A/Prof Colin Chan Ophthalmologist

Colin Chan

Colin Chan


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Dr Colin Chan is a refractive, cataract and corneal eye surgeon with more than 16 years of experience. He is Adjunct Associate Professor in the Faculty of Health at the University of Canberra and an internationally recognised expert in vision correction procedures, including laser eye surgery (LASIK, SMILE® and ASLA/PRK), refractive lens exchange and lens implant surgery. He has extensive experience in cataract surgery and laser cataract surgery. Dr Chan also specialises in the treatment of corneal conditions, with a focus on keratoconus and pterygium. He has expertise in techniques such as corneal ring implants (Intacs and Kerarings), collagen cross-linking and corneal transplants.

Career highlights

Career firsts

  • One of the first surgeons in the world to perform laser cataract surgery
  • One of the first surgeons in the world to perform collagen cross-linking to treat keratoconus


  • Clinical Senior Lecturer, Central Clinical School, University of Sydney, New South Wales (2009–present)
  • Conjoint Associate Professor, Faculty of Science, University of New South Wales (2012–2016)
  • Director, Refractive Surgery Degree, Save Sight Institute and University of Sydney (2017)
  • Ophthalmology Registrar Term Supervisor, Vision Eye Institute and RANZCO (2017)

Committee/board memberships

  • Advisory committee member, The Eye Surgeons' Foundation (2016–present)
  • Curriculum committee member for corneal subspecialty fellowships, International Council of Ophthalmology (2017)
  • Congress standing committee member, Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology (APAO) (2016– present)
  • Curriculum committee member, Australian College of Optometry Certificate in Ocular Therapeutics (2011–present)

Other professional achievements

  • Invited to run a masterclass in collagen cross-linking for keratoconus at the Asia Pacific Association for Cataract and Refractive Surgeons Conference (2015)
  • Invited Chairman and Speaker for the World Ophthalmology Congress (2008, 2012 and 2014)
  • APAO Leadership Development program (2011–2012)
  • Invited to run a masterclass in corneal rings for keratoconus at the Australian Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons Conference (2010)
  • Reviewer for leading ophthalmology journals, including Ophthalmology, Cornea and Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery

Professional memberships

  • Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists
  • International Society of Refractive Surgeons
  • Cornea Society (USA)
  • Asia Cornea Society
  • New South Wales Medical Board


Dr Chan has been involved as an investigator in a number of clinical trials and research projects. His research has focused on the areas of keratoconus, glaucoma and refractive errors.

Community involvement & charitable work

Since 2016, Dr Chan has been an advisory committee member for The Eye Surgeons' Foundation. The not-for-profit eye health organisation is dedicated to restoring sight and preventing sight loss throughout Australasia.


  • APAO Achievement Award for scientific contributions and teaching (2015)
  • Best Paper of Session at the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons (2006 and 2007)
  • Young Investigator Award, Neuro-Ophthalmology Society of Australia (2003)

Education & training

  • Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery with Honours, University of Melbourne, Victoria
  • Ophthalmology training, Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, Victoria and Sydney Eye Hospital, New South Wales
  • Fellowship in corneal and laser eye surgery, Boxer Wachler Vision Institute, Beverly Hills and University of California, Irvine, USA

Personal website

To find out more about A/Prof Colin Chan, visit drcolinchan.com

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Publications Congress posters and lectures
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  • Invited Faculty

    AAO (2006, 2009, 2010)
  • Invited Faculty and Chairman

    APAO (2010–2016)
  • Masterclass on corneal rings

    AUSCRS (2010)
  • Invited Faculty

    World Cornea Congress (2010)
  • Invited Faculty

    ASCRS (2005–07, 2010)
  • Invited Faculty

    ISOHK (2006)
  • Invited Chairman

    World Congress of Ophthalmology (2008, 2012, 2018)
  • Refractive surgery expert panel

    APAO (2007)
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