About me

Professor Adrian Fung
MMBS (Hons1), MMed (Ophthal Sci), MMed (Clin Epi), FRANZCO

Professor Adrian Fung is one of Australia’s leading retinal doctors. He specialises in retinal surgery, medical retinal diseases and posterior segment tumours.

  • The Westmead Institute
  • ORIA


Adrian Fung is a Clinical Professor at the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Human Sciences, Macquarie University Hospital and Discipline of Clinical Ophthalmology and Eye Health, University of Sydney.

University degrees

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.

Ophthalmology (Eye) training

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:

  • Surgical Retina
    The William H. Ross Vitreoretinal Surgical Fellow at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada.
  • Medical Retina
    The LuEsther T Mertz Medical Retina Fellowship at Vitreous Retina Macula Consultants of New York and the Manhattan Eye & Ear Hospital, New York, USA.
  • Uveitis
    Bascom Palmer Eye Hospital, Miami, USA.
  • Ocular Oncology
    Wills Eye Hospital, Philadelphia, USA.

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.


  • RANZCO Teacher of Excellence
  • Macula Society International Travel Grant
  • APAO Poster Prize
  • Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO) Filipic Greer Award for Advanced Pathology
  • RANZCO Allergan Scholarship
  • Sydney Hospitallers Norman Rose Travelling Scholarship
  • Winner of the American Academy of Ophthalmology Fellows Retinal Jeopardy Competition (Orlando, USA)
  • LuEsther T Mertz Retinal Research Travel Award
  • William H. Ross Fellow in Vitreo-retinal Excellence
  • Third place at the Atlantic Coast Retinal Club Meeting, Macula 2012 (New York, USA)

Why choose Professor Fung?

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.

Chinese language

In addition to being a native English speaker, Professor Fung speaks Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese).

Other interests

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.


Professor Fung has published over 90 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. He is Medical Retina Section Editor for Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology, and Editor for Retinal Cases and Brief Reports. He has special interests in retinal and choroidal imaging, visual prostheses, geographic atrophy, proliferative vitreoretinopathy, epiretinal membrane and diabetic retinopathy.

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 Professor’s research papers, please click here

Bionic eye

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.


Professor Fung has published seven books or book chapters, including two that have become standard texts for registrar trainees in Australia and New Zealand:

Ophthalmic Clinical Examination:The Sydney Eye Hospital Registrars’ Manual

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.

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Vitreoretinal Surgery for Trainees:The Sydney Eye Hospital and University of British Columbia Manual

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.

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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, Professor Fung has published the following book on eye nutrition for patients:

Keep Your Eyes Young:A Guide to Nutrition for Your Eyes

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.

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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.


Professor Fung has been invited to speak nationally and internationally at over 100 retina conferences around the world including Australia, USA, Canada, Singapore, Hungary, Austria, Estonia, China and Laos. Conferences he has spoken at include:

To see Professor’s lectureships, please click here


Professor Fung is an examiner for both the RANZCO RACE (final year exit) examinations as well as the Masters of Medicine (Ophthalmic Science) postgraduate degree, University of Sydney.

Retinal Fellowship

Professor Fung teaches retinal fellows at Westmead Hospital, Sydney. 

Westmead Vitretoretinal

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.


  1. Complete the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) examination within 2 years of application and scored at least band 7 in all four components.
  2. Submit Medical and Specialist degree for verification to EPIC (Electronic Portfolio of International Credentials)


If you have queries regarding the fellowship, please contact: pa@dradrianfung.com.au or the Department of Ophthalmology, Westmead Hospital.

To Apply

Look out for advertisement online on NSW Health Jobs. 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)

Attend the interview

Applicants who are shortlisted will be contacted for an interview.

Volunteer work

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.

RANZCO Appointments

Professor Fung is Vice-Chair of 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.

Ophthalmology Updates! Conference

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

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