Education Directors

Director Undergraduate Education

Dr. Jennifer Calafati 

Dr. Jennifer Calafati is a comprehensive ophthalmologist who treats a wide range of pathologies with a keen interest in cataract and glaucoma. She is based out of Toronto Western Hospital as well as the Kensington Vision and Research Centre and she is a lecturer at the Department of Ophthalmology and Vision Sciences.

Dr. Calafati completed her undergraduate degree at McMaster University in the Bachelor of Health Sciences Program, where she earned a scholarship and graduated as a Provost Scholar with a 4.0 grade point average in her final year. Dr. Calafati completed her medical degree at McMaster University and pursued a one-year research fellowship at The University of Toronto (U of T) under the supervision of Dr. Ike Ahmed. She published many papers and presented at several international conferences during this time, including ASCRS and AAO.

Dr. Calafati completed her residency at U of T, where she was elected as Chief Resident in her final year. She won both the Chief Resident Award as well as the Woywitka Award upon graduation, which is given to the resident with the highest academic standing over five years.

Dr. Calafati is committed to serving the community by providing quality eye care for her patients. She has an interest in quality and has completed the certificate course for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety (cQUIPS) at U of T.

Dr. Calafati was involved in many teaching endeavours throughout her education. She maintains this passion for teaching as a practicing ophthalmologist and it is reflected in her role as Director of Undergraduate Education for the Department.

For details on Dr. Calafati's background, please refer to his Faculty Members page.

Director Postgraduate Education

Dr. John Lloyd 

Dr. John Lloyd is a comprehensive ophthalmologist at Sunnybrook and a Lecturer at DOVS. He has a focus on cataract and refractive surgery, and performs cataract surgery at Sunnybrook and the Kensington Eye Institute.

Dr. Lloyd received his MD from the University of Western Ontario and completed his residency training in Toronto and New York. His research focuses on the outcomes and complications of cataract and refractive surgery.

For details on Dr. Lloyd's background, please refer to his Faculty Members page.

Director Fellowship Education

Dr. Navdeep Nijhawan  

Navdeep Nijhawan graduated from the University of Toronto Medical School and completed his residency in Ophthalmology there. He graduated from the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS) Fellowship at the University of Toronto in 2003.

Nijhawan is a well-known speaker and educator on topics related to ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgery and is actively involved in teaching medical students, residents, and fellows. He is an Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Toronto. Dr. Nijhawan is on staff at Mount Sinai Hospital and St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto and Lakeridge Health in Oshawa. He is a preceptor for the ASOPRS fellowship at the University of Toronto and is the current Fellowship Director in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences. In the past, he has been awarded the University of Toronto’s Department of Ophthalmology Golden Suture Award for resident surgical teaching.

He is also actively involved in promoting more effective and efficient eye care within the province and is a past Chair of the EPSO (Eye Physician and Surgeons of Ontario) and a member of the Eye Health Council of Ontario. Dr. Nijhawan is the current Secretary, Treasurer and CME Co-Ordinator for Canadian Society of Oculoplastic Surgeons.

For details on Dr. Nijhawan's background, please refer to his Faculty Members page.


Director CPD

Dr. Allan Slomovic 

Dr. Allan Slomovic is the University Health Network Marta and Owen Boris Endowed Chair in Cornea and Stem Cell Research, as well as Research Director of the Cornea/External Disease Service at Toronto Western Hospital. He is past president of the Canadian Ophthalmological Society (COS) and past Chair of CPD and the Canadian Cornea and External Disease Society of COS.

He is also a past director of Ophthalmology at the University of Toronto (1991-2001) and a past director of the department's Residency and Continuing Professional Development programs.

As well as being a leader in cornea and external disease treatment, Dr. Slomovic has trained scores of residents and fellows from all over the world, including Canada, United States, Israel, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines, and Great Britain. In 2001, he was awarded the Mentor of the Year Award by the Royal College of Physicians of Canada.

Dr. Slomovic has published numerous articles in the area of Cornea/External Diseases of the Eye and Refractive Surgery and has also lectured on these topics locally, nationally and internationally.

In March 2014, Dr. Slomovic was nominated by Toronto Life magazine as one of Toronto's best doctors.

For details on Dr. Slomovic's background, please refer to his Faculty Members page.


Director Professionalism & Biomedical Ethics

Dr. Rosa Braga-Mele 

Dr. Rosa Braga-Mele is a Professor in the Department. She has won multiple teaching awards both at the undergraduate and resident levels for her teaching and mentorship abilities including the Silver Needle award in 2003, 2007 and 2012 for the best resident surgical teacher. She was given the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) Achievement Award in 2007 for distinguished service and the AAO Secretariat Award in 2012 for special contributions to the Academy and ophthalmology out of proportion to others and making a difference in her efforts.

Dr. Braga-Mele graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Ottawa Medical School. She then completed her residency at the University of Toronto. She went on to complete her Masters Degree in Higher Education with areas of specialty in curriculum development and patient-physician communication skills. She has a special interest in professionalism including biomedical ethics and communication issues and has published papers and given symposia in these areas.

Dr. Braga-Mele serves as the Chair of the Cataract Clinical Committee for the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) and is a member of the Governing Board for the ASCRS. She was an active member of the AAO Special Programs Committee from 2007-2011. She was also the chairperson for the cataract section of the Canadian Ophthalmology Society (COS) meeting for 2004, 2005 and 2006. She sat on the executive committee and was a board member for the Canadian Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery as chairperson for the annual meeting for the years 2003 and 2004. She is currently helping develop and co-chair a Canadian Women in Ophthalmology chapter for the COS meeting. She was Research Director at the Kensington Eye Institute from 2007-2012.

She is Cataract Section Editor for Ocular Surgery News Journal and is on the editorial board of Cataract and Refractive Surgery Today, Premier Surgeon, and AAO EyeNet.

Dr. Braga-Mele speaks frequently at both the national and international level on advanced surgical techniques and innovations in the area of phacoemulsification surgery and complicated cataract cases and IOL development. She was voted by her peers as one of the top 50 opinion leaders in cataract and refractive surgery. She has over 150 published abstracts and papers. She has also been involved in clinical trials pertaining to wavefront IOL's and multifocal IOL's and phacoemulsification surgery.

For details on Dr. Braga-Mele's background, please refer to her Faculty Members page.