A/Prof Tim Roberts Ophthalmologist

Tim Roberts


Dr Tim Roberts is a highly experienced ophthalmologist, with particular expertise in the field of laser cataract surgery and glaucoma. He holds a public appointment at Royal North Shore Hospital, where he heads the Glaucoma Unit and also performs cataract surgery, and is a clinical associate professor of ophthalmology at the University of Sydney. His other interests include intraocular lens technology, medical ethics and teaching. Dr Roberts serves on the editorial board for the American Academy of Ophthalmology textbook Lens and Cataract and is Cataract Section Editor for Clinical & Experimental Ophthalmology and the Asia-Pacific Journal of Ophthalmology.

Career highlights

Career firsts

  • Part of the first team in the Southern Hemisphere to perform laser cataract surgery


  • Clinical Associate Professor of Ophthalmology and Course Coordinator, Northern Clinical School, University of Sydney, New South Wales
  • Invited to present on glaucoma and cataract surgery at local and international conferences

Other professional achievements

  • Head of the Glaucoma Unit and Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, Royal North Shore Hospital, New South Wales
  • Editorial board member, American Academy of Ophthalmology Lens and Cataract textbook
  • Cataract Section Editor, Clinical & Experimental Ophthalmology and Asia-Pacific Journal of Ophthalmology
  • Held senior RANZCO positions – Chairman of the NSW Qualification and Education Committee (QEC) and member of the Federal QEC, College Board of Examiners and NSW State Committee
  • Asia-Pacific representative, Cataract Organising Committee, Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology
  • Invited to present laser cataract surgery research and clinical experience at the European and American Societies of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons Congresses
  • Sits on several industry and professional advisory boards

Professional memberships

  • Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists
  • Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
  • Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors


Dr Roberts is actively involved in research, particularly in the areas of laser cataract surgery and glaucoma. He has published many papers and editorials in peer-reviewed journals, as well as an academic thesis and several book chapters. He has extensive experience with ICH/GCP training, has been a scientific assessor for the Northern Sydney Area Health Services Medical Research Ethics Committee, and principal investigator for many clinical studies. He is a supervisor and examiner for higher degree students.

Community involvement & charitable work

Dr Roberts has been a consultant surgeon with the Aboriginal Eye Service and, along with a number of fellow Vision Eye Institute doctors, has been involved with the Myanmar Eye Care program (an initiative of The Eye Surgeons' Foundation). Dr Roberts has also been on mission trips to Angola and Nepal.


  • Outstanding Clinical Tutor, Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney (2013 and 2015)
  • Outstanding Reviewer, Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (2014)

Education & training

  • Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery, University of New South Wales, New South Wales
  • Master of Medicine, University of Sydney, New South Wales
  • Ophthalmology training, Sydney Eye Hospital, New South Wales
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