About Associate Professor Simunovic

About Associate Professor Simunovic

Matthew Simunovic is an eye surgeon specialising in surgery and diseases of the retina and vitreous in children and adults. His clinical training was undertaken in Australia, North America and the United Kingdom. He is a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (FRANZCO) and has been elected to the Macula Society, USA. Matthew is a vitreoretinal surgeon at Sydney Eye Hospital and the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network. He holds academic appointments at the University of Oxford and the University of Sydney.

Matthew attended medical school at the University of Cambridge (MB BChir with distinction in medicine & surgery), where he also gained his PhD (for a thesis entitled The Cone Dystrophies). He completed specialist ophthalmic surgical training at Sydney Eye Hospital and undertook subspecialty fellowship training at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Moorfields Eye Hospital, London and the John Radcliffe Hospital/Nuffield Laboratory of Ophthalmology, University of Oxford.

Matthew’s clinical practice focuses on vitreoretinal surgery, medical retinal disorders and cataract surgery (including sutured and sutureless scleral fixation techniques for intraocular lenses).

In addition to caring for patients, Matthew is actively involved in research into emerging treatments for retinal disease and experimental vitreoretinal surgery and is supported in this work by a Career Development Award from the Foundation Fighting Blindness, USA. He is also engaged in the training of retinal fellows, ophthalmology registrars and medical students.

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  • MB BChir - Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (with distinction in Medicine & Surgery), University of Cambridge
  • PhD - Doctor of Philosophy, University of Cambridge
  • FRANZCO - Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists

Ophthalmology residency

  • Sydney Eye Hospital

Fellowship training

  • University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
  • Moorfields Eye Hospital, London, United Kingdom
  • Oxford Eye Hospital/University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom

Prizes and awards

  • Foundation Fighting Blindness Career Development Award
  • Elected to the Macula Society, USA
  • RANZCO Eye Foundation/Novartis Fellowship
  • Bayer Global Ophthalmology Awards Program Fellowship
  • ARVO MIT Outstanding Poster Award
  • ARVO International Travel Grant
  • RANZCO/Bayer Australia Scholarship
  • Sydney Eye Hospital Alumni Association Travelling Fellowship
  • Norman Rose Travelling Scholarship, Sydney Hospitallers
  • The Duke-Elder Examination Prize, Royal College of Ophthalmologists
  • The Patrick Trevor-Roper Award, Royal College of Ophthalmologists
  • Foulkes Foundation Fellowship, The Foulkes Foundation
  • The Packer Scholarship, Cambridge Commonwealth Trust
  • The Wellcome Research Prize, The Wellcome Trust
  • Department of Surgery Prize, University of Cambridge
  • E. M. Burnett Prize, University of Cambridge
  • The Denis Dooley Prize, University of Cambridge
  • W.D. Wright Award, Colour Group of Great Britain
  • Research Scholarship, Cambridge Philosophical Society

In the media

Dr Simunovic has featured a number of times in the media. You can see some examples of his work by selecting the link below.


Dr Simunovic is actively engaged in research into retinal diseases. Read his list of publications by selecting the link below.


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