Retina & Eye Consultants was established in 1999 and were the first specialised Medical Retina and Surgical Retina clinic providing services to the St George, Sutherland and Illawarra areas.
At Retina & Eye Consultants, we are all Fellowship trained Retina Specialists, each having undertaken overseas training in the management of retinal diseases at the most prestigious European and American centres of excellence.
This training focused and high quality orthoptic and support staff sets our practice apart.
Dr Chan graduated with Honours from University of New South Wales and completed ophthalmology training at Prince of Wales Hospital, Randwick. He completed a subspecialty fellowship in Medical Retina from Moorfields Eye Hospital, London.
Dr Chan has obtained a Masters of Public Health from the University of New South Wales. He is an investigator in international clinical trials for macular degeneration, diabetes and retinal vein occlusions. He has published many research articles in peer reviewed journals including a clinical trial on cataract surgery.
Dr Chan is a conjoint lecturer at the University of New South Wales and is actively involved in teaching optometrists, general practitioners and ophthalmology registrars.
Dr Derek Chan consults at retina consultants on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
He operates at Waratah Private Hospital and Chatswood Private Hospital.
He completed medical school at the University of Sydney, where he received a number of undergraduate prizes and scholarships. During his medical degree he also completed a research degree in visual physiology. While working as a junior doctor, he completed a Master of Biomedical Engineering degree at the University of New South Wales, with a focus on advanced optics, ophthalmic technology and retinal protein structure.
He completed his specialist ophthalmology training at Prince of Wales Hospital, Sydney, followed by a fellowship in Medical Retina and Uveitis at the internationally renowned Moorfields Eye Hospital, London.
Dr Assaad has extensive experience in cataract surgery, retinal laser treatments and the use of intraocular injections for the management of retinal diseases including macular degeneration.
He has been involved in teaching medical students, optometrists and ophthalmology registrars throughout his career in ophthalmology. He is a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists.
He is a Visiting Medical Officer at Prince of Wales Hospital and Sutherland Hospital. He also operates at Sydney Surgical Centre and Chatswood Private Hospital.
His interests include general ophthalmology, cataract surgery, medical retina, macular degeneration, diabetic eye disease and retinal vascular disease
Dr Assaad consults at Retina and Eye Consultants on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Dr Katherine Masselos is an Ophthalmologist who specialises in cataract and glaucoma surgery. After completing a Bachelor of Optometry degree from the University of NSW, she went on to study medicine at Sydney University, graduating with honours. Her ophthalmology training was at the Prince of Wales Hospital with her final year as the Professorial Senior Registrar.
Dr Masselos went on to sub-specialty glaucoma training at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital, in the United Kingdom. There she gained extensive laser and glaucoma surgical experience. Dr Masselos performs minimally invasive glaucoma surgery, as well as trabeculectomy and tube shunt surgery. Dr Masselos is actively involved in research and has published in international journals as well as presented at local and international meetings.
Dr Masselos is a staff specialist at Prince of Wales and Sydney Eye Hospital where she enjoys teaching ophthalmology trainees, junior doctors and medical students. She is also a lecturer at the University of New South Wales and Chair of the Clinical Advisory Panel for Glaucoma Australia.
Dr Masselos consults from our Hurstville and Miranda clinics.
Dr Gaurav Bhardwaj is a Vitreoretinal Surgeon and Medical Retina Specialist. He studied Medicine at the University of Newcastle and then subsequently completed a PhD at the University of New South Wales. This involved detailed research in the area of retinal haemorrhages in children and he was awarded a research grant from the Sydney Children’s Hospital Foundation. Dr Bhardwaj then undertook specialist training in Ophthalmology in the Sydney Eye Hospital network for 4 years.
After general ophthalmic training, Dr Bhardwaj completed 2 years of Fellowship training in Medical Retina and Uveitis and then Vitreoretinal Surgery at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital (RVEEH) in Melbourne, the largest Retinal Unit in Australia. During this period, he developed considerable expertise in the diagnosis and management of the full range of retinal and vitreous disorders, complicated cataract surgery (including sutureless scleral fixated lenses) and ocular trauma.
Following this he migrated with his family to Europe and worked at the world renowned Moorfields Eye Hospital in London, the largest eye hospital in Europe, where he was a senior Vitreoretinal Fellow for 1 year. At Moorfields, Dr Bhardwaj managed adult and paediatric patients from all over the United Kingdom and Europe with complex vitreoretinal disorders and further refined his surgical and diagnostic skills. He was also exposed to the latest research in the areas of retinal gene therapy, retinal pigment epithelial stem cell treatment and the artificial retina.
Dr Bhardwaj has continued his research interest with ongoing publications into major scientific journals. He also maintains his knowledge of the latest research in his field by being a reviewer for major scientific journals. He is involved in training registrars and retinal fellows in ophthalmic and vitreoretinal surgery.
Dr Bhardwaj prides himself on providing the best possible outcomes for his patients. His professionalism is reflected by the numerous written compliments he has received from extremely grateful patients he has helped along the way.
BMed (Dist) MMed FRANZCO
Dr Downie is a consultant ophthalmologist with subspeciality training in oculoplastic and lacrimal surgery, ocular oncology and cataract.
She graduated in Medicine from the University of Newcastle with Distinction, and completed a Masters Degree in Clinical Epidemiology at the University of Sydney.
She completed ophthalmology training at the Sydney Eye Hospital. She was the Professorial Senior Registrar. at the Sydney Eye Hospital, and Senior Registrar at Liverpool and Royal Prince Alfred Hospitals, gaining experience in the management of patients with complex medical and surgical eye conditions.
Dr Downie completed a Fellowship in Oculoplastic, Lacrimal, and Cataract surgery at St Thomas’ Hospital in London where she gained experience in Mohs surgery reconstruction of periocular skin cancers, working with the St John’s Dermatology unit at Guy’s Hospital, London.
Dr Downie then completed a Fellowship in Ocular Oncology at Moorfields Eye Hospital, London, the preeminent centre for ocular oncology in Europe. She gained expertise in managing ocular surface cancers, and intraocular tumours, including melanoma, naevi, vascular tumours and retinoblastomas.
Dr Downie is a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO). She has published in the peer-reviewed medical literature and has presented at national and international conferences. She is committed to teaching and research and continues to be involved with the registrar training program at the Sydney Eye Hospital.
Dr Downie is committed to clinical and surgical excellence, and the care and involvement of patients and their families in decision making during their management.
- Eyelid surgery
o Ectropion, entropion
o Excision and reconstruction of eyelid lesions
o Mohs reconstruction
o Lacrimal surgery
- Cataract surgery
- Management of ocular surface tumours
o Conjunctival cancers including melanoma
o Sutureless pterygium surgery
- Management of intraocular tumours – malignant and non-malignant
- Dr Downie offers a consultation discount to pensioners
- Dr Downie offers “known gap” surgery for her patients