Chiefs of Services

Service Chief, Cornea and Anterior Segment

Dr. Neera Singal

Dr. Neera Singal is a cornea surgeon at The Kensington Eye Institute and The Michael Garron Hospital.  She graduated from The University of Toronto Ophthalmology and went on to do her fellowship in cornea, external disease and refractive surgery at The University of Toronto.  She is an assistant professor at the University of Toronto DOVS, and is the Director of Cornea at KEI.  She is also the head of the Collagen Cross Linking Program at KEI, which has one of the largest international CXL experiences. She has worked closely with the Ministry of Health to improve access to care for cornea patients.  She is active in education, is a Royal College Examiner, is the education lead for the DOVS cornea program and is the undergraduate medical directory for Ophthalmology at The Michael Garron Hospital.  Her clinical and research interests include the management of keratoconus as well as corneal transplant surgery.

 

Service Chief, Glaucoma

Dr. Neeru Gupta

Dr. Neeru Gupta

Dr. Gupta is surgeon-scientist, educator and an internationally recognized champion for eye health.  She is Professor of Ophthalmology and Vision Sciences and Chief of the Glaucoma Service at the University of Toronto. She established the Glaucoma Unit at St. Michael’s Hospital and was a principal investigator for international clinical trials to evaluate new drugs, several of which are used to treat glaucoma today. Dr. Gupta is past President of the Canadian Glaucoma Society and has served the Board of the Glaucoma Research Society of Canada. She is the Glaucoma Section Editor for the Canadian Journal of Ophthalmology.  

Dr. Gupta has served the Board of Directors of the American Glaucoma Society and was Chair of their Annual Scientific meeting. She was elected Chair of the Glaucoma Section for the Association for Vision and Research in Ophthalmology (ARVO) by her international peers.  She is the first Canadian to join the Board of Governors of the World Glaucoma Association http://www.worldglaucoma.org, where she currently serves as Officer of External Affairs. Dr. Gupta is Vice President of the International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO) http://www.icoph.org

Dr. Gupta, also a faculty member with the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto, has been behind an impressive range of pioneering initiatives to raise the standard of glaucoma care and education worldwide.  She co-authored the Glaucoma Section of the American Academy of Ophthalmology Basic and Clinical Science Course – a core learning resource for residents.  She chaired the development of an international Glaucoma Curriculum for residents and led the development of the first global Glaucoma Fellowship Curriculum on behalf of the ICO.  She served as Chair of an international task force of glaucoma experts in collaboration with the World Health Organization, to develop ICO guidelines for glaucoma – providing, for the first time, best practice guidance for ophthalmologists working in low-resource settings, now available in 11 languages http://www.icoph.org/enhancing_eyecare/glaucoma.html. She played an instrumental role in the new ICO-World Glaucoma Association African Glaucoma Fellowship Program to provide young ophthalmologists from sub-Saharan Africa with the opportunity to improve their glaucoma skills and bring them back to their communities. Dr. Gupta is the Convener for the Glaucoma Scientific Program for the World Ophthalmology Congress 2018.    

For these initiatives and others, Dr. Gupta received achievement awards from the Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Academy of Ophthalmology, and was awarded a Physician Mentor Recognition Award from the American Medical Association. She was honoured with the Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce Female Professional of the Year Award.

As a scientist with the Keenan Research Centre for Biomedical Science at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, Dr. Gupta directs a translational research team that has published numerous seminal scientific articles focused on visual system injury in glaucoma and new treatments for glaucoma. She has played an integral role in the discovery of brain changes in glaucoma and translating the findings to human disease. For her ground-breaking work, she was awarded the World Glaucoma Association Award. Her team discovered the lymphatic circulation in the eye, and described its role in normal and diseased eyes. This work was awarded the New York Academy of Medicine Lewis Rudin Glaucoma Research Prize. 
At St. Michael’s Hospital, she co-founded the non-profit Human Eye Biobank for Research, the first in Canada, and an invaluable resource utilized by researchers around the world www.humaneyebank.ca. Dr. Gupta is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of The Glaucoma Foundation New York, and an Editor of prestigious international journals including the Journal of Glaucoma and Investigative Ophthalmology and Vision Sciences.  

Her research contributions have been recognized by election to the Glaucoma Research Society – an international group of glaucoma scholars with 86 active members http://www.glaucomasociety.org/. Her contributions to global eye health have been recognized by the Academia Ophthalmologica Internationalis http://www.a-o-int.org/aoi-homepage.html.

 

Service Chief, Neuro-Ophthalmology

Dr. Edsel Ing

Dr. Edsel Ing completed his medical school and ophthalmology residency at the University of Toronto.  His clinical fellowships in neuro-ophthalmology, oculoplastics and strabismus were at the Wills Eye Hospital, the Mayo Clinic and Allegheny General Hospital.  He is a graduate of the Harvard Masters of Public Health and Global Clinical Scholars Research Training program, the Evidence-Based Teaching for the Health Professions program at Johns Hopkins, has a Masters of International Affairs through the United Nations Research and Training Institute, and a PhD in diagnostic prediction models for giant cell arteritis from Kingston University.  

He is a section editor for the Canadian Journal of Ophthalmology, a member of the World Association of Medical Editors, recipient of the PARO and Aikens teaching awards, and a preceptor for the University of Toronto ASOPRS oculoplastics program.

His neuro-ophthalmology practice focuses on thyroid-associated orbitopathy, orbital tumours, strabismus surgery, eyelid spasms, and facial nerve palsy.

 

Service Chief, Paediatric & Strabismus

Dr. Kamiar Mireskandari

Dr. Mireskandari is an Associate Professor at the Department of Ophthalmology and Vision Sciences at the University of Toronto. He is the John and Melinda Thompson Chair in Vision Research and a staff Ophthalmologist at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids). He did his residency training and PhD at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London, UK. He is double fellowship trained in Cornea and External diseases (Moorfields) and Paediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (SickKids).
    
He is a clinician researcher who focuses on Paediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus and in particular ways to assess and improve patient care and outcomes. He is the Chair of the Ophthalmology Research Committee and co-director of a fully comprehensive paediatric cornea fellowship program at SickKids. He is on the editorial board of the JAAPOS journal and the Review Committee for the next major revision of the AAO – BCSC Book 6 in Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus 2021-22. His clinical & surgical practice includes corneal transplantation, External diseases, cataract, glaucoma, retinopathy of prematurity and Strabismus.
 

 

Service Chief, Oculoplastics

Dr. Dan DeAngelisDr. Dan DeAngelis

Dr. Dan D. DeAngelis

Dr. Dan D. DeAngelis completed his medical school and ophthalmology training at the University of Toronto. After residency, he undertook three years of further subspecialty training in Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. His first fellowship was at the University of Toronto in Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery under the direction of Dr. Jeff Hurwitz. Dr. DeAngelis was then awarded the E.A. Baker Fellowship Award from the C.N.I.B. to further pursue his interests in trauma and oncology through a subsequent two-year fellowship in Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of California, San Francisco with Dr. Stuart Seiff.

Dr. DeAngelis returned to Toronto in 2002 and is an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto, Department of Ophthalmology and Vision Sciences, and a staff surgeon at both The Hospital for Sick Children and Mount Sinai Hospital. His practice is limited to surgery of the orbit, eyelids, and lacrimal systems in adults and children, with a special interest in trauma and oncology. He has published numerous articles in the peer-reviewed literature, has lectured on all aspects of ophthalmic plastic surgery and has taught courses in advanced techniques in facial surgery and pediatric orbital trauma at international meetings. In addition to helping train Paediatric Ophthalmology fellows at the Hospital for Sick Children, he is a preceptor for the Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery fellowship at the University of Toronto, and one of the few members of the prestigious American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

 

Service Chief, Retina and Vitreous

Dr. Efrem Mandelcorn

Dr. Efrem Mandelcorn is an attending vitreoretinal surgeon at the Toronto Western Hospital, University Health Network. He received his medical degree with honours and subsequently completed his ophthalmology residency at the University of Toronto Department of Ophthalmology and Vision Sciences. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons and a Fellow of the American Board of Ophthalmology. He completed 2 surgical fellowships, first at the University of Toronto followed by the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at the University of Miami, Florida. He is an associate professor at the University of Toronto, Department of Ophthalmology and is the Director of the Vitreoretinal Fellowship Program at the Toronto Western Hospital & Sunnybrook sites.

 

Service Chief, Uveitis

Dr. Larissa Derzko-Dzulynsky

Dr. Larissa Derzko-Dzulynsky

Dr. Derzko-Dzulynsky completed both her undergraduate and medical degrees at the University of Toronto, graduating in 1993. Her training in Ophthalmology was completed at the University of Toronto in 1998 and her fellowship training in Uveitis at McGill University in 2000. She returned to the University of Toronto, Department of Ophthalmology & Vision Sciences for post-fellowship training in retina and uveitis and was then appointed Lecturer in 2000. She was promoted to Assistant Professor in 2008. She is currently on staff at St. Joseph's Health Centre, Kensington Eye Institute and St. Michael's Hospital, as well as consultant staff at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre.

In addition to her clinical and surgical practice, Dr. Derzko-Dzulynsky is involved in resident teaching in uveitis at the Department of Ophthalmology & Vision Sciences. Her research activities include a Canadian National Uveitis Survey (and cost-analysis) and investigation of uveitis, as well as multidisciplinary research in the area of spondyloarthropathy and uveitis. She is currently co-principal investigator in a collaborative research study on the early detection of axial spondyloarthropathy in patients with uveitis.

She has been chairperson of the Canadian Uveitis Society since June 2010, during which time she has worked closely with the Canadian Ophthalmological Society and Ontario Rheumatology Association to increase awareness of uveitis at the provincial and federal government levels. She is currently working with the Ontario Rheumatology Association to establish a Uveitis Registry in Ontario. She has led Ontario uveitis specialists to create and submit a series of white papers on immunosuppressives in uveitis in order to educate the Ontario government and improve access to treatment for uveitis patients.

 

Service Chief, Ophthalmic Pathology

Dr. Yeni Yucel

Dr. Yeni Yucel

Dr. Yucel is a certified pathologist specialized in eye diseases and tumours. Dr. Yucel is also a scientist with an active research program on translational ophthalmic pathology. His team’s research achievements include seminal discoveries including brain changes  in glaucoma, and lymphatic drainage from the eye that were recognized by awards from Glaucoma Research Society of Canada, World Glaucoma Association, and New York Academy of Medicine. 


He serves on many editorial boards scientific journals, and was elected to serve as the Chair, Pathology Section, of the ARVO Meeting Committee.