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Clinicians: Lions Eye Institute

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

Professor Ian Constable AO


Professor Ian Constable AO trained in ophthalmology in New South Wales before being appointed as Clinical Retinal Fellow at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and a Lecturer at Harvard University. He is a consultant retinal surgeon at Royal Perth, Sir Charles Gairdner and Princess Margaret Hospitals and was Managing Director at LEI from 1983 to February 2009.

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  • Further Key Experience

    • 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

    Membership of Professional / National / Regional Bodies

    • Academia Ophthalmologica Internationalis
    • RANZCO
    • 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

    Current Hospital / University Affiliations

    • Consultant retinal surgeon at Royal Perth Hospital
    • Consultant retinal surgeon at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital
    • Consultant retinal surgeon at Princess Margaret Hospital
  • Research Interests

    • Gene therapy for macular degeneration, macular telangiectasia.

    Other Professional Achievements

    • 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.

    Other Interests

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

Areas of Expertise

  • Vitreoretinal surgery, retinal vascular disease, diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, complex referrals and cataracts


  • Nedlands WA

Languages Spoken

  • English, Bahasa Indonesia

Date Joined Lions Eye Institute

  • Founded the Lions Eye Institute in 1983

First Medical Qualification

  • 1966

Initial Medical Training

  • University of Sydney

Ophthalmology Training

  • Sydney, NSW
  • Boston, USA
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