About

A/Prof Chameen Samarawickrama
BSc(Med) MBBS, PhD, FRANZCO

Clinical Associate Professor Chameen Samarawickrama is a Consultant Eye Surgeon with expertise in corneal and anterior segment surgery, complex corneal diseases, keratoconus, corneal transplantation,  cataract surgery and laser eye surgery. A/Prof Samarawickrama combines scientific excellence with personalised care. He prides himself on clear communication and patient education. His philosophy is to maintain a wholistic approach to each person’s vision, from assessment, to surgery, and aftercare. A/Prof Samarawickrama is abreast of the forefronts of ophthalmic developments and technology, and delivers this in a personalised and approachable manner.

A/Prof Samarawickrama is an alumnus of James Ruse Agricultural High School where he graduated as Dux with a perfect score of 100.00 in the NSW Higher School Certificate. He studied Medicine and Surgery at the University of New South Wales. After submitting his PhD, A/Prof Samarawickrama commenced his Ophthalmology training at Sydney Eye Hospital in 2010 and went on to complete his first advanced specialisation in cornea and laser eye surgery at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital (Melbourne). He was subsequently selected to complete a second fellowship at the acclaimed Moorfields Eye Hospital (London), where he worked with doyens in the field of corneal surgery including Mr Bruce Allan, Mr Stephen Tuft and Mr Mark Wilkins. At the culmination of his advanced specialist training, A/Prof Samarawickrama was appointed Consultant in Cornea and External Eye Diseases at Moorfields Eye Hospital prior to his return to Sydney in 2016.

A/Prof Samarawickrama was named one of the ‘Top 5’ Young Scientists of 2019. He has made major contributions to ophthalmology research, and is a leading clinician-scientist in his field. He is a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Investigator Fellow, awarded to leaders in the field. He was awarded his PhD from the University of Sydney. A/Prof Samarawickrama has authored over 65 publications in top-tier international journals. His research interests include the formulation of a novel corneal glue, early detection of keratoconus using photonic sensors and the development of new therapies for diseases of the cornea including herpes simplex keratitis and corneal vascularisation. Over the course of his career A/Prof Samarawickrama has been awarded over 10 scholarships, and over $1.7 million in research funding.

He is a regular speaker at international conferences and instructs ophthalmology trainees in cataract surgery and complex corneal and anterior segment reconstructions.

A/Prof Samarawickrama is a consultant ophthalmologist at Westmead Hospital. He operates at Lakeview Private Hospital and Macquarie University Hospital, and consults at Nexus Eyecare (Norwest and Blacktown) and Concord Eye Specialists.

A/Prof Samarawickrama lives in Sydney with his wife, who is a local GP, and two children. In his spare time, he is an avid squash player and loves a good book.

Dr Samarawickrama has received the following awards and prizes

2021                  NHMRC Investigator Grant

2021                  Hoya Investigator Grant

2020                  NMHRC Ideas Grant    

2020                  Cooper Foundation Project Grant

2020                  Ramaciotti Health Investment Grant

2019                  Selected as one of the ABC’s Top 5 Young Scientists

2018                  Agency for Clinical Innovation (NSW Govt) grant

2018                   Westmead Charitable Trust Early Career Research Fellowship

2017                   Biomedical Engineering Research Collaboration Grant

2016                   Moorfields Association Bursary

2016                   ECR Congress Support Travel Scholarship

2015                   Sydney University Kick Start Grant

2015                   Norman Rose Travelling Scholarship

2014                   AUSCRS Young Fellow Scholarship

2012                   Pfizer Travel Scholarship

2009                   Postgraduate Research Support Scheme Scholarship

2009                   NHMRC Research Grant

2009                   Westmead RMO Association Travel Scholarship

2008                   NHMRC Medical Postgraduate Scholarship

2007                   Clancey-Donald Fellowship

2007                   Westmead Charitable Trust Travel Scholarship

2002                   Vocational Scholarship

1999                   Australian Student Prize

Dr Samarawickrama’s academic publications can be seen here:

https://scholar.google.com.au/citations?user=kJaX6TgAAAAJ&hl=en

 

Dr Samarawickrama has featured in the media on the following occasions

2021           ABC Radio – The Health Report
Interview with Norman Swan on the Health Report
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2021           Insight Magazine
Advances in treating corneal disease
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2020           Insight Magazine
Sydney ophthalmologist develops synthetic gel for corneal injuries
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2020           Channel 9 News (3 July 2020)
Breakthrough treatment to repair damaged corneas
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2020           Insight Magazine
League of their own: the science of sports medicine
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2019           ABC Radio – The Health Report
Radio piece on corneal perforations
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2019           ABC Radio – Focus
Interview with Cassie McCullagh on Focus
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2019           ABC Radio National Breakfast Show
Interview with Fran Kelly on Radio National Breakfast
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2019           ABC News
Top 5 Scientists of 2019
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2019          Royal Australian and New Zealand Collagen of Ophthalmologists
Top 5 Scientists of 2019
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2019          Daily Telegraph newspaper
Liverpool Hospital clinician scientist wins Radio National Top 5 Scientists
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2019          MiVision
Dr Samarawickrama: ABC’s Top 5 Young Scientists
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2016         Touch Ophthalmology website
Outcomes of the Boston Keratoprosthesis
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2014         New York Times Newspaper
A debatable fix for young eyes
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2014         Herald Sun Newspaper
Beer line cleaners running risk of blindness as they are not forced to wear goggles
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Dr Samarawickrama is currently conducting research in
– Biocompatible corneal glues for corneal regeneration
 
– Early detection technologies for keratoconus
 
– Novel medications for the treatment of corneal neovascularization
 
– Development of training models for corneal surgery