Associate Professor Adrian Fung is one of Australia’s leading retinal doctors. He specialises in retinal surgery, medical retinal diseases and posterior segment tumours.
Adrian Fung is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Macquarie University Hospital and Senior Clinical Lecturer at the Discipline of Ophthalmology, University of Sydney. He works in private practice as well as Westmead Hospital, Sydney.
Associate Professor Fung graduated in medicine from the University of New South Wales with first class Honours. He subsequently completed Masters of Medicine in both Ophthalmic Science and Clinical Epidemiology at the University of Sydney.
Associate Professor Fung completed his ophthalmology training through Sydney Eye Hospital, where he was elected the Professorial Senior Registrar. He subsequently completed four international fellowships and research scholarships:
During this time he learnt from world renown leaders including Professors Lawrence Yannuzzi, Bailey Freund, Rick Spaide, William Ross, Janet Davis, Jerry Shields and Carol Shields.
Associate Professor Fung believes in caring for the whole patient. He will take the time to listen to your concerns, answer your questions and ensure you feel comfortable with all management decisions. He is a world-class clinician, teacher and scholar, and is an expert in the management of your retinal disease.
In addition to being a native English speaker, Associate Professor Fung speaks Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese).
Adrian Fung not only has a passion for ophthalmology, but for life in general. He is a national salsa champion, advanced scuba diver, half marathoner, avid chef and keen traveller.
Associate Professor Fung has published over 50 peer-reviewed manuscripts in internationally renowned journals such as Ophthalmology, JAMA Ophthalmology, Retina and Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology.
He is a reviewer for these journals in addition to Ophthalmology Retina, Eye, Ocular Immunology and Inflammation, the Medical Journal of Australia and the British Journal of Ophthalmology. His special interest is imaging of rare retinal diseases.
He has a been a Chief and Principal investigator for multiple national and international clinical trials studying the efficacy and safety of new treatments for age-related macular degeneration, retinal vein occlusions and diabetic retinopathy. He is an Ophthalmic Research Institute of Australia (ORIA) Research Committee Member.
To see Associate Professor’s research papers, please click here
Associate Professor Fung is the Chief Investigator and principal vitreoretinal surgeon for Bionic Vision Prosthesis, a consortium run through the University of New South Wales and University of Sydney.
The aim is to provide sight to those who can no longer see, through the electrical stimulation of remaining viable retinal cells. This project has been awarded a $1,000,000 National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) grant.
Associate Professor Fung has published seven books or book chapters, including two that have become standard texts for registrar trainees in Australia and New Zealand:
This book provides a clear, simple, safe method for examining patients who present with eye problems. With hundreds of full-colour photographs and diagrams, practical advice and tips, it will assist ophthalmology trainees for their clinical examinations. It is also suitable for medical students, orthoptists, ophthalmic technicians, nurses, general practitioners and general ophthalmologists.
This book provides a step-by-step method for learning the science and art of vitreo-retinal surgery. With hundreds of full-colour photographs and diagrams, practical advice and tips, it will assist vitreo-retinal trainees. It is suitable for fellows, registrars, residents and nurses.
These textbooks have helped the next generation of ophthalmologists learn the science and art of this specialty in Australia and around the world. For more information, see www.ophthalmologytextbooks.com
In addition, Associate Professor Fung has published the following book on eye nutrition for patients:
Part of the recipe for good health is good nutrition, and eye health is no exception. This book is filled with practical suggestions that will help guide your diet to optimize your eye health. It includes the latest research data from the AREDS2 study.
Associate Professor Fung teaches training ophthalmology registrars in NSW, imparting his knowledge and skills to the next generation. He is a senior clinical lecturer for the Masters of Medicine programs in Ophthalmic Medicine and International Ophthalmology at the University of Sydney. He has also taught medical students, orthoptists, optometrists, nurses and general practitioners. He developed the Clinical Ophthalmic Workshop for Nurses and Orthoptists at Sydney Eye Hospital, and leads ophthalmology teaching at Westmead Hospital.
Associate Professor Fung has been invited to speak nationally and internationally at over 70 retina conferences around the world including Australia, USA, Canada, Singapore, Hungary, Austria, Estonia, China and Laos. Conferences he has spoken at include:
To see Associate Professor’s lectureships, please click here
Associate Professor Fung teaches retinal fellows at Westmead Hospital, Sydney.
The Westmead Vitreoretinal fellowship is a prestigious one-year fellowship held at Westmead Hospital, Sydney. Westmead Hospital is the largest tertiary public hospital in Western Sydney with 975 beds and lies within the Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD). Together with the surrounding hospitals it forms the largest medical centre in the state, and is currently undergoing a $900 million redevelopment.
The Vitreoretinal fellowship is competitive and candidates from Australia and worldwide are invited to apply. Applicants are expected to have microsurgical ophthalmic experience and be fluent in English. Vitreo-retinal surgical experience is preferred. Renumeration is available for the fellowship. The fellowship runs from January to January but there may be flexibility from year to year. Interviews are held for the fellowship one year prior to commencement of the fellowship.
Over the course of the year fellows can expect to learn and become proficient at vitreoretinal surgery for conditions including: retinal tears (laser and cryotherapy), retinal detachment (pneumatic retinopexy, scleral buckling and vitrectomy), vitreous haemorrhage, vitreomacular interface disorders (epiretinal membrane, macular hole, vitreomacular traction syndrome), diabetic traction retinal detachment, and aphakia (dropped nucleus, anterior chamber intraocular lenses, scleral sutured intraocular lenses). The latest equipment including small gauge vitrectomy surgery is available. Fellows will be responsible for managing patients in clinics, the operating theatre and on-call duties. They will be expected to contribute to teaching of registrars and residents and to participate in research activities over the course of the fellowship.
If you have queries regarding the clinical aspects of the fellowship, please contact here.
If you have queries regarding administrative aspects of the fellowship, please contact:
Jackie van der Hout, Administration Manager
Department of Ophthalmology, Westmead Hospital
Look out for advertisement online on NSW Health eRecruit. An alert can be set up so that you will be notified when the fellowship is advertised.
Application form to include:
1. Curriculum vitae
2. Log book of prior ophthalmic surgery
3. IELTS results (within 2 years of application)
Applicants who are shortlisted will be contacted for an interview.
Adrian Fung was invited resident lecturer, National Ophthalmic Centre, Lao People’s Democratic Republic 2015-6 under the Sight for All program.Through this programme he helped develop the retinal unit in Vientiane, Laos. He has also volunteered at Tilganga Eye Hospital, Kathmandu, Nepal.
Associate Professor Fung sits on the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO) Clinical Standards Committee, assisting fellow colleagues on questions relating to clinical guidelines and standards. He previously sat on the RANZCO Council, Federal Quality & Education Committee, Senior Registrars Group and the Genetics Curriculum Review working party. Through RANZCO he is a mentor to training registrars.
Associate Professor Fung is the founder and conference convenor of Ophthalmology Updates! Conference, an annual conference that brings together over 100 ophthalmologists from around Australia and New Zealand to revise and update delegates on the latest ophthalmic advances.
For more information, see www.ophthalmologyupdates.com