Suite 1, 38B Albert Avenue, Chatswood NSW

(02) 9413 4822

A/Prof. Ian Francis

A/Prof. Ian Francis

Practice Locations

  • Chatswood (02) 9411 5000
OAM, M.B., B.S. (Syd)., F.R.A.C.S., F.R.A.N.Z.C.O., F.A.S.O.P.R.S., Ph. D (NSW), F.A.N.Z.S.O.P.S.

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.