DR ALISON CHIU
FRANZCO, PhD, MBBS (Hons),
BMedSc (Hons I), Grad Dip Refractive Surgery
Specialist Eye Surgeon
Dr Alison Chiu a has special interest in cataract surgery including refractive and complex cases. She is also an expert in refractive vision correction. She has contributed to the success of over 40,000 laser vision corrections performed by surgeons at one of Australia's leading refractive surgical centres. She is one of only two Principal Surgeons since it's inception in 2002, having served that role since 2014.
Education and Clinical Experience
Dr Chiu completed her medical degree with Honours at the University of Sydney. She also completed a Bachelor of Medical Science and following a dedicated research year, graduated with First Class Honours. Dr Chiu has completed a PhD from the University of Sydney, supported by prestigious scholarships at University College London and Cambridge University.
Her ophthalmology training was undertaken at Sydney Eye Hospital, with further subspecialty training at Macquarie University Hospital, including an academic qualification in Refractive Surgery. She was the Principal Surgeon at Perfect Vision Laser Correction, one of Australia’s leading refractive surgery practices from 2014 to 2020. Dr Chiu has a long history of medical teaching, and has been teaching cataract surgery, including complex techniques to trainees since 2013. She is currently undertaking a Graduate Certificate in Education at Harvard University.
- B. Med. Sc. (First Class Honours), The University of Sydney
- M.B., B.S. (Hons), The University of Sydney
- Ph.D. (Medicine), The University of Sydney (Cambridge University, University College London)
- Fellowship, Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO)
- Graduate Diploma in Refractive Surgery, The University of Sydney
- Graduate Certificate, Leaders of Learning. Harvard University
- VMO Bankstown Hospital, Springwood Hospital, Nepean Hospital
- VMO (Locum) Concord Hospital, 6 months
- Operating rights at Sydney Surgical Centre, Bondi Junction Private Hospital
- Fellowship, Macquarie University Hospital. Glaucoma/Medical Retina/Refractive Surgery
- Accredited Ophthalmology training over four years with Sydney Eye Hospital and secondments
- Three years of broad clinical medical experience, one year of experience as Basic Surgical Trainee, one year at Medical Registrar level
- Conjoint Lecturer – UNSW
- Previous – Lecturer and Tutor – University of Sydney
- Lead Consultant Ophthalmologist – Kinghorn Cancer Centre
- BRIGhT – Application pending for Research Grant, SWSLHD
- Executive Committee Member (Secretary) - NSW Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO)
- Chairperson - Morbidity and Mortality, NBM Local Health District
- Visiting Medical Officer at three Public Hospitals
- Medical Advisory Committee, Private Sydney Day Surgery facility, Sydney
- National Governance Committee, College of Physicians
- Postgraduate Medical Council, JMO Representative
- Examiner, Ophthalmic sciences, Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists
- Co-Supervisor of Registrar Training, Bankstown Hospital, South Western Sydney Local Health District
- Conjoint Lecturer, University of New South Wales
- Three years as Anatomy Tutor, Lecturer, Dissection room demonstrator, University of Sydney
- Formal and informal education of medical students, junior doctors, and other allied health staff
- Five papers published
- One book chapter published by Oxford University Press
- Two published abstracts
- Writer for Australian Doctor Magazine – Therapy Updates and Case Studies
- Two oral presentations at international conferences
- Six oral presentations at national conferences, three as invited speaker
- One poster presentation at a national conference
- One international and one national workshop
1992 - 1995
B. Med. Sc. (First Class Honours), The University of Sydney
1998 - 2003
M.B., B.S. (Hons), The University of Sydney
Two years deferred during studies to continue and complete PhD
1996 - 2004
Ph.D (Medicine), The University of Sydney
"Dental Variation in the Sydney Region: An Odontometric Analysis"
Supervisor: Dr D. Donlon, Senior Lecturer, Department of Anatomy and Histology
Doctoral studies were undertaken on a full-time and part-time basis, and from 1998 concurrently with medical studies (5.0 years full-time equivalent). Fieldwork comprised 6 months data collection at University College London and Cambridge University.
This research produced one published paper, one published abstract, and six conference paper presentations, two of which were by invitation. Multiple research prizes and scholarships were awarded throughout candidature.
2007 - 2012
Vocational Training and Fellowship, RANZCO
2012 - 2013
Graduate Diploma (Refractive Surgery), The University of Sydney
Graduate Certificate, Leaders and Learning, Harvard University
- 2018-present - Conjoint Lecturer - UNSW
- 1995-1998 - Lecturer and Tutor – University of Sydney
- John Irvine Hunter Prize. Prosectors Competition. Department of Anatomy and Histology, University of Sydney. (Specimen currently bottled and on display in the Wilson Museum)
- Australian Postgraduate Award. The Commonwealth Government.
- Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society Scholarship. Awarded to cover attendance costs at international conference.
- Gold Medal. Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society. Awarded for ‘best overall paper presentation’ at international Symposium.
- British Chevening Scholarship. The British Council. Awarded to conduct PhD studies at University College London and Cambridge University for 6 months.
- Postgraduate Travel Grant. Faculty of Medicine, The University of Sydney.
- Honorary Student Membership. Commendation for submitted paper. The Royal Society (NSW branch).
- Honourable mention, Albert A. Dalhberg Award. Awarded by the Dental Anthropology Association for manuscript presented at international conference.
- PhD/Medicine Scholarship. The Private Practice Fund, The Canberra Hospital.
Lead Consultant Ophthalmologist for direct referrals from Kinghorn Cancer Centre (a joint facility of St Vincent’s Hospital and The Garvan Institute) for all clinical trial patients, to detect eye pathology for inclusion to and exclusion from clinical trials, as well as monitoring complications and side effects of trial medications. This involves comprehensive anterior and posterior segment examinations.
Associate Investigator: Current funding from NHMRC, Supported by The George Institute for Global Health: Best Practice Surgical and Refractive (BRIGhT) management strategy for cataract, which combines expedited sequential cataract surgery and provision of necessary refractive correction through updated spectacle lenses within 2 weeks of second eye surgery. Site SWSLHD.
Current funding application for Translational Research Grants Scheme, Supported by Agency for Clinical Innovation (ACI): A Vision for Integrated hospital and community management of chronic eye diseases: Effectiveness and adaptability of Community-Eye-Care (C-EYE-C) - does it promote access, is it cost-effective and does it meet patients’ needs?
2020 - present
- Secretary, Executive Committee, NSW Branch Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists
- Organising Committee, RANZCO NSW ASM. Newcastle 2020
2018 - 2019
- Member, Executive Committee, NSW Branch Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists
2018 - present
- Chair of Morbidity and Mortality, NBMLHD
2013/2015/2018 - present
- VMO at 3 Public Hospitals with active involvement in Departmental Meetings
Medical Advisory Committee, private day hospital, Sydney
National Governance Committee, College of Physicians
Postgraduate Medical Council, JMO representative (intern)
2018 to present
- VMO Ophthalmologist, Nepean Hospital
2015 to present
- VMO Ophthalmologist, Springwood Hospital
2013 to present
- VMO Ophthalmologist, Bankstown Hospital
2013 to present
- Private Practice, General Ophthalmologist with subspecialty interest in refractive surgery
Mar 2014-Oct 2014
- Locum VMO Ophthalmologist, Concord General Repatriation Hospital
- Ophthalmology Fellow, Macquarie University Hospital
Medical Retina, Glaucoma, Refractive Surgery
Accredited Ophthalmology Registrar–Sydney Eye Hospital & Rotations
|Terms 1&2||Senior Registrar, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital|
|Term 3||Senior Registrar, Sydney Eye Hospital Emergency|
|Term 1||St Vincent's Hospital|
|Term 2||Team B, Sydney Eye Hospital (Oculoplastics, Oncology, Cornea)|
|Term 3||Team A, Sydney Eye Hospital (Oculoplastics, Glaucoma, Cataract)|
|Term 4||Bankstown Hospital|
|Term 1||Paediatrics – Westmead Children’s Hospital|
|Term 2||Bankstown Hospital|
|Term 3||Newcastle - John Hunter Hospital/Royal Newcastle Centre|
|Term 1||Retina Junior, Sydney Eye Hospital|
|Term 2||(maternity leave)|
|Term 3||Emergency, Sydney Eye Hospital|
|Term 4||Westmead Hospital|
|Term 3||Royal Darwin Hospital|
2006 ST VINCENT’S HOSPITAL, SYDNEY
|Term 1||Cardiology/General Medicine (Wagga Wagga Base Hospital)|
|Term 2||Neurology (Liverpool Hospital)|
2004-2005 ROYAL PRINCE ALFRED HOSPITAL, SYDNEY
|RMO 1/B ASIC SURGICAL TRAINEE||Intern|
|Term 1||Neurology||Term 1||General Surgery (Dubbo Hospital)|
|Term 2||Vascular Surgery||Term 2||Respiratory Medicine|
|Term 3||Cardiothoracic Surgery||Term 3||Breast Surgery|
|Term 4||Head & Neck Surgery||Term 4||Upper GI Surgery|
|Term 5||Intensive Care (Junior Registrar)||Term 5||Emergency Dept|
- Pass in Advanced Clinical Examination (RACE)
One of only 2 NSW candidates of the 2010 cohort to obtain a clear pass
- Pass in Advanced Ophthalmic Pathology
2007 - 2008
- Completed Part 1 RANZCO modules:
- Pass in Anatomy, Physiology, Optics, OBCK
- Pass in Basic Pathology, Epidemiology, Genetics, Microbiology and Virology, Pharmacology
- Ophthalmic Anatomy: UNSW
- Sydney Eye Hospital Registrar Lecture Program
- Advanced Cardiac Life Support
- Royal Australasian College of Surgeons: Early Management of Severe Trauma
- Royal Australasian College of Surgeons: Care of the Critically Ill Surgical Patient
- Royal Australasian College of Surgeons: Basic Surgical Skills Course
2018 - present
- Examiner, Ophthalmic Sciences, Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists
2018 - present
- Co-Supervisor of Registrar training, Bankstown Hospital, South Western Sydney Local Health District
2018 - present
- UNSW, Conjoint Lecturer
2013 - present
- Supervision and training of ophthalmology registrars, as well as junior medical staff and allied health staff, predominantly through public hospital appointments
2007 - 2011
- Medical student / Overseas Elective student / RMO supervisor, POWH, RNSH Formal teaching in SCORPIOs and daily informal teaching to students and junior medical staff.
2004 - 2006
- Medical Student Supervisor, St Vincent's and Liverpool Hospitals / UNSW Daily informal teaching to resident medical officers and interns and medical students as Medical Registrar and Resident
1995-1996 and 1998
- DEPARTMENT OF ANATOMY AND HISTOLOGY, THE UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY
Anatomy Tutor, Lecturer, Dissection room demonstrator
Faculties of Medicine, Dentistry and Science
Ophthalmology contributor – “Australian Doctor” magazine. Paper and digital print circulated to over 20,000 General Practitioners
A GPs guide to the impace of digital screens on young eyes. 17 April 2018
Therapy update: diagnosis and management of dry eye for GPs. 25 October 2019
- Chiu, A.L.S., Sherry, E. and Phung, X. Accessibility of clinical information on the web: Just try to be specific. Nature. 1999; 401 (6749): 111.
- Chiu, A.L.S. and Donlon, D. Anthropological and Forensic Aspects of Odontometric Variation in Two Contemporary Australian Populations. Journal of the Dental Anthropology Association. 2000; 14 (2): 20 - 37.
- Chiu, A.L.S. Forensic and anthropological aspects of variation in dental metrics in two contemporary Australian populations. American Journal of Physical Anthropology. 2000; 30 (Suppl): 123. Abstract
- Chiu, A.L.S, and Robertson, M. Chapter 38: Psychiatric Trauma. In: Sherry, E., Trieu, L. and Templeton, J. (eds.) Trauma. Oxford University Press, Oxford. 2003; 632 - 644.
- Choy E.T., Chiu, A., Young, J., Butow, P., and Spillane, A. (2005) A pilot study to evaluate the impact on patient outcomes of involving breast cancer patients in the multidisciplinary clinic discussion of their surgery results and treatment. ANZ Journal of Surgery. 2005; 75 (s1): A31. Abstract
- Thurtell MJ, Chiu ALS, Goold LA, Akdal G, Cromptom JL, Ahmed R, Madge SN, Selva D, Francis I, Ghabrial R, Ananda A, Gibson J, Chan R, Thompson EO, Rodriguez M , McCluskey PJ, Halmagyi GM (2013) Neuro - ophthalmology of invasive fungal sinusitis: 14 consecutive patients and a review of the literature. Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology. 41(6): 567 - 576.
- Keay K.A., Crowfoot L.J., Floyd N.S., Henderson L.A., Christie M.J. and Bandler R. (1997) Cardiovascular effects of microinjections of opioid agonists into the 'Depressor Region' of the ventrolateral periaqueductal gray region. Brain Research. 1997; 762(1 - 2) : 61 - 71. Acknowledgement for experimental work
- Chiu, A.L.S. The value of dental measurements for forensic identification. Australian and New Zealand International Symposium on the Forensic Sciences. 13th Biennial meeting. 8 - 13 September, 1996. Sydney, Australia.
- Chiu, A.L.S. Race determination in dental anthropology. 15th Annual Forensic Anthropology 15th Annual Forensic Anthropology and Dental Identification Course. 27 April-1 May, 1998. New South Wales Institute of Forensic Medicine, Sydney, Australia. Invited speaker.
- Sherry, E., Phung, X., Trieu, L., Yuan, J. , Gorman, J. and Chiu, A.L.S. Workshop: “Orthosearch” and “WorldOrtho”: Valuable Internet resources for Orthopaedic Surgeons. Australian Orthopaedic Assocation. 11 - 16 October, 1998. Cairns, Queensland, Australia.
- Sherry, E., Oliver, C., Phung, X., Trieu, L., Yuan, J., Chiu, A.L.S., Viswanathan, S., Gorman, J. and Peach, P. Workshop: Orthopaedics and the Internet. Société Internationale de Chirurgie Orthopédique et de Traumatologie (SICOT). 21st Triennial World Cong ress. 18 - 23 April, 1999. Sydney, Australia.
- Chiu, A.L.S. Race and sex determination in dental anthropology. 16th Annual Forensic Anthropology and Dental Identification Course. 3 - 7 May, 1999. New South Wales Institute of Forensic Medicine, Sydney, Australia. Invited speaker.
- Chiu, A.L.S. The value of dental measurements for forensic identification. Internati onal Association of Forensic Sciences. 15th Triennial Meeting. 22 - 28 August, 1999. Los Angeles, California, USA.
- Chiu, A.L.S. Forensic and anthropological aspects of variation in dental metrics in two contemporary Australian populations. Australasian Society for Human Biology. 13th Annual Conference. 6 - 9 December, 1999. Sydney, Australia.
- Chiu, A.L.S. Forensic and anthropological aspects of variation in dental metrics in two contemporary Australian populations. American Association of Physical Anthropologists. 69th Annual Meeting, 12-15 April, 2000. San Antonio, Texas, USA
- Choy, E., Chiu, A., Young, J., Butow, P. and Spillane, A. A Pilot Study to Evaluate the Impact on Patient Outcomes of Involving Breast Cancer Patients in the Multidisciplinary Clinic Discussion of their Surgery - Results And Treatment Plan. Leura V: International Breast Cancer Conference, Breast Cancer Institute. 10-14 November 2004, Sydney, Australia. Poster presentation
- Choy, E., Chiu, A., Young, J., Butow, P. and Spillane, A. A pilot study to evaluate the impact on patient outcomes of involving breast cancer patients in the multidisciplinary clinic discussion of their surgery results and treatment. Annual Scientific Congress, Australasian College of Surgeons. 13-15 May 2005, Perth, Australia.
- Chiu, A. Dry eye treatment to optimise cataract surgery outcomes. Synergeyes. 29-30 June 2019, Melbourne, Australia
- Chiu, A. Risks and Benefits for Physical Development: Vision. Digital Environments and Developing Minds: Research Strategies for professionals, producers and policy makers. The 1st Annual Children and the Media National Conference. 28 October 2019. Sydney, Australia
- Neuro - ophthalmology Society of Australia. 21st Annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting, November 2005 Sydney
- Medical Retina and Uveitis. 21st Annual Registrar’s Conference, Save Sight Institute and Sydney Eye Hospital, 2007
- Cornea and External Eye disease. 22nd Annual Registrar’s Conference, Save Sight Institute and Sydney Eye Hospital, 2008
- RANZCO Annual General Meeting and S cientific Congress, Melbourne 2008
- Neuroophthalmology. 23rd Annual Registrar’s Conference, Save Sight Institute and Sydney Eye Hospital, 2009
- Medical and Surgical Retina. 24th Annual Registrar’s Conference, Save Sight Institute and Sydney Eye Hospital, 2010
- RANZCO Annual General Meeting and Scientific Congress, Adelaide 2010
- RANZCO Annual General Meeting and Scientific Congress, Canberra 2011
- RANZCO Annual General Meeting and Scientific Congress, Melbourne 2012
- RANZCO Annual General Meeting and Scientific Congress, Melbourne 2016
- Ophthalmology Updates Conference, Sydney 2017
- Minimally Invasive Glaucoma Surgery (MIGS) Course 2017
- RANZCO NSW Branch Meeting and International Society of Ocular Oncology, Sydney 2017
- 35th Annual ANZ Cornea Society and Eye Bank Meeting, Sydney 2018
- Management of Wet Age-Related Macular Degeneration, Polypoidal Vasculopathy, and Retinal Vein Occlusions, Sydney 2018
- Synergeyes, Sydney 2018
- Sydney Eye Hospital Alumni Association Meeting 2018
- Future Directions in Ophthalmology, Medical Management of Retinal Disease, Melbourne 2018
- Ophthalmology Updates Conference, Sydney 2018
- RANZCO NSW Branch Meeting, Sydney 2019
- Global Retina Meeting: Treatment update, Sydney 2019
- Synergeyes, Sydney 2019
- Ophthalmology Updates Conference, Sydney 2019
2018 – present
- RANZCO NSW State Branch Executive Committee Member (Secretary)
- Chairperson Morbidity and Mortality – NBM Local Health District
2014 - present
- Member of Medical Advisory Committee, Private Day Surgery Facility, Sydney
2013 - present
- Ophthalmology VMO in Public Hospitals - Modelling a high standard of professional behaviour.
- Teaching and Supervision of accredited and unaccredited Ophthalmology Registrars
2007 - 2011
- Ophthalmology Registrar, Teaching and supervision of medical students, elective students and residents
- National Governance Committee, College of Physicians
2004 - 2005
- Experience with audit and quality assurance in collating and presenting morbidity and mortality data over several clinical rotations
- Internship: Postgraduate Medical Council, JMO representative
Professional Memberships and Subscriptions
- Australian Society of Ophthalmologists
- Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology
- Focal Points
Sydney Ophthalmic Specialists
139 Macquarie St
Sydney NSW 2000
33-35 York Street
Sydney NSW 2000
Penrith Eye Specialist Centre
26 Higgins St
Penrith NSW 2750