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A/Prof Tim Roberts Ophthalmologist

Tim Roberts

Tim Roberts


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A/Prof Tim Roberts is Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Sydney and Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon at the Royal North Shore Hospital. He is a highly experienced cataract and glaucoma specialist, with many clinical and research interests. These include the development and utilisation of new and innovative technologies and therapies in ophthalmology, medical ethics and education.

He has published over 60 research articles, book chapters and editorials and made over 200 presentations at scientific meetings around the world. He has also served on the editorial board of a number of journals and the American Academy of Ophthalmology Cataract textbook, and sits on various government, industry, university and professional advisory boards.

A/Prof Roberts has been honoured with Global Achievement Awards from the American Academy of Ophthalmology and other international societies for his contributions to scientific and educational programs and to the field of ophthalmology.


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A/Prof Tim Roberts
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A/Prof Tim Roberts receives Global Achievement Award

A/Prof Tim Roberts has been awarded the American Academy of Ophthalmology 2018 Global Achievement Award for contributions made to the Academy, its scientific and educational programs and to the field of ophthalmology. Academy Secretary for Global Alliances, Dr Richard Abbott, presented the Award to A/Prof Tim Roberts during the recent AAO annual meeting in Chicago. With a global community of 32,000 medical doctors, the AAO is the world’s largest association of eye physicians and surgeons.


Career highlights

Career firsts

  • Part of the first team in the Southern Hemisphere to perform laser cataract surgery


  • Clinical Associate Professor of Ophthalmology and Course Coordinator, Northern Clinical School, University of Sydney, New South Wales
  • Invited to present on glaucoma and cataract surgery at local and international conferences

Other professional achievements

  • Glaucoma Unit Head and Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, Royal North Shore Hospital, New South Wales
  • Medical Director, Vision Eye Institute
  • Editorial board member, American Academy of Ophthalmology Lens and Cataract textbook
  • Cataract Section Editor, Clinical & Experimental Ophthalmology and Asia-Pacific Journal of Ophthalmology
  • Held senior RANZCO positions – Chairman of the NSW Qualification and Education Committee (QEC) and member of the Federal QEC, College Board of Examiners and NSW State Committee
  • Asia-Pacific Representative, Cataract Organising Committee, Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology
  • Invited to present laser cataract surgery research and clinical experience at the European and American Societies of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons Congresses
  • Sits on several government, industry and professional advisory boards

Professional memberships

  • Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists
  • Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
  • Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors


Dr Roberts attained his higher degree for research into nocturnal cardiovascular and respiratory risk factors in glaucoma.

His current research interests include:

  • the application of femtosecond lasers in cataract surgery
  • presbyopia-correcting intraocular lenses
  • digital imaging systems
  • toric lenses in astigmatism management
  • complex cataract surgery and ocular trauma repair
  • minimally invasive glaucoma surgery (MIGS)
  • fixed/combination and slow-release glaucoma therapies.

To date, he has published more than 50 peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters and editorials, and delivered over 150 lectures locally and internationally. Dr Roberts has extensive experience with ICH/GCP training, has been a scientific assessor for the Northern Sydney Area Health Services Medical Research Ethics Committee, and has acted as principal investigator for many clinical studies. He is a supervisor and examiner for higher degree students.

Community involvement & charitable work

Dr Roberts has been a consultant surgeon with the Far North Queensland Indigenous Eye Program and, along with a number of fellow Vision Eye Institute doctors, has been involved with the Myanmar Eye Care program (an initiative of The Eye Surgeons' Foundation). Dr Roberts has also been on mission trips to Angola and Nepal.


  • Outstanding Clinical Tutor, Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney (2013, 2015)
  • Outstanding Reviewer, Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (2014)

Education & training

  • Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery, University of New South Wales, New South Wales
  • Master of Medicine, University of Sydney, New South Wales
  • Ophthalmology training, Sydney Eye Hospital, New South Wales
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