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A/Prof Clare Fraser
(Guest speaker)

A/Prof Clare Fraser

MBBS (Hons), MMed, FRANZCO

Dr Clare Fraser is an ophthalmologist specialising in neuro-ophthalmology, strabismus and visual electrodiagnostics. She is a consultant Visiting Medical Officer at both Sydney Eye Hospital and Liverpool Hospital and is also in private practice in Sydney. She holds the title of Associate Professor of Neuro-ophthalmology at the University of Sydney.

She completed ophthalmic training at Sydney Eye Hospital in 2006–2009 before commencing further neuro-ophthalmic training at Moorfields Eye Hospital and the National Hospital for Neurology, London, England with Dr Gordon Plant. 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 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. In 2018, she was chosen for the Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology academic development mentor scheme. She serves on the editorial board for Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology and the Journal of Neuro-ophthalmology.

Dr Fraser has published over 90 articles in peer-reviewed journals and has written several book chapters, including chapters on optic neuritis and pituitary tumours. Her research has been awarded an Ophthalmic Institute of Australia grant and has won several international awards including the North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society prize for the best research presentations in 2005, 2006, 2011 and their pilot grant award in 2018.

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A/Prof Colin Chan

Dr Colin Chan

MBBS(Hons) FRANZCO

A/Prof Colin Chan is a highly experienced cataract and refractive surgeon. He is an internationally recognised expert in vision correction procedures, including laser eye surgery (LASIK, SMILE® and ASLA/PRK), refractive lens exchange and lens implant. He has extensive experience in cataract surgery and was one of the first surgeons in the world to perform laser cataract surgery. A/Prof Chan also specialises in the treatment of corneal conditions, with a focus on keratoconus, pterygium and dry eye. He has expertise in techniques such as corneal ring implants (using Intacs and Kerarings) and corneal transplants and was one of the first surgeons in the world to perform collagen cross-linking for keratoconus.

Background

After completing a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery with Honours at the University of Melbourne, A/Prof Chan became a medical and surgical registrar at St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne. He then undertook ophthalmic surgery training at The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital and Sydney Eye Hospital, before completing a fellowship in corneal and laser eye surgery at the Boxer Wachler Vision Institute in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles and at the University of California, Irvine. A/Prof Chan is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Faculty of Health at the University of Canberra and a Senior Clinical Lecturer at the University of Sydney. A/Prof Chan has published over 30 peer-reviewed publications and is on a number of academic committees, including the Ocular Therapeutics Committee at the Australian College of Optometry, and the Human Research and Ethics Committee and the Registrar Training Program Committee at RANZCO.

A/Prof Chan consults at Vision Eye Institute Bondi Junction and Chatswood.

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Dr Simon Chen

Dr Simon Chen

MBBS BSc(Hons) FRANZCO

Dr Simon Chen is a retinal specialist, vitreo-retinal surgeon and laser cataract surgeon. He is an expert in modern treatments for age-related macular degeneration and sutureless retinal surgery and is a principal investigator for numerous international clinical trials of new treatments for retinal disease. Dr Chen was one of the first surgeons in the world to perform laser cataract surgery and regularly receives referrals for complex cataract surgery, especially in patients with retinal disease or ocular trauma, or following complications from previous eye surgery. He was the first surgeon in the world to perform combined laser cataract surgery and vitreoretinal surgery.

Background

Dr Chen was born and educated in London, UK. He 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. He undertook extensive advanced training in retinal and cataract surgery during fellowships at the Oxford Eye Hospital, UK and Lions Eye Institute, Australia. This experience and international training enable Dr Chen to manage the full range of routine and complex retinal problems. Dr Chen has been selected to treat many doctors, nurses, optometrists and their closest relatives, who trust his reputation for intricate microsurgery, passion for excellence and communication skills. Dr Chen is a conjoint senior lecturer at the University of New South Wales. He has published over 35 papers in peer-reviewed medical journals and over 30 articles in the non-peer-reviewed medical literature, covering various aspects of retinal disease.

Dr Chen practises at Vision Eye Institute Bondi Junction, Chatswood and Drummoyne.

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Dr Jason Cheng

Dr Jason Cheng

BSc MBBS FRCOphth FEBO FAMS FRANZCO

Dr Jason Cheng is a glaucoma specialist with extensive surgical and laser experience, including trabeculectomy, tube implant, angle surgery and minimally invasive glaucoma surgery (MIGS). He is actively involved in research in the field of glaucoma and has been part of several commercial and multicentre trials as principal and co-investigator. His current projects look to improve the quality of treatment for glaucoma patients through medication, laser and surgery. Dr Cheng is also a highly experienced cataract surgeon and is a conjoint lecturer at UNSW Medicine.

Background

Dr Cheng completed his medical training and Bachelor of Science at Imperial College London, UK. He did one year of basic medical officer training in Sydney, before returning to England for general ophthalmology training, which included two years at Moorfield’s Eye Hospital. He then completed two separate glaucoma subspecialty fellowships, one at St Thomas’ Hospital, London, and a second at the University of Toronto, Canada, which was funded by a Royal College of Ophthalmologist Scholarship. Dr Cheng went on to work in Singapore as a glaucoma consultant in a public hospital for three years, where he was appointed to the board of the Operating Theatre Committee and Medical Care Quality Committee. He was also a clinical lecturer at the University of Singapore, where he received a teaching excellence award as voted by medical students. He received an innovation research grant to develop new technology and was a part of a team that developed an ophthalmic mobile app that won an IT excellence award from the Singapore Ministry of Health. Dr Cheng is currently in the visiting teaching faculty for the Pacific Eye Institute, Fiji (RANZCO and Fred Hollows Foundation NZ).

Dr Cheng practises at Vision Eye Institute Bondi Junction and Hurstville.

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Dr Tess Huynh

Dr Tess Huynh

MBBS FRANZCO

With over 16 years of experience, Dr Tess Huynh is a highly respected cataract, corneal and refractive surgeon who is actively involved in research, teaching and charity work. She is one of the most experienced laser cataract surgeons in Australasia, with expertise in all of the available laser platforms. Her significant expertise with cataracts allows her to perform both routine cataract surgery, as well as more complex cataract surgery for patients with co-occurring eye conditions.

Dr Huynh also specialises in corneal conditions – she has a particular interest in collagen cross-linking to treat keratoconus, pterygium surgery using autografting, and corneal transplantation, including all lamellar surgery. In addition, Dr Huynh performs laser eye surgery (LASIK, SMILE and ASLA/PRK) and treats more general eye conditions. She was awarded the Pharmacia Grant for establishing a retinopathy-of-prematurity screening program at the National Paediatric Hospital in Hanoi, Vietnam, in conjunction with an honorary position at the Royal Children’s Hospital International Charity Organisation.

Background

Dr Huynh received her Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery from the University of Sydney. She completed her ophthalmology training at The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, before undertaking a Corneal Fellowship at the Centre for Eye Research Australia, Victoria. Dr Huynh’s teaching positions include Clinical Lecturer at Macquarie University Hospital and Lecturer for the Master of Refractive Surgery program at the University of Sydney. She also lectures at certification courses for national and international ophthalmologists and sits on the College Board of Examiners for the RANZCO Ophthalmic Basic Competencies and Knowledge (OBCK) exam. Dr Huynh has a passion for helping the less privileged and has been involved in charity work in Australia, Vietnam, Cambodia and the Philippines. She has been actively involved as a volunteer surgeon and fundraiser for the Vietnam Vision Project since 2006. Other organisations that Dr Huynh volunteers for include Australian Health and Humanitarian Aid/Rotary Club, Cambodia Vision, Sight For All and Christian Blind Mission International. Dr Huynh presents extensively at conferences in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region.

Dr Huynh practises at Vision Eye Institute Hurstville.

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Dr Mark Jacobs

Dr Mark Jacobs

MD MBBCh FRANZCO FRACS FRCOphth

Dr Mark Jacobs is an experienced general ophthalmologist who treats a range of eye conditions, including glaucoma and pterygium. He also specialises in laser cataract surgery and was one of the first surgeons in Australia to perform laser cataract surgery, using the first femtosecond laser in the country. He is a member of staff at Sydney Children’s Hospital and a conjoint senior lecturer at the University of New South Wales.

Background

Dr Jacobs qualified as an ophthalmic surgeon at Sydney Eye Hospital in 1989. He then worked in London, where he was a fellow at the Hospital for Sick Children and Moorfields Eye Hospital. After qualifying as an ophthalmologist, he attained a doctorate in medicine (MD, University of New South Wales) for original research of international standing. He has been a co-supervisor of both PhD and master’s thesis students. Dr Jacobs has published over 30 articles in peer-reviewed ophthalmology journals and presented at international ophthalmology meetings. In the past, Dr Jacobs has been invited to review grant applications for the Ophthalmic Research Institute of Australia and journal articles for the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Ophthalmology.

Dr Jacobs practises at Vision Eye Institute Drummoyne.

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Dr David Ng

Dr David Ng

MBBS MPH FRANZCO

Dr David Ng is a general ophthalmologist who treats a broad range of conditions. He has considerable experience in performing laser cataract surgery and was part of the first team in the Southern Hemisphere to use laser technology for cataract surgery. He regularly lectures on this area to optometrists and other doctors. Dr Ng also has a particular interest in glaucoma and medical diseases of the retina, including diabetic retinopathy, age-related macular degeneration and retinal vein occlusion. Dr Ng regularly manages and treats eyelid lesions and pterygium. For pterygium surgery, he uses tissue glue to reduce the need for sutures.

Dr Ng often travels to developing countries to perform pro-bono cataract surgery and is also a designated aviation ophthalmologist (DAO). He is the Medical Director of China Vision, an Australian-based charity that conducts cataract surgery missions in China. As part of Dr Ng’s work for China Vision, he visited Qingxin city, Guangdong in 2018 to perform cataract surgery.

Background

Dr Ng received a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery from the University of Sydney, and later completed his Master of Public Health at the same university. He gained a wide breadth of clinical expertise in neurosurgery and plastic surgery prior to commencing his ophthalmology training at the renowned Sydney Eye Hospital. Dr Ng is a conjoint senior lecturer at the University of Western Sydney School of Medicine. Through his great interest in medical mission, he has worked in Tanzania as well as in the Northern Territory with the Aboriginal population. He has travelled to China many times to provide volunteer services. In 2014 and 2015, he travelled to Kratie, Cambodia to perform cataract surgery with Cambodia Vision.

Dr Ng practises at Vision Eye Institute Chatswood, Drummoyne and Mosman.

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A/Prof Tim Roberts

Dr Tim Roberts

MBBS MMed FRANZCO FRACS GAICD

Tim Roberts is Clinical Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at The University of Sydney and Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon at the Royal North Shore Hospital. He specialises in cataract surgery and glaucoma and was awarded a Master of Medicine in glaucoma from the University of Sydney.

Background

Dr Roberts research interests include new-generation formulas for calculating IOL power; the application of femtosecond lasers in cataract surgery; presbyopia-correcting IOLs; digital imaging systems and toric lenses in astigmatism management; complex cataract surgery and ocular trauma repair; minimally invasive glaucoma surgery (MIGS); fixed-combination and slow-release glaucoma therapies; and medical ethics and education. He has published over 50 peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters and editorials, and continues to present his research locally and internationally.

Dr Roberts serves on the editorial board for the American Academy of Ophthalmology Lens and Cataract textbook, and as Cataract Section Editor for Clinical & Experimental Ophthalmology and the Asia-Pacific Journal of Ophthalmology. He sits on various government, industry, and professional advisory boards and has worked with local and international indigenous eye care programs. He has supervised ophthalmology trainees for the RANZCO Board of Examiners and currently serves as Academic Coordinator for The University of Sydney Northern School of Medicine.

A/Prof Roberts practises at Vision Eye Institute Chatswood and Mosman.

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Dr Athena Roufas

Dr Athena Roufas

MBBS(Hons) BSc(Med) MMed(OphthalSci) FRANZCO

Dr Athena Roufas is a cataract, corneal and glaucoma specialist. She has extensive cataract surgery experience, including complex cataract removals in patients with uveitis, advanced or dense cataracts, angle-closure glaucoma and eye trauma, as well as in those who have had a vitrectomy. Dr Roufas also treats a range of corneal conditions, with particular expertise in corneal transplantation, collagen cross-linking, pterygium surgery and dry eye. For glaucoma treatment, Dr Roufas specialises in trabeculectomy and glaucoma drainage devices.

Background

Dr Roufas received a Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery with Honours, and a Master of Medicine in Ophthalmic Science from the University of New South Wales. She completed a fellowship in glaucoma at Westmead Hospital in Sydney and a fellowship in cornea and anterior segment trauma at King’s College Hospital in London. Dr Roufas spent many years as a research fellow at the University of Sydney’s Save Sight Institute (Clinical Ophthalmology and Eye Health). More recently, Dr Roufas undertook research on an adhesive drug delivery technology for corneal and scleral wounds at the Centre for Vision Research, Westmead Institute for Medical Research in Sydney. She is a consultant and involved in teaching and supervising trainee ophthalmologists at Sydney Eye Hospital and Royal Alfred Prince Hospital.

Dr Roufas consults at Vision Eye Institute Bondi Junction, Chatswood and Mosman.

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Prof Gerard Sutton

MBBS MD FRANZCO

Prof Gerard Sutton is one of Australia’s leading ophthalmic surgeons and is internationally recognised as an expert in cataract surgery, laser cataract surgery, laser vision correction and corneal transplantation. He is a highly experienced eye surgeon, having performed over 20,000 surgical procedures, and is the Sydney Medical School Foundation Douglas & Lola Douglas Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology at the University of Sydney. Prof Sutton has pioneered and remains at the forefront of the key vision correction technologies including femtosecond- LASIK, ASLA/PRK, SMILE®, laser lens surgery, implantable contact lenses and can offer patients the latest proven intraocular lens options including trifocal and multifocal lenses. As an expert in corneal conditions, Prof Sutton also performs procedures such as corneal cross-linking and modern corneal transplantation (DMEK, DALK, DSAEK).

Professor Sutton’s eminence in his field has been recognized with numerous recent awards including the XOVA Excellence in Ophthalmology, the Lions International Ophthalmology Award for his work in Myanmar and the Inaugural Sydney Big Idea Award for the development of an innovative eye treatment, the iFixSystem. Prof Sutton’s surgical expertise and knowledge is often sought after internationally and he is frequently invited to lecture and teach at meetings such as the World Ophthalmology Conference and the Asia Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology.

Professor Sutton consults at Vision Eye Institute Bondi Junction, Chatswood and Hurstville.