Meet the January 2021 Foundation Fellows

05 Feb 2021

Every year the Sydney Eye Hospital Foundation funds a number of Fellowships.

Thanks to community support, the Foundation funds Fellows, who provide expertise and critical care at Sydney Eye Hospital. While COVID-19 has certainly presented its challenges, we are proud to continue the Fellowship Program in 2021.

Experienced and fully qualified ophthalmic specialists from around the world, apply for these 12-month positions, each in a different specialisation. Fellowships at Sydney Eye Hospital are highly sought after, and the Foundation believes in the global exchange of knowledge and skills.

Foundation Fellows treat and diagnose patients, perform surgery, help train students in their speciality and can participate in research. In essence, they contribute fully to the quaternary care hospital and we are grateful to all.

Meet the 2021 Foundation Fellows;

Dr Thiyaga Krishnan Professorial Uveitis Fellow

Dr Thiyaga Krishnan
Professorial Uveitis Fellow

Thiyaga studied Medicine at the University of Otago and completed his Ophthalmology training in New Zealand. He has completed a 2-year Vitreoretinal fellowship prior to joining the Professorial Unit. He is looking forward to expanding his knowledge and experience in the field of Uveitis and Medical Retina as well as being a part of the world-renowned research team at Sydney Eye Institute. Thiyaga plans to return to New Zealand to work in the Midland Region as the primary Uveitis specialist.

Dr Blanca Benito Pascual Mabs Melville Corneal Fellow

Dr Blanca Benito Pascual
Mabs Melville Corneal Fellow

Dr Benito studied medicine in Valladolid (Spain) and completed her ophthalmology training in Clinico San Carlos Hospital in Madrid (Spain), where she is completing her PhD. She is an enthusiastic researcher, with a master in statistics, 22 published papers (12 international) and collaborations in books, blogs and journals. Her career has been recognized with 10 awards and 4 scholarships, some from the United Kingdom Pediatric Glaucoma Society, Madrid Medical College, Royal Academy of Medicine of Spain or Spanish Ophthalmology Society. She has trained in Romania, South Korea and Canada, but it was her previous experience in Sydney Eye Hospital the one that was lifechanging. She is ready to reach her dream of becoming a cornea specialist with this renowned program in Sydney Eye learning from its first-level specialists. As a passionate traveler this year in Sydney is not only a professional opportunity but a great occasion to explore the exciting lands of Australia.

Dr Tung Thanh Hoang Glaucoma Fellow

Dr Tung Thanh Hoang
Glaucoma Fellow

Dr Tung, a Clinical Lecturer of Hanoi Medical University, is the first Vietnamese fellow of the program. He completed his residency in Vietnam and gained a Master of International Ophthalmology from the University of Sydney, Australia. In 2018, he was awarded a scholarship to complete the Lancaster Course in Ophthalmology at the Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary, USA. Tung is also an Associate Clinical Lecturer of Sydney Medical School to foster the collaboration between Sydney and Hanoi Medical University. He is keen on clinical research and has published 10 papers in international peer-review journals. His aim for this fellowship is to enhance his medical and surgical compendium by working with highly-trained glaucoma subspecialists in one of the best training programs in the Asia-Pacific region. On return, Tung plans to elevate the glaucoma management to an international level and one day provide the first glaucoma fellowship in Vietnam.

Dr Khin Thida Oo
Honorary Graham Lovett Vitreoretinal Fellow

After completion of her medical degree in Yangon, Myanmar, Khin joined Myanmar Eye Centre (MEC) for her postgraduate training in Ophthalmology. MEC is a nongovernmental organization providing comprehensive eye services on a private and charitable basis. While there she had the opportunity to learn vitreo – retinal surgery and to develop a special interest in the treatment of CMV related retinal problem. After gaining the MRCS Ed / Ophth (membership of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, UK) qualification, she completed the Uveitis and Ocular Inflammatory Diseases fellowship from the International Fellowship program at the John A Moran Eye Centre in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. She is excited to join the Sydney Eye Hospital as a V-R Fellow and is looking forward to improving her ophthalmology practice and her vitreo-retinal surgical skills in particular. On completion of her tenure, Khin is hoping to exploring Sydney and other parts of Australia with her family.

Dr James Dalgliesh Oculoplastics Fellow

Dr James Dalgliesh
Oculoplastics Fellow

James studied Medicine at the University of Sydney and then went on to train in Ophthalmology in the Sydney Eye Hospital Network. After completing his final exams James went on to undertake an 18 month fellowship in Oculoplastics at Christchurch Hospital. James returns to Sydney to further build on this foundation of knowledge. As a keen teacher James also hopes to continue to pass on his knowledge during this fellowship and further into the future.