Pediatric Ophthalmology


Dr. Jane Gardiner, Interim Department Head
Dr. Maryam Aroichane, Clinical Assistant Professor
Dr. Roy Cline, Clinical Professor
Dr. Alan Demco, Clinical Associate Professor
Dr. Peter Dolman, Clinical Professor (oculoplastics, orbit)
Dr. Debbie Giashi, Professor (research lab
Dr. Ross Kennedy, Clinical Assistant Professor
Dr. Femida Kherani, Clinical Assistant Professor
Dr. Christopher Lyons, Professor
Dr. Patrick Ma, Clinical Professor (retina)
Dr. Katherine Paton, Clinical Professor (ocular oncology)
Dr. Victor Pegado, Clinical Assistant Professor
Dr. Megan Rees, Clinical Associate Professor
Dr. David Rossman, Clinical Assistant Professor (oculoplastics, orbit)
Dr. Vivian Yin, Clinical Assistant Professor


Dr. Andrew Kirker, Clinical Assistant Professor
Dr. Simon Lam, Clinical Assistant Professor
Dr. David Maberley, Professor
Dr. Paul Mackenzie, Clinical Associate Professor
Dr. Andrew Merkur, Clinical Assistant Professor
Dr. Hugh Parsons, Clinical Associate Professor
Dr. Aron Tischler, Clinical Assistant Professor
Dr. Sonia Yeung, Assistant Professor


This has been another successful year for the Department of Ophthalmology at BC Children’s Hospital. Clinically, we cared for 8,967 outpatient visits. As a group, we performed 914 surgical procedures in the operating rooms, a 23% decrease on the previous year, reflecting decreasing OR time allocation to Ophthalmology over that period.

Teaching is an important element of our academic mission. In the 2011-2012 period, we trained four post-graduate fellows in pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus, one each from Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Australia and Saudi Arabia. In addition, Neurology and Neuro-ophthalmology Fellows were taught in the Department.

At any one time, two UBC Ophthalmology residents come to do a 6-week rotation in pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus. In addition, the majority of staff members contribute to UBC medical student education.

In September 2011 we hosted the seventh UBC biennial Vancouver International Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus conference. Invited guest speakers from Montreal, London UK, Manchester and San Francisco, and most of our local faculty addressed topical as well as controversial issues in our sub-specialty over this two-day conference held at the UBC Robson Square Campus. One hundred and twenty participants came from across Canada and USA for this popular meeting.

Several members of the Department fulfilled the academic mandate of UBC and BCCH, delivering invited lectures, eponymous lectures and teaching on visiting lectureships and professorships around the world.
Over the 2011-2012 period, members of the Department published 18 papers in the peer-reviewed literature, reflecting continuing interest in research and clinical audit as well as novel, important clinical observations. In that period, we also published a total of 12 textbook chapters.

We contributed to the administrative process within the university and the hospital, the majority of Staff members participating in committee work. We have had further discussions with regard to the department move to a new location on the hospital campus, hoping that this will remain geographically convenient for patients. We also look forward to continuing the fruitful interactions we currently enjoy with the other clinicians working at BC Children’s Hospital.


Agochukwu NB, Solomon BD, Zajackowska-Kielska A, Lyons CJ, Pollock T, Singhal A, Van Allen MI, Muenke M. Genetic-environmental interaction in a unique case of Muenke syndrome with intracranial hypertension. Childs Nerv Syst 2011; 27 (12)2183-5

Cline R. Sketchley M, The characteristics of amblyopia in congenital esotropia syndrome. (Submitted to CJO for publication).

Comer, R., Kim, P., Cline, R., Lyons, C. Cataract Surgery in the First Year of Life: Aphakic Glaucoma. C.J.O. Apr. 2011; 46

Comer R (F) , Kim P (F) , Cline R, Lyons CJ Cataract surgery in the first year of life: aphakic glaucoma and visual outcomes. Can J Ophthalmol 2011 46(2) 148-52

Dolman PJ, Response to Letter on Ocular Motility, Ophthalmology 2012; in press

Dolman PJ, Cahill K, Czyz CN, Douglas R et al. Reliability of estimating ductions in thyroid eye disease: An International Thyroid Eyed Disease Society Multicenter Study, Ophthalmology 2011: Sept, e pub ahead of press

Fayers T, Dolman PJ. Validity and Reliability of the TED-QOL: a new three item questionnaire to assess quality of life in thyrois eye disease. Br J Ophthalmol 2011;95:1670-1674

Giaschi D, Narasimhan S . (2011) Using motion perception in the treatment of amblyopia. International Orthoptic Congress , in press.

Giaschi D, Narasimhan S , Lo R , Lyons C, Gardiner J, Aroichane M, Wilcox L. Sparing of course stereopsis in children with amblyopia. Vision Science Society submitted Dec 2011

Hayward J, Truong G, Partanen M, Giaschi D. (2011) Effects of speed, age and amblyopia on the perception of motion defined form. Vision Research   51:2216-23

Moloney G, Dolman PJ. Eyelid deformities from pyodermatitis pyostomatitis vegetans, Clin Experiment Ophthalmol. 2011 Dec;39(9):910-1

Narasimhan S , Giaschi D. (2011) The effect of dot speed and density on the maturation of global motion perception. Journal of Vision 11(15):53 doi: 10.1167/11.15.53

Narasimhan S , Harrison E , Giaschi D. (2011) Quantitative measurement of interocular suppression in children with amblyopia. Journal of Vision 11(11):410 doi:10.1167/11.11.410

Narasimhan S , Wilcox L, Solski A , Harrison E , Giaschi D. Fine and course stereopsis follow different developmental trajectories in children. Vision Science Society submitted Dec 2011

Narasimhan S , Giaschi D. the effect of dot speed and density on the development of global motion perception. Vision Research submitted October 2011, revision in progress

Narasimhan S , Harrison E , Giaschi D. Quantitative measurement of interocular suppression in children with amblyopia. Vision Research submitted November 2011, revision in progress

Partanen M , Bjornson B, Edgell D, Fitzpatrick K , Giaschi D. (2011) The cortical basis for the dichotic pitch deficit in developmental dyslexia. Brain Development Conference , pg 35.

Partanen M , Fitzpatrick K , Edgell D, Bjornson B, Giaschi D. (2011) The cortical basis for the dichotic pitch deficit in developmental dyslexia. Cognitive Neuroscience Conference

Partanen M , Prevost D , Von Grunau M, iaschi D. The line motion illusion in children with developmental dyslexia. Dyslexia submitted October 2011, revision in progress

Partanen M , Edgell D, Field L, Giaschi D. Visual and auditory temporal processing abilities in families with a history of developmental dyslexia. Journal of Experimental Psychology; Human Perception and Performance submitted October 2011

Partanen M , Fitzpatrick K , Edgell D, Bjornson B, Giaschi D. Cortical basis for the dichotic pitch deficit in developmental dyslexia. Brain and Language submitted October 2011

Pollock T (F) , Kim P (F) , Sargent M, Aroichane M, Lyons CJ, Gardiner J. Ophthalmic Complications of Pediatric Otitis Media. JAAPOS June 2011 15(3)272-5

Pollock T, Kim P, Sargent M, Aroichane M, Lyons CJ, Gardiner JA, Ophthalmic complications of otitis media in children, JAAPOS, 2011 June; 15(3): 272-75

Pollock T (F) , Kim P (F) , Sargent M, Aroichane M, Lyons CJ, Gardiner J. Ophthalmic Complications of Pediatric Otitis Media. JAAPOS June 2011 15(3)272-5

Robitaille J Zheng B, Wallace K,   Beis M, Tatidil C, Yang J, Sheldow C, Siebert L, Levin A, Lam W, Artur B, Lyons CJ, Jaakola E, Tsilou E,   Williams C, Weaver R, Shields C, Guernsey D. The role of Frizzled 4 mutations in Familial Exudative Retinopathy and Coats Disease. BritJ Ophthalmol 2011 95(4):574-9

Rodriguez R, White VA, Dolman PJ. Blastomycosis of the Eyelid, a case report, Can J Ophthalmol 2012; in press

Secen J, Culham J, Ho C, Giaschi D. (2011) Neural correlates of the multiple object tracking deficit in amblyopia. Vision Research 51:2517-2527.

Smith M, Heran MK, Connolly MB, Heran HK, Friedman JM, Jett K, Lyons CJ, Steinbok P, Armstrong L.Cerebrovasculopathy in NF1 Associated with Ocular and Scalp Defects Am J Med Genet 2011;155A:380-5

Wiwatwongwana A, Esdaile J and Dolman PJ, Intravenous Immunoglobulin in Orbital Wegener’s Granulomatosis: a case report. Can J Ophthalmol 2012; in press.

Books: Chapters

Peter Dolman. Orbital Trauma, Atlas of Orbital Surgery, Rootman, 2012

Peter Dolman. Endonasal DCR. Oculoplastics Atlas, Lucarelli et al, 2011

(F) Denotes UBC Pediatric Ophthalmology Fellow