2020 Speakers

(FOR 2021 changed to combined NSW RANZCO & Ophthalmology Updates Meeting www.nswranzco.com.au)




dr anthony pane

Mbbs(Hons), MMedSoc, FRANZCO, Phd


Anthony Pane is a neuro-ophthalmologist at the Queensland Eye Institute. He undertook ophthalmic training in Brisbane and then pursued a two-year neuro fellowship  in the UK. Anthony has co-authored three internationally-published ophthalmology textbooks, which have been translated into multiple languages. The first two books were practical ophthalmology guides for medical students and GPs. His third book - "The Neuro-Ophthalmology Survival Guide" - was co-written with Professor Neil Miller (Johns Hopkins) and Mr Michael Burdon (Birmingham). It is now a standard text for ophthalmology registrars in many of the world's major teaching hospitals, and is also used as a clinical guide by thousands of practising ophthalmologists throughout the USA, UK and Europe. One of Anthony’s key research interests is in developing a practical system for ophthalmologists to detect and diagnose serious causes of optic nerve disease earlier and more accurately. He was awarded a PhD for his work in this area. His education package - "Optic nerve disease: more than meets the eye" - is hopefully still available in the CPD area of the RANZCO website.




associate Proffesor anthony hall

mbbs, md, franzco, fracs



Dr Hall studied medicine at Melbourne University and after working at the Royal Melbourne Hospital he undertook his basic ophthalmology training in Melbourne from 1987-1989. He then worked as Research Fellow in Ophthalmology at Fairfield Infectious Diseases Hospital in 1990 where he researched viral eye disease and cytomegalovirus infection of the retina. Following that in 1991 and 1992 he worked as Clinical Uveitis Fellow at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London and the Institute of Ophthalmology in London where he studied and researched inflammatory diseases of the eye. He has been a Visiting Research Associate at the FI Proctor Foundation, UCSF Medical Centre in San Francisco, USA where he undertook further study into inflammatory and infectious eye disease, and at the University of Padua where he undertook further research into ocular surface immunology. Dr Hall is a past head of ophthalmology at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, past consultant ophthalmologist at the Ocular Immunology Clinic at the RVEEH and past senior fellow in the department of surgery at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. He was uveitis section editor of Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology and has served as the chairman of the Qualifications and Education Committee of the Victorian Branch of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmology. He is currently associate professor at Monash University and director of ophthalmology at the Alfred Hospital where he operates and works on the medical retina and uveitis clinic. He is a principle associate at Eye Surgery Associates in Melbourne. He has over 70 peer reviewed papers in the fields of uveitis aetiology, and medical and surgical management. Dr Hall has also worked on aid projects in the Pacific in Kiribati, Tonga, and Vanuatu.






prof dinesh selva




Professor Dinesh Selva was appointed to the Foundation Chair of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences at the University of Adelaide in 2004. He is Chairman of the South Australian Institute of Ophthalmology, University of Adelaide and has published over 500 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters. He is a past President of the Australia-New Zealand Society of Ophthalmic Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeons and a member of the Orbit Society. His areas of research interest include eyelid tumours, orbital oncology, endoscopic techniques in oculoplastic surgery, thyroid eye disease and blindness prevention in the developing world. He is a Member of the Order of Australia for his work as an academic and clinician. He was awarded the Doctorate of Health Sciences from the University of Adelaide for original and distinguished contributions in the field of eyelid tumours.











artificial intelligence

assistant professor daniel ting

md (Hons1), Phd


  • Consultant, Surgical Retina, Singapore National Eye Center
  • Clinical Lead, AI in Ophthalmology, Singapore Eye Research Institute
  • Assistant Professor, Duke-NUS Medical School, Singapore
  • Professor, Zhongshan Ophthalmic Center, Sun Yat-sen University, China


Dr Daniel Ting is the consultant vitreo-retinal specialist in the Singapore National Eye Center, Assistant Professor in Ophthalmology with Duke-NUS Medical School Singapore, and clinical lead for artificial intelligence (AI) in ophthalmology. He is also the visiting Full Professor in Ophthalmology at the AI and data science center in Zhongshan Ophthalmic Eye Center, Sun Yat-sen University, China.


He is the 2017-2018 US-ASEAN J. W. Fulbright Scholar to Johns Hopkins University, the founding member of the American Academy Ophthalmology (AAO) AI Taskforce committee and serves in several editorial boards, including Ophthalmology, Ophthalmology Retina, British of Journal of Ophthalmology and Asia-pacific Journal of Ophthalmology. To date, he has published >100 papers, including 30 AI articles in JAMA, Nature Medicine, Nature Digital Medicine, Nature Biomedical Engineering, Lancet Digital Health, Progress in Retinal and Eye Research, Ophthalmology and etc. At the global AI ophthalmology setting, Daniel led 2 major AI review articles with most experts (e.g. Google AI) in field, summarizing the state-of-art AI technologies, the key technical and clinical aspects, the unmet needs and future directions in AI ophthalmology.


Dr Ting has won several awards, including the ARVO Bert Glaser Award for Innovative Research in Retina (2020), USA Macula Society Evangelos Gragoudas Award (2019), APAO Young Ophthalmologist’s Award (2018), APTOS Young Innovator Award (2017) and etc. During his residency, he was ranked 1st in the US OKAP-international exam (2012-2014), awarded the FRCOphth McCartney Prize, overall best chief resident, and graduated as the Valedictorian among 86 graduating residents at SingHealth, the largest healthcare institution in Singapore. In December 2019, he was also rated asone of the 4 thought leaders by the top eye magazine in London, The Ophthalmologist, in the deep learning fields for ophthalmology. URL: https://theophthalmologist.com/subspecialties/ophthalmic-frontiers-ai





Dr elsie chan

mbbs, mph, franzco



Elsie Chan is a cornea subspecialist at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital. She completed her ophthalmology training and a Cornea fellowship in Melbourne, and an Anterior Segment fellowship at St Thomas’ Hospital, London. Elsie is also an Honorary Fellow with the Centre for Eye Research Australia and the University of Melbourne. She is an investigator on studies on keratoconus and endothelial disorders which have been awarded ORIA and NHMRC grants. Elsie is a member of numerous committees including the Scientific Program Committee for the RANZCO Annual Scientific Congress, and she is currently a Section Editor for Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology.













dr ridia lim




Dr Ridia Lim is a glaucoma specialist at Sydney Eye Hospital and a director of Hunter Street Eye Specialists in Sydney. She is the secretary of ANZGS (Australian and New Zealand Glaucoma Society) and head of the glaucoma unit at Sydney Eye Hospital. She is on the Scientific Programme Executive Committee for RANZCO and is a past examiner for RANZCO. She has a Masters degree in Public Health and has published several book chapters on glaucoma. She is a Visionary for Sight for All and has been involved in glaucoma fellowship programmes in Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. She has experience with MIGS devices and is very excited to be a glaucoma surgeon in this era of choice.










dr craig donaldson




On finishing the Sydney Eye Hospital training programme he completed Strabismus and Paediatric ophthalmology fellowship training at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada. Craig has been a staff specialist at Westmead children’s Hospital since 1997, a visiting VMO at Sydney Eye Hospital and Sydney Children’s Hospital since 2001. He is currently head of the Strabismus Unit at Sydney Eye Hospital. From 2012 -2018 he was president of the Australian and New Zealand Strabismus society and a board member of the Orthoptic Board of Australia from 2007 onwards.

Among other things he has also been RANZCO NSW state secretary, a RANZCO councillor, RANZCO annual conference programme committee member, external examiner to the Hong Kong College of Ophthalmology and Director of training of registrars for the Sydney Eye Hospital programme and paediatric and strabismus section editor for the journal of the Asia Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology (APAO). He remains programme organiser in paediatrics and strabismus for the annual APAO conference, supervisor of Fellows at Westmead Children’s Hospital and director of the board at Epping Surgery Centre. Over several years,  through Sight for All,  he has contributed to setting up a successful teaching programme in Strabismus and Paediatrics in Cambodia. Craig has authored numerous papers and lectured extensively in Australia and overseas. 

In January 2019 he was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia for services to ophthalmology and medicine and in March 2019 awarded the APAO prevention of blindness award in Asia.




medical retina

DR ming-lee lin

MBBS(Hons), phd, FRANZCO


Ming-Lee Lin is a Medical Retina Specialist from Melbourne. She obtained her medical degree with Honours from Monash University, receiving a Sir John Monash Scholarship for academic excellence. She completed her ophthalmology training at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital Melbourne. Following this, she undertook further subspecialty training in Medical Retina and Uveitis at Moorfields Eye Hospital London. During her post-graduate years, she was supported by a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) scholarship for her PhD research work in cellular immunology at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute. Upon her return to Melbourne, she was appointed at The Alfred Hospital Melbourne and the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital Medical Retina Service and Ocular Immunology Service where she participates in clinical research. She is actively involved in clinical teaching as the RANZCO Supervisor of training for the Alfred Hospital and is a member of the Victorian RANZCO Qualification and Education Committee (QEC). She serves on the editorial board for the journal Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology.




ocular anaesthetics

dr rod strykowski

MBBS, DA, fanzca



Dr Rod Strykowski is a Specialist Anaesthetist with over 27 years anaesthetic experience. He graduated in Medicine from the University of Sydney in 1989.


Now a senior ophthalmic anaesthetist, Dr Strykowski has worked at Sydney Eye Hospital - Macquarie St Sydney, since 2001. He regularly anaesthetises for a wide range of vitreo-retinal cases, also corneal and cataract cases. He is frequently involved in oculo-plastic cases of lid, orbital, and tear duct surgery, including cancer surgery. At Sydney Eye Hospital, his work regularly involves care for emergency patients from all ophthalmic disciplines. 


Dr Strykowski works at Concord Repatriation General Hospital where he is active in registrar teaching. He also works at The Macquarie University Hospital, Gosford Private and Brisbane Waters Private hospitals. 


Dr Strykowski has presented workshops for other anaesthetists at major Australian conferences, and has presented and facilitated yearly at the Sydney Hospital Eye Block Course since it’s inception in 2015. 

He has specific interests in anaesthesia for eye surgery, plastic and reconstructive surgery, vascular surgery, and anaesthetist welfare issues.





debators and chairs




Professor Peter McCluskey



Peter McCluskey is currently Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology and Eye Health at Faculty of Medicine and Health The University of Sydney and is the Director of the Save Sight Institute at Sydney Eye Hospital. He graduated with first class honours from the University of NSW and completed his ophthalmology training at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Sydney and the Sydney Eye Hospital. During his Doctor of Medicine post-graduate research training in ocular immunology at UNSW, he completed a fellowship in uveitis at Moorfields Eye Hospital London in 1993-94.


Peter McCluskey is an internationally recognised inflammatory eye disease specialist with more than 30 years experience treating patients with vision threatening inflammatory eye disease. He runs the largest tertiary referral, public sector uveitis service in Australia, at Sydney Eye Hospital and is involved in clinical research, laboratory research and clinical trials. He has ongoing research collaborations in the United Kingdom, Vietnam and the United States. He and his collaborators have obtained over $4,250,000 in competitive research grant funding. He is an author of more than 250 peer reviewed papers, 24 book chapters, 2 apps and 4 books. His H-index is currently 40.


As Director of the Save Sight Institute at Sydney Eye Hospital, he has oversight of eight Research groups involved in both clinical and basic eye research that encompasses the common causes of blindness such as ARMD, diabetic retinopathy, cataract, corneal disease and genetically determined eye disease. The Save Sight Institute gained over $4,000,000 in research grant funding in 2018. The Save Sight Institute prioritises training the next generation and in 2018 had over 100 postgraduate students enrolled in its various Masters courses and 26 higher degree research students. Peter McCluskey has been instrumental in establishing a distance learning Masters of International Ophthalmology in Vietnam.


He is a dedicated teacher who has lectured and is a principal invited speaker at conferences around the world. He and his colleagues have run post-graduate courses on inflammatory eye disease in many parts of the world over the last 20 years. He was a major contributor to the Eye Emergency Manual and co-authored the ICO medical students ophthalmology handbook. He is a co-author of the Sydney Eye Hospital ocular pharmacopeia app and of the Eye Emergency app.


Peter McCluskey has received distinguished service awards from APAO, RANZCO and AAO for his teaching contributions. In 2012, he received the Mark Tso Golden Apple award from the International Council of Ophthalmology and Asia Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology as the outstanding teacher in the Asia Pacific region. In 2015, he was the RANZCO Sir Norman McAllister Gregg lecturer which recognises outstanding contributions to clinical ophthalmology and research. In 2017, he was the Francesco Orzalesi lecturer at the University of Milan which recognises outstanding clinical research in Ophthalmology.





Associate Professor Clare Fraser



Dr Clare Fraser specialises in neuro-ophthalmology, strabismus and visual electrodiagnostics.   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.  At the University of Sydney, she holds the title of Associate Professor of Neuro-ophthalmology.


She completed ophthalmic training at Sydney Eye Hospital in 2006-2009 and went on to further Neuro-ophthalmic training at Moorfields Eye Hospital and the National Hospital for Neurology, London, England with Dr Gordon Plant for 18 months.  In 2011 she completed a research fellowship at Emory Eye Centre, Atlanta, USA, with Drs Nancy Newman and Valerie Biousse.


Dr Fraser is a committee member for the The Neuro-Ophthalmology Society of Australia.  She is also on the North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society International Committee and the committee for the Neuro-Ophthalmology Virtual Education Library.





Associate Professor CHAMEEN samarawickrama




Chameen Samarawickrama is a clinical academic with public posts at both Westmead Hospital and Liverpool Hospital. He is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Sydney and the University of New South Wales.


He completed two corneal fellowships in cornea and external eye diseases, first at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, Melbourne, before moving to Moorfields Eye Hospital, London. He continued on at Moorfields as a consultant prior to returning back to Sydney.


Chameen has over 50 publications in the international literature and been awarded over $350,000 in grant funding. His current research interests are in microbial keratitis, and the development of a novel collagen based corneal glue for the treatment of acute corneal perforations.





DR krishna tumuluri




Krishna Tumuluri is an Oculoplastic surgeon working at Westmead adult and Children’s hospitals and also works at Liverpool Hospital, Sydney. He completed his Ophthalmology training at Sydney Eye Hospital and did three years of fellowship training at Moorfields Eye Hospital, London and Manchester Royal Eye Hospital UK. He was an examiner and subject leader in anatomy  for RANZCO and regularly teaches registrars in the field of Oculoplastic surgery. He is a clinical senior lecturer at University of Sydney and Macquarie University.









DR michael jones


Michael is currently the Head of the Department of Ophthalmology at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead, consultant in the Strabismus Unit at the Sydney Eye Hospital and a Senior Clinical Lecturer with the University of Sydney. Michael undertook sub-specialty fellowship training at the Hospital for Sick Children and University of Toronto (Toronto, Canada) where he received the Morin Award for most outstanding fellow. Michael undertook further subspecialty training in retinoblastoma with Brenda Gallie. He has a keen interest in teaching and research and completed his Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) at the University of Sydney in mitochondrial DNA and age-related maculopathy. Michael has published numerous peer-reviewed scientific papers, book chapters and is regularly invited to present at scientific meetings nationally and internationally. Michael contributes to the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmology as secretary and treasurer of the strabismus society and to the Sydney Eye Hospital as secretary and treasurer of the Medical Staff council as well as on the scientific committee of the Alumni Association.







Conference convenor

ASSOCIATE Professor Adrian Fung

MBBS, MMed (Clin Epi), MMEd (Ophthal sci), FRANZCO



Adrian Fung is an Associate Professor of Ophthalmology and specialist in vitreoretinal surgery, medical retina diseases and posterior segment tumours of the eye. He is Co-Director of the Westmead Hospital Vitreoretinal Fellowship, where he teaches training surgeons and supervises post-doctoral research fellows. He also works at Macquarie University Hospital, Retina & Macula Specialists and Retina Associates. He is a chief investigator of the Bionic Eye Project and has been awarded two Masters degrees in Ophthalmic Science and Clinical Epidemiology from the University of Sydney. He has completed clinical and research fellowships at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver; Manhattan Eye and Ear Hospital, New York; Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, Miami and Wills Eye Hospital, Philadelphia.


Associate Professor Fung has published over 70 international peer-reviewed journal articles and 7 book or book chapters, including “Ophthalmic Clinical Examination” and “Vitreoretinal Surgery for Trainees” (http://www.ophthalmologytextbooks.com). He is a reviewer for major ophthalmic journals including Ophthalmology, JAMA Ophthalmology and Retina. He has been invited to speak and teach at over 100 national and international meetings in the USA, Canada, Austria, Budapest, Estonia, China, Korea, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Laos, Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand and has won awards for his contribution.


Associate Professor Fung sits on the Sydney Eye Hospital Alumni, Ophthalmic Research Institute of Australia, RANZCO Clinical Standards, ANZSRS Surgical Registry and APVRS Young Ophthalmologists committees. He is a member of RANZCO, ANZSRS, ORA, AAO, ASRS, ARVO, Macular Society, Vit-Buckle Society, Lifeline Express International Academy, ISOO, IRGIII, IntRIS, APAO and APVRS. He is an Asia Pacific Vitreoretinal Society Leadership Development Program Mentor. www.dradrianfung.com.au