B.Med., M.P.H., F.R.A.N.Z.C.O.
Dr. Nikhil L. Kumar is an Ophthalmic Surgeon with 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 is also dedicated to his work as a general ophthalmologist, caring for patients with glaucoma, macular degeneration and diabetic eye disease.
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 worked at the Sydney Retina Clinic with Dr Andrew Chang prior to completing his 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. Subsequently he has undertaken a Masters in Cataract and Refractive Surgery from the University of Sydney as part of his ongoing commitment to self-education.
Committed to education in the field of ophthalmology, Dr. Kumar is a clinical senior lecturer at the Australian School of Advanced Medicine, Macquarie University. He is a regular reviewer for articles submitted for publication in the Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, the British Journal of Ophthalmology and Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology. He has published numerous peer reviewed papers and book chapters involving his specialty interests. 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 LASIK and cornea transplantations. Given this background, he was amongst the first surgeons in Australia to perform femtosecond laser assisted cataract surgery.