Associate Professor Andrew Symons (MBBS,PhD, FRANZCO) is an Associate Ophthalmologist at Eye Surgery Associates and is a member of one of the largest Medical and Surgical teams in Victoria. A/Prof Symons is a graduate of the University of Melbourne. After finishing his medical degree, he pursued a PhD in genetics at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute and then training in ophthalmology at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital. He underwent further training in medical retina, vitreoretinal surgery and ophthalmic research at the world famous Wilmer Eye Institute at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, USA. He then worked at the University of Kansas until September 2012, becoming director of Medical Retina and Vitreoretinal surgery, Director of Ophthalmic Research, and Director of the Kansas Lions Sight Foundation. He returned to Melbourne in September 2012 to become Head of Ophthalmology at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, and is a member of the Eye Surgery Associates Medical and Surgical Retina Group.
Associate Professor Symons has participated in clinical trials of bevacizumab, ranibizumab and other novel treatments for retinal disease. He also has research interests in retinal vascularization and the role of endothelial progenitor cells in retinal vascularization, particularly in retinopathy of prematurity and diabetic retinopathy.
Associate Professor Symons is a fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists, a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Society of Retina Specialists, the Association for Research into Vision and Ophthalmology and the International Society for Clinical Electrophysiology of Vision. He has published many papers in the peer-reviewed literature and made numerous conference presentations.
Associate Professor Symons has participated in clinics designed to increase access to ophthalmic services in the United States. His extracurricular interests include his family and music.