Plenary Speakers


Prof. Dr. Chee Soon Phaik graduated from the National University of Singapore in 1984 and gained her Master of Medicine Ophthalmology from the university in 1989. In the same year   she was elected as a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, Glasgow; Fellow of the College of Ophthalmologists (UK); and Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.

Prof. Chee joined the Singapore National Eye Centre in 1991. She left temporarily to complete her fellowship training in Oculoplastics and Uveitis in 1993 at the Moorfields Eye Hospital, London. Since her return, Prof. Chee has been elected as senior consultant and heads both the Cataract Subspecialty Service and Ocular Inflammation and Immunology Service at the Singapore National Eye Centre. She is also the director for fellowships and a member of the Strategic Planning Committee at SNEC. Besides her clinical contributions, Prof Chee serves as a professor at the National University of Singapore and Duke-National University of Singapore Graduate Medical School and lead member of the cataract research team at the Singapore Eye Research Institute.

Prof Chee has a keen interest in management of complicated cataract cases and has designed advanced intraocular devices and techniques that have help surgeons tremendously in their difficult cases.

In the field of uveitis, Prof Chee has been a member of the International Uveitis Study Group since 2002. In 2011, she took on the position of Uveitis Chairman, International Council of Ophthalmology Residency Curriculum Update Project and is a member of the IOIS International Council. Currently, Prof Chee is the President of the Asia-Pacific Intraocular Inflammation Study Group (APIISG) since 2013.

Prof Chee is the recipient of various awards. She became Asia Pacific Association of Cataract and Refractive Surgery Certified Educator in 2005 and received the American Academy of Ophthalmology Achievement Award in 2007. She has authored over 200 peer-reviewed scientific papers and book chapters and is a member of several editorial boards including Ocular Inflammation and Immunology, the Journal of Ophthalmic Inflammation and Infection, and the Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery. She was also Editor in Chief for the Atlas of Ocular Inflammation (Elsevier, 2007) and for Essential Ophthalmology: A Guide for General Practitioners and Family Physicians (2012).


Dr. Iqbal K. Ahmed or fondly known as Dr. Ike Ahmed graduated from the Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto in 1995. He did his ophthalmology residency from 1996- 2000 in University of Toronto Hospital and completed his fellowship training in both Glaucoma and Anterior Segment in 2000-2001 in John Moran Eye Center, University of Utah Health Sciences Center.

Dr. Ahmed is recognized internationally as being one of the most experienced complex eye surgeons in the world. His practise focuses on the surgical management of glaucoma, complex cataract and intraocular lens complications. Dr. Ahmed is known for developing the micro-invasive glaucoma surgery technique known as MIGS and for developing advanced microsurgical devices and instruments, such as a diamond scalpel for glaucoma surgery.

Dr. Ahmed has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, and has won five film festival awards, three best papers of session, and a poster award at ASCRS, as well as an ESCRS first place video award and AAO “Best of Show” award. He has given over 750 scientific presentations thus far in his career, including 31 visiting professor’s lectures around the world.

Dr. Ahmed is the recipient of various awards. In 2010, Dr. Ahmed was selected as one of “Canada’s Top 40 Under 40” – a prestigious national award recognizing significant achievements at a young age. In 2014, Dr Ahmed was bestowed the prestigious Binkhorst medal upon him for his revolutionary work on microinvasive glaucoma surgery by the ASCRS. Recently Dr. Ahmed is the recipient of the 2017 innovator of the year award by the Eye Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (EPSO).

Dr. Ahmed is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto, and a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Utah. He is the Research Fellowship Director, Department of Ophthalmology, University of Toronto, and is the Director of the Glaucoma and Advanced Anterior Surgical (GAASS) fellowship at the University of Toronto. He is also an active member of the Canadian Ophthalmological Society, American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, Association for Vision and Research in Ophthalmology, International Society of Glaucoma Surgery, Canadian Glaucoma Society and the American Glaucoma Society.

Dr. Ahmed has a large tertiary glaucoma and cataract practice at Credit Valley Eye Care and Osler Eye Care in the Greater Toronto Area, and primarily performs surgery at the Credit Valley Hospital, Mississauga, Ontario and the Kensington Eye Institute, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario.