Chiefs of Services

Service Chief, Cornea and Anterior Segment

Dr. David Rootman

Dr. David Rootman

Dr. Rootman got his MD at the University of Toronto. After completion of his residency here, he did a two-year fellowship in Cornea and Refractive Surgery at the Louisiana State University under the direction of Drs. Kaufman and MacDonald. Since returning to Toronto in 1988, he has been on staff at the Toronto General/Western Hospital and the Hospital for Sick Children. He has held numerous leadership roles at the Department of Ophthalmology & Vision Science, such as Scientific Director of the Eye Bank, Co-Medical Director of the Eye Bank, Residency Research and Research Day Co-ordinator. He was promoted to full Professor in 2012. He has also served as Research Director and Clinical Director for the Cornea Service of the University Health Network.

Dr. Rootman has innovated in the area of refractive surgery and is seen as a leader in this field with a robust teaching and research profile. He has embraced the new and exciting areas of Lamellar Corneal transplantation. He has lectured and published extensively, with over 100 papers in peer-reviewed journals.

His commitment to resident and fellow teaching is widely acknowledged. He has helped train fellows from 10 countries. During his sabbatical year, 2012, he travelled the world and lectured and operated. He brings his experience back to enrich the program here at the Department of Ophthalmology and Vision Sciences.


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, where she currently serves as Officer of External Affairs. Dr. Gupta is Vice President of the International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO)

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 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 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 Her contributions to global eye health have been recognized by the Academia Ophthalmologica Internationalis


Service Chief, Neuro-Ophthalmology

Dr. Edward Margolin

Dr. Margolin is an Assistant Professor in the department. He finished medical school at West Virginia University followed by residency in ophthalmology at McGill Faculty of Medicine. He completed a neuro-ophthalmology fellowship at the University of Michigan under the supervision of Drs. Jonathan Trobe and Wayne Cornblath.

Since coming to Toronto in 2007, Dr. Margolin has established a very active clinical practice in neuro-ophthalmology. He has been teaching ophthalmology and neurology trainees at all levels, as well as participating in a variety of neuro-ophthalmology educational programs for the Departments of Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine, and Family Medicine. In 2011 he was given the Best Teacher in Ophthalmology Award.

Dr. Margolin has published numerous articles and given presentations and lectures both nationally and internationally. He has been actively involved in the Canadian Neuro-Ophthalmological Society, as well as the North American Neuro-Ophthalmological Society.

His research has been focused on treatments for non-arteritic anterior ischemic optic neuropathy and predictors of visual function after surgical resection of meningiomas affective visual pathways. Recently he has been involved as a clinical lead at the Kensington Eye Institute in a large multi-center collaborative research project investigating the relationship between the quantitative levels of beta-amyloid protein in crystalline lens and development of Alzheimer's disease.

Dr. Margolin's main interest is ophthalmic and particularly neuro-ophthalmic education. He hopes to continue to further develop new teaching approaches to ophthalmic education as Chief of Neuro-Ophthalmology Service at the Department of Ophthalmology and Vision Sciences.


Service Chief, Paediatric & Strabismus

Dr. Asim Ali

Dr. Asim Ali

Dr. Ali started out in electrical engineering before studying medicine at the University of Toronto. On completion of his fellowship in paediatric ophthalmology and strabismus at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, he joined the Hospital for Sick Children and began his first appointment at the Department of Ophthalmology & Vision Sciences in 2006.


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. Michael Brent

Dr. Michael Brent

Dr. Brent is an Associate Professor in the Department of Ophthalmology & Vision Sciences at the University of Toronto. He has been with the Retina service at Toronto Western Hospital (TWH) since 2005. His main clinical and research interests have been devoted to Age-related Macular Degeneration, Diabetic Retinopathy, and Vascular Occlusive diseases. In 2014, he was awarded the Milton Harris Chair in AMD Research at the Donald K Johnson Eye Institute, TWH and University of Toronto. Dr. Brent is the director of the Clinical Trials Program at the Donald K. Johnson Eye Institute, TWH. He is a Principal Investigator for the, an NIH funded Diabetes clinical trials network. He is also a Principal Investigator and national lead for the CIHR funded Diabetes Action Canada research network’s Retinopathy Group. Dr. Brent teaches at the medical undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate levels. He is an associate member at the Institute of Medical Science at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Brent graduated with his MD in 1983 from McMaster University. He pursued an internship in Internal Medicine at the University of Toronto before entering and completing the Ophthalmology residency program in Toronto in 1987. His training continued with a Fellowship in Medical Diseases of the Retina and Vitreous at the University of Western Ontario. Dr. Brent began practice in 1988 at Peel Memorial Hospital in Brampton, where he developed the Medical Retina program and served as chief of Ophthalmology from 1990-1997. In 1998, he joined the Ophthalmology staff at Mount Sinai Hospital, where he became director of the Medical Retina and Retinopathy of Prematurity programs. While there, he was awarded the Saul Wagman Endowment Fund for research in Hereditary Macular Degenerative diseases. 


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.