Dr Anil Arora is an ophthalmologist who has been practising in Central Coast and in Sydney since 1998. Dr Arora completed his medical degree through the University of Sydney in 1985 and after carrying out his internship and residency training at Royal North Shore, Westmead and Royal Prince Alfred Hospitals, he embarked on a career in ophthalmology. He was one of the first to complete a Masters of Medicine in Ophthalmology with a thesis on retinal electrophysiology and carried out five years of specialist training in ophthalmology from the Sydney Eye Hospital from 1988 to 1993.
In 1997 – 1998 Dr Arora completed a clinical fellowship in “Diseases and Surgery of the Retina and Vitreous” from the University of Texas in Houston. He then began practicing on the Central Coast and Sydney’s North Shore and has established himself as a respected ophthalmologist and has performed surgeries on tens of thousands of patients over the past decade. He brought retinal surgery to Central Coast and this meant that patients no longer had to travel to Sydney for these procedures.
Dr Arora also saw the need for laser vision correction services on the Central Coast and carried out further postgraduate training in laser refractive surgery and was one of the first to obtain a Graduate Diploma in Medicine (Refractive Surgery) from the University of Sydney. He has established the Laser Vision Clinic Central Coast – a state-of-the-art laser refractive centre on the Central Coast.
Dr Arora has practices in Gosford, Long Jetty, Woy Woy and Wahroonga and is a Visiting Medical Officer at the Central Coast Day Hospital, Brisbane Waters Private Hospital and the Sydney Adventist Hospital and also at Gosford and Wyong Public Hospitals.
He is a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists, American Academy of Ophthalmology and American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery.
Clinical interests include cataract surgery, particularly with multifocal intraocular lenses, retinal diseases and surgery and laser refractive surgery.
Extracurricular interests include squash and long-distance running (20 City-to-Surfs, 8 half-marathons and 3 full marathons so far). He also has in interest in ophthalmology in developing countries and in charity work. He sponsors 100 children in all parts of the world through World Vision and has been a member of AmnestyInternational for over 10 years.
Dr Arora is on the Medical Advisory Committee for Madison Day Surgery.
Dr Dan Brettell is an internationally-trained comprehensive ophthalmologist with interests in cataract surgery, treatment of glaucoma and diseases of the retina, as well as subspecialty training in plastic and reconstructive surgery of the eyelids.
Dan was raised in Wagga Wagga before moving to Sydney where he graduated in medicine from UNSW with Honours. He completed general medical training at Bankstown/Lidcombe and Campbelltown Hospitals before working across the state in a number of regional and rural areas. Dan furthered his study of ophthalmology with a Master’s degree in Ophthalmic Science at the University of Sydney, graduating top of his year.
Dan commenced training in Ophthalmology at Sydney Eye Hospital before completing a fellowship in Oculoplastic surgery in Hereford, UK. He has worked in Myanmar as part of the Myanmar Eye Care Program and has conducted research into cataract surgery and patterns of skin cancers that affect the eyelids
Dan currently works at Coastwide Eye Surgery and operates at Central Coast Day Hospital. He is also serving as a locum consultant at Gosford and Wyong Hospitals.
Dan lives on the Central Coast with his young family, where he enjoys fishing, surfing and cycling.
Dr Raj Chalasani is a cataract surgeon and retinal specialist with an interest in femtosecond laser assisted cataract surgery, management of cataract in the context of retinal disease, and macular diseases.
Raj was born and educated in Sydney. He completed his undergraduate medical training at the University of NSW, graduating with First Class Honours.
Following his internship and junior medical years at Concord Hospital in Sydney, Raj worked as a medical registrar at St-Vincent’s Hospital Sydney, and at Broken Hill Hospital and Shoalhaven District Memorial Hospital.
Raj did advanced specialist training in ophthalmology at two of Australia’s premier ophthalmic institutions – Sydney Eye Hospital and the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital in Melbourne. He also completed a comprehensive fellowship in Medical Retina at Bristol Eye Hospital, one of the longest established and best known ophthalmic hospitals in the United Kingdom. During this time he continued to develop his advanced cataract surgical skills.
Raj is a Fellow of The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists, a member of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Retinal Specialists, and a Staff Specialist at Westmead Public Hospital. He is an experienced cataract surgeon, operating in both private and public hospital settings. He is experienced in the medical management of all aspects of retinal disease, and has been actively involved in a number of major international clinical trials researching diseases of the retina. He is also committed to teaching, and contributes to the training of medical students, optometrists and general practitioners.
Dr Chang graduated from medicine and surgery at the University of NSW with first class honours. After completing his specialist ophthalmology training in Australia, Dr Chang was awarded RANZCO Eye Foundation scholarship to undertake further subspecialist qualifications in Medical Retina & Uveitis at Moorfields Eye Hospital, London.
Dr Chang’s areas of clinical expertise include the diagnosis and treatment of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), diabetic retinopathy, retinal vascular diseases and uveitis. He is experienced in performing retinal laser treatment, complex cataract surgery in the presence of retinal disease, and intraocular injection treatments for retinal diseases.
Dr Chang has been awarded PhD for his research in ocular immunology and continues to be involved in medical research to improve patient care. He holds academic appointment at the University of NSW and is involved in teaching medical students and other health professionals such as GPs and optometrists.
Dr Chen completed his medical degree through University of New South Wales. After carrying out an internship at Westmead Hospital, Dr Chen was selected and fast tracked into accredited ophthalmic training at Sydney Eye Hospital. Upon completion of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmology fellowship, Dr Chen furthered his speciality training as an Advanced Fellow in Vitreoretinal surgery. Dr Chen has been an examiner and mentor for trainee specialists and now practises exclusively on the Central Coast.
Dr Chowdhury graduated in Medicine from the University of Sydney with First Class Honours. He was awarded a PhD from the University of New South Wales for his ground-breaking research into a Bionic Eye for blind patients, and was also a visiting fellow at Harvard University Medical School. He trained in eye surgery at the Prince of Wales Hospital in Randwick and Sydney Children’s Hospital. He was awarded the Filipic Greer Medal during training and received the Fellowship of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists. He subsequently undertook further training in advanced cataract surgery, LASIK surgery, and corneal transplantation at the prestigious Moorfields Eye Hospital in London.
Dr Chowdhury undertakes cutting-edge research in corneal, cataract and retinal disease, and is actively involved in training the next generation of eye surgeons. He has published numerous papers in international journals, and received several prominent research grants. He is a Clinical Senior Lecturer at the University of Sydney Medical School, and an Examiner for the College of Ophthalmologists.
Dr Samuel Dance is a general ophthalmologist with sub-specialty training in Cataract and Glaucoma surgery, and medical conditions of the retina including Diabetic Retinopathy, Macular Degeneration and Vein occlusions.
Dr Dance attained his medical degree at Monash University, and achieved a Master of Surgery at the University of Sydney, graduating Dux of his class. He completed his ophthalmology training at Prince of Wales Hospital in Randwick, before moving to the United Kingdom. At Cambridge University and the renowned Moorfields Eye Hospital, Dr Dance gained further sub-speciality experience in complex Glaucoma and Cataract Surgery and in the management of Medical Retina conditions.
Dr Dance has been a reviewer for the Journal of Glaucoma, lectured at both the University of Sydney, and University of New South Wales, and has been an investigator for multiple international clinical trials assessing innovative ocular therapies. He has authored multiple articles in peer-reviewed journals and presentations at International, National and State medical conferences. He was appointed to the Ophthalmology Liaison Committee at Glaucoma Australia and he is a fellow of the Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists.
MBBS (Hons), MMed, MM (OphthSci), FRANZCO Cataract/Vitreoretinal
Dr Rahul Dubey
Dr Rahul Dubey completed his medical training at the University of New South Wales, graduating with Honours. He then completed 5 years of Specialist Medical training including two years of Physicians Training at the prestigious Central Sydney Network. Dr Dubey then pursued his speciality interest in Ophthalmology undertaking comprehensive ophthalmology training through The Prince of Wales Hospital and Sydney Eye Hospital. Upon attaining his Fellowship of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists he undertook further subspecialty fellowship training in Medical Retina, Uveitis and Vitreoretinal Surgery at the world renowned Moorfields Eye Hospital, London and The Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield, United Kingdom.
His surgical expertise encompasses all diseases of the retina, macula and vitreous using the latest micro-incisional vitreoretinal techniques including 27G Pars Plana Vitrectomy. He has particular expertise in macular hole surgery, epiretinal membrane surgery, retinal detachment surgery, advanced diabetic eye disease, age-related macular degeneration, vitreous haemorrhage, ocular trauma and successful treatment of symptomatic floaters. He is also experienced in complex refractive cataract surgery including secondary intraocular lens implantation. Dr Dubey has extensive experience with intravitreal injections and laser in the management of retinal vascular disease and advanced macular degeneration.
Dr Dubey has published extensively in peer-reviewed medical literature, and frequently lectures at National and International conferences including the EURETINA, European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons, British and Eire Vitreoretinal Surgeons and Asia Pacific Association of Vitreoretinal Surgeons.
Dr Dubey is particularly passionate about education including surgical supervision of Ophthalmologists-in training. He is enthusiastic about maintaining and improving the quality of surgical practice.
Dr Ross Ferrier is a General Ophthalmologist who undertook basic training in Medicine at the University of New South Wales. He then underwent Specialist Ophthalmology training based at Sydney Eye Hospital and spent time in the UK furthering his experience in General Ophthalmology and Strabismus. Dr Ferrier has appointments as a Visiting Medical Officer at Central Coast Local Health District‒ Gosford & Wyong District Hospitals and is responsible for screening premature babies at the Special Care Unit for Retinopathy of Prematurity.
Dr Ferrier cares for patients who have conditions such as Glaucoma, Cataract, Macular Degeneration, Complications of Diabetes, Medical Retinal disease, Disorders of the Tear Drainage System, Disorders of Eyelid Position, Pterygium. Dr Ferrier has a special interest in Strabismus (misalignment of the eyes) and children’s eye diseases.
Adrian Fung is an Associate Professor of Ophthalmology and specialist in vitreoretinal surgery, medical retina diseases and posterior segment tumours of the eye. He is Director of the Westmead Hospital Vitreoretinal Fellowship, where he teaches training surgeons and supervises post-doctoral research fellows. He is a chief investigator of the Bionic Eye Project and has been awarded two Masters degrees in Ophthalmic Science and Clinical Epidemiology from the University of Sydney. He has completed clinical and research fellowships at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver; Manhattan Eye and Ear Hospital, New York; Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, Miami and Wills Eye Hospital, Philadelphia.
Associate Professor Fung has published over 80 international peer-reviewed journal articles and 7 book or book chapters, including “Ophthalmic Clinical Examination” and “Vitreoretinal Surgery for Trainees” (http://www.ophthalmologytextbooks.com). He is Medical Retina Section Editor for the journal Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology and a reviewer for major ophthalmic journals including Ophthalmology, JAMA Ophthalmology andRetina. He has been invited to speak and teach at over 100 national and international meetings including in the USA, Canada, Austria, Budapest, Estonia, China, Korea, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Laos, Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand. He has won awards for his contribution and was the first Australian vitreo-retinal surgeon to be admitted to the prestigious Macula Society in the USA.
Associate Professor Fung is the course convenor for Ophthalmology Updates! (www.ophthalmologyupdates.com), one of the largest ophthalmology conferences held in Sydney each year. He sits on the Sydney Eye Hospital Alumni, Ophthalmic Research Institute of Australia, RANZCO Clinical Standards, ANZSRS Surgical Registry and APVRS Young Ophthalmologists committees. He is a member of RANZCO, ANZSRS, ORA, AAO, ASRS, ARVO, Macular Society, Vit-Buckle Society, Lifeline Express International Academy, ISOO, IRGIII, IntRIS, APAO and APVRS. He is an Asia Pacific Vitreoretinal Society Leadership Development Program Mentor.
Associate Professor Fung’s interests include epiretinal membrane, macular hole, retinal detachment, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, retinal vascular occlusions and retinal and choroidal tumours. Second languages he speaks includes Mandarin and Cantonese. He works at Coastwide Eye Surgery.
Dr John Leaney is a glaucoma specialist, neuro-ophthalmologist and cataract surgeon. John is a dual fellowship trained ophthalmologist specialising in glaucoma and neuro-ophthalmology. He performs cataract and glaucoma surgery with experience in a wide range of glaucoma surgical treatments including trabeculectomy, Baerveldt tube insertion and Xen implantation.
John undertook his medical training at Sydney University followed by internship and residency at Prince of Wales Hospital. This was followed by a PhD looking at early detection of glaucoma using electrical impulses from the brain at Macquarie University under Professor Stuart Graham.
John commenced ophthalmology training at Sydney Eye Hospital in 2012, completing training in 2016. He then undertook a neuro-ophthalmology fellowship at the prestigious Moorfields eye hospital where he was involved in research dealing with the differentiation of glaucoma from other optic nerve diseases. Following this he spent a year at Addenbrookes Hospital under the tutelage of Professor Keith Martin. The fellowship involved the treatment of both medical and surgical glaucoma with a focus on inflammatory causes of glaucomatous disease. During his time at Addenbrookes he was also an investigator a multi-national trial looking at implantable long term glaucoma treatment.
John is an honorary associate at the University of Sydney and has published in many journals including IOVS, Ophthalmology and Current Eye Research. He is currently involved in a multi-centre trial investigating the requirements for neuro-imaging in different types of optic nerve diseases.
Dr McDonald is a comprehensive ophthalmologist and specialist corneal, cataract and refractive surgeon.
He graduated with honours in both Medicine and Science and was made a fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists in 2011. In 2012 he undertook postgraduate training in oculoplastics and anterior segment surgery at St Thomas’ hospital London, after which he moved to the renowned Moorfields Eye Hospital to further his training in corneal and refractive surgery.
Dr McDonald holds a public hospital appointment at Sydney Eye Hospital, where he both consults and operates. He also holds academic appointments at both Sydney University and the University of Notre Dame. He has published papers in a number of international journals, including studies into the long-term stability of refractive surgery and the treatment of keratoconus.
Dr McDonald enjoys the diversity of maintaining a general ophthalmic practice and has broad surgical expertise. He is skilled in corneal and anterior segment surgery, but has a particular interest in cataract surgery, refractive surgery and corneal transplantation.
Dr Michael Minogue, MBBS (Hons), FRACS, FRANZCO, graduated with Honours from the University of New South Wales and trained in Ophthalmology at the Sydney Eye Hospital from year 1983 to 1986. Dr Minogue commenced private practice on the Central Coast in 1992. He is also a Visiting Medical Officer at Central Coast Day Hospital.
Dr Doug Parker is an ophthalmologist with international subspecialty training in corneal and cataract surgery, external eye disease management and laser vision correction. His background includes a PhD in the fields of gene therapy and high-risk corneal transplantation from Flinders University of South Australia, and involvement with the Fred Hollows Foundation in central Australia and the Pacific. He has completed a fellowship in corneal and refractive surgery at the prestigious Moorfields Eye Hospital in London, and has published in international ophthalmic and scientific journals.
Dr Parker has a special interest in diseases of the cornea and external eye such as keratoconus, Fuchs’ corneal dystrophy, allergic eye disease, pterygium, dry eye and corneal infections. Dr Parker is experienced in all forms of corneal transplantation, including endothelial keratoplasty, and performs cataract surgery, collagen cross-linking, multifocal intraocular lens implantation, and laser vision correction.
Dr Polya is a vitreoretinal surgeon and a medical retina specialist. He graduated from the Melbourne University Medical School and completed ophthalmology training at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital in Melbourne. He completed a Master of Public Health at the University of NSW with a thesis in Clinical Risk Management and Patient Safety.
Dr Polya completed the two year Michael Shae Fellowship in Diseases and Surgery of the Retina and Vitreous at St Michael’s Hospital, affiliated with the University of Toronto in Canada, where he was the chief fellow of the Department of Ophthalmology. During this fellowship, at Canada’s busiest retinal service, he also received further subspecialist experience in uveitis and ocular oncology.
Dan commenced private practice as the only vitreoretinal surgeon in the province of New Brunswick, Canada in 2007 and was appointed as a clinical lecturer in the Department of Ophthalmology at Dalhousie University. He has performed thousands of surgeries for cataract and retinal disorders and has performed many thousands of intravitreal injections and laser procedures. He has been involved in the teaching and training of ophthalmology residents, medical students, general practitioners, optometrists and optometry students.
Dan has been involved in clinical trials for macular degeneration and has been active in research into diabetic retinopathy, retinal vein occlusion, macular degeneration and sutureless vitrectomy surgery. He has authored and co-authored multiple published manuscripts in international journals and a book chapter on sutureless vitrectomy. He has presented at several international ophthalmic meetings and has been an invited speaker at other professional meetings.
He is a fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. He is a member of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Retina Specialists, Oceania Retina Association, American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Society of Retina Specialists, Canadian Ophthalmological Society, Canadian Retina Society, and Australian Medical Association.
His special clinical interests are in small-gauge vitrectomy surgery for retinal detachment, vitreous hemorrhage, macular hole and epiretinal membrane; and intravitreal and laser therapy for age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and retinal vascular occlusions.
He operates privately at Central Coast Day Hospital.
Dr Aparna Raniga is a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists. She is a comprehensive Ophthalmologist with subspecialist training in glaucoma, cataract and uveitis. Dr Raniga offers laser treatment for glaucoma and specializes in advanced glaucoma surgery, specifically trabeculectomy, deep sclerectomy and tube shunt surgery. She is also extensively trained in cataract surgery in glaucoma patients.
After graduating in Medicine and Surgery from the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand in 2006, Dr Raniga completed two years of basic medical and surgical residency followed by two years as a non-vocational Ophthalmology registrar at Christchurch Hospital, New Zealand. During this time, she authored the Ophthalmic Emergency Guide for Christchurch Hospital, New Zealand. In 2010, she commenced advanced vocational training with the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists, which she completed in 2015.
The first of her two Glaucoma Fellowships was at the world-renowned Bern University Hospital, Bern, Switzerland, where she had intensive training in the diagnosis and management of glaucoma and uveitis. Under the guidance of Professor Iliev she gained expertise in non-penetrating glaucoma surgery, in particular deep sclerectomy. She trained in the diagnosis and management of uveitis with Associate Professor Tappeiner.
In 2016, Dr Raniga took up the Sydney Eye Hospital Eye Casualty Senior Registrar position before moving to the Ivey Eye Institute, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada to undertake her second Glaucoma Fellowship. Under the guidance of Associate Professors Tingey and Motolko, she received extensive training in the comprehensive medical and surgical management of adult glaucoma.
Dr Raniga is actively involved in research and has recently set up a randomized controlled clinical trial investigating the use of laser (SLT) in treatment naïve glaucoma patients at the Ivey Eye Institute, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada. She has written several peer-reviewed publications and has presented at multiple conferences.
Dr Raniga takes pride in keeping up-to-date, bringing the latest evidence and advances in ophthalmology to her patients by attending local and international meetings.
Dr Raniga understands the importance of listening to her patients, discussing treatment options in detail and tailoring the best evidence based care to individual patients needs. Besides English, Dr Raniga is fluent in French and Hindi.
Dr Brad Townend enjoys living and working on the Central Coast with his wife and children. He completed his medical degree with honours at the University of NSW and went on to subsequently complete a Masters degree in Public Health at UNSW. Following this Brad completed a Masters degree in Ophthalmic science at the University of Sydney. He worked for a number of years at Gosford, Wyong and John Hunter Hospitals before completing 6 years of extensive eye training through Sydney Eye Hospital. He is a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists, and a member of the Australian Cataract and Refractive Surgery Association.
Brad is a Clinical Associate Lecturer in Ophthalmology at the University of Sydney and has done extensive research into various aspects of ophthalmology, including the identification of a number of risk factors for cataract formation. This research has been published in a number of international ophthalmology journals. Brad also has an interest in how nutrition can play a role in the formation and protection of eye disease.
Recently, Brad took 6 months ‘off work’ and worked for the Fred Hollows Foundation in Nepal, the Pacific islands and Alice Springs. He was able to contribute to the eye health of thousands of patients in under-privileged areas during this time and learned a lot about the world, ophthalmology and himself during this adventure!
Brad is currently in private practice in both Erina and Wyong, and serves as an ophthalmologist at both Gosford and Wyong public hospitals. He operates at Central Coast Day Hospital, Berkeley Vale Private Hospital and both Gosford and Wyong public hospitals. Brad plays on the Gosford Hospital basketball team and enjoys the saxaphone, cricket and cycling. He is soon to undertake a ride of the Great Ocean Road in Victoria for charity.