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Dr Joe Reich Ophthalmologist

Dr Joe Reich
MBBS DO FRACS FRANZCO

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Dr Joseph Reich is a highly experienced cataract and refractive surgeon. With the evolution of laser eye technology, Dr Reich has maintained his expertise and performs LASIK and ASLA/PRK. He also specialises in cataract surgery and refractive lens exchange, and has extensive experience with multifocal and toric lenses. Dr Reich performs complex cataract surgery on patients with co-occurring eye diseases, such as keratoconus, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy.

Career highlights

Career firsts

  • The first surgeon to perform a refractive laser procedure in Victoria in 1991
  • Foundation member of the Melbourne Excimer Laser Group
  • One of the first surgeons to perform intraocular lens implants in Victoria

Teaching

  • Heavily involved in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching of medical students and trainee ophthalmologists
  • Former Director, Clinical School, Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, Victoria
  • Ran the first intraocular lens course and phacoemulsification courses at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, Victoria
  • Former lecturer, Orthoptic School, La Trobe University, Victoria
  • Author of 'check' programs for the Royal Australasian College of General Practice
  • Lecturer, Family Medicine Programme, Royal Australasian College of General Practice

Policy and medical standards

  • Invited contributor to the formulation of policy for the Victorian Government to assist in legislation allowing for ophthalmic day surgery in the state
  • Formulated the initial standards for ophthalmic day surgery for the Royal Australian College of Surgeons and RANZCO
  • Member of RANZCO committees on intraocular lenses, day surgery and orthoptics

Other professional achievements

  • International editor for the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s basic and clinical science course textbook Lens and Cataract
  • Established the Camberwell Eye Clinic Day Surgery Centre
  • National Day Surgery Committee Member, Royal Australian College of Surgeons
  • Designed the initial Excimer Laser Suite for the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital
  • Involved in the introduction of several intraocular lens developments (Iris Clip, extracapsular lenses and modern lenses)
  • Invited to launch the Panoptix trifocal IOL in Victoria in 2016
  • Consultant Ophthalmologist, Head of Clinic, Chairman of the Senior Medical Staff and Deputy Director of the Clinical School, Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital
  • Federal Councillor, Part Two Examiner and Chairman of the Qualifications and Education Committee (Victoria) for RANZCO
  • Travelled with Professor Fred Hollows to rural Australia as part of the National Trachoma Program

Professional memberships

  • Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists
  • Fellow of the Royal Australian College of Surgeons
  • Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • Member of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons
  • Member of the Australasian Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons
  • Member of the Australian Medical Association

Community involvement & charitable work

Dr Reich has held leadership roles in the medical community. He is a former President of both the Australian Friends of the Israel Medical Association and the Australian Jewish Medical Federation.

Education & training

  • Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery, University of Melbourne, Victoria
  • Doctor of Ophthalmology, University of Melbourne, Victoria
  • Ophthalmology training, Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, Victoria

Personal life

Dr Reich’s hobbies include acrylic and watercolour painting and writing fiction. Has published three novels under the name Joe Reich. He donates all proceeds from sales of paintings and books to charity.

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