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 Amnesty International for over 10 years.
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 John Chang has been awarded PhD for his research in ocular immunology and continues to be involved in medical research to improve patient care. He is a principal investigator for retinal clinical trials that allows his patients to have access to the latest treatments. Dr Chang is actively involved in teaching optometrists, GPs and eye registrars, including training the next generation of eye surgeons in cataract surgery.
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 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.
Professor Adrian Fung is Head of the Westmead Hospital Vitreoretinal Unit and a specialist in vitreoretinal surgery, medical retina diseases and posterior segment tumours of the eye. He is a Clinical Professor at Macquarie University Hospital and Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Sydney. He has Masters degrees in Ophthalmic Science and Clinical Epidemiology from the University of Sydney and completed four clinical and research fellowships in the United States and Canada.
Professor Fung has published over 120 international peer-reviewed journal articles and 7 book or book chapters, including “Westmead Eye Manual” (www.westmeadeye.com) and “Vitreoretinal Surgery Online” (www.vrsurgeryonline.com). He is a Principal Investigator of the Bionic Eye Project, Golden Geographic Atrophy and Velodrome Port Delivery System trials. He was the first surgeon in the world outside of the USA to implant the Port Delivery System and to perform a refill-exchange procedure. He is Editor for Retinal Cases and Brief Reports and Medical Retina Section Editor for Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology. He has been invited to speak and teach at over 100 national and international meetings in Australasia, North America and Europe. He was awarded the RANZCO Teacher of Excellence Award in 2019. He is amongst the first retinal surgeons in Australia to be admitted to the Macula and Retina Societies in the USA and received the Macula Society Travel Grant Award in 2020.
Professor Fung is the course convenor for Ophthalmology Updates! (www.ophthalmologyupdates.com), one of the largest ophthalmology conferences held in Sydney each year. He is an APVRS Councillor and immediate past-Chair of the RANZCO Clinical Standards Committee. He sits on the RANZCO Scientific Congress, RANZCO NSW Branch ASM, Sydney Eye Hospital Alumni, ORIA, RANZCO Clinical Standards, ANZSRS Surgical Registry, Fight Tumour Blindness and APVRS Young Ophthalmologists committees. He is a member of RANZCO, ANZSRS, ORA, AAO, ASRS, ARVO, Macula Society, Retina Society, Vit-Buckle Society, Lifeline Express International Academy, ISOO, IRGIII, IntRIS, APAO and APVRS. He is an APVRS Leadership Development Program Mentor and a RANZCO RACE Examiner.
Professor Fung’s interest include epiretinal membrane, macular hole, retinal detachment, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, retinal vascular occlusions and retinal and choroidal tumours. He will take the time to answer your questions, explain the best course of treatment and put you at ease. He works at Coastwide Eye Surgery.
Dr Rohan Gupta is an Eye Surgeon with expertise in Surgical glaucoma management (including Minimally Invasive Glaucoma Surgery),Complex and refractive cataract surgery, Anterior segment conditions (including pterygium, iris reconstruction, lens exchange),General Ophthalmology (including macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, vein occlusion).
Dr Gupta is an Australian trained Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists. He is dual fellowship trained, with advanced specialisations in Glaucoma and Complex Cataract & Anterior Segment Surgery. He aims to deliver high quality, patient-centred care and prides himself on understanding his patients’ individual needs and concerns in order to ensure best visual outcomes.
Dr Gupta attained his Bachelor’s Degree in Medicine and Surgery from the University of New South Wales, followed by a Masters in Medicine (Ophthalmic Sciences) from the University of Sydney. He undertook specialist Ophthalmology training at Sydney Eye Hospital, before completing his first Fellowship in Glaucoma at Westmead Hospital, with a focus on Minimally Invasive Glaucoma Surgery. He then went on to complete a second Fellowship in Complex Cataract and Anterior Segment surgery, with a focus on managing complex surgical cases with individualised, safe, and effective surgical strategies.
He is a Clinical Lecturer at the University of New South Wales and has been published in peer-reviewed international medical journals. He keeps up to date with the most recent developments in Ophthalmology to provide his patients with the best care.
Dr Gupta is personable, hard worker and a team player. He has an excellent patient manner and is a great communicator. He is fluent in English and Hindi. He enjoys playing cricket, tennis, soccer and in leisure, he likes spending time with family & travelling.
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Dr Jim Li is a general ophthalmologist who enjoys treating a wide variety of ocular diseases. Dr Li manages conditions including cataract, glaucoma, retinal diseases as well as paediatric eye diseases and squint.
He completed his medical degree through the University of Sydney with Honours and furthered his medical education with a Master of Medicine in Ophthalmic Sciences. He undertook ophthalmology training with Sydney Eye Hospital where he acquired comprehensive skills in paediatric and general ophthalmology. Dr Li undertook 12 months of training as the senior at Westmead Children’s Hospital where he worked with internationally renowned paediatric ophthalmologists, as well as 12 months as the senior at Royal North Shore Hospital where he managed adult and paediatric eye conditions of medically complex patients.
Dr Li has published his research in distinguished peer-reviewed ophthalmology literature as well as presented them at national and international conferences. He is the recipient of many university scholarships including the Geoff Hipwell Ophthalmology Award. Besides English Dr Li is fluent in Mandarin.
Justin received his medical degree from the University of Sydney in 1987 and completed the RACGP Family Medicine Program (FMP) in 1991. He became a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners in 1993. He received a Certificate of Recognition from the Australian Teleservices Association in 2012 for his work in telemedicine and has had extensive surgical and emergency medicine experience in the hospital system.
Justin is an experienced vasectomy surgeon performing over 1000 vasectomies a year across Australia and has performed over 8000 vasectomies to date. He presents to General Practice groups regularly around the country on the topic of vasectomy and has been interviewed on ABC Radio National, Sydney Morning Herald “Good Weekend”, Men’s Health Magazine and Channel 9’s “Today” morning show.
His current role is National Lead Vasectomy Surgeon at Marie Stopes Australia which involves education, training and maintaining vasectomy surgical standards across the country
Matthew received his medical degree from Adelaide University in 2010 receiving the Paediatric Surgery prize and became a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners in 2014. Throughout his training Matthew gained extensive surgical skills across a wide range of surgical specialties. He is a highly experienced and trusted vasectomy surgeon performing over 1000 vasectomies a year across NSW. Matthew is committed to ensuring that each vasectomy he performs is as painless and simple as possible. Matthew is a keen sportsman with particular interests in soccer and body boarding.
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.
Associate Professor Hemal Mehta is a cataract surgeon and macula disease specialist with over 15 years experience.
He is available for consultations at the Gosford and Long Jetty sites of Central Coast Eye Specialists. He is at the forefront of retinal research globally and is involved in clinical trials of the latest therapies for macula disease.
He is an Associate Professor at the University of Sydney and on the Steering Committee of the Fight Retinal Blindness! (FRB!) project aiming to optimise intravitreal injection therapy outcomes.
Hemal is on the Therapeutics Committee of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists and on the Editorial Board of the Journal Eye. Hemal previously further specialised with medical retina and cataract surgery fellowships at Sydney Eye Hospital and Moorfields Eye Hospital.
Hemal has over 60 peer-reviewed publications including guidelines on the management of cataract in patients with diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration.
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 Parker completed his undergraduate studies in Sydney, followed by medical training at Flinders University, SA. He completed his general medical training at Liverpool Hospital, NSW. He completed ophthalmology training at Sydney Eye Hospital and then further training at Royal North Shore Hospital and Westmead Hospital. He completed his fellowship in oculoplastic surgery at the world-renowned Moorfields Eye Hospital, London, UK.
He holds a Masters of Medicine (Ophthalmic Science) from the University of Sydney and now is a clinical lecturer in this program. He is active in clinical research and has published in peer-reviewed journals. He has been actively involved in the training of upcoming surgeons in Australia and the UK.
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.