13th Biennial Vancouver Pediatric Ophthalmology


The 13th Biennial Vancouver Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus Meeting will take place on Friday September 10th  2021. Although we won’t be meeting in person this year, we look forward to welcoming you to our first virtual event, featuring a faculty of experts from around the globe.

Our program, aimed at pediatric ophthalmologists, orthoptists, comprehensive ophthalmologists and ophthalmologists-in-training, will highlight a group of world-class speakers: Drs Carol Shields (Philadelphia, USA), Glen Gole (Brisbane, Australia), Arif Khan (Abu Dhabi, UAE), Anthony Robson (London, England) and Jonathan Holmes (Tucson, Arizona USA) will speak on subjects ranging from strabismus to retinal electrophysiology and from genetics to ocular oncology. After each talk, time will be set aside for interactive discussions

A registration fee of CAD $50 will be payable online. CME credits for physicians can be claimed from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and, for orthoptists, from the Canadian Orthoptic Council. Through an agreement between the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the American Medical Association, physicians may convert Royal College MOC credits to AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

We hope you will join us for what promises to be an exciting and instructive day!



Prof Glen Gole

Professor Gole has practiced as a Paediatric Ophthalmologist in Brisbane since 1990.  From 1995-2010 he was Head of Department of Ophthalmology at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Brisbane, and continued on as Director of Ophthalmology, Children’s Health Queensland, from 2010-2018.

He completed his medical degree at the University of New South Wales and subsequently underwent specialist training in Ophthalmology under Professor Fred Hollows at the Prince of Wales Hospital in Sydney. He was awarded a full-time position as Staff Specialist in Ophthalmology and University Lecturer at the Flinders Medical Centre in Adelaide in 1980.  He then completed a Fellowship in Paediatric Ophthalmology at the University of Iowa in the United States in 1984, and was on staff at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in 1989.  His research MD on oxygen-induced retinopathy in animal models was awarded in the same year.

Professor Gole’s ongoing research interests include retinopathy of prematurity (on which he has published more than 25 papers, including the landmark ICROP I and II papers), strabismus surgery, paediatric low vision and animal models of glaucoma.  To this end, he has published more than 120 peer-reviewed research papers and has written several book chapters.

Dr Jonathan Holmes

Dr. Holmes is currently Professor and Chair of Ophthalmology and Vision Science, University of Arizona-Tucson. Prior to 2020, he was the Joseph E. and Rose Marie Green Professor of Visual Sciences and Professor of Ophthalmology at Mayo Clinic, Rochester MN, and was Chair of Ophthalmology at Mayo Clinic Rochester from 2001-2009. Dr. Holmes’ clinical practice focuses on the surgical and nonsurgical management of complex strabismus in both children and adults, and in pediatric ophthalmology with a special interest in amblyopia. Dr. Holmes has authored or co-authored over 270 peer-reviewed articles. Funded by the National Institutes of Health for over 20 years, Dr. Holmes is currently Co-Chair of the Pediatric Eye Disease Investigator Group, directing multicenter randomized clinical trials and observational studies to evaluate treatments for amblyopia, strabismus and other childhood eye diseases. Dr. Holmes also directs a research program focused on development and evaluation of new patient-reported outcome measures, specifically for strabismus and diplopia in adults and for children across the spectrum of childhood eye conditions.

Dr Arif Khan

Arif O. Khan MD is a Consultant specialized in Pediatric Ophthalmology & Strabismus and in Ocular Genetics at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, where he is responsible for the Pediatric Eye Care Service. Dr. Khan is also Professor of Ophthalmology at Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western University in Cleveland, Ohio, USA. Previously, through the end of 2015, Dr. Khan was Senior Academic Consultant at the King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital and Senior Scientist at the King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Center, both in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Dr. Khan’s clinical and research interests are the management and genetics of ocular developmental disorders and strabismus.

Dr Anthony G. Robson

Anthony has worked in Clinical Neurophysiology and Visual Electrophysiology for more than 30 years, including the last 16 years as a Consultant Clinical Scientist at Moorfields Eye Hospital and Associate Professor at the Institute of Ophthalmology, University College London. He has written or co-authored more than 170 peer-reviewed papers, mainly on clinical visual electrophysiology, genotype-phenotype correlations and fundus autofluorescence imaging in retinal disease. He currently manages one of the largest electrophysiology Departments worldwide and remains actively involved with clinical electrophysiology, clinical trials and research. He was awarded the position of Honorary Professor at the Southwest Hospital Third Military Medical University, Chongqing in March 2017 and was recently elected to serve a second term as the Director of Standards for the International Society for Clinical Electrophysiology of Vision (ISCEV).

Dr Carol Shields

Dr. Carol Shields completed her residency in ophthalmology at Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia in 1987 and subsequently did fellowship training in ocular oncology, oculoplastic surgery, and ophthalmic pathology. She is currently Director of the Oncology Service, Wills Eye Hospital, and Professor of Ophthalmology at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia.

She has authored or coauthored 11 textbooks, 337 chapters in edited textbooks, over 1900 articles in major peer-reviewed journals, given over 912 lectureships, and has received numerous professional awards. Dr. Carol Shields is a member of numerous ocular oncology, pathology, and retina societies and has delivered 60 named lectures in America and abroad. She has been active in the American Academy of Ophthalmology. She serves on the editorial/advisory board of 33 journals including JAMA Ophthalmology, Retina, Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Asia Pacific Journal of Ophthalmology, Indian Journal of Ophthalmology, and International Journal of Clinical Oncology.

She practices Ocular Oncology on a full-time basis with her husband, Dr. Jerry Shields and associates on the Oncology Service at Wills Eye Hospital. Each year the Oncology Service manages approximately 500 patients with uveal melanoma, 120 patients with retinoblastoma, and numerous other intraocular, orbital, and adnexal tumors from the United States and abroad. She and her husband Jerry are the parents of 7 children, ranging in age from 21 to 33 years.