Professor Peter McCluskey is Director of the Save Sight Institute at Sydney Eye Hospital and Professor and Chair of Ophthalmology at the University of Sydney.
Peter is an inflammatory eye disease specialist with more than 25 years experience in the field. His primary clinical focus is vision-threatening chronic inflammatory eye disease and he has a large clinical practice as well as being actively involved in clinical research and clinical trials. His laboratory research focuses on mediators of inflammatory eye disease and he has ongoing clinical and laboratory collaborations in the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Vietnam and the United States.
Peter graduated with first class honours from the University of NSW. He completed his ophthalmology training at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and Sydney Eye Hospital. During his MD studies in ocular immunology at UNSW, he completed a fellowship in uveitis and HIV ophthalmology at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London in 1993-94.
As Director of the Save Sight Institute at Sydney Eye Hospital, he is responsible for an Institute containing 11 research groups involved in both clinical and basic eye research that encompasses the common causes of blindness such as ARMD, diabetic retinopathy, cataract and corneal disease. Additional research groups target glaucoma, electrophysiology, genetic eye disease, uveitis and ocular cancer.
The Save Sight Institute has a large learning and teaching focus and Peter has been instrumental in establishing a distance learning Masters of International Ophthalmology in Vietnam. He is a passionate teacher who has lectured and been a principal invited speaker at conferences around the world. He and his colleagues have run postgraduate courses on inflammatory eye disease in many parts of the world over the last 10 years. He was a major contributor to the Eye Emergency Manual and co-authored the ICO medical students ophthalmology handbook. He is a co-author of the Sydney Eye Hospital ocular pharmacopeia iPad and iPhone app. He is a co-author of the Eye Emergency iPad and iPhone app.
He has received distinguished service awards from APAO, RANZCO and AAO for his teaching contributions. Most recently he has received the Mark Tso Golden Apple award from the International Council of Ophthalmology and Asia Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology as the outstanding teacher in the Asia Pacific region for 2012.