Robyn Guymer is Professor of Ophthalmology at Melbourne University and a deputy director of the Centre for Eye Research Australia. She is also a senior retinal specialist at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital. She is a clinician scientist who leads a team of researchers primarily investigating Age related macular degeneration (AMD) and has co-authored over 300 peer reviewed papers. She is currently investigating new strategies for treating early stages of AMD and is working to identify novel imaging and functional biomarkers and surrogate endpoints to improve the feasibility of conducting early intervention trials. She has been a principal investigator in many industry sponsored trials, serves on several pharmaceutical advisory boards and is a member of several international working groups on macular diseases. She is an inaugural fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences. In June 2018 she was awarded the Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to medicine in the field of ophthalmology, particularly age related macular degeneration as a clinician, academic and researcher and in 2021 was inducted into the Victorian honour roll of Women.
Associate Professor Michael Lawless is one of Australia’s most experienced eye surgeons, having performed more than 30,000 surgical procedures. He was the first surgeon to perform first-generation LASIK in Sydney in 1995 and the first Australian surgeon to perform laser cataract surgery with a femtosecond laser in 2011.
In early 2022, A/Prof Lawless was the first ophthalmologist in Australia and New Zealand to perform SMILE® Pro and one of the first in the world to perform LASIK using the Zeiss Visumax 800 laser system.
A/Prof Lawless is a Clinical Associate Professor at Sydney Medical School (University of Sydney) and is recognised throughout the world as an authority on laser eye surgery. He is frequently invited to present at major international conferences.
A/Prof Lawless’s expertise encompasses laser eye surgery (LASIK, ASLA/PRK and SMILE®), cataract and lens replacement surgery (including laser cataract surgery) and phakic intraocular lenses. In addition to his refractive work, A/Prof Lawless treats corneal conditions using procedures such as corneal cross-linking and corneal transplantation.
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.
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.
Professor Smith is an ophthalmologist-scientist, co-appointed as Matthew Flinders Distinguished Professor at Flinders University and Senior Consultant at Flinders Medical Centre, the largest comprehensive public hospital in Adelaide. She is Deputy Director (Clinical Translation) of the Flinders Health and Medical Research Institute. Professor Smith leads a research program in uveitis and has published over 250 articles in peer-reviewed journals. She is an elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences, the Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology Professors, the American Ophthalmological Society, and the Academia Ophthalmologica Internationalis, and she was one of the first Superstars of STEM selected by Science and Technology Australia.
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 Nathan Kerr is a Specialist Ophthalmologist and Associate who specialises in cataract and glaucoma surgery, and the management of most ophthalmic conditions.
Dr Kerr completed a two-year glaucoma and optic nerve fellowship for which he was awarded a Doctorate of Medicine prior to commencing ophthalmology speciality training. After becoming a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (FRANZCO), Dr Kerr went on to complete an additional two years of glaucoma subspeciality training. His first year was at the Royal Victorian Eye & Ear Hospital in Melbourne, and the second, at the pre-eminent Moorfields Eye Hospital in London where he in trained in minimally invasive glaucoma surgery (MIGS) under the world-renowned surgeon Mr Keith Barton.
Dr Kerr is the first fellowship-trained minimally invasive glaucoma surgeon in Australia. He uses the most advanced micro-incision surgery and revolutionary microscopic glaucoma implants to reduce or eliminate the need for glaucoma eye drops. He is a co-editor of MIGS.org and has been invited to teach MIGS surgery in the United Kingdom, Switzerland, and France.
Dr Kerr aims to achieve the best possible outcome for every patient and ensures patients receive personalised treatment tailored to their specific needs.
Advanced Cataract Surgery
Dr Kerr’s modern cataract surgery techniques ensure that patients experience a relaxed, pain-free operation with rapid recovery of vision. Dr Kerr commonly uses:
Minimally Invasive Glaucoma Surgery (MIGS)
Dr Kerr’s international training has allowed him to become an expert in this area. Dr Kerr is familiar with the most advanced technologies in minimally invasive glaucoma surgery including the revolutionary iStent Inject, Hydrus, XEN and iTrack devices. He is able to perform most surgeries under local anaesthetic. All of these techniques allow for a quick, safe, pain-free operation with a fast postoperative recovery and may reduce or eliminate the need for glaucoma eye drops.
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.
Dr Mali Okada is a sub-specialty trained Medical Retina and Vitreoretinal specialist. She is a consultant at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital and is a senior researcher with The University of Melbourne’s Centre for Eye Research Australia.
She has published more than 30 peer reviewed papers on retinal diseases. Her research interests includes novel retinal imaging and therapeutics. She was a recipient of the Global Ophthalmology Award Program for her work on optical coherence tomography angiography. Dr Okada is the current co-chair of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmology clinical standards committee. She also serves on the committee of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Retina Specialists (ANZSRS).
Professor Celia Chen is a Clinical Professor with University of South Australia and consultant neuro-ophthalmologist/ clinician-scientist at Flinders University. She completed a prestigious neuro-opthalmology fellowship at the Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins Hospital.
Celia is the current president of the Neuro-Ophthalmic Society of Australia.
Celia’s achievements include :
She has an excellent research record and is the recipient of both national and international scholarships and awards including the American Australian Education Fellowship, South Australian Science Excellence award, Asia Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology Achievement awards.
Dr. Chen is dedicated to providing mentorship and learning opportunities for young ophthalmologists in the Asia-Pacific region. She has been doing field work in Cambodia for over 10 years and providing fellowship opportunity, through APAO Women in Ophthalmology International Fellowship Program, Kim Frumar Scholarship and Eye Surgeon’s Foundation fellowship program. This has helped young ophthalmologist from a developing country to receive fellowship training in a subspecialty area of ophthalmology, at an international training centre of excellence.
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.
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.
Dr Richard Symes is a consultant ophthalmologist at Sydney Eye Hospital and Senior Clinical Lecturer at the University of Sydney. He is a director at Gordon Eye Surgery. At Sydney Eye Hospital he subspecialises in uveitis, medical retina and glaucoma and he is followship trained in these three subspecialties. He has a particular interest in the surgical management of uveitis including cataract and glaucoma in patients with uveitis.
Richard has a strong interest in registrar teaching, both in the clinic and in the wetlab. He is a regular trainer on the microsurgical skills course. He has served as a sub-investigator for 15 clinical trials in over the last 10 years. He has a passion for aid work and has participated in outreach programs to Papua New Guinea and the Philippines.
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.
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. Trinh is a RANZCO qualified ophthalmologist in cornea, cataract and refractive surgery. She completed her Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery at the University of Queensland where she was awarded a scholarship in Medical Leadership and the Australian Medical Association of Queensland Harold Plant Prize for Best All Rounded Graduate.
Dr Trinh completed her ophthalmology specialist training under the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists in Queensland. She then embarked upon an advanced two-year fellowship in Cornea, External Diseases and Refractive Surgery at the University of Toronto, Canada where she developed extensive expertise in corneal transplantation, pterygium surgery, ocular surface regeneration, complex anterior segment surgery and refractive surgery including LASIK, PRK and corneal collagen crosslinking for the treatment of keratoconus.
Dr Trinh was awarded the position of Chief Fellow of the University of Toronto and subsequently received the prestigious Lim Memorial Prize for the subspecialty surgeon exemplifying best surgical and teaching skills.
Dr Trinh then undertook a research fellowship in laser cataract surgery, corneal transplantation, dry eye treatments and ocular surface disease.
Dr Trinh has now been invited to join the team at Sydney Eye Hospital, Australia as a Staff Specialist and is excited to be back home in Australia.
She has published over 40 scientific journal articles in national and international journals, written book chapters on advanced corneal transplantation techniques and ocular surface disease and is a regular presenter on the national and international conference circuits.
She teaches medical students, residents, registrars and fellows, is involved in the development of anterior segment curriculum teaching at the University of Toronto and contributes regularly to community optometry education. She is also a clinical associate lecturer for the University of QLD.
She currently sits on the RANZCO Executive Committee for Women in Ophthalmology and is the Secretary for the Global Research and Education Society of Ophthalmology (GERSO).
She is also the Head of the Refractive Surgery Terminology Committee for the Refractive Surgical Alliance.
In 2022 she became the first Australian graduate of the Physician CEO Program at Northwestern University School of Business, Chicago and in 2023 she was awarded as an inaugural fellow of the World College of Refractive Surgery and Vision Sciences.
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 Rose completed her medical degree from the University of Sydney, graduating with MBBS (Honours). Prior to that, she completed a Bachelor of Science from the University of Sydney, graduating with Honours (Class I) in Visual Neuroscience.
Dr Rose completed her ophthalmic training at the Royal Eye and Ear Hospital in Victoria. Following this, she underwent a fellowship in paediatric ophthalmology at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne. She is a Clinical Senior Lecturer at Macquarie University and completed her PhD at Macquarie University titled Myopia progression in Children.
With a long history of university teaching, including basic sciences at Sydney University to medical and science students, Dr Rose is involved in ophthalmic registrar training both in her public VMO position at Bankstown hospital and in private rooms.
She also currently is adjunct Assoc Professor at the University of Canberra.
Dr Gaurav Bhardwaj is an adult and paediatric vitreoretinal surgeon and medical retina specialist. He is a consultant at Westmead Hospital, Liverpool Hospital and the Sydney Children’s Hospital Network and a Clinical Senior Lecturer at the University of Sydney Faculty of Health and Save Sight Institute. He has completed a PhD in the topic of retinal haemorrhages in children. His areas of expertise include all areas of vitreoretinal surgery and he was involved in the first case of ocular gene therapy performed in Australia. He is also a principal and associate investigator in several clinical trials.
Samantha Fraser-Bell is a medical retina specialist at Sydney Eye Hospital and Royal North Shore Hospital and an Associate Professor in the discipline of Ophthalmology at the University of Sydney. She is actively involved in clinical research, running a weekly research clinic at the Macula Research Unit, Save Sight Institute, and Sydney Eye Hospital, where she has been an investigator for more than 50 retinal clinical trials. Samantha has authored more than 100 peer-reviewed publications. Other significant positions held include: Macula Society member; Deputy Director of Clinical Trials, Save Sight Institute; Medical Retina subeditor for Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology; Australian Vision Research (formally known as ORIA) board member and secretary of their grant review panel and co-Director of the Sydney Eye Hospital medical retina fellowship program
Professor Adrian Fung is Head of the Westmead Hospital Vitreoretinal Unit and a specialist in vitreoretinal surgery, medical retina diseases and posterior segment tumours of the eye. He is a Clinical Professor at Macquarie University Hospital and Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Sydney. He has Masters degrees in Ophthalmic Science and Clinical Epidemiology from the University of Sydney and completed four clinical and research fellowships in the United States and Canada.
Professor Fung has published over 125 international peer-reviewed journal articles and 7 book or book chapters, including “Westmead Eye Manual” (www.westmeadeye.com) and “Vitreoretinal Surgery Online” (www.vrsurgeryonline.com). He is a Principal Investigator of the Bionic Eye Project, Golden Geographic Atrophy and Velodrome Port Delivery System trials. He was the first surgeon in the world outside of the USA to implant the Port Delivery System and perform a refill-exchange injection. He is Editor for Retinal Cases and Brief Reports and Medical Retina Section Editor for Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology. He has been invited to speak and teach at over 100 national and international meetings in Australasia, North America and Europe. He was awarded the RANZCO Teacher of Excellence Award in 2019. He is amongst the first retinal surgeons in Australia to be admitted to the Macula and Retina Societies in the USA and received the Macula Society Travel Grant Award in 2020.
Professor Fung is an APVRS Councillor and immediate past-Chair of the RANZCO Clinical Standards Committee. He sits on the RANZCO Scientific Congress, RANZCO NSW Branch ASM, Sydney Eye Hospital Alumni, ORIA, RANZCO Clinical Standards, ANZSRS Surgical Registry, Fight Tumour Blindness and APVRS Young Ophthalmologists committees. He is a member of RANZCO, ASO, ANZSRS, AAO, ASRS, ARVO, Euretina, Macula Society, Retina Society, APOIS, Vit-Buckle Society, Lifeline Express International Academy, ISOO, IRGIII, IntRIS, APAO and APVRS. He is an APVRS Leadership Development Program Mentor and a RANZCO RACE Examiner.