Our medical advisory board provides expert guidance to our Executive Leadership Team to ensure that Vision Hospital Group delivers clinical and scientific excellence and best-practice care to our patients. The board is comprised of highly accomplished surgeons and specialists with an incredible wealth of knowledge and clinical experience.
James has spent over 30 years working in healthcare in both the public and private sectors. He joined Vision Eye Institute in 2017 as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Managing Director. James is ultimately responsible for ensuring Vision Eye Institute delivers the highest quality of care to its patients and that the organisation delivers on its strategic priorities.
Immediately prior to joining Vision Eye Institute, James was the Group CEO and Managing Director of Monash IVF Group (ASX:MVF) for eight years. Monash IVF Group is one of the most respected fertility care providers in Australia and the world.
Over his career in healthcare, James has been the CEO of Noosa Private Hospital on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast and held senior roles with Ramsay Health Care, Affinity Health, Mayne Health and Health Care of Australia. Before moving to the private health industry, James held senior policy and planning positions in the public sector with the Queensland Department of Health.
James holds a Bachelor of Business (Health Administration) from Queensland University of Technology and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Griffith University. He is also a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Dr Lewis Levitz is a highly experienced ophthalmic surgeon, with a special interest in conventional and laser cataract surgery. He offers his patients the latest in lens technology such as toric and multifocal intraocular lenses. Dr Levitz also has a special interest in reconstructive eyelid surgery (oculoplastics), including eyelid correction, repair and reconstruction, and management of eyelid cancers. In addition to these specialty areas, Dr Levitz also treats general ophthalmological disorders.
Dr Joseph Reich is a highly experienced cataract and refractive surgeon. With the evolution of laser eye technology, Dr Reich has maintained his expertise and performs LASIK and ASLA/PRK.
He also specialises in cataract surgery and refractive lens exchange, and has extensive experience with multifocal and toric lenses. Dr Reich performs complex cataract surgery on patients with co-occuring eye diseases, such as keratoconus, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy.
Dr Michael Lawless is one of Australia’s most experienced eye surgeons, having performed more than 30,000 surgical procedures. He is a Clinical Professor at Sydney Medical School (University of Sydney) and is recognised throughout the world as an authority on laser eye surgery.
Dr Lawless’s expertise encompasses laser eye surgery (LASIK, ASLA/PRK and SMILE®), cataract and lens replacement surgery (including laser cataract surgery) and phakic intraocular lenses. In addition to his refractive work, Dr Lawless treats corneal conditions using procedures such as corneal cross-linking and corneal transplantation. He is frequently invited to present at major international conferences.
Dr Lee Lenton is a highly respected and experienced cataract and refractive surgeon. Since 1995, he has performed over 15,000 LASIK laser eye surgery procedures. Dr Lenton also specialises in refractive lens exchange and cataract surgery, with expertise in intraocular lens technology. For the past 5 years, Dr Lenton has specialised in cataract and refractive surgery using multifocal IOL insertions, having performed more than 4000 trifocal IOL insertions.
In addition, Dr Lenton manages diseases that affect the surface of the eye (e.g. dry eye, red eye, corneal ulcers and chronic conjunctivitis). He has done pioneering research into dry eye and the use of medicated honey to treat chronic blepharitis and dry eye before and after laser eye surgery and cataract surgery.
Dr Abi Tenen is a highly experienced and well-respected refractive, corneal and cataract surgeon. Her areas of expertise include LASIK, PRK/ASLA, implantable contact lens, refractive lens exchange, keratoconus and collagen cross-linking, intracorneal rings and inlays, pterygium removal and cataract surgery with premium lens implants. By working closely with a broad range of refractive-based procedures, Dr Tenen is able to offer a customised care plan for each patient.
Dr Tenen’s compassionate manner has led her to be extensively involved in various charity and teaching pursuits, including a long-term appointment as Adjunct Senior Lecturer for the School of Primary Healthcare in the Faculty of Medicine at Monash University. She has worked with technologies running in parallel to her ophthalmic work, including programs using neuroplasticity in order to improve vision.
More recently, Dr Tenen has developed a keen interest in regenerative medicine and is involved in leading research focusing on the use of mesenchymal stem cells. As a pioneer in the field, she was involved in the introduction of the femtosecond laser to Australia in 2006 and she continues to stay at the forefront of ophthalmic technologies.
Dr Tenen is a frequent contributor and invited speaker at local and international conferences.
Dr Paul Athanasiov is an experienced ophthalmologist and the Founder and Principal Ophthalmologist at Eye Surgeons SA. His areas of expertise include advanced laser cataract surgery, corneal grafting and surgery, pterygium excision and glaucoma surgery. Dr Athanasiov also diagnoses and treats macular degeneration, diabetic eye disease and keratoconus. In addition, he has been published widely in the areas of cataract, oculoplastic surgery and ocular anaesthesia.
Dr Athanasiov completed his medical training at the University of Adelaide and further sub-specialist training in the areas of cornea, glaucoma and complex cataract surgery at the Royal Adelaide Hospital in 2013. His post-graduate qualifications also include a Master of Medicine (Ophthalmic Science) from the University of Sydney and a Master of Ophthalmology from the University of Adelaide. Since completing his training, he has been the Principal Ophthalmologist at Eye Surgeons SA and has additional consulting locations in Elizabeth Vale and Whyalla in South Australia. To book an appointment with Dr Athanasiov at one of these satellite locations, please call the clinic directly.
All of our day surgeries are fully accredited against National Safety and Quality Health Services Standards and ISO 9001, with an on-site Director of Nursing to lead the clinical support team.
In accordance with our values, Vision Hospital Group endeavours to provide excellent care based on integrity, accountability and team work to deliver high quality patient centered care. This is supported through consumer engagement and feedback to ensure optimal patient outcomes and customer service for those who access our care.
This is achieved by implementing robust quality management systems that meet the requirements of the internationally recognised ISO 9001 Quality Management System, as well as the Australian Commission on Quality and Safety in Health Care National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards (in our day surgeries).
Accreditation to these standards involves:
Vision Hospital Group is committed to a patient-centred care approach which aims to improve the healthcare experience and outcomes of consumers. This is achieved through strong leadership, good corporate governance and effective risk management in a controlled and appropriate manner.
ISO 9001 is one of the most recognisable international standards for quality management – certification indicates that an organisation’s service or product meets a certain level of quality. ISO 9001 is the standard accepted by the NSW Ministry of Health and all private health funds.
The Australian NSQHS Standards were developed to protect the public from harm and improve the quality of health care.
A surveillance audit is undertaken regularly to ensure that our processes are monitored, maintained and reviewed and that improvements are continuously implemented. A re-certification audit is conducted every 3 years, with all safety and quality processes assessed to ensure the standards required by ISO 9001 and the NSQHS are still being met.
Our aim is to deliver world-class health care to patients by focusing on the quality and safety of our services. We promise to provide a safe and comfortable environment for your medical care by focusing on three key areas: infection control, emotional safety and wellbeing and a commitment to quality – you can download our ‘In safe hands’ program outline here.
As Australia’s largest private ophthalmology provider, our aim is to deliver world-class eye care to patients by focusing on the quality and safety of our services. We promise to provide a safe and comfortable environment for your medical care by focusing on three key areas: infection control, emotional safety and wellbeing and a commitment to quality – you can download our ‘In safe hands’ program outline here.