Chief, Kensington Eye Institute

Dr. Sherif El-Defrawy 

Dr. El-Defrawy is the inaugural Ophthalmologist-in-Chief at the new University of Toronto-affiliated Kensington Health Eye Institute as well as Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology & Vision Sciences at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Sherif El-Defrawy received his PhD in Pharmacology from Queen's University, and his Medical Degree from the University of Calgary. He did his Internship at the University of Toronto (Sunnybrook Hospital), and residency in Ophthalmology at the University of Ottawa.  He joined the University of Ottawa Eye Institute in 1995 and was Residency Program Director there from 1999 to 2004.  In 2004, he assumed the Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology at Queen's University until 2012.

He was the President of the Canadian Ophthalmological Society from 2004-2006  and served as Chair of the CNIB/Baker Committee from 2008 to 2012.  He was also  President of the Association of Canadian University Professors of Ophthalmology, as well as Co-Chair of the Eye Health Council of Ontario.  Dr. El-Defrawy has chaired or been a member of many  Ontario Expert Panels and Vision Task Forces and also served on the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons Examination Committee.