BSc(Med) MBBS, PhD, FRANZCO
Dr Chameen Samarawickrama is a clinician-scientist. As well as being involved in the clinical care of cornea/anterior segment patients and teaching registrars, he is actively involved in both clinical and basic science research involving the cornea.
Dr Samarawickrama is a consultant ophthalmologist at both Westmead and Liverpool Hospitals. His sub-speciality expertise is in the medical and surgical management of corneal diseases, including corneal transplantation. After completing his ophthalmology training at Sydney Eye Hospital, he completed Cornea Fellowships at both the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital and Moorfields Eye Hospital, London.
Dr Samarawickrama has over 50 publications in international peer-reviewed journals, received over $350,000 in grant funding and is a reviewer for many ophthalmology journals including Cornea, Ophthalmology, IOVS, BJO and CEO.
2018 Westmead Charitable Trust Early Career Clinical Researcher Grant: Corneal Collagen Glue: Inducing corneal regeneration in the treatment of acute corneal perforations ($240,000)
2018 Westmead Engineering and Design Collaboration Scheme: Novel protein therapeutics for the treatment of corneal Herpes Simplex Virus infection ($15,000)
2017 SMS-FEIT Biomedical Engineering Research Collaboration Scheme: Early Detection of Keratoconus: Novel use of photonic density sensors to diagnose disease prior to vision loss ($15,000)
2015 Sydney University Kick Start Grant: Corneal Glue for Corneal Perforations ($30,000)
2009 NHMRC (512068): Childhood Retinal Characteristics: Optical Coherence Tomography and Clinical Comparisons ($64,631)
Basic Science Research
- Corneal collagen glues
- Alternative treatments for Herpes Simplex keratitis
- Early detection of keratoconus using photonic density sensors
- Microbial keratitis
- Collagen Cross-Linking
- Cataract outcomes
- Corneal trauma outcomes
Corneal and Anterior Segment Diseases