M.B., B.S., B.Sc. (Med) (Hons), M. Biomed, Eng., F.R.A.N.Z.C.O.
Dr Nagi Assaad is an Ophthalmic Surgeon practising in General Ophthalmology and Medical Retina.
He graduated in medicine from The University of Sydney and also completed a research degree in Visual Physiology. He completed a Master of Biomedical Engineering degree at the University of New South Wales, with a focus on advanced optics, ophthalmic technology and retinal protein structure.
Dr Assaad underwent specialist ophthalmology training at Prince of Wales Hospital, Sydney, followed by a fellowship in Medical Retina and Uveitis at the internationally renowned Moorfields Eye Hospital, London. He has extensive experience in retinal laser treatments and the use of intraocular injections for the management of retinal diseases including macular degeneration.
He has been involved in teaching medical students, optometrists and ophthalmology registrars throughout his career in ophthalmology. He is a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists.
Dr Assaad is a cataract surgeon who operates regularly at Chatswood Private Hospital. He is a Visiting Medical Officer at Prince of Wales Hospital and Sutherland Hospital.
His interests include general ophthalmology, cataract surgery, medical retina, macular degeneration, diabetic eye disease and retinal vascular disease.
Dr Atkinson is a Specialist Oral Surgeon operating in Sydney. He works in Private Practice, the Public Sector holding the position of Staff Specialist for NSW Health Sydney Local Health District, and as a Clinical Lecturer with the University of Sydney Faculty of Medicine and Health School of Dentistry.
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 Barnouti is one of Sydney’s leading plastic surgeons, specialising in plastic and cosmetic surgery that produces natural-looking results. He is best known for rejuvenation and re-contouring the face, breast and body with the focus on minimal scarring and invasion and maximum improvements. Dr Banouti has over fifteen years of surgical experience, performing several thousand surgical procedures and is recognised for his contributions to media and literature. As a qualified and experienced plastic surgeon, he has been frequently published in medical journals, has spoken at medical conferences in Sydney and overseas and regularly attends national and international medical and science events.
Dr Barnouti is passionate about plastic surgery, committed to providing the best possible outcome by careful planning and meticulous surgery. The goal of a plastic surgeon is to improve a patient’s self-image and Dr Barnouti takes that responsibility very seriously. He attributes his success to four factors: emphasis on short scars, his understanding of the patient’s needs, observing the latest cosmetic trends and a strict adherence to safety.
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.
Dr Raewyn Campbell completed training and achieved fellowship of RACS in 2011. Dr Campbell then undertook two rhinology fellowships at Auckland City Hospital, New Zealand and The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, USA. Dr Campbell then undertook a further fellowship in skull base surgery in Columbus Ohio, USA. Dr Campbell specialises in rhinology and skull base surgery.
Dr Caroline Catt specialises in paediatric and general ophthalmology, including cataract surgery. She graduated with degrees from the University of Sydney and the Flinders University of South Australia and completed her ophthalmology training at Sydney Eye Hospital. A fellowship at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada developed her particular interest in paediatric and neonatal ophthalmology. She was the recipient of the prestigious Dr JD Morin award for excellence as a clinical fellow in the areas of clinical care, research and education.
Dr Catt has published in peer-reviewed journals, has undertaken clinical studies in paediatric ophthalmic disease and presented the findings internationally. She has a keen interest in teaching ophthalmologists-in-training.
Dr Derek Chan is an ophthalmologist who specialises in cataract surgery and retinal conditions including macular degeneration, diabetes and retinal occlusions.
Dr Chan graduated with Honours from University of New South Wales and completed ophthalmology training at Prince of Wales Hospital, Randwick. He completed a subspecialty fellowship in Medical Retina from Moorfields Eye Hospital, London.
Dr Chan has obtained a Masters of Public Health from the University of New South Wales. He is an investigator in international clinical trials for macular degeneration, diabetes and retinal vein occlusions. He has published many research articles in peer reviewed journals including a clinical trial on cataract surgery.
Dr Chan is a conjoint lecturer at the University of New South Wales and is actively involved in teaching optometrists, general practitioners and ophthalmology registrars.
Dr Chang graduated from medicine and surgery at the University of NSW with first class honours. After completing his specialist ophthalmology training in Australia, Dr Chang was awarded RANZCO Eye Foundation scholarship to undertake further subspecialist qualifications in Medical Retina & Uveitis at Moorfields Eye Hospital, London.
Dr Chang’s areas of clinical expertise include the diagnosis and treatment of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), diabetic retinopathy, retinal vascular diseases and uveitis. He is experienced in performing retinal laser treatment, complex cataract surgery in the presence of retinal disease, and intraocular injection treatments for retinal diseases.
Dr Chang has been awarded PhD for his research in ocular immunology and continues to be involved in medical research to improve patient care. He holds academic appointment at the University of NSW and is involved in teaching medical students and other health professionals such as GPs and optometrists.
Dr 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 Simon Chen is an experienced retinal and cataract surgeon at Vision Eye Institute and a Conjoint Senior Lecturer at the University of New South Wales (UNSW).
He has been a principal investigator for international clinical trials of new treatments for retinal disease and has published over 40 papers in peer reviewed medical journals covering various aspects of retinal and cataract surgery (which can be viewed here: http://orcid.org/0000-0002-2113-1443 ). He has conducted scientific research into eye injections for retinal disease, reviews research papers for leading medical journals and is regularly invited to lecture at conferences. He teaches trainee eye surgeons and optometrists.
Simon has particular expertise and extensive experience with sutureless vitrectomy surgery for epiretinal membrane, macular hole, diabetic retinopathy, retinal detachment and trauma; and intravitreal therapy for age related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and retinal vein occlusions. He is also an experienced cataract surgeon with a particular interest in complex cataract surgery (especially in patients with retinal disease or previous trauma).
Simon graduated in Medicine and Surgery from the University of London, then trained in Ophthalmology at the teaching hospitals of the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge, UK and completed advanced training in retinal and cataract surgery during surgical fellowships at the Oxford Eye Hospital, UK and Lions Eye Institute, Australia.
He consults at Vision Eye Institute Bondi Junction, Chatswood, Drummoyne and Hurstville.
Dr Chowdhury graduated in Medicine from the University of Sydney with First Class Honours. He was awarded a PhD from the University of New South Wales for his groundbreaking research into a Bionic Eye for blind patients, and was also a visiting fellow at Harvard University Medical School. He trained in eye surgery at the Prince of Wales Hospital in Randwick and Sydney Children’s Hospital. He was awarded the Filipic Greer Medal during training and received the Fellowship of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists. He subsequently undertook further training in advanced cataract surgery, LASIK surgery, and corneal transplantation at the prestigious Moorfields Eye Hospital in London.
Dr Chowdhury undertakes cutting-edge research in corneal, cataract and retinal disease, and is actively involved in training the next generation of eye surgeons. He has published numerous papers in international journals, and received several prominent research grants. He is a Clinical Senior Lecturer at the University of Sydney Medical School, and an Examiner for the College of Ophthalmologists.
Dr Brian Chua’s sub-speciality is in glaucoma research and therapy, as well as cataract surgery.
He is a VMO at St Vincents and Macquarie University Hospital, and a staff specialist at the glaucoma unit at Sydney Eye Hospital.
Brian graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Medicine / Bachelor of Surgery (Hons) and a Masters of Public Health (Hons).
He commenced his internship and residency at Royal North Shore Hospital before starting Ophthalmology training through the Sydney Eye Hospital.
He was heavily involved in the Blue Mountains Eye Study, both as the study coordinator and a clinical examiner, through the Centre for Vision Research at Westmead Hospital.
After completing his ophthalmic training at the Sydney Eye Hospital, Dr Chua undertook further Fellowship training to Sub-Specialise in Glaucoma at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital in Melbourne before returning to Sydney to continue his clinical and research commitments.
Brian has authored numerous scientific articles published in peer-reviewed journals, and has also presented at multiple local and international scientific congresses.
Colin Clement is a clinical ophthalmologist practicing in Sydney CBD, Fairfield and St Leonards with expertise in the management of cataract and glaucoma. He received his Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from the University of Sydney, Australia. He has also completed a Bachelor of Science (Honours) and PhD at the same institution. He undertook ophthalmology training at the Sydney Eye Hospital followed by glaucoma fellowship training in Bath (UK), London (UK) and Geneva (Switzerland).
Currently Colin is a staff specialist at Sydney Eye Hospital and a senior clinical lecturer at the University of Sydney. He is director of glaucoma surgery training at the Sight Foundation Wet Lab and he is an editor for the clinical ophthalmology journal, CLEVER, as well as the Journal of Current Glaucoma Practice. He serves on the associate advisory committee of the International Society of Glaucoma Surgery, is a member of the expert advisory committee for Glaucoma Australia and is on the human research ethics committee for RANZCO.
Colin has clinical research interests in glaucoma surgery techniques and outcomes, and has edited 1 textbook, authored 6 book chapters and more than 50 peer-reviewed research articles.
Dr Jenny Danks is an ophthalmologist working in general ophthalmology and Oculoplastic Surgery.
She performs Cataract surgery as well as Eyelid surgery, Tear duct (Lacrimal surgery) and Orbital surgery.
Dr Danks is a member of the Department of Oculoplastics at Sydney Eye Hospital and a Visiting Medical Officer at Royal North Shore Hospital. She practices at Peninsula Eye Centre in Dee Why and Gordon Eye Surgery.
Graduating from the University of Melbourne, Dr Danks trained in Ophthalmology at Sydney Eye Hospital before completing fellowships in Oculoplastic surgery in Bristol, and London at Moorfield’s Eye Hospital.
As a member of the College of Ophthalmology (RANZCO) since 1996, Dr Danks has served as Director of Training and Chair of Education for NSW. She is currently a supervisor of registrar training and on the committee of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Ophthalmic Plastic Surgeons (ANZSOPS).
Dr Helen Do is an ophthalmic surgeon specialising in medical retina and cataract surgery. She graduated medicine from University of New South Wales with first class honours and gained a Masters of Medicine in Ophthalmic Science at University of Sydney during which she wrote a treatise on retinal vein occlusions.
Helen completed her ophthalmology training at the Sydney Eye Hospital program including training at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and Liverpool Hospital. She also performed outreach programs to rural Northern Territory based from Royal Darwin Hospital. She underwent a Medical Retina fellowship in Sydney as a Bayer Medical Retina Fellow.
Dr Helen Do manages patients with medical retina conditions including medical, laser and injection management of patients with diabetic eye disease, age related macular degeneration, retinal vascular conditions and other macular and retinal diseases. She performs cataract and pterygium surgery and manages patients with acute and general ophthalmology conditions.
Dr John Downie is a Medical Retina Specialist, Senior Vitreoretinal Surgeon and Complex Cataract Surgeon. He studied Medicine at the University of Sydney, graduating with Honours in 1987, and trained as an Ophthalmologist at the Sydney Eye Hospital, where he was the Professorial Senior Registrar in 1995.
Dr Downie undertook further sub-specialised training as a retinal specialist at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London as a Vitreoretinal Surgical Fellow, under the prestigious Renee and Francis Hock Research Fellowship.
Dr Downie is the first retinal surgeon to work and operate in Sydney’s South and the Wollongong region, and has been caring for patients with retinal and cataract diseases since 1999. He routinely accepts difficult cataract referrals from his surgical colleagues and has performed a considerable number of both cataract and vitreoretinal procedures during his career.
Teaching & Training:
Dr Downie has twice received the Trainer of Excellence Award by the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists.
He is involved in both patient care and the teaching, and the supervision of ophthalmology trainees and vitreoretinal surgical fellows at the Sydney Eye Hospital, Prince of Wales Hospital and Sydney Children’s Hospital.
His interest in training young ophthalmologists extends to work overseas. Under the auspices of the Fred Hollows Foundation and the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists, Dr Downie regularly travels to Cambodia to teach trainees in the Cambodian Ophthalmology Residents Programme.
Dr Rahul Dubey completed his medical training at the University of New South Wales, graduating with Honours. He then completed 5 years of Specialist Medical training including two years of Physicians Training at the prestigious Central Sydney Network. Dr Dubey then pursued his speciality interest in Ophthalmology undertaking comprehensive ophthalmology training through The Prince of Wales Hospital and Sydney Eye Hospital. Upon attaining his Fellowship of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists he undertook further subspecialty fellowship training in Medical Retina, Uveitis and Vitreoretinal Surgery at the world renowned Moorfields Eye Hospital, London and The Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield, United Kingdom.
His surgical expertise encompasses all diseases of the retina, macula and vitreous using the latest micro-incisional vitreoretinal techniques including 27G Pars Plana Vitrectomy. He has particular expertise in macular hole surgery, epiretinal membrane surgery, retinal detachment surgery, advanced diabetic eye disease, age-related macular degeneration, vitreous haemorrhage, ocular trauma and successful treatment of symptomatic floaters. He is also experienced in complex refractive cataract surgery including secondary intraocular lens implantation. Dr Dubey has extensive experience with intravitreal injections and laser in the management of retinal vascular disease and advanced macular degeneration.
Dr Dubey has published extensively in peer-reviewed medical literature, and frequently lectures at National and International conferences including the EURETINA, European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons, British and Eire Vitreoretinal Surgeons and Asia Pacific Association of Vitreoretinal Surgeons.
Dr Dubey is particularly passionate about education including surgical supervision of Ophthalmologists-in training. He is enthusiastic about maintaining and improving the quality of surgical practice.
Dr Eade is an Consultant Ophthalmologist with subspeciality training in Oculoplastic, Orbital and Lacrimal Surgery and Ocular Oncology.
She graduated from Medicine with Honours at the University of Sydney. She completed her specialty ophthalmology training at Sydney Eye Hospital with her final six months as the Senior Ophthalmology Registrar at Westmead Children’s Hospital.
After completing a Masters Degree in Ophthalmic Science at the University of Sydney she undertook a fellowship in Ocular Oncology at Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia, USA. She undertook two further years of sub-speciality training with world leaders in Oculoplastic, Orbital and Lacrimal surgery at the Royal Manchester Eye Hospital, United Kingdom and the Royal Victorian Eye & Ear Hospital, Melbourne.
Dr Eade is a fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmology (RANZCO) and a member of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Ophthalmic Plastic Surgeons (ANZSOPS). She has published widely in the peer-reviewed medical literature and presented at national and international conferences.
She is an approachable doctor and focuses on addressing her patient’s concerns. She continues to update her knowledge of advances in her field and to maintain her clinical and surgical excellence. She has an ongoing interest in international ophthalmology, having worked in local clinics in Cambodia, Vietnam, Sri-Lanka and Myanmar.
She specializes in Eyelid Surgery including cosmetic surgery, Orbital Surgery and Lacrimal Surgery in adults and children.
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 Georgina Harris completed training and achieved fellowship of ENT (FRACS) in 2012. Dr Harris then undertook a Laryngology fellowship at University College London Hospitals, England and and Imperial College Healthcare, England.
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 commenced at the ENT Day Surgery in 2001. Since 2001 Dr Johnston has been in private and public practice, based at Hornsby. He is currently a Visiting Medical Officer at Concord Repatriation Hospital, Hornsby Hospital, Sydney Adventist Hospital and the Sydney ENT Day Surgery in Chatswood. 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. Kaushik is a Specialist in Glaucoma, Cataract Surgery and General Ophthalmology and a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists. She completed her medical training at the University of Newcastle, where she graduated with Honours. Dr. Kaushik completed her ophthalmology specialist training at Sydney Eye Hospital and her Glaucoma subspecialty training at Manchester Royal Infirmary in the United Kingdom.
Dr. Kaushik is a specialist in all types of cataract and glaucoma surgery including minimally invasive glaucoma (MIGS) implants and laser treatment of glaucoma. Whilst in Manchester, she was a co-investigator for Minimally Invasive Glaucoma Surgery clinical trials.
Dr. Kaushik has a strong research background with a PhD and many international publications in peer reviewed journals. Her research interests include glaucoma, macular degeneration, ocular ageing and nutritional aspects of ocular disease. Dr. Kaushik has been supported by NHMRC scholarships whilst undertaking her PhD and received research awards from the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists and the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology. She has collaborated with international researchers and is a regular reviewer for high impact ophthalmology journals.
Dr. Kaushik is also a Clinical Associate Lecturer with the University of Sydney and is involved in teaching and selection of medical students. She has also worked with the Fred Hollows Foundation in the Northern Territory.
Dr 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 Dr 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.
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.
Dr Georgina Kourt is an Ophthalmologist and an Oculoplastic Surgeon.
She is a Visiting Medical Officer at Sydney Hospital/Sydney Eye Hospital and is a founding member of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Oculoplastic Surgeons. She is a past President of ANZSOPS. She is a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists and a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of Surgeons.
Dr Kourt completed her Oculoplastic Fellowship at the Sydney Eye Hospital and the Mater Hospital under the tutelage of Dr Peter Rogers, recognized as the “Father of Oculoplastic Surgery” in Australia. Dr Kourt has undertaken several observerships at Moorfields Eye Hospital, London. She is an immediate past member of the Court of Examiners for RANZCO and is a Clinical Senior Lecturer in the Discipline of Ophthalmology at the Sydney Medical School of The University of Sydney. She is a Past Chairman of the Eye Medical Staff Council at Sydney Eye Hospital and is a Board Member of the Sydney Eye Hospital Foundation. Dr Kourt also has admitting rights at Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick, St Vincent’s Hospital, Darlinghurst, Sight Foundation Theatre, Chatswood Private Hospital and St Luke’s Hospital, Potts Point.
Dr Kourt also consults at the Save Sight Institute and at Sydney Hospital.
Dr Kourt undertakes annual surgical field trips to the Northern Territory.
Dr Kourt is the recipient of the Medical Media Award for pioneering surgery and community service.
B.Med., M.P.H., Grad. Dip Refract. Cat. Surg., F.R.A.N.Z.C.O.
Dr. Nikhil L. Kumar is an Ophthalmic Surgeon. He has a specific interest in conventional and laser Cataract Surgery, Laser Vision Correction, alternatives to laser surgery, Cornea Transplantation Surgery, the management of Keratoconus and Pterygium Surgery. He also has an interest in the management of glaucoma and microincisional glaucoma surgery.
Dr Kumar graduated in Medicine from the University of Newcastle in 1998 and earned a Masters of Public Health degree from the University of New South Wales. He completed Ophthalmology Fellowship training at the Sydney Eye Hospital. Thereafter, Dr Kumar was awarded the Sydney Eye Hospital Alumni Travelling Fellowship to pursue further training in Cornea and Refractive Surgery. This component of his training occurred under the guidance of Professors David Rootman and Allan Slomovic at the Toronto Western Hospital and the Yonge Eglinton Laser Centre at the University of Toronto in Canada. He is a member of the Australian, American and European Societies of Cataract and Refractive Surgery.
Dr Kumar has extensive experience using the femtosecond laser to perform SMILE, LASIK and cornea transplantations. Given this background, he was amongst the first surgeons in Australia to perform femtosecond laser assisted cataract surgery.
Dr Shish Lal is an Ophthalmic Surgeon with specific interests in cataract surgery and the management of macular degeneration. Dr Lal graduated from the University of Sydney in 1990 and completed his training in Ophthalmology at Sydney Eye Hospital. He then undertook further fellowship training in retinal diseases at St Thomas’ Hospital, London. He is a member of both the Australian and American Societies of Cataract and Refractive Surgery. He is in private practice as a partner at Hornsby Eye Specialists in Florence Street, Hornsby and operates at Madison Day Surgery.
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 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 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 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 McDonald is a specialist corneal, cataract and refractive surgeon. Dr McDonald was awarded first class honours in Science from the University of Melbourne and later graduated with honours upon completion of his medical degree at the University of Newcastle. He undertook ophthalmic training at Sydney Eye Hospital and was made a fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists in 2011. In 2012 he moved to London to take up a fellowship in oculoplastics and anterior segment surgery at St Thomas’ hospital, after which he moved to the renowned Moorfields Eye Hospital to further his training in corneal and refractive surgery.
Upon completion of his ophthalmic training, Dr McDonald was granted a public hospital appointment at Sydney Eye Hospital, where he both consults and operates.
Dr McDonald holds academic appointments at both Sydney University and Notre Dame University.
Dr McDonald has published papers in a number of international journals, including recent studies into the long-term stability of refractive surgery and the treatment of keratoconus. Dr McDonald enjoys the diversity of maintaining a general ophthalmic practice and has broad surgical expertise. He is skilled in corneal and anterior segment surgery, but has a particular interest in refractive surgery, complex cataract surgery and corneal transplantation.
Dr Mehta is an expert in the fields of cataract surgery and medical retina with extensive experience in general adult ophthalmology.
After reading medicine at Cambridge University in England, Dr Mehta carried out clinical training at University College London. He completed 7 years of ophthalmology training in London with 3 years at the world-famous Moorfields Eye Hospital. Dr Mehta also carried out a fellowship at Sydney Eye Hospital. He was previously a Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon in London and brings international expertise to his local practice. Dr Mehta is at the forefront of retinal research globally with publications on optimising cataract surgery outcomes in patients with age-related macular degeneration or diabetic retinopathy.
Dr Mehta is an experienced cataract surgeon having performed thousands of operations. He can discuss the full range of intraocular lens options available to patients undergoing cataract surgery, including monofocal, toric, enhanced depth of focus, multifocal, and duet intraocular lenses. Dr Mehta is a member of the Australasian and European Societies of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons.
Dr Mehta enjoys cricket and spending time with family.
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.
M.B.B.S., B.S.c. Med (Hons)., M.M.e.d. (Ophth. Sci.), F.R.A.N.Z.C.O., F.R.C.S.C.
Dr Gregory Moloney graduated with honours from UNSW medicine and went on to train as an ophthalmologist at Sydney Eye Hospital. He completed fellowship training in both corneal and oculoplastic surgery at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. At the completion of his training he was invited to join faculty as Clinical Assistant Professor at the UBC Department of Visual Sciences. Since returning to Australia he continues to conduct research and teaching in his role as clinical lecturer at the University of Sydney, and corneal and oculoplastic staff specialist at Sydney Eye Hospital.
Dr Moloney is a fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmology and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. He has published numerous peer reviewed articles and presented at national and international meetings. In 2012 he was awarded a Canadian national research award for his work on new techniques in corneal transplantation. For three years in a row (2014, 15 and 16) he won first prize in the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery film festival (corneal and refractive section). He was the first surgeon in Australia to perform a Boston Keratoprosthesis implantation (artificial cornea) and Osteo-odonto keratoprosthesis procedure (tooth in eye).
Dr Moloney is the convenor and lecturer at the Sydney Eye Hospital DMEK course designed to share and promote the latest techniques in corneal transplantation.
Dr Moloney’s main areas of interest are complicated cataract surgery, corneal transplantation, eyelid and lacrimal surgery.
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 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.
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.
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 Rix has been a specialist and Surgeon since 1992 and was Head of the Department of Oral Surgery of the Sydney Dental Hospital from 1995 – 2002. Dr Rix is in private practice with appointments at Concord Hospital, Sydney Dental School, Dalcross Adventist Hospital and Hunters Hill Hospital. Particular areas of interest are in minor oral surgery and oral pathology with treatment under intravenous sedation and general anaesthesia.
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 Ross studied medicine at the University of Sydney, graduating in 1988. Afterwards she decided to specialise in Ophthalmology, training at the Sydney Eye Hospital. Since then, Dr Ross has given lectures and presentations at many conferences and seminars, as well as authoring a large body of published work.
Dr Ross currently has rooms at Gordon and Parramatta.
Dr Roth is a dual fellowship trained Facial Plastic Surgeon and a paediatric and adult Ear, Nose, Throat, Head and Neck Surgeon. He specialises in ageing face rejuvenation, facelift, necklift, rhinoplasty, otoplasty and nose and sinus problems. As a head and neck trained surgeon Dr Roth specialises in cosmetic surgery only on the face and neck.
Dr Roth consults out of two locations. He has an office in Sydney’s Central Business District on Macquarie Street and in Sydney’s Northern Beaches. Surgery is performed weekly at a select number of private hospitals.
Dr Roth has been involved in research assessing various techniques for performing tonsillectomies and managing post-operative pain. He enjoys treating children and paediatric ENT remains one of the highlights of his work.
Dr Roth completed his otolaryngology training in Sydney before going on to specialise in Facial Plastic Surgery and Rhinology. He was awarded a twelve month fellowship in Advanced Rhinology and Facial Plastic Surgery at Rush University Medical Centre, Chicago. During that time he prepared for the International Facial Plastic Surgery examinations (IFFPSS) which provided a strong foundation for his Facial Plastic Surgery career. His role also included helping to manage a number of busy “sinus” clinics. He was exposed to advanced rhinology procedures including skull base, orbit, computer-guided surgery and revision sinus surgery.
Dr Roth has also spent time while in Chicago observing world leaders in rhinoplasty and facial plastic surgery such as Dean Toriumi. Dr Toriumi is a recognised world leader in functional and cosmetic rhinoplasty.
Dr Roth then travelled to the Netherlands completed a European Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery fellowship. Under doctors Trenite, Menger, Vuyk and Lohuis Dr Roth received further training in a broad range of procedures in Facial Plastic Surgery.
Dr Roth has travelled to New York and Conneticut to train with Dr Neil Gordon in the deep plane facelift technique. Dr Gordon is recognised as the world leader in deep plane facelifting and it was Dr Roth’s privilege to spend time with him and learn his approach.
Dr Roth grew up in Sydney and attended undergraduate medical school at the University of New South Wales. He undertook rotations in emergency medicine, intensive care, general medicine and general surgery. Dr Roth then underwent specialist surgical training in ear, nose and throat and head and neck surgery and became a member of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and the Australian Society of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery. He is also a member of the Australian Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery and a number of other professional organisations.
Dr Roth is committed to improving outcomes in Ear, Nose and Throat surgery and has an ongoing interest in research. He has published papers in general Ear, Nose and Throat journals as well as subspecialty papers in both rhinology and facial plastic surgery. Link to Dr Roth’s research papers.
In his spare time Dr Roth likes to stay fit and enjoys running, swimming and cycling. He has recently been trying his hand at some train run ultramarathons and continues to love the thrill of a triathlon, in particular the half-ironman distance. He has a young family all of whom he dearly loves. He has been committed to providing medical care to areas outside of Sydney and has regularly worked in rural and regional NSW areas. He is currently the president of the Warringah District Medical Association
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 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.
Dr Weld-Moore completed his dental degree from Trinity College Dublin in 2003 before commencing training in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the Dublin Dental Hospital where he worked as a Senior House Officer. During this time he was awarded the Membership of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (MFDS) before moving to the UK to pursue further training in the speciality at King’s College Hospital, London. He went on to achieve an appointment as a Staff Grade Oral Surgeon in the world-renowned Oral and Maxillofacial department of Queen Victoria Hospital, East Grinstead.
Following this appointment, Rob was lured by the sunshine of Australia and worked in Sydney for three years. In 2015, he returned to Ireland to commence further specialist training in Oral Surgery and in 2018 he completed his Clinical Doctorate in Oral Surgery (D.Ch.Dent) from Trinity College Dublin. This academic program included writing a thesis, which was on the effect of osteoporosis on the bones of the face. He has written articles for a number of peer-reviewed journals including the British Dental Journal.
Dr Weld-Moore is able to provide specialist Oral Surgery treatment under local or general anesthesia. Rob likes to treat patients with compassion and respect, and particularly enjoys treating nervous patients.
Rob enjoys the lifestyle that New South Wales has to offer. At weekends he can be found in the water surfing and enjoying the sunshine.
Associate Professor Wilcsek completed his medical degree at the University of Sydney and training as an Ophthalmologist at the Prince of Wales Hospital. He then was selected for two accredited fellowships in Ocular Plastics and Orbit Surgery.
The first at the Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, Manhattan, New York under Associate Professor Mike Kazim and the second at the Royal Manchester Eye Hospital, Manchester, England, under Dr Brian Leatherbarrow.
A/Prof. Wilcsek’s practice is focused solely on the highly specialised area of adult and paediatric ocular plastic surgery with a particular interest in minimally invasive, endoscopic lacrimal surgery and endoscopic approaches to the orbit.
A/Prof. Wilcsek heads the Ocular Plastics Unit at the Prince Of Wales Hospital servicing the Prince of Wales and the Sydney Children’s Hospitals. He lectures at the University of New South Wales, has been invited to speak at many national and international medical conferences and has authored and co-authored over 50 scientific articles in peer reviewed journals as well as 4 book chapters on various ocular plastic subjects.
He is a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New College of Ophthalmology. He is also a member of the Australia and New Zealand Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, the Asia-Pacific Society of Ocular Oncology and Pathology and the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons.
A/Prof. Wilcsek sat on the Council of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists before being asked to serve a three year term as a delegate of the Quality and Education Committee which oversees training of ophthalmologists throughout Australia and New Zealand. He is currently a supervisor of training for the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists.
A/Prof. Wilcsek prides himself on taking the time to listen to your needs and making you feel comfortable. He will outline treatment options and discuss any questions, so that you are able to leave the practice with all the information required to make an informed decision.
Dr David Willis is a dual-qualified Doctor (Bachelor of Dental Surgery; Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery) with his practice limited to Wisdom Teeth Removal & all aspects of Dental Surgery.
His interests include: surgical removal of wisdom teeth; pre-prosthetic dentoalveolar surgery; pre-orthodontic exposure of teeth and full-arch dental implant rehabilitation.
Dr Willis maintains a successful private practice in Sydney and provides oral surgical services to remote parts of South Australia.
Dr Willis is available for consults in Toothsome at Chatswood, Baulkham Hills and Randwick. No referral necessary. New patients welcome.