Dr Chameen Samarawickrama

Dr Chameen Samarawickrama is a Consultant Eye Surgeon with expertise in corneal and anterior segment surgery, complex corneal diseases, keratoconus, corneal transplantation, dry eye, cataract surgery and laser eye surgery. Dr Samarawickrama combines scientific excellence with personalised care. He prides himself on clear communication and patient education. His philosophy is to maintain a wholistic approach to each person’s vision, from assessment, to surgery, and aftercare. Dr Samarawickrama is abreast of the forefronts of ophthalmic developments and technology, and delivers this in a personalised and approachable manner.

Dr Samarawickrama is an alumnus of James Ruse Agricultural High School where he graduated as Dux with a perfect score of 100.00 in the NSW Higher School Certificate. He studied Medicine and Surgery at the University of New South Wales. After submitting his PhD, Dr Samarawickrama commenced his Ophthalmology training at Sydney Eye Hospital in 2010 and went on to complete his first advanced specialisation in cornea and laser eye surgery at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital (Melbourne). He was subsequently selected to complete a second fellowship at the acclaimed Moorfields Eye Hospital (London), where he worked with doyens in the field of corneal surgery including Mr Bruce Allan, Mr Stephen Tuft and Mr Mark Wilkins. At the culmination of his advanced specialist training, Dr Samarawickrama was appointed Consultant in Cornea and External Eye Diseases at Moorfields Eye Hospital prior to his return to Sydney in 2016.

Dr Samarawickrama has made major contributions to ophthalmology research, and is a leading clinician-scientist in his field. He was awarded his PhD from the University of Sydney. Dr Samarawickrama has authored over 40 publications in top-tier international journals. His research interests include the formulation of a novel corneal glue, early detection of keratoconus using photonic sensors and the development of new therapies for herpes simplex keratitis. Over the course of his career Dr Samarawickrama has been awarded over 10 scholarships, and over $100,000 in research funding.

He is a Clinical Senior Lecturer at Sydney University and a regular speaker at international conferences. He instructs ophthalmology trainees in cataract surgery and complex corneal and anterior segment reconstructions.

Dr Samarawickrama is a consultant ophthalmologist at Westmead Hospital and Liverpool Hospital. He operates at Hospital for Specialist Surgery (HSS) and City West Specialist Day Hospital, and consults at Nexus Eyecare at Norwest and Blacktown.

Dr Samarawickrama lives in Sydney with his wife, who is a local GP. In his spare time, he is an avid squash player and loves a good book.