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Dr Stephanie Baxter appointed next Department Head

Dr Stephanie Baxter

The department is thrilled to share the news that Dr Stephanie Baxter has been appointed our next Department Head.

Dr Baxter is an associate professor in the department, and serves as one of our cornea specialists. She first came to Queen’s to complete her ophthalmology residency, leaving us to complete a Cornea and External Disease Fellowship at Wills Eye Hospital. 

Since returning to Queen’s Health Sciences (QHS) as a faculty member, Dr Baxter has completed a fellowship in educational scholarship and earned her Master of Business Administration. She has also served in several leadership roles within the department and beyond, including roles as Undergraduate Medical Education Director, Residency Program Director, and Competency-Based Medical Education (CBME) lead. She also  serves as the Co-Chair for the Cornea Transplant Working Group for the Trillium Gift of Life Network, and serves on the Accountability Committee for the Southeastern Ontario Academic Medical Organization (SEAMO).

“As a proud member of the Department of Ophthalmology at Queen’s for 18 years, I have full-heartedly supported the department’s tripartite mission of delivering excellence in patient care, teaching, and research,” says Dr Baxter. “My time in the department has allowed me to witness firsthand where we have been, and how we have evolved. I am excited for the responsibility to serve as the Head of the Department for the next five years.”

Dr Baxter’s five-year term begins on September 1, 2022.

The department would like to extend its gratitude to Dr Martin ten Hove for his superb tenure as the Ophthalmology Department Head. Under Dr ten Hove’s leadership, the department has led unparalleled innovations in research, technology, and patient care.

In Memoriam: Dr Ronald Pinkerton (Friday 4 June, 2021)

It is with sadness that we share the news that Dr. Ronald Pinkerton passed away on Friday, June 4 2021. Dr Pinkerton had an enormous impact as the leader of Queen's Ophthalmology from 1973-1991. He was an exemplary clinician, a trusting teacher and a consummate academic, instilling interest in every aspect of ophthalmology.  He will be remembered for bringing kindness and joy to those he treated and those he taught.

Dr Pinkerton's Celebration of Life service can be found here. (Alan Cruess' remarks begin here)

Dr Pinkerton's obituary can be found here.

Annual Report

The Department of Ophthalmology is thrilled to share our 2020 Department Annual Report.  In this publication you can see what has occurred in the department in 2020 including new faculty, achievements in education, clinical initiatives, and research. View Report »

We are excited to welcome new members to our department.

Earlier this year we welcomed two new faculty members—Dr Krishna Rao, MD, a glaucoma specialist, and Dr Mahadeo Sukhai, PhD, an accessibility researcher. 

This summer we also welcomed our new first year ophthalmology residents, Drs Alison Banwell, Tiandra Ceyhan, and Damien Pike. 

We also have three new locums joining our department: Dr. Robert Johnson MD has joined our emergency eye clinic and comprehensive ophthalmology and cataract services. Drs. Vasudha Gupta and Harman Singh will be joining us in October.