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Professor Ian Constable AO

“appointed as Clinical Retinal Fellow at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and a Lecturer at Harvard University.”


Professor Constable trained in ophthalmology in New South Wales before being appointed as Clinical Retinal Fellow at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. He later became a consultant surgeon and Lecturer at Harvard University. He was appointed the foundation professor of ophthalmology and retinal surgeon at Royal Perth Hospital in 1975 before establishing the LEI in 1983. He continues to practice as a consultant ophthalmologist at the LEI and at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital with a special interest in diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration and second opinions for complex eye problems. He was Managing Director at the LEI from 1983 to February 2009 and was appointed Patron of the LEI in 2018.

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Founder and Managing Director of Lions Eye Institute from 1983 to 2009
Foundation Lions Professor of Ophthalmology, UWA 1975
Clinical Retinal Fellow at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Research Fellow at the Schepens Eye Institute and a Lecturer at Harvard University, 1970 - 1975

Academia Ophthalmologica Internationalis
Association for Research in Viscom and Ophthalmology
Academia Ophthalmologica Internationalis
American Academy of Ophthalmology
American Vitreoretinal Society
Asia Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology
International Counsel of Ophthalmology, 2000 – 2006
Chairman, Western Australian State Science Council 2000 - 2007

Consultant retinal surgeon at Royal Perth Hospital
Consultant retinal surgeon at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital
Consultant retinal surgeon at Perth Children's Hospital

Gene therapy for macular degeneration, macular telangiectasia.

Professor Constable was a fundamental contributor to changing the practice of ophthalmology in Western Australia.
With his focus on specialisation, many patients were able to receive high standard treatment locally rather than travelling east for more complex eye disease.
He built Perth’s reputation as a place to study. The clinic began to attract talented young post-graduate students from Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, New Zealand and a number of Asian countries and many of them stayed in Perth following their training.
He enabled a rapid escalation of laboratory-based research, so that by the early 1980s ophthalmology had become the largest research consortium in UWA surgery and in Australian Ophthalmology.
He has contributed extensively to the development of quality eye care throughout Asia over 38 years.

President of Asian Pacific Viteoretinal Society
Councillor and past President, Asian Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology
Aboriginal health
Aboriginal and post modern Australian art.

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