Cataract Surgery

I am an experienced ophthalmologist with special interests and skills in cataract surgery, strabismus and paediatric ophthalmology.

My goal is to achieve the best possible outcome for all of my patients through evidence-based practice, cutting-edge technology and a commitment to continuous surgical audit and improvement.

I grew up and studied in Sydney before undertaking prestigious surgical fellowships in the U.K. and the U.S.A.. I have worked with world leading ophthalmologists and refined my surgical skills.

I have a passion for teaching and service provision to disadvantaged communities.

After completing comprehensive training in all aspects of ophthalmology, I decided to pursue prestigious fellowships with eminent surgeons at leading institutions in the U.K. and the U.S.A. I did this to become an expert in looking after specific eye conditions. I gained immense knowledge and surgical skill, which I continue to refine and adapt so that I can provide the highest level of care for my patients.

  • Birmingham Children’s Hospital (U.K.) 
    • All aspects of paediatric ophthalmology including cataract, uveitis, glaucoma, retinoblastoma, retinopathy of prematurity, strabismus and eyelid surgery
  • Oxford University Hospitals (U.K.) – adult strabismus
  • Gloucestershire Hospitals (U.K.) – high volume adult cataract surgery and strabismus
  • UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh (U.S.A.)
    • Advanced paediatric ophthalmology (cornea, cataract, glaucoma, genetics, electrophysiology, retinal diseases, retinopathy of prematurity) and adult strabismus
  • University Admissions Index: 100
  • Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (Honours) [UNSW]
  • Bachelor of Science(Medicine) Honours [Research degree, UNSW]
  • Master of Medicine in Ophthalmic Science [Research and coursework, The University of Sydney]
  • Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (FRANZCO)
  • Justice of the Peace (J.P.)
  • RANZCO Alcon Traveling Scholarship
  • EPOS Best Rapid Fire Presentation “Orthoptist-led Post-cataract clinics”
  • Sydney Hospitallers Norman Rose Traveling Scholarship
  • Best Registrar Presentation Award “Endogenous Klebsiella pneumoniae endophthalmitis”, Cossom Association Meeting
  • The Kath Holmes Glaucoma Australia Scholarship
  • Best Registrar Presentation Award “Registrar training in cataract surgery”, Cossom Association Meeting
  • Best Clinical Case Photography Award, Professor Senior Case of the Week: “Trachoma”.
  • Professor Francis A Billson Award for outstanding academic achievement in Ophthalmic Physiology
  • Clinical Innovation Award with Sydney Eye Hospital Pharmacy for the development of the Pharmacopoeia iOS application
  • Australian Medical Association (NSW) Doctor-in-Training of the Year (one of three finalists)
  • First place, Group Project for the Future Leaders Development Program
  • Rural Doctors Network Bush Bursary for commitment to rural and remote medicine
  • Hazel Morris Scholarship in Medicine for outstanding academic standing and pursuit of Honours level research in medicine
  • David Walsh Memorial Scholarship for Honours level research in developmental biology and birth defects
  • Blacktown City Council Tertiary Scholarship for All Round Excellence
  • First place in End of Phase 1 basic sciences examination (UNSW)
  • The UNSW First Year Scholarship for academic excellence
  • Australian Students Prize and NSW Premier’s Award for excellence in the HSC
  • Blacktown Rotary Club Scholarship to attend the National Youth Science Forum
Scientific publications
  1. Shah PR. Strabismus (Review article for General Practitioners). Invited article in progress for Medicine Today March 2020.
  2. Caterson HC, Shah PR, Wegner EA, Sammel, AM. Orbital inflammation on positron emission tomography in vision-threatening giant cell arteritis. Arthritis & Rheumatology 2020 Epub ahead of print.
  3. Lathrop KL, Duncan K, Yu J, Shah PR, Goldstein J, Nischal KK. Development of Corneal Sensation with Remodeling of the Epithelium and the Palisades of Vogt following Corneal Neurotization.  Cornea. 2020; 39(5):657-660.
  4. Shah PR, Pihlblad MS. Transposition of plicated horizontal muscles. Accepted in Journal of AAPOS.
  5. Pihlblad MS, Troia A, Tibrewal S, Shah PR. Pre-, Intra-, and Post-operative Evaluation of Extraocular Muscle Insertions using Optical Coherence Tomography: A comparison of four devices. Journal of Clinical Medicine. 2019; 8:1732.
  6. Shah PR, Lalgudi VG, Liasis A, Lenhart PD, Nischal KK. Surgical Excision of a Large Limbal Dermoid Using Integrated Intraoperative OCT and S.L.E.T. Submitted to The Ocular Surface.
  7. 7. To LK, Shah PR, Scanga HL, Franks AL, Cladis FP, Nischal KK. Personalized pediatric ophthalmology, a case report. Journal of AAPOS. 2019; 23(4):234-236.
  8. Shah PR, Williams AM, Pihlblad MS, Nischal KK. Ophthalmic Manifestations of Mycoplasma-induced rash and mucositis. Cornea. 2019; 38(10):1305-1308.
  9. Shah PR, Sinapis A, Parulekar MV. Paediatric ptosis. eyenews [invited article]. 2019; 25(4): 2-7.
  10. Shah PR, Tsang H. Assessing Eye Problems in Children (Review article for General Practitioners). Medicine Today. 2017; 18(4): 42-52.
  11. Oduard C, Ong D, Shah PR, Gin T, Allen, PJ, Downie J, Lim LL, McCluskey PJ. Rising trends of endogenous Klebsiella pneumoniae endophthalmitis in Australia. Clinical & Experimental Ophthalmology. 2016; 45(2): 135-142.
  12. Shah PR, Yohendran J, Hunyor AP, Grigg JR, McCluskey PJ. Uveal effusion: clinical features, management and visual outcomes in a large retrospective case series. Journal of Glaucoma. 2016; 25(4):e329-e335.
  13. Shah P, Yohendran J, Parker GD, McCluskey PJ. Contrast-induced transient cortical blindness. Clinical and Experimental Optometry. 2013; 96: 333–335.
  14. Shah P, Yohendran J, Lowe D, McCluskey PJ. Devastating bilateral optic nerve leukaemic infiltration. Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology. 2012; 40(1): e114-5.
Book chapters
  1. Shah PR, Pihlblad MS. Intraoperative OCT in strabismus surgery. Invited book chapter for: Integrated Intraoperative OCT in Pediatric Ocular Surgery. Ed: Ken K Nischal. Karger 2020.
  2. Shah PR, Agar A, Clement C. Technique for Molteno implant surgery. Invited book chapter for: Glaucoma drainage devices – A practical illustrated guide. Eds: Monica Gandhi and Shibal Bhartiya. May 2019, Springer India.
  3. Shah PR, Parulekar MV. Esotropia, Exotropia, Strabismus Surgery. 3 invited book chapters for: Key Clinical Topics in Ophthalmology. Eds: Parham Azarbod and Peng Tee Khaw. JP Medical Publishers London.
  1. Clinical Lecturer [The University of Sydney]
    • Teaching medical students and junior doctors since 2010
  2. Tutor for Optics [The University of Sydney]
    • Tutor for Masters students in the Optics subject since 2012
  3. Regular teaching sessions to ophthalmology trainees and orthoptists
  4. Eye Emergency Clinician Education: Train the Trainer Workshop. Sydney Eye Hospital (2012)
  5. Teaching on the Run – The University of Sydney (2010).

I provide patient care and the teaching and supervision of ophthalmology trainees in both clinic and surgery at the following locations:

  • The Prince of Wales Hospital Randwick
  • Sydney Children’s Hospital Randwick
  • The Sutherland Hospital
  • Broken Hill Hospital
  • Bourke Hospital (Outback Eye Service program)
  • Resident term supervisor, Prince of Wales Hospital Ophthalmology Resident, Health Education & Training Institute (2020 – Present).
  • Selection Committee member, Prince of Wales Hospital Network, Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (2019 – Present).
  • Trainee Representative, Prince of Wales Hospital Network, Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (2015 – 2016).
  • Organised Cossom 2016 Scientific Meeting, Prince of Wales Hospital.
  • President, Resident Medical Officers Association, RPA Hospital (2011).
  • Future Leaders Development Program by NSW Clinical Education & Training Institute (2011).
    • Modules: leadership in medicine, change management, negotiation, clinical governance, strategic planning, policy-making and the Australian health system.
  • Education Committee, RPA Hospital (2010–2011). 
  • General Clinical Training Committee, RPA Hospital (2010–2011). 
  • Clinical Handover Committee, RPA Hospital (2010–2011).
  • Sydney Children’s & Prince of Wales Hospitals (2019 – Present)
    • Introducing multidisciplinary clinic for patients with thyroid orbitopathy including endocrinologist, radiation specialist, orbital surgeon, strabismologist and immunologist.
    • Improving inpatient consult service and reducing lost and broken equipment through a dedicated consult kit.
    • Introducing guidelines for clinical management of common conditions seen at the Children’s Eye Clinic.
    • Introducing research program for ophthalmology trainees in the Prince of Wales network.
    • Collaborative project with School of Optometry &Vision Science UNSW [Prof. Lisa Keay] to improve paediatric ophthalmology service provision in the local region.
  • UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh (2018 – 2019)
    • Developed Discharge Patient Education protocols for Cataract, Glaucoma and Strabismus Surgery which are in current use.
    • Developed parent education handout on ROP screening and treatment. This required liaising with clinicians, forms committee, medicolegal team and parents.
    • Developed Consent Form for Glaucoma tube implant surgery. This required liaising with clinicians and hospital forms committee.
    • Developed educational handout on management of childhood myopia.
    • Coordinated 6 journal clubs for paediatric ophthalmology department (topics: genetics, ROP, strabismus evaluation, strabismus surgery, contact lenses, evaluation of disc swelling).
    • Surgical video editing for paediatric corneal surgical techniques.
  • Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
    • Developed Intravitreal Injections Protocol (in current use)
    • Improved ophthalmology service in the Emergency Department by arranging repair of slit lamp, fixing posters for patient education and addition of essential eye drops to the drug repository.
    • Advocated for changes to the Electronic Discharge Referral System to improve patient safety and reduce re-admission rates.
  • Sydney Eye Hospital (2013)
    • Project Lead, Sydney Eye Hospital Pharmacopeia app – download here: Apple / Android.
    • Helped to develop Eye Emergency Manual app – download here: Apple / Android.
  • Outback Eye Service
    • Providing clinical ophthalmology care to Indigenous communities in Bourke and surrounds.
  • Justice of the Peace NSW (2011 – Present)
  • AMA (NSW) Medical Careers Expo (2014 & 2015)
    • Volunteer at Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists booth
  • Myanmar Eye Care Program (2012)
    • Volunteer junior ophthalmologist
  • Introduced and coordinated fund-raising initiatives at RPA Hospital
    • Raised $4,400 for The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners to assist health care professionals affected by the Queensland floods of 2011.
    • Raised $2,500 through a Wine Appreciation Night for the Sydney Head & Neck Cancer Institute.
    • Raised $1,000 through a Trivia Night for the RPA Volunteers Association.
  1. RANZCO Webinar April 2020: Strabismus Surgery.
  2. Young Optometrists CPD event April 2020: Cases in Paediatric Ophthalmology & Strabismus.
  3. Sydney Children’s Hospital Randwick Grand Rounds February 2020: Ophthalmic Manifestations of Mycoplasma mucositis.
  4. Australia & New Zealand Strabismus Society 2020: Transposition of Plicated Horizontal Muscles & A case of unilateral orbital myositis in a child.
  5. Centre for Eye Health optometry teaching January 2020: Pupil assessment
  6. Prince of Wales Hospital Cossom Meeting 2019: Corneal neurotization in children.
  7. AAPOS / RANZCO meeting 2019 (Sydney November 2019): Paediatric corneal cross-linking.
  8. Sydney Eye School Registrar teaching October 2019: Amblyopia management
  9. University of Technology Sydney School of Orthoptics 2019: Strabismus surgery.
  10. WSPOS Subspecialty Day 2019 (Paris September 2019): Mycoplasma mucositis.
  11. UPMC Grand Rounds 2019: Corneal neurotization in children: case series and review of the literature./li>
  12. Al Biglan Pediatric Ophthalmology Day 2019: Mycoplasma mucositis.
  13. Ophthalmic technician teaching sessions at UPMC 2019: History taking, Pupil examination and ophthalmic imaging
  14. Lecture to paediatric internal medicine residents at UPMC 2019: Basics of paediatric ophthalmology.
  15. Tutorial for paediatric rheumatology department at UPMC 2019: Paediatric uveitis.
  16. Lectures to ophthalmology residents at UPMC 2019
    • Overview of strabismus
    • Basics of strabismus surgical techniques
  17. Wetlab instruction to ophthalmology residents at UPMC 2019
    • Cataract surgery
    • Corneal suturing
  18. Rheumatology/Ophthalmology Case conference 2019: Retinal vasculitis
  19. Neurology/Ophthalmology Case conference 2019: Surgical management of acute vision loss in intracranial hypertension.
  20. AAPOS Annual meeting 2019: Transposition of Plicated Horizontal Muscles [poster] (Parth R. Shah, Matthew S. Pihlblad)
  21. AAPOS Annual meeting 2018: Using an Electronic Medical Record to Perform a ‘Live’ Audit of the Results of Amblyopia Treatment [poster] (Rebecca Hunn, Jane Hadlington, Miranda Buckle, Parth Shah, John D. Ferris).
  22. AAPOS Annual meeting 2018: Treatment Outcomes for Amblyopia Using PEDIG Amblyopia Protocols – A Prospective Study of 852 Cases [poster] (Miranda Buckle, John D. Ferris, Parth Shah, Catherine Billington).
  23. Maxillofacial Surgical Training Workshop 2017 Birmingham: Ocular trauma.
  24. World Society of Paediatric Ophthalmology & Strabismus Subspecialty Day 2017: Glioneuroma of the ciliary body.
  25. European Paediatric Ophthalmology Society Meeting 2017: Orthoptist-led Post-cataract clinics & Outcomes of enucleation and orbital implantation for retinoblastoma.
  26. Prince of Wales Hospital Cossom Meeting 2016: Endogenous Klebsiella pneumoniae endophthalmitis – lessons from a local case series.
  27. Eye Emergency Management Workshop for Nurse Practitioners 2016: Ocular trauma, red eyes and clinical handover.
  28. Sydney Eye Hospital Alumni Meeting 2016: Ischaemic optic neuropathies.
  29. Sydney Eye Hospital Glaucoma Grand Rounds & Prince of Wales Hospital Cossom Meeting 2015: Malignant glaucoma following routine strabismus surgery.
  30. Lecture to UNSW Optometry students 2013 – 2016: Medical Emergencies in the Optometrist’s waiting room.
  31. Lecture to UNSW Optometry students 2016: Approach to common retinal problems.
  32. Prince of Wales Hospital Emergency Registrar Teaching 2015 – 2016: Common Eye Emergencies.
  33. Vision Eye Institute Grand Rounds 2015: Klebsiella pneumoniae bilateral endogenous endophthalmitis.
  34. Prince of Wales Hospital Cossom Meeting 2014: Oculomotor nerve palsies in children.
  35. Sydney Children’s Hospital Grand Rounds 2014: Visual field defects in children.
  36. Medical Society of UNSW teaching session 2014: Review of Paediatric Ophthalmology.
  37. Sydney Children’s Hospital Registrar Teaching 2014 – 2016: Eye Assessment in Children and Common Ophthalmic Consultations.
  38. Sydney Children’s Hospital Emergency Medicine Fellow Teaching 2014: Common Eye Presentations in Children.
  39. ANZGIG Scientific Meeting 2014: Uveal effusion and secondary angle closure glaucoma.
  40. Prince of Wales Hospital Cossom Meeting 2013: Registrar training in cataract surgery.
  41. Optics for Ophthalmology Registrars 2013 (Sydney Eye Hospital): Lectures delivered on three topics: Aphakia, Polarisation and Diffraction.
  42. RANZCO Congress 2012: The uveal effusion syndrome (oral presentation in Glaucoma session).
  43. Medicines Management 2012, National Conference of The Society of the Hospital Pharmacists of Australia (poster): Developing an Ophthalmic Pharmacopeia iPhone and iPad application.
  44. Sydney Eye Hospital Alumni Association Biennial Meeting 2012: Differential Diagnosis of Exudative Retinal Detachment.
  45. Sydney Eye Hospital Grand Rounds 2012: Toxic optic neuropathies.
  46. NSW Orbit Meeting 2012: The great masquerader – sebaceous carcinoma of the eyelid.
  47. Education session for ophthalmic technicians in Myanmar 2012: Pre-operative considerations and post-operative follow-up for cataract surgery.
  48. Melbourne Ophthalmic Alumni Meeting 2011 and Sydney Eye Hospital Grand Rounds 2011: Contrast-induced transient cortical blindness.
  49. Sydney Eye Hospital Grand Rounds 2011 and The Prince of Wales Hospital Cossom Meeting 2011: Paradoxical worsening in caroticocavernous fistula.
  50. Melbourne Ophthalmic Alumni Meeting 2010: A case of bilateral optic nerve leukaemic infiltration.
  51. Sydney Eye Hospital Grand Rounds 2010: A diagnostic dilemma – TB or not TB?
  52. The Garvan Institute Annual Research Symposium 2007: Mutation analysis in human CXCR7 in association with congenital heart disease.