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Dr. Robert Bourke

Retinal & Cataract Surgeon Macula, Vitreous, Retina MBBS,FRANZCO Request an Appointment

Dr Robert Bourke graduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery in 1984.He is a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmology and a member of Retinal & Cataract associations in Australia, US, UK and Europe (ASRS, ANZRS, AUSCRS, ASCRS, EVRS).Dr Bob Bourke specialises in the treatment of Macula & Vitreoretinal Diseases and Cataract. He has a special interest in treatment of age-related macular degeneration (ARMD), particularly in the management of Neovascular ARMD (wet macular degeneration). Upon completion of Ophthalmology training (1987-91, Brisbane), Dr Bourke furthered his experience by completing two Vitreoretinal-Macular-Cataract Fellowships at Moorfields Eye Hospital (London) and St Paul’s (Liverpool U.K.) between 1991-95.

During this time, Dr Bourke treated the UK’s most complex referred cases. The experience gained from managing these complex cases taught him how to minimise complications in routine intraocular surgery.Dr Bourke’s additional surgical skill-set and his continued dedication to remain at the forefront of his field, have made him a reliable community resource for the Gold Coast as well as for referrers throughout Australasia, Europe and the U.S. since 1995. Dr Bourke was co-founder of The Eye Centre Gold Coast and Short Street Day Surgery. He is an Associate-Professor at Bond University, Gold Coast and is a board member of the Clem Jones Research Centre for Stem Cells & Tissue Regenerative Therapies (CJRC) which is actively researching stem cell and nanofibre technology therapies for ARMD.Dr Bourke has authored more than 20 peer-reviewed journal articles and has been a Guest Lecturer on macular degeneration treatment, diabetes, macular hole surgery and complex cataract and intraocular lens surgery on multiple occasions at Domestic and International Conferences.

Dr Bourke has five children and in his spare time, plays lead guitar and sings in a soul/blues band (Groove Doctor). He enjoys surfing and endures golf! Dr Bourke offers Surgical and Laser treatment of Cataract, Vitreoretinal and Macular conditions, including Age-Related Macular Degeneration, Diabetic Retinopathy, Macular hole and Epiretinal membrane, Retinal Vascular Disorders and Retinal Detachment. With extensive additional subspecialty training, Dr Bourke is one of few Ophthalmologists who manages all complexities of cataract, macular and retinal surgery.

CURRENT APPOINTMENTS

  • Eye Specialist Institute, Gold Coast, Managing Director - Vitreoretinal, Macular and Cataract Surgeon
  • Clinical Lecturer and Associate Professor
  • Bond University, Gold Coast


CURRENT MEMBERSHIPS

  •  Australian Medical Association
  • Australian Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons
  •  American Society of Retinal Surgeons
  •  American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
  • European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons
  •  Euretina


AWARDS

  •  REGISTRAR'S PRIZE
    Neuro‑ophthalmology Society, Sydney 1990 (presented by Dr Neil Miller)
  •  REGISTRAR'S PRIZE
     Neuro‑ophthalmology Society, Sydney 1991 (presented by Mr David Taylor)
  •  SUTOR FELLOWSHIP
    Moorfields Eye Hospital, June 1994
  •  ALCON VISITING PROFESSOR 
    Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, May 1998

PREVIOUS OPHTHALMOLOGY POSTS

  • ROYAL BRISBANE HOSPITAL
    January 1995 - April 1998 Staff Consultant Retinal Surgeon Senior Clinical Lecturer
  • ST. PAUL'S EYE UNIT, LIVERPOOL
    October 1994 - December 1994 Vitreoretinal Consultant (Locum for David Wong)
  • MOORFIELDS EYE HOSPITAL
    May 1993 - June 1994 Vitreoretinal Fellow, Uveitis, Retina June 1994 - October 1994 Sutor Vitreoretinal Research Fellow
  • ST. PAUL'S EYE UNIT, LIVERPOOL
    June 1992 ‑ April 1993 Vitreoretinal / Retinal Fellow
  • MOORFIELDS EYE HOSPITAL
     December 1991 ‑ June 1992 Senior Registrar, Anterior Segment, Cornea, Cataract
  • BRISBANE EYE DEPARTMENTS
     Jan 1989 ‑ November 1991 - Ophthalmology Registrar, Brisbane, Australia