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A/Prof Colin Chan is an internationally recognised expert in vision correction procedures, including laser eye surgery (LASIK, SMILE® and ASLA/PRK), refractive lens exchange and laser cataract surgery. He has more than 18 years of experience as an eye surgeon and has performed over 7,000 eye surgery procedures. A/Prof 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.
He is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Canberra (Faculty of Health) and a Senior Clinical Lecturer at the University of Sydney. A/Prof Chan is also a Director of the Refractive Surgery Degree at the University of Sydney (Save Sight Institute).
A/Prof Colin Chan discusses what to expect before, during and after LASIK surgery
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
One of the first surgeons in Sydney to perform SMILE laser eye surgery
Adjunct Associate Professor, Faculty of Health, University of Canberra
Clinical Senior Lecturer, Central Clinical School, University of Sydney
Director, Refractive Surgery Degree, Save Sight Institute/University of Sydney
Former Conjoint Associate Professor, Faculty of Science, University of New South Wales
Registrar training curriculum committee, Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists
Curriculum committee for corneal subspecialty fellowships, International Council of Ophthalmology
Curriculum committee, Australian College of Optometry Certificate in Ocular Therapeutics
Human Ethics and Research committee, Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists
Congress standing committee, Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology
Other professional achievements
Invited convenor for upcoming Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology Satellite Congresses in Mongolia (2019) and Cambodia (2020)
Invited chairman and speaker for the World Ophthalmology Congress
Ran a masterclass in collagen cross-linking for keratoconus at the Asia Pacific Association for Cataract and Refractive Surgeons Congress
Ran a masterclass in corneal rings for keratoconus at the Australian Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons Congress
Author of a book on dry eye treatment (Springer Publications)
Graduate of the Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology Leadership Development Program
Reviewer for leading ophthalmology journals, including Ophthalmology, Cornea and Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists
International Society of Refractive Surgeons
Cornea Society (USA)
Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology Faculty
Asia Cornea Society
New South Wales Medical Board
Community involvement & charitable work
From 2008–2018, A/Prof Chan was actively involved in fundraising for The Eye Foundation and then became an advisory committee member from 2016–2018. This not-for-profit eye health organisation is dedicated to restoring sight and preventing sight loss throughout Australasia. A/Prof Chan is on a number of pharmaceutical advisory boards and donates his honoraria to various charities such as The Eye Foundation, Australian College of Optometry and Red Cross Australia.
Achievement Award for scientific contributions and teaching, Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology (2015)
Best Paper of Session, American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons Congress (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
Research & publications
A/Prof Chan has participated in 11 clinical trials and published over 30 peer-reviewed scientific articles in medical journals, with a focus on refractive errors, keratoconus and dry eye. He is now expanding his research interests into medical education and is a master’s candidate for research into medical student selection testing at the University of Sydney.
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