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 Tim Roberts is Medical Director of Vision Eye Institute, Clinical Associate Professor of Opthamology at the University of Sydney Medical School and Consultant Opthalmic Surgeon at the Royal North Shore Hospital, where he heads the glaucoma unit. He is a highly regarded cataract and glaucoma specialist, with clinical interests in the development and utilisation of new and innovative technologies in opthalmology, medical ethics and education.
Dr Roberts serves on the editorial board for the American Academy of Ophthalmology textbook Lens and Cataract, is Cataract Section Editor for Clinical & Experimental Ophthalmology and the Asia-Pacific Journal of Ophthalmology, and sits on various government, industry and professional advisory boards.
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 Uday Bhatt is a highly experienced cataract and corneal ophthalmologist. He specialises in cataract surgery and can offer his patients the latest technological advances in this field, including laser cataract surgery and intraocular lenses. Dr Bhatt treats refractive errors and is an experienced laser eye surgeon (LASIK and ASLA).
With his expertise in lens technology, he performs refractive lens exchange and lens implants to correct refractive errors. Dr Bhatt is also a corneal specialist and treats the full range of corneal conditions, including keratoconus, pterygium and recurrent corneal erosions. His areas of special interest include collagen cross-linking for keratoconus and the latest techniques in corneal transplantation and grafting. In addition to his specialty areas, Dr Bhatt treats glaucoma and performs eyelid surgery.
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 the highest level of customer service and optimise outcomes for our patients.
We achieve this by implementing quality management systems that meet the requirements of the internationally recognised ISO 9001:2015 standards, as well as the Australian National Safety and Quality Health Standards in our day surgeries.
Accreditation to these standards involves:
Vision Hospital Group implements a patient-centred care approach to improve the healthcare experience and outcomes for our patients.
Vision Hospital Group strives to achieve good corporate governance through 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.