A/Prof CHRISTINE CHEN
Dr Christine Chen received her MBBS from the University of Melbourne in 2001 and subsequently conferred a PhD in Ophthalmology in 2008 from the University of Melbourne for which she was awarded the University of Melbourne Prestigious Scholarship 2004-2007. Dr Chen completed her ophthalmology training at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear hospital and was granted a fellowship from the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists in 2012. She further subspecialised in cataract surgery and retinal diseases having completed a cataract fellowship from Monash Health Melbourne and clinical medical retina fellowships from Moorfields Eye Hospital London and Vitreous-Retina-Macula Consultants of New York.
Dr Chen is currently the Head of the Ophthalmology Department at Monash Health Melbourne and has special interests in cataract surgery and retinal diseases. She has also been appointed as an adjunct senior lecturer at Monash University and an honorary research fellow at the Centre for Eye Research Australia University of Melbourne. To date, she has over twenty peer reviewed publications and is actively involved in clinical trials and undergraduate.
Dr Chiu is an Ophthalmic Surgeon and Retinal Specialist, graduating with high distinction in Medicine from the University of Melbourne in 1992. His early interest in ophthalmology developed during his residency at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, and after being awarded the Cedric Cohen gold medal of excellence and ARVO Travelling Scholarship for the RANZCO Part 1 Ophthalmology examination, he undertook training at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital in Melbourne.
After completing his registrar training, he gained his RANZCO Fellow qualification with the KG Howsam gold medal award of excellence and entered fellowship training in medical retina and vitreoretinal surgery at the RVEEH. This was followed by further retinal surgery training in the United Kingdom at the Oxford Eye Hospital.
Since returning from overseas more ten years ago, he has entered private practice in the subspecialty field of medical and surgical retinal diseases and serves as a visiting consultant at the Vitreoretinal Unit at the RVEEH and the Ophthalmology Department at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. Recently, he completed sabbatical leave in the USA and UK where he studied advances in stem cell research and paediatric vitreoretinal surgery. He has also a particular interest in posterior ocular trauma surgery, complex combined anterior and posterior segment surgery and transcleral sutured posterior chamber intraocular lens placement.
Dr Chiu has published and co-authored several research articles in local and international ophthalmology journals and continues his enthusiastic involvement in teaching and training of junior ophthalmology registrars and international vitreoretinal fellows.
Having migrated from Hong Kong at an early age, Dr Chiu remains fluent in Cantonese and Mandarin Chinese, allowing him to provide a wider scope of retinal services to his patients and referrers.
MBBS BMedSc(Hons) MPH FRANZCO
Dr Rosie Dawkins is vitreoretinal surgeon. She has expertise in all areas of vitreoretinal surgery including retinal detachments, macular holes, epiretinal membranes, complicated lens problems, and diabetic retinopathy. She has a strong interest in new developments in vitreo-retinal surgery.
Dr Dawkins undertook ophthalmology training in Melbourne at the Royal Victorian Eye & Ear Hospital (RVEEH). She subsequently completed a Fellowship in Medical and Surgical Retina in Cambridge. Here she developed an interest in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of inherited retinal detachments, as well as training in all aspects of medical and surgical retina. On her return to Melbourne she completed a further Fellowship in Vitreo-Retinal Surgery at RVEEH.
Dr Dawkins has a strong interest in research, with an appointment at the University of Melbourne. Her laboratory research and Masters degree were undertaken at Harvard University. Dr Dawkins is also engaged with global ophthalmology, and previously lived in Timor-Leste, providing ophthalmology services as well as training local doctors and undertaking research for service development.
MBChB MD FRCOphthUK FRANZCO
Dr Sukhpal Singh Sandhu graduated from the University of Manchester and did his ophthalmology training in Newcastle, United Kingdom. He obtained a Doctor of Medicine degree for his research into the imaging of diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration.
He did a Medical Retina Fellowship at RVEEH and currently holds an appointment in the Medical Retina clinic there. He is actively involved in research at Centre for Eye Research Australia, being a part of the Clinical Trials and Research Unit. He is a principal investigator in several industry-sponsored trials in AMD and diabetes and also pursues his own research interests. As well as his interest in Medical Retina, he is an experienced cataract surgeon.
Dr Robyn Troutbeck completed her ophthalmology training at Sydney Eye Hospital in 2008. She subsequently undertook a fellowship in Medical Retina at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear hospital for 18 months followed by another year at the Manchester Royal Eye Hospital specialising in uveitis.
Since returning to Melbourne, she is working as a consultant at the Eye and Hospital in the Ocular Immunology Clinic and is a Clinical Lead in the Acute Ophthalmology Service. She also works in the Medical retina clinic at Monash Medical Centre where she is actively involved in clinical trials. She enjoys teaching registrars and fellows.
Robyn’s special interests include macula degeneration and diabetic retinopathy and other vascular diseases, as well as the management of patients with uveitis.
BBS DMedSc FRANZCO
Dr Sanj Wickremasinghe completed his Ophthalmology training in the United Kingdom at Moorfields Eye Hospital, during which time he completed sub-speciality training in Medical Retina and Uveitis. He undertook a second Medical Retina fellowship at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital that incorporated both clinical and research experience.
Since 2009 he has been a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Melbourne and the Centre for Eye Research Australia and has conducted his own research into the treatment and investigation of factors affecting the outcome of treatment in patients with neovascular age related macular degeneration. From this work, six peer-reviewed papers have been accepted for publication and the work from this research is under submission for the award of a Doctor of Medical Science degree.
He is a principal investigator in many multi-centre international and national drug trials of new treatments in both AMD, diabetic macular oedema and retinal vein occlusions and has written several review articles for peer reviewed journals as well as over 30 clinical and research papers. He has reviewed for major international journals and is a section editor for Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology. He has also given invited presentations in Melbourne, Sydney, Singapore and the United Kingdom. He is an examiner for the University of Melbourne and a member of the American Society of Retinal Specialists and the American Academy of Ophthalmology.
Dr. Jonathan Yeoh specialises in the surgical and medical treatment of retinal disease including retinal detachments, macular holes, epiretinal membranes, diabetic retinopathy, age related macular degeneration and retinal vascular disorders.
Jonathan completed his undergraduate university degree at the University of Sydney and trained in general ophthalmology at The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital.
He has completed subspecialty fellowships in vitreoretinal surgery and medical retina both at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital and subsequently at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London. Jonathan has ongoing research interests at the Centre for Eye Research Australia.
He is a consultant vitreoretinal surgeon and medical retina specialist at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital. Jonathan is a member of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists and the Australian and New Zealand Society of Retinal Specialists.