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OPENING CEREMONY SPEAKER

John Salmon
Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon
Oxford Eye Hospital
London, United Kingdom

John Salmon qualified as a doctor at the University of Pretoria in 1976, winning prizes in Pathology and General Surgery. He commenced his training in ophthalmology in 1980 and trained at various institutions in South Africa and England. He became a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh in 1984, and a Fellow of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists in 1988.

In 1985, he was appointed to the post of Specialist Ophthalmologist at Groote Schuur Hospital, Cape Town and became a Senior Lecturer at the University of Cape Town. He spent eight years in this department, and gained extensive experience in the fields of glaucoma and ocular trauma. In 1993 he was awarded a doctorate by the University of Cape Town for a thesis on the subject of chronic angle-closure glaucoma. In 1995, he was appointed as a Consultant Ophthalmologist to the Oxford Eye Hospital, England. Later that year he was appointed as a Senior Lecturer at the University of Oxford and in 1997 he became a member of Green College, Oxford. He was head of the Oxford Eye Hospital from 2007-2010. He is presently a Consultant in general ophthalmology and is the Director of the Glaucoma Services in Oxford.

He is actively involved in teaching; initially as a Royal College of Ophthalmologists Tutor, followed by Programme Director for Ophthalmology from 2004-2009 and then Clinical/Educational Supervisor. In 2013 he received an “Excellent Teacher” award from the University of Oxford. He is an examiner for the Royal College of Ophthalmologists and has examined nine PhD candidates. He has trained 25 Fellows in glaucoma from the United Kingdom, Europe and Australia.

Dr. Salmon is the author of more than 100 peer-reviewed papers (h-index 36, i10-index 65) and seven book chapters, mainly dealing with the subject of glaucoma. He is the co-author of “Glaucoma – a colour manual of diagnosis and treatment” and is the new author of “Kanski’s Clinical Ophthalmology” (9th Edition). He has presented academic papers at national and international meetings, and has lectured to audiences all over the world. He was also awarded the Sam Cohen Gold medal from the University of Witwatersrand in 2009, the Ida Mann Gold medal from the University of Oxford in 2015, the South African Glaucoma Society Gold medal in 2017 and the Australian Glaucoma Society Gold medal in 2018.