MEET THE TEAM
RINGWOOD EYE SPECIALISTS

MEET THE DOCTORS

Dr. David Kaufman – MBBS, FRACS, FRANZCO.
Ophthalmologist

Special Interests:

Cataract Surgery | Eyelid Surgery |
Glaucoma.
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Dr. Kaufman has achieved the following academic qualifications:

  • University of Melbourne – Bachelor Of Medicine Bachelor Of Surgery (MBBS) – 1969.

  • Completed post graduate training and became a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of Surgeons (FRACS) – 1974.

  • Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmology (FRANZCO) – 1978.

  • Specialised in ophthalmology as a lecturer at Oxford University.

  • Appointed Consultant Ophthalmologist and later Head of Department at the Royal Melbourne Hospital and has been extensively involved in medical education as an examiner and as Censor-in-Chief at the Royal Australian New Zealand College of Ophthalmology (RANZCO).

Dr. Kaufman currently::

  • Operates at Mitcham Hospital
  • Senior lecturer at Melbourne University and;
  • Senior Inspector of Training Posts for ophthalmologists.

Dr. Kaufman is also:

  • An Honorary Ophthalmologist at Royal Melbourne Hospital
  • A Previous Head of Unit at Royal Melbourne Hospital
  • A Censor in Chief RANZCO
  • A Director of CME RANZCO.

Away from work Dr. Kaufman enjoys:

  • Fishing
  • Woodwork.
Dr. Maged Atalla  – MB, ChB, FRANZCO.
Ophthalmologist.

Special Interests:

Surgeries – Cataract (including laser assisted), Pterygium, Oculoplastic, Glaucoma & Refractive | Blepharospasm | Macular Degeneration  | Diabetic Eye Disease | Retinal Vascular Occlusions.

Dr. Atalla has achieved the following academic qualifications:

  • Bachelor Of Medicine Bachelor Of Surgery (MBBS) Egypt – 1980.
  • Australian Medical Council Exam – 1990.
  • Ophthalmology training at The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital (RVEEH).
  • Advanced training as a senior registrar and post training fellowship at RVEEH.

  • Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (FRANZCO)- 1999.

Teaching – Dr. Atalla has:

  • Taught lectures and eye surgeries to ophthalmic and senior registrars at RVEEH.

Through the Fred Hollows Foundation (FHF) and RANZCO Dr. Atalla has been to Nepal performing cataract surgeries.

In 2009/10, Dr. Atalla collaborated  in preparing, conducting and assessing the first two specialist ophthalmology examinations in Cambodia.

For many years, Dr Atalla ran the ophthalmology lectures and workshops for overseas medical graduates to help them prepare for the Australian Medical Examination through The Victorian Medical Postgraduate Foundation (VMPGF).

Dr. Atalla also practices at Doncaster Eye Centre and operates at:

  • Manningham Private
  • Mitcham Private and;
  • Vermont Private Hospitals.

Teaching – Dr Atalla has:

  • Been an examiner with the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO) since 2001.
  • Been an examiner for the final fellowship exam (RACE exam) for Australian and New Zealander registrars and for overseas qualified ophthalmologists seeking to gain their Australian and New Zealand Fellowship since 2011.
  • Been the examiner in-charge of the RACE exam in Melbourne since March 2012.

Outside of work, Dr. Atalla enjoys:

  • Reading
  • Painting.
Dr. Ian Hurley – MBBS FRACS FRANZCO  .
Ophthalmologist.

Special Interests:

Cataract surgery | Glaucoma surgery.
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Dr Hurley has achieved the following academic qualifications:

  • University of Melbourne – Bachelor Of Medicine Bachelor Of Surgery (MBBS) – 1984.

  • He trained as an ophthalmologist at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear (RVEEH) where he served as Senior Registrar.

  • Completed post graduate training and became a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of Surgeons (FRACS) and a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmology (FRANZCO) – 1992.

  • Dr. Hurley undertook his fellowship training in glaucoma at Cambridge UK and Duke University in North Carolina where he studied clinical ophthalmology together with ophthalmic pathology.

Dr Hurley has worked at Ringwood Eye Specialists and Mitcham Private Hospital for over 25 years.

Previous public hospital appointments include:

  • The Northern Hospital (1998-2011)
  • St Vincent’s Hospital (1994-1997)
  • Preston and Northcote Community Hospital (PANCH) (1994-1998)
  • RVEEH (1995-1997).

Outside of work, Dr. Hurley enjoys:

  • Golf
  • Hiking.
Dr. Alicia Au – MBBS (Hons), FRANZCO.
Ophthalmic & Oculoplastic Surgeon

Special Interests:

Cataract Surgery | Eyelid Surgery | Orbital Surgery | External & Endonasal Dacryocystorhinostomy.

Dr. Au has achieved the following academic qualifications:

  • University of Melbourne – Bachelor Of Medicine Bachelor Of Surgery (MBBS) – 2000.
    • 1st class honours in both Medicine and Surgery
    • Frequently mentioned in the Dean’s Honours list
    • Won the following prizes:
      • Anatomy Exhibition prize,
      • Dwight’s prize,
      • T.F. Ryan prize and Matthew W.McKenzie award in anatomy,
      • Chemistry Exhibition prize
      • Australian College of Emergency Medicine Victorian region prize.

  • Completed specialist training in ophthalmology at The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital (RVEEH).
    • She was awarded the Filipic Greer Medal for Advanced Ophthalmic Pathology.

  • Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (FRANZCO) – 2008.

  • Dr. Au underwent further Fellowship training at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital in the Orbital, Plastics and Lacrimal Unit.
  • She spent time overseas pursuing further interest in Oculoplastic surgery.

Dr. Au holds numerous public appointments as a visiting ophthalmologist and oculoplastic surgeon to the:

  • Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital and;
  • Monash Health Ophthalmology Service.

Dr. Au has ongoing involvement in ophthalmic education through registrar training to students by working as a:

  • Clinical tutor
  • Lecturer and;
  • Coordinator of the registrar’s teaching program.

Dr. Au has also been involved in organising the Fellowship examinations of the Royal Australasian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists.

Outside of work, Dr. Au enjoys:

  • Walking
  • Skiing.
A/Prof Rosie Dawkins  – MBBS, BMedSci (Hons), MPH, FRANZCO.
Vitreoretinal Surgeon

Special Interests:

Retinal Detachments | Macular Holes | Epiretinal Membranes | Complicated Lens Problems | Diabetic Retinopathy.

Associate Professor Dawkins has achieved the following academic qualifications:

  • University of Melbourne – Bachelor Of Medicine Bachelor Of Surgery (MBBS) – 2003.

  • Completed ophthalmology training in Melbourne at the Royal Victorian Eye & Ear Hospital (RVEEH).

  • Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (FRANZCO) – 2014.

  • Fellowship in Medical and Surgical Retina in Cambridge where she developed an interest in the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of inherited retinal detachments as well as training in all aspects of medical and surgical retina.
  • Completed a further Fellowship in Vitreo-Retinal Surgery at RVEEH.
  • Completed her Masters degree at Harvard University.

Associate Professor Dawkins is a consultant ophthalmologist and holds:

  • A research position at the University of Melbourne.

Engaged with Global Ophthalmology providing :

  • Ophthalmology services
  • Training local doctors and;
  • Undertaking research for service development.

Away from work Rosie enjoys:

  • Relaxing.
  • Reading.
Dr Nicholas Cheng – MBBS, BMedSc, MMed(OphthSc), FRANZCO

Special Interests:

Cataract Surgery | Age-related Macular Degeneration | Diabetic Retinopathy | Retinal Vascular Disease | Laser Procedures.

Dr. Cheng has achieved the following academic qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) – University of Melbourne.
  • Bachelor of Medical Science (BMedSc) – University of Melbourne.

  • Masters of Medicine (Ophthalmic Science) – University of Sydney

  • Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (FRANZCO).

Dr. Cheng is a fellowship-trained retinal specialist who has:

  • Completed a sub-specialty Medical Retina fellowship at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital.

  • Undertaken further training and experience in General Ophthalmology at the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital.

  • Been published widely in peer-reviewed journals and was an honorary fellow at the Centre for Eye Research Australia (CERA), helping with research into the latest treatments for retinal diseases.
  • Public hospital appointments as a consultant ophthalmologist at The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, Monash Health and Northern Health.

Away from work Dr Cheng enjoys:

  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Gardening
  • Spending time with his young family.
Dr. Terrence Ong – MBBS, FRANZCO.
Ophthalmologist

Special Interests:

Cataract surgery | Corneal transplants | Laser Refractive Surgery | Pterygium Surgery
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Dr. Ong has achieved the following academic qualifications::

  • University of Melbourne – Bachelor Of Medicine Bachelor Of Surgery (MBBS) – 1995.

  • Completed his specialist training in ophthalmology at The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital (RVEEH).

  • Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (FRANZCO) – 2003.

  • Post fellowship training in Cataract, Corneal and Refractive surgery, initially in Cambridge (UK), and thereafter at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London (UK).

Dr. Ong is a consultant ophthalmologist for the Corneal Clinic at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, where he is involved with registrar teaching and training of international ophthalmology trainees.

He was on the Board of Examiners of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO).

Dr. Ong has an impressive list of accomplishments including:

  • Assisting in the training of undergraduate optometry students at the University of Melbourne
  • Presentations at numerous scientific conferences Australia wide and internationally
  • Published significant research in a variety of scientific journals.
  • Actively involved in overseas volunteer aid work in Tonga providing eye care.

Outside of work, Dr. Ong enjoys spending his days off:

  • Fly fishing
  • Wine making, however;
  • Recent fatherhood has reduced the amount of time dedicated to those activities.
Dr. Rebecca Haward – MBBS, BMedSci, FRANZCO .
Ophthalmologist.

Special Interests:

Macular Degeneration | Diabetic Eye Disease | Vein Occlusions | Cataract Surgery | Ocular Inflammation/Uveitis.

Dr. Haward has achieved the following academic qualifications:

  • Monash University – Bachelor Of Medicine Bachelor Of Surgery (MBBS – Hons) – 2010.

  • Undertook specialist training through the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear (RVEEH).

  • Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (FRANZCO) – 2018.

  • Completed further training in Medical Retina and Uveitis (eye inflammation) at Bristol Eye Hospital in the United Kingdom.

In addition to private practice Dr. Haward:

  • Has a position at The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital where she works in the Eye Emergency Department.
  • Is actively involved in education and training, and the supervision of trainee ophthalmologists.

Dr. Haward has a position at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital. There she works in the Eye Emergency Department, and in clinics.

She is actively involved in education and training, and the supervision of trainee ophthalmologists.

Outside of work, Dr. Haward enjoys:

  • Reading
  • Relaxing.
Dr. Tricia Drew  – MBBS, BMedSci (Hons) PhD,  FRANZCO.
Ophthalmologist

Special Interests:

Cataract  Surgery | Macular Degeneration | Diabetic Eye Disease | Retinal Vascular Occlusions | Diseases of the Retina.
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Dr. Drew has achieved the following academic qualifications:

  • University of Sydney – Bachelor Of Medicine Bachelor Of Surgery (MBBS) – 2003.

  • Completed ophthalmology training at the Prince of Wales Hospital, in Sydney.
  • Completed the Medical Retina Fellowship at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital (RVEEH).

  • Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (FRANZCO) – 2016.

  • Dr. Drew has a PhD (University of Sydney) in retinal anatomy and physiology and has published and presented her research internationally.

Dr. Drew holds public hospital appointments as consultant ophthalmologist at:

  • Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital
  • The Austin Hospital and;
  • Broken Hill Base Hospital.

Dr. Drew is chair of the Eye Section, Senior Medical Staff (RVEEH) and the RANZCO Younger Fellows Advisory Group State Representative for Victoria.

Away from work Dr. Drew:

  • Is a keen reader.
  • Enjoys walking.
Dr. Bob Wang  – MBBS, FRANZCO.
Ophthalmologist

Special Interests:

Surgeries – Cataract, Pterygium, Glaucoma (trabeculectomy, glaucoma drainage devices, minimally invasive.) | Macular Degeneration | Diabetic Retinopathy | Retinal Vascular Disease.

Dr Wang has achieved the following academic qualifications:

  • Flinders University – Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery – 2010.

  • University of Melbourne:
    • Bachelor of Optometry
    • Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Clinical Optometry
    • Postgraduate Certificate in Ocular Therapeutics

  • Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital:
    • Specialist Ophthalmology Training
    • Glaucoma Fellowship

  • Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmology – 2020.

  • Royal Free Hospital, London, UK – Senior Medical Retina Fellowship.

Dr. Wang holds public hospital appointments as consultant ophthalmologist at:

  • The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital – Surgical Ophthalmology, Acute Ophthalmology, Emergency Department
  • The Alfred Hospital – Cataract, Glaucoma, Retina
  • Monash Health – Cataract, Glaucoma

Private surgery at:

  • Mitcham Private Hospital
  • Epworth Freemasons

Away from work Dr. Wang enjoys:

  • Spending time with his young family
  • Tennis
  • Fluent in English and Mandarin Chinese.

ORTHOPTIC CLINICAL STAFF

Your visit to the ophthalmologist usually begins with an examination by a member of the orthoptic staff. This involves:

  • Taking a medical and ophthalmic history.
  • Your vision will be recorded, and if appropriate optical correction maybe tested.
  • Measure your eye pressure
  • If required, drops will be put in your eyes to make your pupils large, to enable the ophthalmologist to perform an examination.

The ophthalmologist may also request the orthoptist to perform other tests to examine your eyes, including ocular coherence tomography (OCT), visual fields, eye measurements for cataract surgery, fluorescein angiography, cornea thickness measurements or corneal topography. The orthoptist may also assist the ophthalmologist in minor procedures within the clinic.

ADMINISTRATION STAFF

The administrative staff at Ringwood Eye Specialists are here to ensure that your visit to the practice is as pleasant and efficient as possible.

If you have any questions, please contact our friendly reception team: