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Dr. Heather Russell

Cataract, General, Paediatric Ophthalmology & Strabismus MBChB(Hons), BSc(Hons), FRCOphth, FRANZCO Request an Appointment

Dr Heather Russell graduated from the University of Glasgow with Honours in Medicine in 1999, before completing specialty training in ophthalmology and obtaining Fellowship of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists (UK). This was followed by two years of sub-specialty fellowship training in paediatric ophthalmology and adult strabismus, firstly at the Princess Alexandra Eye Pavilion, Edinburgh, and then at the University of Auckland.

Dr Russell moved with her family to Australia in 2012. She was awarded Fellowship of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists and took up the position of Staff Specialist at the Gold Coast University Hospital where she continues to practice as a comprehensive and paediatric ophthalmologist. Through her position at the hospital, Dr Russell is involved with the teaching of medical students from both Bond and Griffith University, nursing staff and trainee ophthalmologists.

Dr Russell is a member of the Australasian Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons, Australian and New Zealand Strabismus Society (ANZSS), the International Strabismological Association (ISA), the World Society of Paediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (WSPOS), and the Paediatric Special Interest Group of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists. She has authored numerous peer-reviewed journal articles in international medical journals, coauthored a book chapter on ocular findings in inflicted trauma in infants, presented at over 30 local and international meetings, and lectured on paediatric ophthalmology, injectable muscle relaxants in the management of strabismus, progressive myopia in children, retinopathy of prematurity, and infantile nystagmus.

Dr Russell specialises in cataract surgery and general adult ophthalmology. She has expertise in all aspect of paediatric ophthalmology, and paediatric and adult strabismus (turned eye), and has extensive experience in the use of injectable muscle relaxants for treatment of blepharospasm, hemi-facial spasm and complex strabismus. In addition, Dr Russell has a special interest in the management of progressive myopia in children.