Our Doctors

FRANZCO Logo Colour

Frank Martin

 

 

Dr Frank Martin MBBS, FRACS, FRANZCO

Specialises in paediatric ophthalmology and strabismus.

Frank was head of the Department of Ophthalmology at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead for 22 years and is currently a Visiting Medical Officer at the Sydney Children’s Hospital Network (the Children’s Hospital at Westmead and Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick), as well as at Sydney Eye Hospital. He is Clinical Professor in the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health and Ophthalmology at the University of Sydney. Frank has published over 40 articles, has written several text book chapters and is a reviewer for the British Journal of Ophthalmology. He was Editor of the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Ophthalmology for 11 years. Frank is past President of the Asia Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology, he is current President of the Children’s Medical Research Institute at Westmead, the International Strabismus Association and the Asia Pacific Society of Paediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus. In 2013 he was appointed to the Board of Trustees of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Frank also serves as a director of the Board of the International Council of Ophthalmology and was made an Honorary Professor of the Zhongshan Ophthalmic Center Sun Yat-sen University.

Michael Jones

Dr Michael Jones MBBS PhD FRANZCO

Specialises in paediatric ophthalmology, strabismus, cataract and general ophthalmology.

Michael is currently the Head of the Department of Ophthalmology at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Head of 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. Dr Jones operates privately at Chatswood Private Hospital.

Caroline Catt

Dr Caroline Catt BMBS MMed BMedSci
(Hons1) FRANZCO

Dr Caroline Catt specialises in paediatric ophthalmology, cataract surgery, strabismus surgery and general ophthalmology.

Caroline graduated with an undergraduate, a Medical and a Masters degree from the University of Sydney and the Flinders University of South Australia. She completed her ophthalmology training at Sydney Eye Hospital and was the Professorial Senior Registrar during her final year of training. This was followed by a Fellowship in paediatric ophthalmology at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada, which developed her particular interest in paediatric and neonatal ophthalmology and strabismus. Caroline was awarded the Morin award for most outstanding Fellow & has published in peer-reviewed journals and has undertaken clinical studies in paediatric ophthalmic disease. She has a keen interest in teaching ophthalmologists-in-training and is a Clinical Senior Lecturer at the University of Sydney. A regular speaker at national and international meetings, Caroline takes a kind, comprehensive and patient-centered approach in her practice.

Dr Craig Donaldson MBBS FRACS FRANZCO

Specialises in paediatric ophthalmology, strabismus, cataract and general ophthalmology.

He completed his ophthalmic training at Sydney Eye Hospital (SEH) and further fellowship studies in Toronto, Canada where he was awarded the John Gabi Award for ophthalmic research. Craig is a consultant ophthalmologist at Sydney Eye Hospital, the Children’s Hospital at Westmead and Sydney Children’s Hospital. He has authored many papers and presented at a number of Australian and overseas conferences. As a former College of Ophthalmology (RANZCO) Council and NSW Branch committee member and current Australian Orthoptic Board (AOB) representative, Craig has a strong and respected profile within ophthalmology. He is currently chair of the Australian and New Zealand strabismus society and director of training of the Sydney Eye Hospital registrar training program.

Clare Fraser

Dr Clare Fraser MBBS (Hons) Mmed FRANZCO

Specialises in neuro-ophthalmology, general ophthalmology and adult strabismus.

Dr Fraser undertook ophthalmology training at Sydney Eye Hospital and fellowship training in neuro-ophthalmology and strabismus at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London, the National Hospital for Neurology in London and Emory Eye Center in Atlanta. Clare is an Associate Professor in Neuro-ophthalmology at the University of Sydney, with public hospital clinical appointments at Sydney Eye Hospital and St Vincent’s Hospital. She has ongoing research projects in optic neuritis, multiple sclerosis, idiopathic intracranial hypertension and ocular electrodiagnostics. Clare has authored book chapters on optic neuritis and pituitary tumours and has over 30 neuro-ophthalmic scientific publications.

Peter Martin

Dr Peter Martin MBBS FRACS FRANZCO

Dr Peter Martin is an Oculoplastic Specialist, General Ophthalmology, Orbital and Lacrimal Surgery

Dr Martin is highly specialised in Ophthalmic Plastic Surgery (lacrimal, orbital and eyelid pathology). He specialises in treating patients with systemic disease affecting the eyelid and orbit such as thyroid and orbital diseases. Peter preforms both external and endoscopic dacryocystorhinostomy. The outcome of all oculoplastic procedures demands the need for a good cosmetic result. Cosmetic surgery of the eyelids and face has become part of Dr Martin’s interest using CO2 skin laser. He also uses Botox therapeutically to treat various eyelid problems. Dr Martin is a Senior Clinical Lecturer at the University of Sydney, a consultant at Sydney Eye Hospital and is involved extensively in the training of registrars and international fellows.He is passionate about his work & leads a team of surgeons and nurses to Myanmar annually caring for both children and adults with oculoplastic problems. Peter operates at Sydney Children’s Hospital Randwick, Westmead Children’s Hospital and Sydney Eye Hospital.

 

Dr Tanya Karaconji BMedSci (Hons1) MBBS MMed (OphthalSc) FRANZCO

Dr Tanya Karaconji is a glaucoma specialist, cataract surgeon and general ophthalmologist.

Tanya completed her undergraduate degree from the University of New South Wales and graduated in Medicine from the University of Sydney where she also completed a Masters degree in the discipline of Clinical Ophthalmology. She completed her ophthalmology training at Sydney Eye Hospital and was the Professorial Senior Registrar. She then underwent advanced sub-specialist Fellowship training in glaucoma management and surgery at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital in the United Kingdom. Here, she gained experience in the management of complex glaucoma in a tertiary referral setting including glaucoma drainage devices in both adults and children, non-penetrating glaucoma surgery, and minimally invasive treatments for glaucoma.Tanya is also proficient in classical glaucoma filtration surgery (Trabeculectomy) as well all types of glaucoma laser procedures.Tanya is a Clinical Senior Lecturer at the University of Sydney and has published in peer-reviewed literature and regularly presents at Australian and international ophthalmic meetings.

Dr Julia Starte BSci(Adv), MBBS, FRANZCO

Specialises in paediatric ophthalmology and strabismus

Dr Julia Starte specialises in paediatric ophthalmology, cataract surgery, strabismus surgery and general ophthalmology.Julia is an ophthalmic surgeon with sub-specialty interests in paediatric ophthalmology, strabismus and adult cataract surgery. She completed a Bachelor of Advanced Science and a medical degree at the University of Sydney. She went on to do specialist ophthalmology training through Sydney Eye Hospital and is a fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists. Having worked with children as a nanny, dance instructor and newborn hearing screener whilst studying at university, Julia was keen to pursue her passion for paediatrics and went on to complete a fellowship at Children’s Hospital Westmead to sub-specialise in paediatric ophthalmology and strabismus. In support of her fellowship training, Julia was awarded both the Sydney Eye Hospital Alumni and RANZCO Travelling Scholarships. Julia also pursued advanced training in the treatment of eye disease in premature babies with appointments at Royal North Shore, Liverpool and Royal Prince Alfred hospitals.Julia is committed to research, having published in several peer-reviewed journals and presented at numerous ophthalmology conferences and meetings. She is passionate about training medical students and ophthalmology registrars and currently holds a position as Clinical Associate Lecturer at the University of Sydney.  With a young family of her own, Julia understands the stress that any eye problem, regardless of its severity, can place on the patient and their family. She takes a wholistic and family-centred approach to her care.

 

Dr Vivek Pandya BSc(Med) MBBS(Hons) MMed FRANZCO

Vitreoretinal Surgeon and Macula Specialist

Dr Vivek Pandya is a vitreoretinal surgeon and macula specialist, with expertise in the treatment of surgical retinal conditions (retinal detachment, macular hole, epiretinal membrane), medical retinal diseases (age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, retinal vein occlusions) and complex cataract surgery, including secondary intraocular lens implantation.He graduated with Honours from the University of New South Wales Medical School, before completing a Master of Medicine (Ophthalmic Science) from the University of Sydney. He subsequently underwent specialist training in ophthalmology at Sydney Eye Hospital and became a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (FRANZCO). This was followed by a comprehensive subspecialty fellowship in medical retina at Westmead Hospital. Vivek then completed the William H. Ross fellowship in Vitreoretinal Surgery at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. In support of his fellowship training, Vivek was awarded the Sydney Eye Hospital Alumni Association traveling scholarship and the RANZCO/Bayer Scholarship. During his time at the University of British Columbia, he was honoured to receive the annual award for Excellence in Teaching. Most recently, Vivek was the recipient of the 2020 RANZCO leadership grant after successful development of a vitreoretinal surgery unit at Liverpool Hospital.Vivek has a particular interest in clinical and surgical teaching, with a commitment to training retinal fellows, ophthalmology registrars, residents and medical students. He has published extensively in the medical literature, is a reviewer for several ophthalmic journals and has presented at local and international scientific meetings. He actively pursues the latest advances in clinical practice and is a treating investigator in trials for treatment of retinal disease. In addition, Vivek is committed to international development, having been involved in eye care service delivery and training of local surgeons in Cambodia and Fiji.

Dr Alison Chiu BMedSc (Hons I), MBBS (Hons), GradDipRefractiveSurgery, GCertEd, PhD,
FRANZCO

Specialist Cataract and Refractive Surgery & General Ophthalmology

Dr Alison Chiu is an Ophthalmic Surgeon with subspecialty interest in premium and complex cataract surgery, and refractive surgery. She works both in private practice and has been appointed Visiting Medical Officer at 3 Public Hospitals. In addition, she is a co-supervisor of registrar training and teaches cataract surgery, an examiner for the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO), and is appointed as a Member of the Executive Committee of the NSW branch of RANZCO. Dr Chiu has previously been a lecturer and tutor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Sydney and is currently a conjoint lecturer in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of NSW.Dr Alison Chiu completed her medical degree with Honours at the University of Sydney. She also completed a Bachelor or Medical Science and following a dedicated research year, graduated with First Class Honours. Subsequent to surgical and medical registrar training positions, her ophthalmology training was undertaken at Sydney Eye Hospital, with further subspecialty Fellowship training including an academic qualification in Refractive Surgery. Dr Chiu has completed a PhD from the University of Sydney, supported by prestigious scholarships at University College London and Cambridge University. Further postgraduate study has been undertaken at Harvard University. Alison has presented research papers at national and international scientific meetings, published papers in the peer-reviewed literature and written a book chapter for Oxford University Press. Over her career, she has received numerous scholarships and awards for her research.