News & Events

Sean Murphy Prize winners announcement 2019-2020

The Department is proud to announce three winners of the Sean Murphy Award for 2019-2020.

Christina Mastromonaco (supervisor Dr. Miguel Burnier) for her paper Christina Mastromonaco, Matthew Balazsi, Pablo Zoroquiain, Evangelina Esposito, Jacqueline Coblentz, Patrick Logan & Miguel N. Burnier (2018): Removing Subjective Post-Mortem Grading from Posterior Capsular Opacification: A New Automated Detector Opacification Software, ADOS, Current Eye Research, DOI: 10.1080/02713683.2018.1501071

Seung Hyun (Sam) Min (supervisor Dr. Robert Hess) for his paper Min, S. H., Baldwin, A. S., & Hess, R. F. (2019). Ocular dominance plasticity: A binocular combination task finds no cumulative effect with repeated patching. Vision research, 161, 36-42.

Tatiana Ruiz (supervisor Dr. Reza Farivar) for her paper: Ruiz T, Baldwin AS, Spiegel DP, Hess R, Farivar R (2019, July) Increased noise in cortico-cortical integration after mild TBI measured with the Equivalent Noise technique. Frontiers in Neurology 10:767. doi: 10.3389/fneur.2019.00767


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.) 

The 2017-2018 Continuing Professional Development Series at the Faculty of Medicine, McGill University, features lectures by Dr. Oscar Kasner, Dr. Mark Gans, Dr. Leonard A. Levin, Dr. Christian El-Haddad, Dr. David Lederer, and Dr. Susan Lindley. For schedules and locations, visit the website of the McGill Continuing Professional Development website for schedules of the Thursday Evening Learning Series (TELS) and the Wednesday E-Learning Series (WELS).

Thursday Evening Learning Series, McIntyre Medical Building

November 23, 2017 at 6:30 pm

Glaucoma:  What You Really Need to Know

Dr. Oscar Kasner

November 23, 2017 at 7:30 pm

Silent Blinders:  What Not to Miss

Dr. Mark Gans

February 8, 2018 at 6:30 pm

Truth and Lies Behind the Ophthalmic Exam

Dr. Leonard A. Levin

February 8, 2018 at 7:30 pm

Emergency Ophthalmology

Dr. Christian El-Haddad

Wednesday E-Learning Series (by webinar, click on link at Wednesday E-Learning Series (WELS) for more information) 

November 8, 2017 at 12:00 pm Diabetic Retinopathy Dr. David Lederer
March 14, 2018 at 12:00 pm Northern Ophthalmology at McGill Dr. Susan Lindley

Residents Dr. Andre Ali-Ridha and Dr. Aaron Rosen, answered ophthalmology-related questions at the  McGill Health Fair that took place on Friday, October 26, 2018 from 11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.. The annual fair was located at the Ballroom of the New Residence Hall, 3625 ave. du Parc, Montreal H2X 3P8.

Awards & Prizes

Congratulations to our residents and clinical faculty who were awarded prizes at the Resident’s Graduation Dinner on Thursday, June 20, 2019 at L'Ambroisie Restaurant .

Residents awards

  • Dr. Fatma Zaguia – Leadership Award
  • Dr. Mark Bamberger - Highest Academic Standing
  • Dr. Vincent Sun - Resident Cataract Award
  • Dr. Vincent Sun - Resident Surgical Skills Award
  • Dr. Milad Modabber - Susan Lindley McGill International Ophthalmology Award


Congratulations to prize winners at the Department of Ophthalmology Research Day 2019, held at the MUHC-Research Institute on June 21, 2019, Paula Garcia de Alba Graue (1st prize - Talk), Raheem Remtulla (2nd prize - Talk), Xi Wang (1st prize - Poster), and Ali Salimi (2nd prize - Poster).

The Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences is pleased to announce the 2018 winners of the Sean Murphy Resident Award for Research. Congratulations to Daniel Peretz, Sean Jmaeff, Erin Goddard, Thomas Berk, and Sara Alarcon Carrillo.

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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