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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.

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 chairperson of the Medical Staff council as well as on the scientific committee of the Alumni Association. Dr Jones operates privately at Chatswood Private Hospital.

Dr Caroline Catt BMBS MMed BMedSci (Hons1) FRANZCO

Specialises in paediatric ophthalmology, strabismus, cataract and general ophthalmology

Dr Caroline Catt is an experienced ophthalmologist with sub-speciality expertise in Paediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus Surgery. She trained at Sydney Eye Hospital and was selected to be the Professorial Senior Registrar before undertaking her sub-speciality Fellowship at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada. She is a Partner at Sydney Ophthalmic Specialists and is a Consultant Ophthalmologist at The Childrens’ Hospital at Westmead and the Liverpool Hospital Newborn Intensive Care Unit. Dr Catt is the Chair of the Australian & New Zealand Paediatric Ophthalmology Society (ANZPOS) and is the Principal Investigator of the Fight Baby (ROP) Blindness, one of the Save Sight Registries. Dr Catt takes a patient-centered, thorough and kind approach to her patients and their families.


Specialises in paediatric ophthalmology, strabismus, cataract and general ophthalmology

Craig 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.






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.


Specialises in Oculoplastic surgery, 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 endosco

pic 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

Specialises in Glaucoma, cataract and general ophthalmology

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, Strabismus and adult cataract

Julia 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. Julia has a long-standing passion for working with children and has done so since early university days. After completing her general ophthalmology training, she went on to complete a sub-specialty fellowship at the Children’s Hospital Westmead in paediatric ophthalmology. 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 and is currently a consultant for the neonatal intensive care unit at Royal Prince Alfred hospital. She is also appointed as a consultant ophthalmologist at Children’s Hospital Westmead.

Julia is committed to research, having published in several peer-reviewed journals and presented at numerous ophthalmology conferences and meetings. She is committed to training the next generation of ophthalmologists 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 Linda Zheng MBBS (Hons), MMed, FRANZCO

Specialises in paediatric ophthalmology, strabismus, cataract and general ophthalmology

Dr Linda Zheng is a comprehensive Ophthalmologist who treats both adult and paediatric ophthalmology patients, and aims to provide lifelong care for her patients. She attained her medical and surgical degree at the University of New South Wales with Honours, and completed a further Masters of Medicine at the University of Sydney. During her Ophthalmology speciality training she sought to experience the full breadth of Ophthalmology by treating patients all across numerous hospitals in NSW: Sydney Eye, Royal Prince Alfred, Royal North Shore, Concord, Bankstown, Liverpool, Westmead, Canberra, and Port Macquarie. Through these posts, and a Fellowship at Westmead Children’s Hospital, she is accomplished in all aspects of Ophthalmology, with a particular interest in Microsurgery, Keyhole Strabismus, Oculoplastic Eyelid Surgery and Cataract Surgery.

Linda is currently appointed as a Consultant Ophthalmologist at Royal Prince Alfred hospital, Sydney Children’s Hospital Randwick and The Children’s Hospital Westmead. She is actively involved in research and clinical trials so she can deliver the most modern treatments for her patients, has published numerous papers in peer reviewed journals and is involved in teaching and training the next generation of Ophthalmologists.

Dr Zheng is fluent in Mandarin and basic Cantonese.

Dr Hugo Lee BSc(Adv), MBBS, FRANZCO

Specialises in paediatric and General ophthalmology, Strabismus, Cataract and Ocular Plastic Surgery

Dr Hugo Lee completed ophthalmology training at Sydney Eye Hospital in 2019 and went on to complete a 3-year, dual fellowship training in paediatric ophthalmology and oculoplastics surgery at the Sick Kids Hospital, Canada and the Singapore National Eye Centre, respectively.

He has been awarded the Fred Hollows Scholarship for empowering ophthalmology care in the Pacific Islands; He has also been a visiting scholar at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, USA.

Dr Lee’s expertise encompasses the assessment and management of congenital and acquired eye conditions such as squint (strabismus), eyelid malpositions (ptosis), tearing (epiphora), as well as complex conditions per referrals from other healthcare professionals.