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Andrew Kirker, BSc, MD, FRCSC

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Academic Position

Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, University of British Columbia

Background and Training

He attended medical school at the University of British Columbia before completing a residency in ophthalmology at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He subsequently undertook surgical retinal fellowship training at the University of British Columbia. Following his training in Vancouver, he completed additional vitreo-retinal training in Calgary before traveling to Philadelphia where he spent time at the Wills’ Eye Institute in the Ocular Oncology service with Drs. Jerry and Carol Sheilds. His last fellowship was in medical retina, Uveitis and Ocular Oncology at the University of Sydney, Australia under the direction of Professor Peter McCluskey. Dr. Kirker has expertise and performs research in the medical and surgical management of vitreo-retinal surgical diseases, medical retina, and Ocular Oncology.

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David A. Albiani, BSc, MD, EMBA, FRCSC

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Academic Position

Clinical Assistant Professor & Retina Division Head, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, University of British Columbia

Education

Bachelor of Science (Queen’s University)
Doctor of Medicine (Queen’s University)
Residency, Ophthalmology (University of Ottawa)
Fellowship, Diseases and Surgery of the Retina and Vitreous (University of British Columbia)
Executive Master’s in Business Administration (University of British Columbia)

Board Certification

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada

Background and Training

Dr. David Albiani is a clinical assistant professor with the University of British Columbia's Ophthalmology Department. He obtained an undergraduate Life Science degree and attended medical school at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. He then did ophthalmology residency at the University of Ottawa Eye Institute. Following his residency, he did his fellowship training in medical and surgical retina at the University of British Columbia. He also obtained his Executive Master’s in Business Administration from the UBC Sauder School of Business.

Dr. Albiani’s clinical expertise and research interests include age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, retinal detachment, surgical macular disorders and complicated lens surgery.

Dr. Albiani is the current Head, Retina Division at UBC and a member of the Provincial Surgical Executive Committee in British Columbia. He has served as Director of the UBC Vitreoretinal Surgery Fellowship and President of the British Columbia Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons in the past.

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Professional Memberships

  • American Society of Retina Specialists
  • British Columbian Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons
  • Canadian Medical Association
  • Canadian Ophthalmological Society
  • Canadian Retina Society
  • Doctors of British Columbia
  • Ontario Medical Association

Andrew B. Merkur, MD, FRCSC

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Academic Position

Clinical Assistant Professor, Deptartment of Opthalmology and Visual Sciences, University of British Columbia

Background

Dr. Andrew Merkur is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Deptartment of Opthalmology and Visual Sciencea at the University of British Columbia. His interests and research are focused heavily on the pharmacogenomics of macular diseases (Diabetic Retinopathy, Age related macular degeneration (AMD), Pathologic myopic degeneration, Central serous chorioretinopathy, etc.). His surgical interests and research are focused on macular surgical success and outcomes (Epiretinal membrane, Macular hole formation, Vitreomacular traction syndrome, etc) as well as retinal detachments.

He is actively involved in training the next generation of medical retina specialists and retinal surgeons through the UBC Vitreoretinal division - Medical and Surgical Retina Fellowship program. He has specialized surgical training for the pediatric population and is the Director of the UBC Electrophysiology Unit which covers the majority of British Columbia.

Training

He was granted early acceptance from Undergraduate studies at McGill University, Montreal into medical school at the University of Ottawa.

His Medical training was completed at the University of Ottawa and his Ophthalmology Residency training was performed at the Ottawa Eye Institute where he was honoured with Chief residency.

He completed a fellowship at John's Hopkins University - Wilmer Eye Institute.

He further sub-specialized with a fellowship in the Diseases and Surgery of the Vitreous and Retina at the University of British Columbia.

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