was awarded the Sydney Eye Hospital Alumni Travelling Fellowship to pursue further training in Cornea and Refractive Surgery. This component of his training occurred under the guidance of Professors David Rootman and Allan Slomovic at the Toronto Western Hospital and the Yonge Eglinton Laser Centre at the University of Toronto in Canada. He is a member of the Australian, American and European Societies of Cataract and Refractive Surgery.
Dr Kumar has extensive experience using the femtosecond laser to perform SMILE, LASIK and cornea transplantations. Given this background, he was amongst the first surgeons in Australia to perform femtosecond laser assisted cataract surgery.
Dr Shish Lal is an Ophthalmic Surgeon with specific interests in cataract surgery and the management of macular degeneration. Dr Lal graduated from the University of Sydney in 1990 and completed his training in Ophthalmology at Sydney Eye Hospital. He then undertook further fellowship training in retinal diseases at St Thomas’ Hospital, London. He is a member of both the Australian and American Societies of Cataract and Refractive Surgery. He is in private practice as a partner at Hornsby Eye Specialists in Florence Street, Hornsby and operates at Chatswood Private Hospital and Madison Day Surgery.
Dr Kate Leahy is an ophthalmologist with expertise in general ophthalmology, cataract surgery, and paediatric ophthalmology.
Dr Kate Leahy graduated in 2010 from the University of Newcastle and completed her postgraduate training at Royal North Shore Hospital together with a Masters degree in Ophthalmic Science at the University of Sydney. She completed her ophthalmology training at Sydney Eye Hospital in 2019 and was awarded the Filipic Greer Medal for the highest mark in the national ophthalmic pathology examination.
In 2019, she took up a fellowship in paediatric ophthalmology and strabismus at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada and was awarded the Dr Robert Pashby Award for medical and professional excellence and the greatest potential to be a great teacher. Dr Leahy enjoys training medical students and registrars and is a Clinical Associate Lecturer at the University of Sydney. She is actively involved in research and has presented and published in Australia and internationally.
Dr John Leaney is a glaucoma specialist, neuro-ophthalmologist and cataract surgeon. John is a dual fellowship trained ophthalmologist specialising in glaucoma and neuro-ophthalmology. He performs cataract and glaucoma surgery with experience in a wide range of glaucoma surgical treatments including trabeculectomy, Baerveldt tube insertion and Xen implantation.
John undertook his medical training at Sydney University followed by internship and residency at Prince of Wales Hospital. This was followed by a PhD looking at early detection of glaucoma using electrical impulses from the brain at Macquarie University under Professor Stuart Graham.
John commenced ophthalmology training at Sydney Eye Hospital in 2012, completing training in 2016. He then undertook a neuro-ophthalmology fellowship at the prestigious Moorfields eye hospital where he was involved in research dealing with the differentiation of glaucoma from other optic nerve diseases. Following this he spent a year at Addenbrookes Hospital under the tutelage of Professor Keith Martin. The fellowship involved the treatment of both medical and surgical glaucoma with a focus on inflammatory causes of glaucomatous disease. During his time at Addenbrookes he was also an investigator a multi-national trial looking at implantable long term glaucoma treatment.
John is an honorary associate at the University of Sydney and has published in many journals including IOVS, Ophthalmology and Current Eye Research. He is currently involved in a multi-centre trial investigating the requirements for neuro-imaging in different types of optic nerve diseases.
Dr Noni Lewis holds an advanced fellowship in cornea, cataract and refractive surgery from Moorfields Eye Hospital London, obtained after completing her fellowship qualifications through The Prince of Wales Hospital Sydney.
Dr Lewis is a Clinical Lecturer of the University of Sydney Medical School and is a VMO and Registrar term supervisor at Royal North Shore Hospital and holds an honorary appointment at Sydney Eye Hospital.
Dr Li-Anne Lim is an ocular oncologist, cataract surgeon and general ophthalmologist. She has a special interest in managing patients with cancer of the eye including adult eye cancer such as melanoma, lymphoma and conjunctival tumours, and paediatric eye cancer such as retinoblastoma as well as simulating lesions.
Li-Anne graduated from the University of NSW medical school and also completed a Masters degree from the University of Sydney in Clinical Ophthalmology with a treatise on conjunctival melanoma. She spent one year at the Henry C. Witelson Ocular Pathology Laboratory, McGill University, Montreal, Canada following which she completed her ophthalmology training at Sydney Eye Hospital, which included 6 months as the Professorial Senior Ophthalmology Registrar. As a recipient of the Normal Rose Travelling Scholarship and RANZCO travelling scholarship, she pursued further subspecialty fellowship training at Wills Eye Hospital, Philadelphia, USA. Training under leaders in the field Drs Carol and Jerry Shields, Li-Anne exclusively dealt with the diagnosis and management of intraocular and periocular malignant and benign tumours, and simulating lesions. Experience at this high volume, tertiary referral centre, has allowed Li-Anne to gain expertise in the clinical management of eye cancers, research, and new imaging and therapeutic technologies.
Li-Anne is a Clinical Senior Lecturer at the University of Sydney and has published in peer-reviewed journals and presented at international conferences. She is a member of the International Society of Ocular Oncology and is involved in the Multi-institutional Ocular Oncology Multidisciplinary Meeting at The Kinghorn Cancer Centre, St Vincent’s Hospital. Together with Dr Michael Giblin, the first ophthalmologist to undergo fellowship training in Ocular Oncology in Australia, Li-Anne is dedicated to providing the highest standard of care for patients with eye cancer. Dr Lim is also an experienced general ophthalmologist.
Dr Lim is a glaucoma and cataract surgeon and visiting Medical Officer at Sydney Eye Hospital. She works in private practice at Hunter Street Eye Specialists in Parramatta.
Dr Lim undertook a Glaucoma Fellowship at Oxford Eye Hospital, Oxford, England and also worked as a cataract specialist in Edinburgh, Scotland, Princess Alexandra Eye Pavilion. She received Ophthalmology training at Sydney Eye Hospital (1998-2001) and achieved a Masters of Public Health from the University of Sydney and the Blue Mountains Eye Study. She also gained a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery at MBBS University of NSW (1987-1991).
Dr Lim has authored several peer-reviewed journal articles and several book chapters in glaucoma. Dr Lim speaks conversational Korean.
Dr Lu is a vitreo-retinal surgeon with experience in multiple international health care settings. Her areas of expertise include treatment of surgical and medical retinal conditions.
Vicky studied medicine at the University of New South Wales. She obtained her specialist ophthalmology training through Sydney Eye Hospital Network and is a fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO).
She completed three international fellowships in surgical and medical retina (Singapore, United Kingdom), including the world-renowned Moorfields Eye Hospital in London.
She was then invited to work as a vitreoretinal specialist in the National Health Service where she provided care to patients with acute and long term vitreo-retinal and comprehensive ophthalmic conditions, including retinal detachment, diabetic eye and macular disease.
She is actively involved in research in collaboration with international centres and has several publications in peer-reviewed journals. She is dedicated to teaching registrars, optometrists, GPs and primary care stakeholders.
Vicky has a Masters of Public Health from University of Sydney and remains committed to international collaboration with colleagues in India, Singapore, USA and the UK.
M.B., B.S., (Hons), B. Optom., M.P.H., F.R.A.N.Z.C.O.
Dr Katherine Masselos is an ophthalmologist who specialises in cataract and glaucoma surgery. Dr Masselos studied medicine at Sydney University, graduating with honours. Her ophthalmology training was at the Prince of Wales Hospital, Randwick.
Dr Masselos went on to sub-specialty glaucoma training at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital, in the United Kingdom. Dr Masselos has published in international journals as well as presented at local and international meetings.
Dr Masselos is actively involved in teaching ophthalmology trainees through her role at Prince of Wales and Sydney Eye Hospitals.
Dr McCall is a general ophthalmologist who completed his ophthalmology specialist training through Sydney Eye and Westmead Hospitals. He is a fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO).
Dr McCall has an interest in international ophthalmology and the provision of reliable, high-quality ophthalmic care to those who have limited access to it, including those in remote areas and developing nations. In 2015, Dr McCall was a member of the Foresight/Open Heart International ophthalmic team, travelling to Santiago City in the Northern Philippines. Dr McCall is currently part of a small team, ensuring the ongoing provision of quality, regular general ophthalmological care to the people of Norfolk Island.
Dr Micheli is a member of the Australasian Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons, American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons and the Australian Medical Association (NSW).
She is the current RANZCO NSW Branch Chair, previous Vice-Chair and Hon. Secretary and RANZCO’s representative on the College of Surgeons.
Dr Micheli was a RANZCO examiner in ‘Genetics’ and currently in Anatomy.
Dr Micheli has sub-speciality interests in cataract surgery, glaucoma and general ophthalmology.
Dr Keith Ong is a general ophthalmologist with an interest in cataract and glaucoma surgery. He is in private practice in Sydney with consultation rooms in Eastwood, and attached to Chatswood Private Hospital, Sydney Adventist Hospital and Royal North Shore Hospital. He is also a clinical senior lecturer in the Department of Ophthalmology, Northern Clinical School, University of Sydney, and is involved in Registrar and Medical Student teaching at Royal North Shore Hospital. He has written several papers on glaucoma and cataract, and invented the Ong Eye Speculum for glaucoma surgery.
Dr Leonard Ong is an eye specialist and surgeon, with special interest in cataract surgery, glaucoma, pterygia and diabetic retinopathy.
After graduating from the University of Sydney (MB.BS, Hons) in 1992, Dr Ong obtained his Fellowship of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (FRANZCO) and completed his Master of Public Health (MPH, Hons) at the University of Sydney.
Dr Leonard Ong consults most days at Forestville and offers Saturday appointments. Dr Ong also consults at Macquarie University Hospital Ophthalmology Clinic and is a Clinical Lecturer at the Department of Clinical Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Macquarie University.
Dr Ong is a visiting Ophthalmic Surgeon at Macquarie University Hospital and the Chatswood Private Hospital, Chatswood.
A/Prof. Geoffrey Painter completed his medical training at the University of Sydney and Royal North Shore Hospital following which he undertook Ophthalmology training at Sydney Eye Hospital. He then proceeded to a Fellowship in Cataract and Glaucoma Surgery at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, UK.
A/Prof. Painter has been in private practice in Gordon since 1993, being one of the founders of Gordon Eye Surgery, a multidisciplinary ophthalmology practice of 18 Ophthalmologists. He practices General Ophthalmology with sub-speciality training in Cataract Surgery and Glaucoma and with a special interest in Laser Assisted Cataract Surgery.
Dr Vivek Pandya is a vitreoretinal surgeon and macula specialist, with expertise in the treatment of surgical retinal conditions (retinal detachment, macular hole, epiretinal membrane), medical retinal diseases (age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, retinal vein occlusions) and complex cataract surgery, including secondary intraocular lens implantation.
He graduated with Honours from the University of New South Wales Medical School, before completing a Master of Medicine (Ophthalmic Science) from the University of Sydney. He subsequently underwent specialist training in ophthalmology at Sydney Eye Hospital and became a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (FRANZCO). This was followed by a comprehensive subspecialty fellowship in medical retina at Westmead Hospital, under the guidance of Professor Paul Mitchell. Vivek then completed the William H. Ross fellowship in Vitreoretinal Surgery at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada.
In support of his fellowship training, Vivek was awarded the Sydney Eye Hospital Alumni Association traveling scholarship and the RANZCO/Bayer Scholarship. During his time at the University of British Columbia, he was honoured to receive the annual award for Excellence in Teaching.
Vivek has a particular interest in clinical and surgical teaching, with a commitment to training retinal fellows, ophthalmology registrars, residents and medical students. He has published extensively in the medical literature, is a reviewer for several ophthalmic journals and has presented at local and international scientific meetings. He actively pursues the latest advances in clinical practice and is a treating investigator in trials for treatment of retinal disease.
Dr Ilesh Patel is an Ophthalmic Surgeon with interests in Glaucoma and Cataract. He graduated from medical school at the University of New South Wales. In 2004, he completed a Masters in Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, USA focusing on ophthalmic epidemiology and biostatistics. Following this, he was awarded the Delta Omega Scholarship to undertake a Fellowship in Preventative Ophthalmology at the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, USA. He completed his Ophthalmology training at Royal Adelaide Hospital/Flinders Medical Centre in Adelaide in 2009. Following this, he completed subspecialty training in Glaucoma at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital, Manchester, U.K.
Ilesh has interests in glaucoma surgery, in initiatives to enhance patient understanding of glaucoma, and public health issues surrounding the screening and treatment of glaucoma. He follows the latest developments in cataract surgery closely.
Ilesh is an Associate Research Fellow at Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins Hospital. He is a member of the Australian Glaucoma Special Interest Group, European Glaucoma Society and American Glaucoma Society. He is well-published in peer-reviewed journals and recently completed a book chapter. His current research is focused on the use of micro-trabecular shunts to deliver less invasive glaucoma surgery. His other area of current research is in blindness prevention in rural Tanzania.
Dr Polya is a vitreoretinal surgeon and a medical retina specialist. He graduated from the Melbourne University Medical School, and completed ophthalmology training at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital in Melbourne. He completed a Master of Public Heath at the University of NSW with a thesis in Clinical Risk Management and Patient Safety.
Dr Polya completed the two year Michael Shae Fellowship in Diseases and Surgery of the Retina and Vitreous at St Michael’s Hospital, affiliated with the University of Toronto in Canada, where he was chief fellow of the Department of Ophthalmology. During this fellowship, at Canada’s busiest retinal service, he also received further subspecialist experience in uveitis and ocular oncology.
Dan commenced private practice as the only vitreoretinal surgeon in the province of New Brunswick, Canada in 2007 and was appointed as a clinical lecturer in the Department of Ophthalmology at Dalhousie University. He has performed thousands of surgeries for cataract and retinal disorders, and has performed many thousands of intravitreal injections and laser procedures. He has been involved in the teaching and training of ophthalmology residents, medical students, general practitioners, optometrists and optometry students.
Dan has been involved in clinical trials for macular degeneration and has been active in research into diabetic retinopathy, retinal vein occlusion, macular degeneration and sutureless vitrectomy surgery. He has authored and co-authored multiple published manuscripts in international journals and a book chapter on sutureless vitrectomy. He has presented at several international ophthalmic meetings, and has been an invited speaker at other professional meetings.
He is a fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. He is a member of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Retina Specialists, Oceania Retina Association, American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Society of Retina Specialists, Canadian Ophthalmological Society, Canadian Retina Society, and Australian Medical Association.
His special clinical interests are in small-gauge vitrectomy surgery for retinal detachment, vitreous hemorrhage, macular hole and epiretinal membrane; and intravitreal and laser therapy for age related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and retinal vascular occlusions.
He operates privately at Central Coast Day Hospital.
Dr Dana Robaei is a comprehensive ophthalmic surgeon, with additional expertise in the management of corneal diseases and corneal transplantation.
She completed her undergraduate medical degree with Honours at University of New South Wales (UNSW). Her ophthalmology specialist training was completed at Sydney Eye Hospital, where she also completed a fellowship in medical retina. She was subsequently awarded a second subspecialty fellowship position in complex cataract surgery and corneal surgery at the world-renowned Moorfields Eye Hospital, in London.
Dr Robaei holds a Master of Public Health from UNSW, and a PhD in ophthalmology from the University of Sydney. She is a Clinical Senior Lecturer at the University of Sydney, and a consultant ophthalmologist at Westmead Hospital, where she performs corneal transplantation and teaches cataract surgery to training ophthalmic surgeons.
She has extensively published in the national and international ophthalmic literature, and presented at international ophthalmology conferences, as well as having authored a book on childhood visual impairment.
Dr Carolyn Ross is a general ophthalmologist with subspecialty expertise in cornea, cataract and pediatrics.
Dr Ross completed her medical degree at the University of Sydney and ophthalmology training at Sydney Eye Hospital, gaining particular experience with complex paediatric ophthalmology as the Senior Registrar in the Professorial Unit. A Cornea and External Eye Disease Fellowship was then undertaken in Adelaide with world renowned Professor Coster, who treated patients from across Australia and Asia and who excelled in managing corneal infections and transplants and complicated cataracts.
Dr Ross is a Senior Consultant at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead. She enjoys the complex nature of ophthalmology in the public hospitals, collaborating with other colleagues and teaching future generations of eye specialists.
Carolyn is also a volunteer surgeon in Cambodia where she works with dedicated teams to restore vision in people in rural communities.
As a Senior Lecturer at the University of Sydney, Dr Ross teaches medical students as well as training ophthalmologists and conducts the paediatric component of the university’s Master of International Ophthalmology.
Dr Michael Rossiter-Thornton is a comprehensive ophthalmologist with expertise in treatment of cataract, glaucoma, diabetic eye disease, macular degeneration and eyelid conditions. He is proficient in simple and complicated cataract surgery, and iStent insertion.
Dr Rossiter-Thornton studied medicine at Sydney University, graduating with Honours, and subsequently attained two Masters degrees while acquiring extensive surgical and ophthalmic training. He completed his ophthalmology training under the auspices of Sydney Eye Hospital, and has worked in many of the hospitals in Sydney, in addition to rural and remote locations in Australia such as the Northern Territory.
Dr Rossiter-Thornton is a lecturer at Sydney University and is actively involved with training and curriculum development for the College of Ophthalmologists. He also participates in aid programmes to South East Asia.
Dr Claire Ruan is a comprehensive ophthalmologist and cataract surgeon. Dr Ruan graduated with Honours from Medicine and Surgery from the University of New South Wales, Sydney. She was selected for specialist ophthalmology training through the Prince of Wales Hospital where she was appointed Professorial Senior Ophthalmology Registrar. It was here that she further developed surgical skills and diverse subspecialty experience. She keeps up to date with current research, actively participates in research and is a Conjoint lecturer at UNSW.
Dr Ruan is diligent, communicates clearly, and will always prioritise patient care. She is committed to delivering exemplary patient outcomes in a caring, respectful and approachable manner.
Dr Semmonds has a private practice at St Leonards and is a visiting medical officer to the Intraocular Implant Unit at Sydney Eye Hospital. Her interests are general ophthalmology, cataract and refractive surgery
Dr Semmonds has held a number of positions on numerous Boards and Committees. She is currently chair of the Board of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists. She has been Chairman, Vice-Chairman and Hon Secretary of the NSW Branch of RANZCO, Chairman of the National Scientific Congress, Federal QEC member and Overseas Trained Specialist Panel member. Outside of the College she is a Director on the Board of the Sydney Eye Hospital Foundation, Chairman of the Medical Advisory Committee of the Sight Foundation Theatre.
Dr Singh completed his ophthalmic training in London at Moorfields Eye Hospital, London, one of the most prestigious ophthalmic hospitals in the world. He also trained at Westminster Hospital and St. Thomas’s Hospital London.
He obtained his fellowship in Ophthalmology and the Certificate of Higher Surgical Training from the College of Ophthalmology both in London, England and was invited to receive the Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of Ophthalmology in 1994.
Dr Singh is one of the pioneers in small incision phacoemulsification cataract surgery in Australia. He has been actively involved in teaching and transfer of surgical skills in phacoemulsification small incision cataract surgery both here in Australia and overseas. He has conducted several workshops including live surgery here in Australia and overseas in Europe, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines and India.
Dr Singh has contributed to several chapters in books on phacoemulsification cataract surgery including how to successfully handle difficult cases. He has been involved in community education and provision of eye services to disadvantaged communities.
Dr Singh is in private ophthalmic practice in Chatswood and Ryde.
M.B., B.S. (Hons), B. Com., M.P.H., F.R.A.N.Z.C.O.
Dr Matthew Spargo is an ophthalmic surgeon with subspecialty interests in paediatric ophthalmology, adult strabismus and cataract surgery. His subspecialty fellowship training took place at Birmingham Children’s Hospital, Cheltenham General Hospital and Oxford University Hospital in the United Kingdom. He currently holds a position as a consultant ophthalmologist at Sydney Children’s Hospital in Randwick.
Dr Spargo graduated from medicine with Honours from The University of Sydney, proceeding to achieve a Master of Public Health degree. His specialty training in general ophthalmology was completed at The Prince of Wales Hospital and Sydney Children’s Hospital, being the Professorial Senior Registrar in his final year.
Dr Spargo has a keen interest in teaching and holds a position as a Conjoint Associate Lecturer at the University of New South Wales. He is also an active contributor to the academic literature, having published in peer-reviewed journals and presented at national meetings. His other passion in ophthalmology is delivering eye care services to rural and remote communities, offering his time to the Outback Eye Service, providing ophthalmic surgical care to communities in Western New South Wales.
Dr Julia Starte specialises in paediatric ophthalmology, strabismus and adult cataract.
Julia completed a Bachelor of Advanced Science and a medical degree at the University of Sydney. She went on to do specialist ophthalmology training through Sydney Eye Hospital and is a fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists. Julia has a long-standing passion for working with children and has done so since early university days. After completing her general ophthalmology training, she went on to complete a sub-specialty fellowship at the Children’s Hospital Westmead in paediatric ophthalmology. In support of her fellowship training, Julia was awarded both the Sydney Eye Hospital Alumni and RANZCO Travelling Scholarships. Julia also pursued advanced training in the treatment of eye disease in premature babies and is currently a consultant for the neonatal intensive care unit at Royal Prince Alfred hospital. She is also appointed as a consultant ophthalmologist at Children’s Hospital Westmead.
Julia is committed to research, having published in several peer-reviewed journals and presented at numerous ophthalmology conferences and meetings. She is committed to training the next generation of ophthalmologists and currently holds a position as Clinical Associate Lecturer at the University of Sydney. With a young family of her own, Julia understands the stress that any eye problem, regardless of its severity, can place on the patient and their family. She takes a wholistic and family-centred approach to her care.
Dr Richard Symes is a medical retina, uveitis and glaucoma specialist. He graduated from Imperial College, London and subsequently completed his ophthalmology residency in London. His subspecialty fellowship training in medical retina and uveitis was undertaken at Moorfields Eye Hospital, London. His subspecialty glaucoma training was undertaken at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. Dr Symes also spent 12 months as the Professorial fellow at Sydney Eye Hospital where he gained particular experience managing patients with complex eye diseases.
Dr Symes has a strong interest in cataract surgery, particularly complex cataract surgery in patients with retinal disease, uveitis or glaucoma. During his time in the UK, Dr Symes served as Britain’s representative to the European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons (ESCRS) young ophthalmologists committee. He also served on the Royal College of Ophthalmologists Scientific committee and Surgical Skills committee.
For the last 5 years, Dr Symes has been actively involved in clinical trials for retinal Diseases. He has published a number of articles in the scientific press on cataract surgery visual outcomes.
His diverse fellowship experience helps him to treat patients with multiple eye diseases.
Dr Jerry Vongphanit, our medical director, is an experienced ophthalmic surgeon and is a fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO). He completed his medical qualifications at University of Sydney.
Dr Jerry Vongphanit completed his Master of Medicine at the University of Sydney where he conducted research in diseases of the retina as part of the Blue Mountains Eye study. The results of these studies were published in large international ophthalmic journals. Currently, he is a expert reviewer of manuscripts submitted to these journals.
Dr Jerry Vongphanit spent several years working in general medicine in public hospitals before embarking on his ophthalmic career.
He completed his ophthalmic training at Sydney Eye Hospital where he trained through the different subspecialties throughout metropolitan Sydney and regional New South Wales.
His current hospital appointments include Warners Bay Private Hospital, Dalcross Adventist Hospital and Pittwater Day Surgery. He currently consults in Mona Vale Eye Centre and Toronto Eye Surgery.
Associate Professor Wilcsek completed his medical degree at the University of Sydney and training as an Ophthalmologist at the Prince of Wales Hospital. He then was selected for two accredited fellowships in Ocular Plastics and Orbit Surgery.
The first at the Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, Manhattan, New York under Associate Professor Mike Kazim and the second at the Royal Manchester Eye Hospital, Manchester, England, under Dr Brian Leatherbarrow.
A/Prof. Wilcsek’s practice is focused solely on the highly specialised area of adult and paediatric ocular plastic surgery with a particular interest in minimally invasive, endoscopic lacrimal surgery and endoscopic approaches to the orbit.
A/Prof. Wilcsek heads the Ocular Plastics Unit at the Prince Of Wales Hospital servicing the Prince of Wales and the Sydney Children’s Hospitals. He lectures at the University of New South Wales, has been invited to speak at many national and international medical conferences and has authored and co-authored over 50 scientific articles in peer reviewed journals as well as 4 book chapters on various ocular plastic subjects.
He is a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New College of Ophthalmology. He is also a member of the Australia and New Zealand Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, the Asia-Pacific Society of Ocular Oncology and Pathology and the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons.
A/Prof. Wilcsek sat on the Council of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists before being asked to serve a three year term as a delegate of the Quality and Education Committee which oversees training of ophthalmologists throughout Australia and New Zealand. He is currently a supervisor of training for the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists.
A/Prof. Wilcsek prides himself on taking the time to listen to your needs and making you feel comfortable. He will outline treatment options and discuss any questions, so that you are able to leave the practice with all the information required to make an informed decision.
Dr Thomas Woo is an Ophthalmologist practising cataract surgery, general ophthalmology and the medical management of glaucoma
He graduated in Medicine from the University of NSW with Honours in 1994 and spent 5 years training in general medicine and surgery at Concord Hospital.
In 1999 he completed his Masters of Public Health at the University of Sydney.
In 2003, Dr Woo completed training in general ophthalmology at Sydney Eye Hospital including a final year working in its busy emergency department treating common eye emergencies e.g. acute red eye, acute loss of vision, traumatic eye injuries, corneal problems, acute glaucoma and retinal detachments.
In his final year, he also trained at Concord Hospital performing cataract operations and running general outpatient clinics treating a wide spectrum of ophthalmic conditions including diseases of the cornea and retina, glaucoma and oculoplastics.
After completing his studies, he spent a further 2 years as a Visiting Medical Officer (VMO) at Concord Hospital teaching cataract surgery to registrars and junior doctors in their eye clinic.
Dr Woo is a specialist ophthalmologist managing all common eye conditions including cataracts and the medical management of glaucoma including laser treatment for narrow angle glaucoma which is more prevalent in the Asian population.
Dr Jay Yohendran is an ophthalmologist who specialises in refractive cataract surgery. He is the Head of the Ophthalmology Department at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, and a Clinical Lecturer at Sydney University. Dr Yohendran consults privately at Northern Sydney Cataract on the Lower North Shore (Northbridge).
Dr Jay Yohendran graduated with Honours from the University of Sydney Medical School in 2001. Prior to this he completed a Bachelor of Medical Science degree at Sydney University, and later a Masters of Public Health at NSW University.
After completing ophthalmology training at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital in Melbourne, Dr Yohendran returned to Sydney to complete his Fellowship in comprehensive ophthalmology at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. He has also completed a twelve-month Fellowship in Glaucoma at Sydney Eye Hospital. Dr Yohendran has a special interest in optimising refractive outcomes with cataract surgery, and has completed a Graduate Diploma in Refractive and Cataract Surgery at Sydney University.
Dr Yohendran is a member of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists, as well as the Australasian Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons.
Christine Younan is a Medical Retina and Uveitis Specialist. She treats patients with cataracts, retinal diseases including macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy, as well as patients with inflammation in the eye. She graduated from the University of New South Wales Medical School, then became involved in ophthalmic research as a clinical examiner for the Blue Mountains Eye Study and Sydney Myopia Pilot Study. She has been awarded a Masters of Medicine in Clinical Ophthalmology from the University of Sydney and worked at the Centre for Vision Research at Westmead Hospital.
Her general ophthalmology training was at Sydney Eye Hospital. She has undertaken a Medical Retina Fellowship with Prof. Paul Mitchell at Westmead Hospital, and a Uveitis Fellowship with Prof. Sue Lightman at Moorfields Eye Hospital, London. Christine is a Senior Clinical Lecturer at Sydney University and a Staff Specialist at both Westmead and Sydney Eye Hospitals. She has presented at local and international meetings and is a Section Editor for the journal Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology.
Christine is the Chair of the Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists Annual Scientific Meeting, and a Board member for the College of Ophthalmologists. Christine has graduated from the Australian and New Zealand, as well as the Asia Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology Leadership Development Programs. She has been involved in overseas aid trips and teaching ophthalmologists in East Timor, the Solomon Islands and Fiji.
Dr Stephanie Young was a member of the last group of ophthalmologists to train under pioneering ophthalmic surgeon Fred Hollows. She remains involved with Hollows Foundation and ophthalmology in the developing world.
An expert in uveitis and medical retina, Stephanie spent several years overseas following her ophthalmology training, at hospitals including London’s prestigious Moorfields Eye Hospital where she completed fellowships in Uveitis and then Medical Retina.
Dr Young is also a sought after speaker at local and international conferences. In 2009 Dr Young established Gladesville Eye Specialists and completed significant renovations of the clinic facilities and equipment. Now, the re-named Gladesville Retina is a state-of-the-art retina clinic conveniently located for residents of Sydney’s northwestern suburbs.
Sophia Zagora is a medical retina, uveitis and cataract specialist. These include conditions such as macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, vein occlusion, uveitis and scleritis. She has a strong interest in cataract surgery in these patients.
She graduated from the University of Sydney Medical School with Honours. She has been awarded a Masters of Public Health and Tropical Medicine which involved clinical study in Papua New Guinea. Her general ophthalmology training was at Sydney Eye Hospital where she completed a year as the professorial senior registrar. She has undertaken fellowship training in uveitis, glaucoma and medical retina as the Professorial Fellow at Sydney eye hospital where she gained a particular interest in managing patients with complex eye diseases; and then a Uveitis Fellowship with Professor Sue Lightman at Moorfields Eye Hospital, London where she underwent further uveitis and medical retina training in both adults and children. She has worked as a locum Consultant at Westmead and Liverpool Hospitals helping with their Cataract waitlist reduction prior to taking up a position at the Sydney Eye Hospital.
Dr Zagora is currently a Clinical Senior Lecturer at the University of Sydney and continues to conduct clinical research, has published multiple book chapters and manuscripts in major international ophthalmology journals and also frequently reviews articles for these journals. She has presented at both national and international ophthalmic meetings. For the past 4 years she has participated widely in international Medical Retina and Uveitis clinical trials both in Australia and London.
She particularly enjoys being involved in teaching. She has been registrar of the court for the RANZCO examinations, responsible for organising the teaching of registrars in NSW, the national Senior Trainee Group spokesperson for the RANZCO Council and Federal Quality & Education Committees. More recently teaching in Fiji with RANZCO. She was awarded the registrar of the year during her training.
Her diverse training and clinical experience helps her manage patients with varying and complex eye pathologies.