Professor Chandra Balaratnasingam, MBBS (Hons) PhD (Dist), FRANZCO

Professor Chandra Balaratnasingam is a consultant ophthalmologist at the Lions Eye Institute and Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital. He specialises in medical and surgical diseases of the macula, vitreous and retina.

Professor Balaratnasingam was awarded his medical degree and his PhD from UWA. After undertaking specialist training in ophthalmology in Western Australia, he completed three years of post-fellowship training in retina diseases at the University of British Columbia, Canada, with Vitreous-Retina-Macula Consultants of New York and at Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital, New York. Following his fellowship training, Professor Balaratnasingam was appointed to clinical faculty at New York University School of Medicine, USA where he worked as a vitreoretinal surgeon prior to returning to Australia.

His research expertise is in the field of retinal vascular diseases with a focus on diabetic retinopathy.

Professor Balaratnasingam has published extensively in scientific papers, book chapters and key medical textbooks. He is regularly invited to speak at international meetings and serves on the editorial board of the journal Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology published by the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO).

Areas of clinical specialty

  • Vitreoretinal Surgery
  • Medical Retina
  • Macular Diseases
  • Cataract Surgery

Areas of research specialty

  • Developing novel techniques to monitor and treat the complications of diabetic retinopathy and other retinal vascular diseases
  • Clinical trials for macular oedema, diabetic retinopathy, retinal vascular diseases and macular degeneration


  • Robert Street Prize – UWA Board of the Graduate Research School for the thesis which made the most outstanding contribution to its field

Professional Achievements

  • Published more than 100 scientific manuscripts and more than 10 book chapters in key medical textbooks
  • Invited to attend the 60th Meeting of Nobel Laureates in Medicine and Physiology
  • Appointed to clinical faculty at New York University School of Medicine

Professional Memberships

  • Professor Balaratnasingam is a member of The Macula Society. Membership of this prestigious international body of retina specialists is by invitation-only to ophthalmologists with an established track record of clinical, surgical and research excellence in retina diseases
  • Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO)
  • Australian and New Zealand Society of Retina Specialists
  • The American Society of Retina Specialists
  • Asia Pacific Vitreo-Retinal Society
  • Vit-Buckle Society
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
  • Australian Medical Association

Current Hospital / University Affiliations

  • Consultant Ophthalmologist, Vitreoretinal Surgery, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital
  • Senior Lecturer, Centre for Ophthalmology and Visual Science, UWA
Professor Chandra Balaratnasingam, MBBS (Hons) PhD (Dist), FRANZCO
Professor Chandra Balaratnasingam, MBBS (Hons) PhD (Dist), FRANZCO

Surgical & Medical Retina, Macular Degeneration, Cataract Surgery,

Areas of Expertise

Vitreoretinal Surgery, Medical Retina, Macular Diseases, Cataract Surgery


Lions Eye Institute, Nedlands WA
Lions Eye Institute, Murdoch WA

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