A/Prof. Matthew Simunovic

Sydney Eye Hospital Foundation Board Member

Matthew Simunovic is a consultant vitreoretinal surgeon at Sydney Eye Hospital and the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network. Additionally, he is an Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Sydney. His clinical interests include surgery and diseases of the retina and vitreous in children and adults. He is a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (FRANZCO) and has been elected to the Macula Society, USA.

Matthew attended medical school at the University of Cambridge, where he graduated with distinction. He also gained his PhD at the University of Cambridge for research on retinal dystrophies. He completed his specialist ophthalmic surgical training at Sydney Eye Hospital and undertook subspecialty retinal fellowship training at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Moorfields Eye Hospital, London and the John Radcliffe Hospital/Nuffield Laboratory of Ophthalmology, University of Oxford.

In addition to caring for patients, Matthew is actively involved in laboratory and clinical research into emerging treatments for retinal disease (including gene therapy), visual psychophysics and experimental vitreoretinal surgery. He is supported in this work by a Career Development Award from the Foundation Fighting Blindness, USA and is the only Australian ophthalmologist to have received this award. He and his colleagues have attracted more than $3 million in research funding and he has published in leading ophthalmic and medical journals, including the New England Journal of Medicine, Ophthalmology, JAMA Ophthalmology and the British Journal of Ophthalmology. He is also engaged in the training of ophthalmology registrars, medical students and retinal fellows at Sydney Eye Hospital and overseas as part of Sight For All’s retinal fellowship education project in Cambodia.