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DR ELISA CORNISH Medical Retinal Fellow

Every year the Sydney Eye Hospital Foundation funds a number of Fellowships.

Experienced and talented eye doctors from Australia and overseas can apply for these 12-month positions, each in a different specialisation. Fellowships are keenly sought after and are a key Foundation funding goal: the worldwide exchange of knowledge and skills is vital.

Foundation Fellows work with patients, help train students in their specialisation and participate in research. The Sydney Eye Hospital benefits in numerous ways from these programs, including clinical research and national and international publication. Some of our Fellows are from developing nations and return to their country with enhanced skills from their year on the floor of this fully operational Eye Hospital.

Our current Foundation Fellows are:

DR ZOYA RABKIN-MAINERDr Zoya Rabkin-Mainer
Glaucoma Fellow

Zoya trained in Israel. She has taught medical students, engaged in clinical research, and developed a special interest in glaucoma. She will take the knowledge & skills she gets here back to Israel and work as a glaucoma consultant. She’s thrilled by this once in a lifetime opportunity to work and study here.

DR LAI YONG TAIDr Lai Yong Tai
Oculoplastic Fellow

Oculoplastic surgeon Dr Lai Yong Tai trained in Malaysia and has held fellowships in London and Melbourne. She participates in public screening events and clinical teaching for medical students, junior residents and paramedics. Lai is keen to learn new surgical techniques from our renowned oculoplastic surgeons over the next 12 months in Sydney, here with her family.

DR NEIL AVERYDr Neil Avery
Graham Lovett Vitreoretinal Fellow

Since 2009 Neil has travelled annually to St Ann’s Bay in Jamaica to help provide ophthalmic care to those who do not have access to specialised care. There, he has developed a special interest in small incision cataract surgery. He is looking forward to the opportunity to work at Sydney Eye Hospital and to learn from world class vitreoretinal surgeons. Away from work Neil and family are enjoying exploring Sydney and all it has to offer.

DR DANIEL GARCERANT CONGOTEDr Daniel Garcerant Congote
Mabs Melville Corneal Fellow

Daniel studied medicine in Colombia and ophthalmology in Madrid, where he is working on a PhD thesis on corneal topography. His goal is to improve his clinical and surgical skills in cornea pathology at our world renowned facility, and participate in the leading research the cornea team is performing. He hopes to pass on this knowledge when he returns to Colombia. Meantime he and his family are excited by the chance to visit Australia’s cities and beautiful landscapes.

DR ELISA CORNISHDr Elisa Cornish
Medical Retinal Fellow

Elisa completed her ophthalmology training at Sydney Eye Hospital. This is her second fellowship: last year she held the Professorial Uveitis Fellowship. Elisa is thrilled to join our renowned Medical Retina Unit to refine her skills. She will also continue her involvement with the macular research team, working to develop new treatments for the disease.

DR NINO HIRNSCHALLDr Nino Hirnschall
Corneal Fellow

Nino started his ophthalmic research at medical school in Vienna, before becoming a research fellow in London and completing a PhD in medical physics in Vienna. He is keen to learn from the cornea team at Sydney Eye Hospital, to improve his clinical and surgical skills and spend a year in this beautiful city together with his wife Karin. After the fellowship he will return to Austria to use the knowledge he has gained as a corneal surgeon and researcher.

DR ZAID MAMMODr Zaid Mammo
Dr Eddie Donaldson Vitreoretinal Fellow

Trained in Vancouver, Dr Zaid Mammo has completed a one-year vitreoretinal fellowship at Columbia University in New York. He is thrilled to have the opportunity to learn from and work alongside some of the world leaders in the field of vitreoretinal surgery. On completing his fellowship, he plans to return to Canada to work as a consultant in a tertiary care centre. Outside work, Zaid is enjoying life in Sydney and exploring Australia.

DR SHAAN WIRYASAPUTRADr Shaan Wiryasaputra
Professorial Uveitis & Medical Retinal Fellow

Shaan trained in Singapore. Drawn to ophthalmology for its marriage of clinical medicine and surgery, she has chosen to pursue subspecialty interests in medical retina and uveitis. She is grateful for the opportunity to train at Sydney Eye and is looking forward to honing her clinical and surgical skills under the tutelage of our fine team.

You can read more about our fellowships and the application process on our Fellowships page.

Every year Sydney Eye Hospital Foundation funds a number of honorary positions within the Sydney Eye Hospital. The Foundation pays the salary on the fellows for a period of 12 months while they work at the Sydney Eye Hospital. This is made possible thanks to the generous donations of our many supporters.

If you are interested in becoming a Sydney Eye Hospital Fellow you can read about the available positions and application process on our Fellowships page.


Dr Steve Levasseur – Graham Lovett Vitreoretinal Fellow

Dr Steve Levasseur – Graham Lovett Vitreoretinal Fellow

Dr Steve Levasseur began his Fellowship in Vitreoretinal Surgery at the Sydney Eye Hospital after having completed his ophthalmology training in Vancouver, Canada.

He is very excited to have the opportunity to learn from and work alongside some of the world leaders in the field of  vitreoretinal surgery.

After completing his fellowship, he plans to return to Canada to work as a consultant in a tertiary care centre.

Post update August 2018: Dr Steve Levasseur can now be found at http://www.retinabc.ca/


Dr Aida Mohd Zahidin – Corneal Fellow

Dr Aida Mohd Zahidin – Corneal Fellow

Aida completed her ophthalmology training in Malaysia.

She hopes that this fellowship will enable her to further polish her surgical skills and enhance her knowledge to provide good cornea and anterior segment services for the patients back home.

She looks forward to learning from other renowned experts in the field at Sydney Eye Hospital and will be returning back to Malaysia in July 2015 to work in a University Hospital in KL.


Dr David Dudok – Glaucoma Fellow

Dr David Dudok – Glaucoma Fellow

Dr David Dudok completed residency at the Ivey Eye Institute in London, Canada prior to arrival in Sydney.

He plans to return to Windsor, Canada after completing his Glaucoma Fellowship to practice as well as teach at the medical school.

His interests include medical education and comprehensive glaucoma management.

He believes the fellowship will give him a strong foundation in academic research and clinical and surgical glaucoma.

He is excited to spend a year learning in Sydney with his family and to avoid at least one Canadian winter.


Dr Yochai Shoshani – Oculoplastic Fellow

Dr Yochai Shoshani – Oculoplastic Fellow

Dr Yochai Shoshani started his Oculoplastic Fellowship at Sydney Eye Hospital in July 2014.

He is from Israel and did his ophthalmology training in Kaplan Medical Center in Rehovot.

During his residency, he stayed 2 years in the United States, Indianapolis to complete several research projects as well as a one year observership with Drs William Nunery and Harold Lee.

His goal in this fellowship program is to improve his clinical and surgical skills in Oculoplastics as well as continue research.

Dr Shoshani looks forward to exploring Sydney and Australia in the upcoming year.


Dr Noam Yanculovich – Vitreoretinal Fellow

Dr Noam Yanculovich – Vitreoretinal Fellow

Dr Yanculovich joined the Vitreoretinal team in July 2014. He completed his residency in Israel in 2012, and two years of Vitreoretinal and Medical Retina at Soroka University Medical Center in Israel.

He hopes to enhance his clinical and surgical skills and hopes to conduct research into retinal surgery. At the end of his Fellowship he will go back to his country to work as Vitreoretinal Surgeon.


Dr Guillermo Fernandez Sanz – Dr Eddie Donaldson Vitreoretinal Fellow

Dr Guillermo Fernandez Sanz – Dr Eddie Donaldson Vitreoretinal Fellow

Dr Guillermo Fernandez Sanz started his Vitreoretinal Fellowship at Sydney Eye Hospital in July 2014.

He completed his ophthalmology training at Fundacion Jimenez Diaz University Hospital in Madrid (Spain). In 2012, he relocated to the UK to undertake a Medical Retina & Uveitis Fellowship at Moorfields Eye Hospital (London) and then a Vitreoretinal Fellowship at the Western Eye Hospital (London).

He is keen to further his clinical and surgical skills and to gain experience in the management of complex vitreoretinal diseases. On completion of his fellowship, he will return to Spain to resume his job at Fundacion Jimenez Diaz University Hospital.

 

Every year Sydney Eye Hospital Foundation funds a number of honorary positions within the Sydney Eye Hospital. The Foundation pays the salary on the fellows for a period of 12 months while they work at the Sydney Eye Hospital. This is made possible thanks to the generous donations of our many supporters.

If you are interested in becoming a Sydney Eye Hospital Fellow you can read about the available positions and application process on our Fellowships page.


Dr Steven Schendel – Glaucoma Fellow

Sydney Eye Hospital Foundation Fellow: Dr Steven Schendel – Glaucoma Fellow
Dr. Steven Schendel completed his ophthalmology residency training in Vancouver, Canada in June of 2013.

He relocated to Sydney in late July to begin his glaucoma fellowship training. He hopes to conduct research into minimally invasive glaucoma surgery while at the Sydney Eye Hospital, and gain further experience in the management of clinical and surgical glaucoma.

He looks forward to exploring Sydney and Australia in the coming year.


Dr Abhishek Kumar – Dr Eddie Donaldson Vitreoretinal Fellow

Dr Abhishek Kumar – Dr Eddie Donaldson Vitreoretinal Fellow

Dr Abhishek Kumar joined the vitreoretinal team in July 2013.

He completed his residency in India and did 2 years vitreoretinal fellowship at Aravind Eye Hospital & PG Institute, Coimbatore.

His goal is to become a proficient vitreoretinal surgeon and he believes that Sydney Eye Hospital will provide him with excellent opportunities to learn the most advanced management protocols for different eye conditions.

After this fellowship he aspires to provide vitreoretinal services to the rural population of India.


Dr U-Teng Chan – Corneal Fellow

Sydney Eye Hospital Foundation Fellow: Dr U-Teng Chan – Corneal Fellow
Dr U-Teng Chan is from Malaysia and she hopes to learn and enhance her clinical and surgical skills in Cornea at Sydney Eye Hospital and will return to Malaysia in June 2014 to continue working in the Corneal Unit.


Dr Farhan Qureshi – Oculoplastic Fellow

Sydney Eye Hospital Foundation Fellow: Dr Farhan Qureshi – Oculoplastic Fellow

Dr Farhan Qureshi started as the Oculoplastic Fellow in the Sydney Eye Hospital in July 2013.

He is from the UK and did his ophthalmology training in Liverpool after which he went on to an Oculoplastic Fellowship in Manchester.

He is keen to experience healthcare in Australia and further his skills particularly in endonasal surgery whilst here.

He will be returning to the UK to begin as Consultant Oculoplastic Surgeon in Wigan after his time here.


Dr Emil Sjahreza – Graham Lovett Vitreoretinal Fellow

Dr Emil Sjahreza – Graham Lovett Vitreoretinal Fellow
Coming from Indonesia, Dr Emil Sjahreza started his Vitreoretinal Fellowship at Sydney Eye Hospital in January 2013.

His goal in this fellowship program is to gain as much skills and knowledge as possible from various consultants in the hospital.

He will go back to his country to work as vitreoretina surgeon in Klinik Mata Nusantara, Jakarta.


Dr Gustavo Reis – Sydney Eye Hospital Foundation Fellow

Dr Gustavo Reis – Current Sydney Eye Hospital Foundation Fellow
Dr Gustavo Reis completed his specialist registrar training in Brazil at the Santa Casa de Misericordia Hospital. He has also done a round year as a Glaucoma and Cataract Fellow with Prof. Felicio Silva, a recognised Glaucoma specialist in Brazil.

Dr Reis expects to enhance his studies from the qualifi ed staff attached to the Glaucoma Unit of the Sydney Eye Hospital, improve his clinical and surgical skills and carry out some useful research and development. When not in surgery, Dr Reis supervises in the Outpatients Department providing patient care that has helped him to achieve a better knowledge of eye disease diagnoses and patient management.

Every year Sydney Eye Hospital Foundation funds a number of honorary positions within the Sydney Eye Hospital. The Foundation pays the salary on the fellows for a period of 12 months while they work at the Sydney Eye Hospital. This is made possible thanks to the generous donations of our many supporters.

If you are interested in becoming a Sydney Eye Hospital Fellow you can read about the available positions and application process on our Fellowships page.


Dr Nathaniel Knox Cartwright – Corneal Fellow

Dr Nathaniel Knox Cartwright – Corneal Fellow
From the UK, Nat Knox Cartwright started at the Sydney Eye Hospital in July 2012. Nearly all of his ophthalmology training, including his just completed Cornea Fellowship, was in Bristol. He hopes to learn from the different clinical and surgical approaches taken by the consultants at Sydney Eye Hospital and will be applying for consultant posts in the UK on his return.


Dr Manju Meena – Oculoplastic Fellow

Dr Manju Meena - Oculoplastic Fellow
Dr Manju Meena comes to us from India and started the Oculoplasty Fellowship in Sydney Eye Hospital in October this year. She completed her ophthalmology training in New Delhi and also completed an Oculoplasty and Ocular Oncology Fellowship from LV Prasad Eye Institute in Hyderabad, India in 2010. She hopes to learn facial reconstruction, aesthetics and cultural diversities and plans to apply her skills for patient care back home in India.


Dr Avinash Gurbaxani – Professorial Fellow

Dr Avinash Gurbaxani – Professorial Fellow
Dr Avinash Gurbaxani is the Uveitis and Medical Retina Fellow working with the Professorial Unit. He has trained at Moorfi elds and St. Thomas’ Hospitals in London as well as the Oxford Eye Hospital. He plans to return to work as a Uveitis MR consultant in the UK after his Fellowship.


Dr Ee Ling Ang – Graham Lovett Vitreoretinal Fellow

Dr Ee Ling Ang trained in Vitreoretinal surgery at Penang Hospital, Malaysia. She will return to Malaysia in February, after a year of comprehensive training in medical and surgical retinal diseases in Sydney Eye Hospital, to run the Vitreoretinal Unit at Penang Hospital.


Dr Kapil Bhatia – Dr Eddie Donaldson Vitreoretinal Fellow

Dr Kapil Bhatia – Dr Eddie Donaldson Vitreoretinal Fellow
Dr Kapil Bhatia began his Vitreo Retinal Fellowship in Sydney Eye Hospital in August 2012. He completed his ophthalmology training in New Delhi, India and completed a Vitreo Retinal Fellowship at LV Prasad Eye Institute in Hyderabad, India in 2010. He hopes to learn not only clinical and surgical skills but also learn more about culture and language diversities and will return to start his own practice in India.