Dr Christolyn Raj is a highly experienced medical retina specialist who provides treatments for diseases such as macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy. A skilled and highly regarded cataract surgeon, Dr Raj also has a special interest in paediatric ophthalmology.
Dr Raj undertook her initial training at the University of Sydney, obtaining a Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery (with Honours). She went onto further study completing an Honours Thesis at Sydney University and Sydney Eye Hospital.
Dr Raj has always believed in the importance of Ophthalmology as a key discipline of General Medicine and Surgery. This is highlighted by her postgraduate Masters of Medicine where she focussed on Infectious Disease, Tropical Medicine and Public Health.
She completed her Ophthalmology training at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, Melbourne. She complimented her training with Fellowships at The Royal Children’s Hospital and Western General Hospitals as well as clinical observerships overseas.
A Valedictorian from her school days, Dr Raj has continued to be the recipient of numerous accolades. These include the prestigious John Flynn Scholarship, AMA JJ Hunter Bursary and Rotary International Scholarship for her research and clinical work.
Dr Raj was awarded the award for best Clinical Poster from the American Academy of Ophthalmology and was named as one of the ‘100 Inspiring Women’ at the AMA Eastern Division.
She is the founder of the Royal Children’s Hospital ‘Teddy Bear Eye Hospital’ and Honorary Senior Lecturer (Ophthalmology & Visual Science) at the University of Melbourne Western Clinical School. In addition, Dr Raj has been featured on Radio and television for her ongoing work in paediatric ophthalmology and public health initiatives.
Dr Raj has published numerous papers and posters in general ophthalmology. She has written a number of peer-reviewed research publications in prestigious forums and has been called upon on many occasions to be the keynote speaker at seminars and conferences. She continues to be involved in research at the clinical level and present her work at local and international Ophthalmology meetings.
Dr Raj is a member of the Royal Australian and New Zealand Academy of Ophthalmology (RANZCO) and is an International Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO).
Dr Raj enjoys spending time with her family and friends which often involves overseas trips to exotic locations all over the world.
She is an avid freelance painter and enjoys many adventures on painting tours with her local art group. Her other hobbies include tennis , the theatre and listening to a wide genre of music.