News & Events

Sean Murphy Prize winners announcement 2021-2022

The Department is proud to announce two winners of the Sean Murphy Award for 2021-2022.

Ali Salimi (supervisor Mahshad Darvish) for his publication Harrison Watt; Hassan Elhawary; Mahshad Darvish; Mona Harissi-Dagher: Awareness and attitudes toward corneal donation among Canadians: Informative and motivational videos can increase willingness toward corneal donation, presented at the Canadian Ophthalmology Society meeting (COS) 2021.

Harrish Nithianandan (supervisor John Chen) for his poster Adam Samet; John Chen: Examining the prognostic value of intraoperative optical coherence tomography during pars plana vitrectomy for idiopathic epiretinal membrane removal: A systematic review of 638 eyes, presented at the Canadian Ophthalmological Society (COS) meeting 2021.


Congratulations to prize winners at the Department of Ophthalmology Research Day 2021, held virtually on October 22, 2021, Mona Al-Shehri (winner of the Session I & II oral presentations), Raheem Remtulla (winner of the Session I & II oral presentations), Anne Xuan-Lan Nguyen (winner of the Session III oral presentations), and Ali Salimi (winner of the Session III oral presentations).

The TCP (Transition to Clinical Practice) Teaching Awards 2019-2020

The department is pleased to announce that the 2019-2020 TCP (Transition to Clinical Practice) Teaching Awards for Excellence in Teaching for ophthalmology are to be awarded to Dr. Devinder Cheema (faculty award) and R5 resident, Dr. Thomas Berk (resident award). Drs. Cheema and Berk are among the 15 TCP teachers from various departments chosen for this award.

The Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences held a virtual celebration on May 26, 2021.

The department congratulates both winners!

First-Place Winners of the Marika Zelenka Roy Innovation Prize 2020-2021

Remote Optical

Dr. Leonard Levin and his team Angela Wong, Jeremy Zwaig, and Oliver Wu Martinez were first-place winners of the Marika Zelenka Roy Innovation Prize!

"No high-quality remote examination method of the front of the eye exists. Our solution revolutionizes eye care with remote, asynchronous imaging and examination. These features improve access to eye care for people in rural/indigenous communities, senior homes, intensive care units and emergency rooms. Our solution saves money and time, and leverages the power of AI to assist ophthalmologists during exams and improve monitoring of changes in eye condition between consultations."

The Marika Zelenka Roy Innovation Prize, launched in partnership with the Montreal General Hospital Foundation, highlights the innovation providing the best solution to an unmet clinical need for the care of a patient and the highest likelihood of success in being translated.

The McGill Clinical Innovation Competition (CLIC) and Awards Ceremony took place virtually on May 20, 2021. Click here to see the 2021 top teams.

Sean Murphy Prize winners announcement 2020-2021

The Department is proud to announce three winners of the Sean Murphy Award for 2020-2021.

Mercedes Gauthier (supervisor, Dr. Pierre Lachapelle) for her abstract Anna Polosa: Analysis of rodent scotopic oscillatory potentials at extremely dim flashes shown in time and frequency domains.

Harrish Nithianandan (supervisor, Dr. Hady Saheb) for his abstract Ali Salimi, Huda Abdullah: Efficacy of gonioscopy-assisted transluminal trabeculotomy is related to the extent of patent trabecular shelf on SS-OCT.

Seung Hyun Min (Sam) (supervisor, Dr. Robest Hess) for his abstract Alexandre Reynaud: Interocular difference in spatial frequency but not size mediated a Pulfrich phenomenon.

Ali Salimi (supervisor, Dr. Hady Saheb) for his abstract Huda Al-Farsi: Gonioscopy-assisted transluminal trabeculotomy (GATT) with and without concomitant cataract surgery in young and middle-aged adults.

Congratulations to the winners!

Congratulations to our residents and clinical faculty who were awarded prizes at the Resident’s Graduation Dinner held virtually by Zoom on Thursday, June 18, 2020.

Residents awards

  • Dr. Fatma Zaguia – Cataract Surgical Skills Award
  • Dr. Georges Nasrallah - Leadership Award
  • Dr. Henry Fung - Surgical Skills Award

Clinical Faculty

  • Dr. Hady Saheb - Best Surgical Teacher
  • Dr. John Chen - Best Subspecialty Teacher
  • Dr. Jesia Hasan - Best Clinical Teacher

Congratulations to prize winners at the Department of Ophthalmology Research Day 2020, held virtually on October 23, 2020, Anna XuanLan Nguyen (1st prize - Talk), Raheem Remtulla (2nd prize - Talk), Ana Ramirez Hernandes (1st prize - Poster), and Gareth Mercer (2nd prize - Poster).

Winner of Vision Network Publication Award

Congratulations to Seung Hyun (Sam) Min, PhD student of Dr. Robert Hess, for being one of three 2019-2020 Vision Network Publication Award winners. Sam's paper, co-authored with Dr. Alex Baldwin and Dr. Robert Hess, is entitled: Ocular dominance plasticity: A binocular combination task finds no cumulative effect with repeated patching.

Publication: Min SH, Baldwin AS, Hess RF. Ocular dominance plasticity: A binocular combination task finds no cumulative effect with repeated patching. Vision Res. 2019 Aug;161:36-42

The TCP (Transition to Clinical Practice) Teaching Awards 2019

The department is proud to announce that the 2019 TCP (Transition to Clinical Practice) Teaching Awards for Excellence in Teaching were given to Dr. Mahshad Darvish (faculty award) and R3 resident Thomas Berk (resident award), at a ceremony at the Deanery, Faculty of Medicine, on February 6, 2019. Drs. Darvish and Berk were among the 13 TCP teachers nominated by Med-2 students. In honour of the laureates, the Faculty of Medicine made a monetary contribution to the TCP Teaching Fund which is used to purchase educational material and tools to support teachers during TCP.


The Stephen Fichman Donation in Clinical Ophthalmology


Dr. Stephen H. Fichman

Stephen H. Fichman, BSc 1959, MDCM 1963, has made a major contribution of $100,000 towards the Faculty of Medicine. He is providing a donation to establish an endowment fund in support of an annual lecture in the Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences.

The lecture will take place on the McGill Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Science’s Clinical Day, and will focus each year on a compelling topic in Ophthalmology. The first annual lecture will take place in the 2018-2019 academic year.

The generous support of individuals like Dr. Fichman makes it possible for our Department to grow to its full potential.




We are delighted to announce the appointment of John Galic, MD, FRCSC to the position of Associate Chair for Clinical Affairs of the Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences.  Dr. Galic will assist the will assist the Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences on numerous initiatives and recruitment. Specifics include the planning and recruitment of clinical faculty across subspecialties to ensure exposure of trainees to appropriate volumes and quality of clinical activities across hospital sites, serving as a liaison with the Chair and Director of Research in facilitating access to clinical material for research at various sites, and assisting in the process of appointing and supporting clinical site directors.   

Dr. Galic is an Associate Professor in the Department who specializes in retinal diseases.  Dr. Galic attained his medical degree at Queen’s University then went on to complete his ophthalmology residency followed by a vitreoretinal fellowship at McGill University.  He joined the faculty as an Assistant Professor, CAS Clinical in the Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences in 2005.  Dr. Galic has made substantial contributions to developing a national retina fellowship program in Canada and the program is recognized internationally. He is Chair of the Retina Foundation of Canada Medical Advisory Committee since 2011.

The TCP (Transition to Clinical Practice) Teaching Awards

The TCP (Transition to Clinical Practice)Teaching Awards for Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences were given to Dr. Leonard A. Levin (faculty award) and R4 resident Andre Ali-Ridha (resident award), at a ceremony at the Deanery, Faculty of Medicine, on February 8, 2018. These awards are given by the 2nd year medical students in the TCP program. The department congratulates both winners!

Andre Ali-Ridha and Dr. Levin

Andre Ali-Ridha and Dr. Discepola

More News & Events

The Annual Lions Outreach Eye Clinic, held in collaboration with the Montreal Chinese Lions Club, was held on Saturday, May 4, 2019 at the McGill Academic Eye Centre. For more information, check out the Facebook page or send us an [at] (subject: Information%20about%20Lions%20Clinic) (email.) 

Andre Ali-Ridha, R5 Resident, was a finalist for the 2018 Prix Excelsior award, given by the Fédération des médecins résidents du Québec. He was also nominated for the John Ruedy Award for Innovation in Medical Education from The Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada. Chirstian El-Hadad was nominated for his work in organizing the Lions Club Eye Clinic at the McGill Academic Eye Centre in 2016, where 140 people received care, more than half of whom were Syrian refugees.

McGill Peeps Program

McGill PEEPs program is an initiative at McGill involving the residents and staff. We are the first program in Canada to start this project and we have recently paired up with the Canadian Institute for the Blind (CNIB). Our program involves reaching out to the local community and giving talks about eye safety and how to prevent ocular injuries with the goal of raising more awareness about these preventable injuries. The program is supervised by both Dr. Cheema and Dr. Deschenes. The session involved a 30 minute presentation to visually impaired individuals in the local community, the team at the CNIB including the staff, manager and director and other students.

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