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.
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B.D.Sc,. Grad. Dip. Clin. Dent. (Surg. Dent.), D. Clin. Dent. (Oral Surg.), M.F.D.S. R.C.S. (Edinburgh), M.D.T.F. (Edinburgh), M.R.A.C.D.S
Dr Mark Daniel Atkinson is an Australian trained and registered specialist oral surgeon. Along with his private practice work, he maintains a Staff Specialist position with NSW Health operating across Sydney Local Health District, and the honorary lecturer position with the University of Sydney, Faculty of Medicine and Health.
Dr Adit Bahl is a Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon with a practice in Crows Nest & Dee Why, NSW.
Adit is a dually qualified specialist surgeon, having obtained honours degrees in both Dentistry & Medicine from Sydney University. After completing his degrees he undertook higher specialist surgical training which culminated in an OMS fellowship with the Royal Australian College of Dental Surgeons. Adit is a Specialist Clinical Tutor at Sydney University where he teaches both undergraduate & postgraduate students. Adit is also a Consultant Surgeon & Visiting Medical Officer in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery at Westmead Hospital.
His interests include Oral surgery (wisdom teeth etc.), Oral pathology, Dental implant & Bone graft surgery as well as Facial Trauma surgery & Orthognathic surgery.
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 Boustred completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Witwatersrand completing a Bachelor of Surgery and a Bachelor of Medicine in December 1983. He went on to do his internship at Baragwanath Hospital (now known as the Chris Hani Hospital) and trained as an Ear, Nose and Throat surgeon becoming a Fellow of the South African College of Surgeons in October 1990. Dr Boustred worked in various hospitals in Johannesburg before emigrating and doing two further years of advanced training within the Australian system, one year of which was spent as a Fellow in Otology with Professor Gibson at Sydney University.
He completed the Australian Fellowship exam and was admitted to the Australian College of Surgeons in January 1997. Dr Boustred has been working in the North Shore area since 1997 at Hornsby Hospital and the Sydney Adventist Hospital. He also holds a position at Concord Hospital and at Macquarie University Hospital. He holds a senior lecture position at Sydney University and Macquarie University.
He is the current Chairman of the New South Wales Advanced Training Programme and is responsible for the administration of the Royal College of Surgeons Training Scheme in New South Wales. He has served as the Departmental Head of Hornsby Hospital and the Sydney Adventist Hospital and has been on the executive of the Australian Society of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery. Dr Boustred remains closely involved in the teaching of both postgraduates and undergraduates in Australia and in South East Asia. He has a particular interest in paediatric otolaryngology and otology. He is married with three adult children.
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.
A/Prof Raewyn Campbell completed training and achieved fellowship of RACS in 2011. A/Prof Campbell then undertook two rhinology fellowships at Auckland City Hospital, New Zealand and The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, USA. A/Prof Campbell then undertook a further fellowship in skull base surgery in Columbus Ohio, USA. A/Prof Campbell specialises in rhinology and skull base surgery.
Dr Catt spent 17 years at university or in surgical training before starting in private practice. She achieved first class Honours and a high-distinction average in her undergraduate degree of Bachelor of Medical Science from The University of Sydney. Her honours degree was by laboratory-based scientific research in molecular immunology at The Centenary Institute of Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.
Dr Catt undertook her post-graduate Medical Degree at The Flinders University of South Australia, where she spent time training in Darwin, Alice Springs and the remote communities of Arnhem Land. Her internship and junior residency was based in Gosford Hospital and her senior residency at St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney.
Dr Catt began her Masters degree in Medicine (Ophthalmic Science) through the University of Sydney during her senior residency which took her to Dubbo, where she worked in the Aboriginal Medical Service, tutored Sydney University Medical Students through the school of rural medicine and where she established a travelling telemedicine-based diabetic retinopathy screening service for the clients of the Aboriginal Medical Service.
Dr Catt was accepted into the Ophthalmology training program at Sydney Eye Hospital on her first application. Her five years of training as an ophthalmic surgeon saw her working at many Sydney hospitals including Sydney Eye Hospital, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, St Vincent’s Hospital, Westmead Adults and Children’s Hospitals, Liverpool Hospital and Bankstown Hospital. She was also seconded to Royal Hobart Hospital, Royal Darwin Hospital and Wagga Wagga Base hospitals as part of her comprehensive training. Dr Catt passed all of her Part 1 ophthalmic examinations, her Ocular Pathology examinations and her Part 2 ophthalmic examinations (RANZCO Advanced Ophthalmic Examination, or RACE) on her first attempt and at the earliest opportunity according to what is allowed by the training committee.
Dr Catt was awarded the position of Professorial Senior Ophthalmology Registrar at the Sydney Eye Hospital during her fifth and final year of ophthalmology training. During that year, the centenary of the hospital, she was awarded prizes for being the most outstanding Medical Officer and also for her services in the teaching and training of Registrars (ophthalmology trainees).
Dr Catt was accepted into a highly competitive Fellowship position at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto Canada, where she undertook further training in paediatric ophthalmology and surgery and in adult and paediatric strabismus surgery. She was awarded the Morin Award for most outstanding Fellow at the end of her training there.
Since returning to Australia, Dr Catt has worked as a Consultant paediatric and adult ophthalmologist and eye surgeon at Sydney Eye Hospital and the Children’s Hospital at Westmead. She is the ophthalmologist for the Liverpool Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care unit, one of the largest units in the state, caring for sick and premature babies.
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 Michael Chen graduated from The University of Sydney in 1993, obtaining a Bachelor of Dental Surgery. Dr Chen has worked in a variety of dental settings including public health, health fund centres and private practices. He currently holds a Dental Officer staff position in the Oral Surgery Department of the Sydney Dental Hospital, Surry Hills.
Dr Chen’s services include wisdom teeth removal, difficult extractions and minor soft tissue oral surgery under general anaesthetic.
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 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.
A/Prof Michael Elliott is a highly trained Ear, Nose and Throat, Head & Neck Surgeon. He treats the full range of general Ear, Nose and Throat conditions in children and adults, specialising in benign and malignant conditions of the head and neck, thyroid, parathyroid and salivary gland.
A/Prof Michael Elliott studied Medicine at the University of Adelaide and was awarded a Bachelors of Medicine and Surgery in 1996. He completed his internship in Whangarei Hospital in New Zealand, before returning to Australia to commence surgical training. In 2003, A/Prof Michael Elliott took leave from clinical services and completed a Masters of Philosophy in the Field of Medical Science (University of Queensland).
Returning to Sydney, A/Prof Michael Elliott commenced Advanced Training in Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, which he completed in early 2008. Following this, A/Prof Michael Elliott travelled to London and commenced an intensive 12-month Head and Neck Fellowship at Guys Hospital (3rd largest Head and Neck Unit in the United Kingdom). After completing his fellowship, A/Prof Michael Elliott was appointed as a Visiting Medical Officer at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, where he works as part of the ENT and Head and Neck Departments at RPAH and Lifehouse Chris O’Brien Cancer Centre.
A/Prof Michael Elliott has been appointed a Clinical Associate Professor with the University of Sydney and is involved translational research activities between the University of Sydney, University of Technology, RPAH and Lifehouse Chris O’Brien Cancer Centre. He also is involved in supervising and training Advanced ENT registrars, junior medical staff and medical students.
Dr Forer commenced private practice in 1986. He is head of Department, ENT at the Royal North Shore Hospital as well as a member of the regional training committee in NSW for ENT. He has a special interest in rhinology and paediatric ENT. Dr Forer has been a regional and international invited speaker on functional endoscopic sinus surgery.
Special interests: Rhinology, paediatric ENT, Chairman ENT Department, Royal North Shore Hospital.
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.
Dr Hobson completed a Bachelor of Medical Science at Sydney University in 1994, then moved to Newcastle to study Medicine. She completed Medicine in 1999 and returned to Sydney to work as a junior doctor. She trained in general surgery before commencing sub-specialty training in Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery.
Dr Hobson qualified as an ENT surgeon in 2009 and worked in various locum positions including Bega and Gosford before joining SCENT in 2010. She completed further Fellowship training in Paediatric ENT at The Children’s Hospital Westmead and adult Head and Neck Surgery at St Vincent’s Hospital Darlinghurst in 2014. She is regularly involved with Medical Student education, lecturing for the University of Sydney Medical faculty and Simulation Centre training for junior doctors.
Dr Hobson now works as a Paediatric and general ENT surgeon at Frenchs Forest, with a particular interest in Salivary pathology, Paediatric Sleep and Head and Neck surgery. She is a visiting medical officer at Chatswood Private Hospital, The Children’s Hospital Westmead and North Shore Private Hospital.
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.
Special interests: sinus disease, snoring, rhinological conditions, nasal obstruction.
Dr Johnston graduated MB BS from the University of NSW in 1991, and completed his internship at Royal North Shore Hospital. He then undertook his ENT Surgical training at Gosford District Hospital, Westmead Hospital, Concord Repatriation Hospital, and Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, and completed in 2000. He obtained his Rhinology Fellowship in Sydney and has been in private and public practice based at Hornsby since 2001. He is currently a Visiting Medical Officer at Concord Repatriation Hospital, Hornsby Hospital, Sydney Adventist Hospital and Chatswood Private Hospital. His interests have been in the treatment and management of Paediatric ENT problems. His special interest area is in the treatment of snoring, chronic sinusitis and nasal obstruction.
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.
Nicholas graduated with honours from University of Sydney Medical School in 2006. He then undertook Specialist Training in Ear, Nose and Throat Surgery through the NSW training program, and subsequently became a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in Otolaryngology.
He has completed a Master of Surgery in Otolaryngology at the University of Sydney and has been appointed as a Clinical Lecturer through the University. He has also undertaken Advanced Cochlear Implant Training through ICIT.
Nicholas has undertaken post-training subspecialisation, with a clinical fellowship in Endoscopic Ear Surgery in Australia, as well as observerships with surgeons in Dubai and Italy who have pioneered the approach of Totally Endoscopic Ear Surgery globally. He completed a subsequent clinical fellowship in Otology, Implant and Lateral Skull Base Surgery under Profs Manohar Bance and David Morris at Dalhousie University in Canada.
He has been invited to speak and attend as faculty at conferences, courses and workshops in Australia and internationally. He has numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals, many with international collaboration. He is a member of the International Working Group of Endoscopic Ear Surgery (IWGEES) and founding member of the Sydney Endoscopic Ear Surgery (SEES) Research Group.
Nicholas has an interest in Indigenous ear health and works closely with the Aboriginal Medical Service and Base Hospital in Griffith, undertaking ENT outreach clinics and performing surgery on a regular basis.
In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, adventure racing, playing squash and occasionally flying planes.
Special interests include Minimally Invasive Endoscopic Ear Surgery and Eustachian Tube Disorders.
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 Margaret Kim is an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon who has recently completed her fellowship with the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons. Dr Kim received her Bachelor of Dental Surgery from the University of Sydney in 2002 and completed her Bachelor of Medicine at the University of Queensland in 2010. Dr Kim went on to complete a Masters of Research (Engineering) at the Queensland University of Technology in 2013.
Dr Kim has presented at numerous medical conferences and has taught as a skills and clinical tutor at both the University of Sydney and Australian National University Medical School.
Dr Kim was a medical volunteer at Chitwan Medical College Hospital in Nepal in 2013 with Projects Abroad.
Specialising in Endoscopic Sinus and Nasal Airway Surgery as well as Anterior Skull Base Surgery. Other interests are Children’s Ear, Nose and Throat disorders.
Justin was born in London, but was raised in Sydney from an early age. He graduated from the University of New South Wales Medical School. He then underwent Advanced General Surgical Training, during which time he completed a Master of Medicine in Clinical Epidemiology from the University of Sydney. He then began Specialist Training in Ear, Nose and Throat Surgery through the NSW training scheme and subsequently became a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in Otolaryngology.
Justin then undertook further sub-specialty training in the field of Advanced Endoscopic Sinus Surgery and Anterior Skull Base Surgery in London at Guys and St Thomas Hospitals, Kings College University Hospital and The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery. This Clinical Fellowship was under the mentorship of Dr David Roberts and Dr Claire Hopkins in one of the largest Endoscopic Sinus and Skull Base Surgery centres in the UK and Europe. During his time in London, Justin also lectured at the Kings College London, School of Medicine.
Justin has published in numerous surgical journals and has presented at conferences both nationally and internationally. He has been an invited Chair of Rhinological Surgery Sessions in Ear, Nose and Throat Meetings in the UK. Justin has also been actively involved in the teaching of medical students and registrars, mainly through the University of Sydney as an Honorary Associate.
In his spare time, Justin enjoys spending time with his family, playing the violin, fishing and skiing.
A/Prof Jonathan Kong is a highly regarded specialist ear nose and throat (ENT) surgeon for children and adults, with special interest, experience, and skills in ear surgery, hearing, cochlear implantation, and children’s ENT. He is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS) as well as a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England (FRCS), and originally completed surgical training in Sydney, Australia. He then spent nearly 2 years in the UK and Europe further specialising in advanced ear, hearing, cochlear implantation and acoustic neuroma surgery before returning to Sydney.
His practice is based in Sydney’s north shore, with rooms at Crows Nest (North Sydney), and Lindfield. He regularly operates at North Shore Private Hospital, The Mater Hospital North Sydney, and Macquarie University Hospital. He is also one of the principal surgeons of the Sydney Cochlear Implant Centre (SCIC, a facility of the Royal Institute of Deaf & Blind, RIDBC), and performs one of the highest number of cochlear implants per year of surgeons in Sydney.
As an avid educator, he is a respected teacher of surgery at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital for the University of Sydney, where he mentors surgical specialist trainees, fellows, and medical students. He is the director of the visiting otology (ear surgery) fellowship program at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, where fully qualified ENT surgeons come to gain experience in advanced techniques of ear surgery with A/Prof Jonathan Kong and his colleagues. He also runs the longstanding RPA Hospital Otology and Temporal Bone Course in Sydney, a regular hands on course for training new surgeons in the skills of ear surgery, and is regularly a faculty member for courses inEndoscopic Ear Surgery, a minimally invasive ear surgery technique.
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 Tony Kuo MBChB FRACS (OHNS) is a highly trained fully qualified senior Ear Nose and Throat, Head and Neck Surgeon servicing the Northern Sydney, Gosford and the Central Coast community of New South Wales. He is a Conjoint Lecturer of Newcastle Medical School and Macquarie University Medical School. Dr Kuo received education in New Zealand and graduated from the University of Otago, School of Medicine, Dunedin, NZ in 1999. He was awarded the Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in 2009.
Following this he spent two years in post graduate fellowship positions. He was awarded two year scholarship in one of the largest Head and Neck Centers in the world, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Taiwan. The first year was spent at the Department of Otolaryngology/ Head and Neck Surgery trained by Professor Chun-Da Liao specializing in the treatment of head and neck cancers. The second year was spent at the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery trained by Professor Fu-Chan Wei, a world renowned specialist in head and neck plastic and reconstructive surgery. He gained skills in reconstruction of complex defects of the face, jaw, tongue, throat and neck following cancer surgery or trauma. Tony is the first Australasian trained surgeon to be accepted and trained by Professor Wei and a rare surgeon to receive postgraduate fellowship training in two surgical specialties, Otolaryngology and Plastic Reconstructive Surgery. The double fellowship was completed in 2011.
Dr Kuo has gained a large experience in head and neck surgery, cancer excision and reconstruction of complex head and neck defects during and after his training.Tony has an interest in academic medicine and has published numerous medical research papers in addition to authorship in Head and Neck textbook. He was involved in the basic science research in composite tissue allotransplantation for future development of facial transplantation at Chang Gung Memorial Hospital.
Dr Kuo is the first surgeon to have successfully performed microvascular free tissue transfer to reconstruct facial defect after cancer excision at the Central Coast. Tony performed the first Professor Wei perforator free flap in head and neck reconstruction at John-Hunter Hospital in repairing major oral and facial defect following cancer excision in 2012. This allowed cancer patients to restore their function such as eating and swallowing as well as restoring their cosmesis.
Dr Kuo has a large practice in adult and children’s general ear nose and throat problems including grommet insertion, adenotonsillectomy, septoplasty, sinus surgery etc. Push here to view publications
Dr Kuo is accredited and operates at Macquarie University Hospital, Sydney Adventist Hospital, Chatswood Private Hospital, Gosford Private Hospital and the Central Coast Health (Gosford Hospital). Tony consults at Macquarie University Clinic, Chatswood, and Erina at the Central Coast.
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 Hubert Low is an Otolaryngologist, Head and Neck Surgeon with interest in microvascular/ head and neck reconstruction and management of facial nerve disorder.
Dr Low is a member of the Australasian Head and Neck Society, the Australasian Society of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, and a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. He has completed international fellowships in Western Australia, Taiwan and Canada. He is a senior clinical lecturer at Sydney and Macquarie Universities and actively supervises otolaryngology registrars, head and neck fellows, as well as post graduate research candidates.
Dr Low currently chairs the Sydney Facial Nerve service, the first multidisciplinary clinic dedicated to the management of facial nerve disorder in Australia. He also manages the Head and Neck Database, which is currently the largest clinicopathological database dedicated to head and neck malignancies in the Southern hemisphere.
His research interests include outcome research involving mucosal and cutaneous malignancies, as well as the field of facial nerve disorder. He has presented at conferences both nationally and internationally, and published in a large number of international peer-reviewed research articles.
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 McGinness completed his undergraduate training at the University of Adelaide. After his internship and residency at Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney he was admitted to the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons ENT Training Scheme and gained his Fellowship after 5 further years of training.
He then completed further overseas subspecialty training in the UK at the Gloucestershire Royal Hospitals NHS Trust, where he developed further skills in the management of advanced middle ear disease including laser cholesteatoma surgery and minimally invasive (keyhole) surgical techniques under Mr John Hamilton and Mr Matthew Clark.
Dr McGinness is married and has two young sons. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with the family, cycling, surfing and music.
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.
Surgeon: Associate Professor Payal Mukherjee is an adult and paediatric Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) surgeon with special skills in advanced ear surgery. Following her ENT training in Sydney, she attained further subspecialty post-fellowship training in otology, Cochlear implantation and lateral skull base surgery in Oxford and London.
He graduated from the University of Sydney Medical Program and undertook ENT specialist training in New South Wales. Yuresh has a subspecialist interest in Rhinology and Advance Endoscopic Sinus, Lacrimal and Skull Base Surgery. He is one of only a few Fellowship trained Rhinological and Skull Base Surgeons in Australia and has completed one of the world’s premier fellowships in this area, with Professor PJ Wormald.
Areas of Special interests include: Disorders of the Paranasal Sinuses (Sinusitis, Nasal Obstruction, Loss of Smell, Endoscopic Orbital and Lacrimal Surgery including management of the watery eye, Functional Rhinoplasty ( Nasal Obstruction/Snoring), Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery, Paediatric ENT disorders ( Snoring, Hearing loss, Tonsillitis, Middle Ear Infections).
A/Prof Naidoo has a PhD in Sinus Surgery and has published several book chapters and articles in International Journals. He presents regularly at national and international conferences. He is the Vice Chairman of the NSW branch of ASOHNS (Australian Society of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery), Head of Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery at North Shore Private Hospital and Clinical Associate Professor at Macquarie University.
Dr Roland Nguyen studied medicine at the University of Sydney, graduating with Honours in 1997. Dr Nguyen completed a Master of Medical Science at the University of Queensland in 2002, which included skin cancer research, affiliated with the Queensland Institute of Medical Research. Dr Nguyen has a Fellowship with the Australasian College of Dermatologists since 2007 and International Membership with the American Academy of Dermatology since 2011.
Dr Nguyen has particular interests in procedural dermatology including skin cancer surgery, scar revision and laser treatments. He also manages medical dermatological conditions such as acne, eczema, psoriasis, hair loss and nail disorders.
Dr Luke Northey is a comprehensive ophthalmologist with interests in cataract surgery, glaucoma, medical retina, pterygium surgery, and general ophthalmology. Dr Northey completed ophthalmology training through the Sydney Eye Hospital where he worked as the professorial senior registrar. Dr Northey has an interest in ophthalmology training and education having previously served as the chair of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists trainee representative group.
He has published in peer reviewed medical journals and is a clinical associate lecturer at the University of Sydney. He is the current glaucoma fellow at Westmead Hospital where he is further expanding his interests in the subspecialty.
Dr Northey believes in patient-focused and evidence-based healthcare and strives to achieve the best outcomes for his patients.
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.
Special interests: sinus disease, sleep disorders, voice disorders, general and paediatric ENT.
Ray Sacks is Professor and Chair of Discipline of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery at Macquarie University in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. He is also a Clinical Professor at Sydney University and is the Academic Head of the Department of ENT Surgery at Concord Hospital in Sydney. He was the Chief Examiner in Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery for the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons from 2012-2014 and was the President of the Australian and New Zealand Rhinologic Society from 2008-2013. He is a Past President of the NSW branch of the ASOHNS Society and has convened multiple conferences, Endoscopic Sinus Surgical courses and workshops throughout Australia, Asia and North and South America.
He is the co-author of the first Textbook on Endoscopic Orbital Surgery by Thieme Publishers and is an associate editor sitting on the Editorial Boards of multiple journals including the American Journal of Rhinology and Allergy and the Journal of Laryngology and Otology. He has published over 100 scientific papers in peer reviewed journals and 17 book chapters. He was awarded the Australian Society of Otolaryngology – Head and neck Surgery Medal for 2015 for “Outstanding Contribution to the Art and Science of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery” and was awarded the International Rhinology Society medal for “Distinguished service to the International Rhinologic Community” in Brazil in May 2015.He was also the recipient of the South African Society of Otolaryngology Medal in 1994 and has special interest in disease of the nose and paranasal sinuses.
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.
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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 Rachel Sutton graduated from the University of Sydney with degrees in Science (Mol. Biotech.) with Honours and Dentistry with Honours. She has extensive experience in both public and private sector general and surgical dentistry, and working with patients from a wide variety of backgrounds. In addition, Dr Sutton was privileged to be appointed to a residency position with the Department of Oral Surgery at Sydney Dental Hospital, and as such is able to provide surgical treatment for impacted wisdom teeth, perform difficult extractions and oral soft tissue surgery. Dr Sutton provides treatment under general anaesthesia at Chatswood Private Hospital, and is also available to offer treatment under local anaesthesia at Kingsgrove Dental and Sydney Park Dental clinics.
Dr Sutton is involved in the training of new dentists as a clinical tutor in the extraction clinics at University of Sydney. She enjoys keeping up to date and informed with the latest scientific research in dentistry and is a member of the NSW Society of Oral Surgeons, British Association of Oral Surgeons and the Australian Dental Association.
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 Tame has broad experience in Oral Surgery and Oral Medicine with a special interest in advanced Dento-Alveolar surgery including management of impacted teeth, complex extractions, dental implants, oral medicine and oral pathology.
Originally from Cardiff, Wales, Dr Tame qualified with BDS from Bristol University in 2000. He then undertook training in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Houseman and Registrar level at Royal Gwent Hospital, United Kingdom. Michael has had extensive training in Surgical Dentistry and gained the Membership of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (MFDS) and the Graduate Diploma in Surgical Dentistry from The University of Sydney. He obtained the Fellowship in Oral Surgery and Oral Medicine from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland FFD(OSOM)RCSI in 2014.
Dr Tame has held an academic appointment in Oral Surgery at the University of Queensland in addition to a Oral Surgery appointment with Queensland Health at Toowoomba Base Hospital. He has previously been a Lecturer in Oral Surgery at the University of Sydney and currently holds a senior position in the Oral Surgery Department of the Sydney Dental Hospital.
Additionally, Dr Tame has been providing Oral Surgery services to patients at Concord Hospital, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and Canterbury Hospital.
Dr Tame works privately in the Sydney metropolitan area and is available for consultations at his Pymble practice.
Dr Michael Taplin is an adult and paediatric ENT surgeon. After obtaining his fellowship to the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) in 2004, Michael undertook training in Toronto, Canada, working at the Toronto General Hospital and the Hospital for Sick Children (Sick Kids) under the guidance of world experts: Drs John Rutka, Jerry Halik and Blake Papsin.
He has held the position of Visiting Medical Officer to Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick since 2006.
Michael is also a VMO ENT Surgeon at the Chatswood Private Hospital, Mater, Prince of Wales Private Hospital, Hunters Hill Private, and Pittwater Day Surgery.
He is the proud father of three outstanding young girls, who continue to educate him. He is passionate about AFL, cycling, music, cooking and travelling. When not at work, he is likely to be trying to keep up with his wife and children on a ski slope!
Dr Tew is a fully qualified Plastic Surgeon whose special interests include breast augmentation and reduction, facial plastic surgery including eyelid rejuvenation, rhinoplasty, correction of prominent ears, body contouring surgery including abdominoplasty and liposuction.
Prior to her plastic surgery training, she was a general surgical trainee and had completed research towards a Master of Surgery. She trained in plastic surgery at teaching hospitals in Sydney.
As surgical techniques and technology continue to evolve, Dr Tew updates her knowledge and skills through courses in Australia and overseas. She is a Member of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons, the Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.
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.