Dr. Abhaykumar R. Vasavada
Iladevi Cataract & IOL Research Centre and Raghudeep Eye Clinic, India
Dr. Abhay R. Vasavada is a world renowned cataract surgeon, and his expertise is in the management of challenging cataract cases in children and adults. Pediatric and Adult Cataract management has been his passion since 1984. He established Raghudeep Eye Hospital in 1984 and Iladevi Cataract & IOL Research Centre in 1991, and currently serves as Director of both. This center with basic and clinical research facilities is focused on translational research. One of the objectives is to solve some of the problems related to cataractogenesis and its management in children and young adults. Most of his pediatric cataract work is done on a charitable basis, as majority of children requiring treatment are from an underprivileged section of the society. He has more than 200 publications in peer-reviewed journals. He has trained more than 150 national and international ophthalmologists in phacoemulsification. He has travelled extensively across all the continents, teaching, lecturing, and performing live surgical demonstrations. He has extensively lectured, conducted courses and symposia in all the major international and national meetings. He is currently serving a term as President of the Asia-Pacific Association of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons (APACRS) from 2020 – 2022.
Associate Professor Andrew Chang
Sydney Eye Hospital, Australia
Associate Professor Andrew Chang is a vitreoretinal surgeon and ophthalmologist. He is Head of Ophthalmology and Head of the Retinal Unit at the Sydney Eye Hospital, Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Sydney and Medical Director of Sydney Retina Clinic. He graduated from University of Sydney Medical School and trained at the Sydney Eye Hospital with fellowships at Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital and in the United States, and was awarded a PhD for research into retinal and choroidal angiography. In international ophthalmology, he serves as the Secretary General of the Asia-Pacific Vitreoretinal Society and Council Member of the Asia Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology. Professional awards include the Achievement Award and Distinguished Service Award of the Asia Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology and the RANZCO Excellence in Teaching Award.
Associate Professor Chandra Bala
PersonalEYES and Eyesmile, Australia
Associate Professor Chandra Bala is the Director of Surgery at PersonalEYES and Eyesmile in Australia and subspecializes in Cataract, Cornea, Glaucoma and Refractive surgery. He is a clinical associate professor at the Australian School of Advanced Medicine, Macquarie University, an examiner in the RANZCO Ophthalmology specialist training program and a clinical supervisor of medical, optometry and vision science students. He graduated from the University of Sydney with class 1 Honours and completed an additional eight years of research where he was awarded a Bachelor of Science (Med) with class 1 Honours. He then went on to complete ophthalmic training at the Sydney Eye Hospital and Westmead Hospital and has a PhD in ophthalmology. He has completed multiple fellowships under leading surgeons in Australia and throughout Europe. His work has been published in both national and international peer reviewed journals and he has won numerous awards at international conferences including Best Paper at ASCRS Boston 2014, Best Video at ASCRS San Diego 2019 and APACRS Kyoto 2019 and winner of the Michael Bluementhal Award at ESCRS Paris 2019.
Dr. Hadi Prakoso
KMN EyeCare, Indonesia
Dr. Hadi Prakoso Wreksoatmodjo is a Senior Clinical Consultant and Senior Consultant Surgeon for Cataract & Refractive Surgery and Strabismus Surgery at KMN EyeCare, Indonesia. After completing his residency in Ophthalmology at the University of Indonesia, he received a Fellowship in Ocular Motility & Strabismus and Oculoplastic & Lacrimal Surgery at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, University of Melbourne, Australia. Dr. Hadi is a former Secretary General of the Indonesian Ophthalmologists Association, and a Scientific Board Member of the Indonesian Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery. He has been invited as a speaker and give presentations on challenging cases at numerous international scientific conferences, including the World Ophthalmology Congress, the Asia Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology Congress, the Asia Pacific Association of Cataract & Refractive Surgeons Annual Meeting, and the Bali International Ophthalmology Review.
Prof. Ian J. Constable
Lions Eye Institute, Australia
Prof. Ian J. Constable is an internationally renowned ophthalmologist and one of the most highly respected pioneers of vitreoretinal surgery. Prof. Constable studied medicine at the University of Sydney before being appointed as Clinical Retinal Fellow at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, USA. He later became a consultant surgeon and Lecturer at Harvard University, USA. Prof. Constable returned to Australia and was appointed the foundation professor of ophthalmology and retinal surgeon at Royal Perth Hospital before establishing the Lions Eye Institute in Perth, Australia in 1983 as founding Managing Director. He was Managing Director at the Lions Eye Institute from 1983 to February 2009, and was appointed Patron of the Lions Eye Institute in 2018. Prof. Constable celebrated 50 years in ophthalmology in 2018, and continues to practice as a consultant ophthalmologist at the Lions Eye Institute and at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in Western Australia with a special interest in diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration and providing his expertise for complex eye problems.
Prof. Ian McAllister
Lions Eye Institute, Australia
Prof. Ian McAllister is a consultant ophthalmologist and a member of the board of directors at the Lions Eye Institute in Perth, Australia, as well as a consultant ophthalmologist at the Royal Perth Hospital. He completed his ophthalmology training in Western Australia before spending several years in the USA doing further subspecialty training in retinal disorders and vitreo-retinal surgery and has a Doctorate in Medicine. Prof. McAllister’s research interests are predominantly in the areas of retinal vascular disease, macular degeneration and diabetic eye disease. He has published more than 150 papers in scientific journals and has been an invited guest speaker at numerous national and international meetings. Prof. McAllister recently received an achievement award for distinguished service to ophthalmology from the American Academy of Ophthalmology.
Dr. Kenneth Fong
OasisEye Specialists, Malaysia
Dr. Kenneth Fong is a Senior Consultant Ophthalmologist and Vitreoretinal Surgeon at OasisEye Specialists, Malaysia. He graduated from the University of Cambridge in 1998 and completed his ophthalmology training in London followed by vitreoretinal surgery fellowships in Cheltenham, UK and Royal Perth Hospital, Australia. He was appointed Associate Professor at the University of Malaya (UM) from 2009-2012 and founded the UM Eye Research Centre. He is currently the President of the Malaysian Society of Ophthalmology and Council Member of the Asia Pacific Vitreoretinal Society (APVRS). Dr. Fong has published more than 40 scientific papers in international journals as well as book chapters on cataract surgery. He co-authored a book called “Food For Your Eyes” to raise awareness of Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD). Dr. Fong is a highly sought after as a speaker in local and international meetings. He is very passionate about the prevention of blindness and raising awareness of AMD and diabetic retinopathy to the public.
Dr. Manish Nagpal
Retina Foundation, India
Dr. Manish Nagpal is a Vitreo Retinal Consultant and the Director of Retina Foundation in India. In addition to his ophthalmology training in India, Dr. Nagpal received a Fellowship from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ophthalmology, Edinburgh, UK. His special Interests include Surgical Retina, Macular Degeneration, Diabetic Retinopathy, and Ocular Trauma. Dr. Nagpal has to his credit over 150 research papers in national and international publications. He is a much sought after speaker at various national and international retinal forums for presenting his surgical experience and clinical research, and has been awarded the Achievement Award by the prestigious American Academy of Ophthalmology. Dr. Nagpal is a member of the All India Ophthalmic Society, Vitreo Retinal Society of India, Indian Society of Cataract and Refractive Society; and internationally the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society of Retinal Surgeons.
Associate Professor Naris Kitnarong
Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University, Thailand
Naris Kitnarong is Assistant Dean Policy and Planning, Assistant Dean Corporate Communication, and Associate Professor of the Department of Ophthalmology Faculty of Medicine, Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand. He received his Medical degree from Mahidol University, as well as a Master of Business Administration degree from Thammasat University, Thailand. Dr. Kitnarong has Fellowships from the University of Heidelberg, the University of Miami, and the University of Tennessee. He has authored a number of Ophthalmology Journal articles and is a Member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, The Royal College of Ophthalmologists of Thailand, and The Medical Council of Thailand.
Prof. Ong Sze Guan
Eye & Retina Surgeons, Singapore National Eye Centre, Singapore
Prof. Ong Sze Guan is a Founding Partner and Senior Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon at Eye & Retina Surgeons, Singapore. He is also Visiting Senior Consultant, Vitreoretinal Division, Singapore National Eye Centre. He is a specialist in general ophthalmology and cataract surgery and a subspecialist in vitreoretinal medicine and surgery. Prof. Ong received his ophthalmology training in Singapore and later received Fellowships in the United Kingdom. He subsequently commenced training in the Vitreoretinal subspecialty in Singapore and was awarded a Fellowship in Retina at the Cornell University, New York. Prof. Ong’s main areas of interest in the retina are in advanced surgical techniques and instrumentation and the surgical treatment of complicated retinal detachments, advanced diabetic retinopathy and macular diseases. His expertise also includes medical treatment of retinal conditions using anti-VEGF agents and laser photocoagulation for macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, retinal vein occlusions and other retinal diseases.
Professor Paul Chew
National University Hospital, Singapore
Professor Paul Chew is a Senior Consultant at the Department of Ophthalmology, National University Hospital, Singapore and Associate Professor at the Ophthalmology Department of the National University of Singapore. He obtained his MBBS and Master of Medicine in Ophthalmology from the National University of Singapore, and attained the Fellow of The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Scotland and Fellow of the College of Ophthalmologists, United Kingdom. His specialty is in glaucoma surgery and research, particularly angle-closure glaucoma, and is helping to develop various new laser therapies for glaucoma such as modified iridoplasty and iridotomy. He is an editorial reviewer for numerous medical journals and has been published in more than 100 publications.
Dr. Samaresh Srivastava
Raghudeep Eye Hospital, India
Dr. Samaresh Srivastava is currently working as consultant ophthalmologist at Raghudeep Eye Hospital, Jaipur and Ahmedabad, India. He finished his MBBS, and then DNB ophthalmology from Sankara Nethralaya, Chennai. He did his fellowship in phacoemulsification and cataract surgery from Raghudeep Eye Hospital, Ahmedabad. He then went on to pursue his refractive fellowship at Narayana Nethralaya, Bangalore. His special interest lies in the management of cataracts and refractive surgery, and he has a keen inclination to the understanding and research of all eye disorders, particularly optics of the eye. He has been an invited speaker as well as panelist at several national and international meetings. He performed live LASIK Surgery during the Colloquium 2013 meeting held at Ahmedabad.
Dr. Shail Vasavada
Raghudeep Eye Hospital, India
Dr. Shail Vasavada, is currently working as a Cataract and Refractive Consultant in Raghudeep Eye Hospital, Ahmedabad, India since January 2014. His interest lies in new and advanced technology and techniques in the Cataract Surgery, particularly Femtosecond Cataract Surgery and is actively involved in various clinical research studies and the multicenter trials in cataract surgery He completed his post-graduation training in Ophthalmology in Ahmedabad, after which he did a Fellowship in Cataract Surgery and Phacoemulsification in Raghudeep Eye Hospital. He is trained in General Ophthalmology at L.V Prasad Eye Hospital, Hyderabad, India followed by a 6- month Fellowship in Cataract and Refractive Surgery at the prestigious Moran Eye Centre in Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.A. He has his degrees in DO, DNB, FRCS, FICO, and has won many accolades for his academics. He has more than 10 peer reviewed publications, and is a reviewer in one of the prestigious journals. He has been invited as a guest faculty in various state, national and international conferences.
Dr. Sjakon G. Tahija
KMN EyeCare, Indonesia
Dr. Sjakon G. Tahija is the Founder and Medical Director of KMN EyeCare, a leading national chain of eye-clinics in Indonesia, where he also serves as Vitreoretinal Consultant and Surgeon. After completing his residency in Ophthalmology at the University of Indonesia, he received a Vitreoretinal Fellowship under Professor Ian Constable at Lion’s Eye Institute, Perth, Australia, as well as a Research Fellowship training in corneal and external eye diseases at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA. Dr. Tahija has a special interest in the management of Retinopathy of Prematurity, and has pioneered the use of anti-VEGF in the treatment of neonates with Aggressive Posterior Retinopathy of Prematurity (APROP) and published the results. He is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the Indonesian Ophthalmologists Association. Dr. Tahija also initiated, organizes and Chairs the Bali International Ophthalmology Review (BIOR), a biennial international event for Ophthalmologists held in Bali since 2008.
Dr. Vaishali Vasavada
Raghudeep Eye Hospital, India
Dr. Vaishali Vasavada currently works as a consultant ophthalmologist at Raghudeep Eye Hospital, Jaipur and Ahmedabad, India. Having finished her M.S. Ophthalmology at the M & J Western Regional Institute of Ophthalmology, Ahmedabad, she went on to do a phacoemulsification fellowship at Raghudeep Eye Hospital, Ahmedabad and subsequently at the Moran Eye Center, Salt Lake City, USA. Her area of expertise is in the management of complex cases of adult and pediatric cataracts. She specializes in modern cataract management, including advanced technology IOL options and latest in surgical techniques. She has a special interest in basic and clinical research related to cataracts. She has more than 20 peer reviewed publications in national and international journals, and more than 5 book chapters to her credit as co-author. She has also made several scientific presentations in national and international meetings, and has been invited as faculty in instruction courses and wetlab skill transfer sessions at several meetings, including the Asia Pacific Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgeons (APACRS) and the American Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgeons (ASCRS). She is a reviewer for peer reviewed journals, including the Journal of Cataract & Refractive Surgery and Eye. She has been invited to several countries within Asia Pacific as a speaker and teacher, and has performed live surgery demonstrations during national and regional conferences within India.
Dr. Viraj Vasavada
Raghudeep Eye Hospital, India
Dr. Viraj Vasavada is a consultant ophthalmologist at Raghudeep Eye Hospital, Ahmedabad, India. Having finished her M.S. Ophthalmology at the M & J Western Regional Institute of Ophthalmology, Ahmedabad, she went on to do a phacoemulsification fellowship at Raghudeep Eye Hospital, Ahmedabad and subsequently at the Moran Eye Center, Salt Lake City, USA, followed by a fellowship in refractive surgery at Narayana Nethralaya, Bengaluru. Her area of expertise is in the management of complex cases of cataracts and all kinds of refractive surgery. She has a special interest in clinical research related to cataracts. She has more than 20 peer reviewed publications in national and international journals. She has also made several scientific presentations in national and international meetings, and has been invited as faculty in instruction courses and wetlab skill transfer sessions at several meetings, including the Asia Pacific Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgeons (APACRS) and the American Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgeons (ASCRS). She is a reviewer for peer reviewed journals, including the Journal of Cataract & Refractive Surgery and Eye, and has also performed live surgical demonstrations during conferences.
Prof. William Morgan
Lions Eye Institute, Royal Perth Hospital, Australia
Prof. William Morgan is the Managing Director of the Lions Eye Institute and also Professor of Ophthalmology at The University of Western Australia and Consultant Ophthalmologist at Royal Perth Hospital. He has completed a doctorate in philosophy studying the response of the optic nerve to pressure, particularly in relation to glaucoma. Prof. Morgan’s clinical interests include glaucoma and other pressure disorders of the optic nerve. His research interests center on the cerebrospinal fluid and intraocular pressure effects upon optic nerve and retinal vasculature. Prof. Morgan is an inventor on several patents including glaucoma surgical devices; one of which is the XEN gelatine stent used internationally and another is the Virna glaucoma drainage device used throughout Indonesia. He has been published in numerous journals and has been invited as a speaker at many international meetings.