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Associate Professor George Kong

MBBS(Melb) BMedSci PhD (Melb) FRANZCO


  A/Prof. George Kong is a comprehensive ophthalmologist and Glaucoma subspecialist with extensive experience in cataract surgery, comprehensive glaucoma management, and complex glaucoma surgery (trabeculectomy, tube shunt operations).    The is an award winning surgeon in the area of Minimally Invasive Glaucoma Surgery (MIGS).  He also performs pterygium surgery, common eyelid surgeries and ICL refractive correction surgery.  He is a Consultant ophthalmologist at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital where he is a member of the Glaucoma unit.

  A/Prof. Kong completed VCE in Melbourne finishing top of the state of Victoria in Mathematics.  He then completed his medical degree (MBBS) from The University of Melbourne, Australia.  He successfully completed his PhD in 2011 supported by National Health and Medical Research Council Postgraduate Training Scholarship.  He was awarded the prestigious Eberhard Dodt Memorial Award from the International Society for Clinical Electrophysiology of Vision (ISCEV) for his work on retinal electrophysiology. 


  A/Prof. Kong completed RANZCO (Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists) accredited training at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital.  Subsequently, he embarked on a subspecialty Glaucoma fellowship at The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital where he gained medical and surgical expertise in the treatment of glaucoma.  He then traveled to Cambridge, United Kingdom, where he gained expertise in the advanced management of complex cataracts and glaucoma conditions such as glaucoma caused by inflammatory eye diseases (uveitis) and children’s glaucoma.  He has also trained in laser procedures for glaucoma and in new surgical techniques of Minimally Invasive Glaucoma Surgery.


  A/Prof. Kong published over 50 international peer-reviewed journal articles, 5 book chapters and is a reviewer of several ophthalmology and optometry journals.  He was instrumental in the development of the GONE (Glaucoma Optic Neuropathy Evaluation) website which has helped thousands of optometrists and junior ophthalmologists around the world improve their optic nerve examination techniques.  He is a co-inventor of software for visual field testing software Online – Melbourne Rapid Fields.  He is also the inventor of the Semi-open technique of XEN stent insertion and was awarded Best Surgical Film award at the International Glaucoma Surgery Congress in London 2020.  A/Prof. Kong was awarded the Gerard Crock Trophy in the RANZCO Annual Scientific Congress 2022 for his work on visual field home monitoring for glaucoma.

  A/Prof. Kong also speaks Mandarin and Cantonese fluently.

Current Affiliations:


  A/Prof. Kong is a consultant ophthalmologist at the Glaucoma Research and Investigation Unit at Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital. 

  He also has appointments as a Consultant ophthalmologist at the glaucoma subspecialty and general ophthalmology clinics at Eastern Health. 

  He has an Honorary Clinical Associate Professor position at The University of Melbourne. 



My passion is providing the best quality evidence-based care for my patients.


Glaucoma surgery specialist - Cataract surgery -  Pterygium surgery - Children's Eye Diseases - Dry eye treatment - General Eyelids - General Ophthalmologist

Read more about Dr George Kong

- PhD Supervisor (Uni Melb)

- Honorary Clinical Associate Professor (Uni Melb)

- Consultant for Allergan China

- Board Member Ophthalmic Research Institute of Australia (ORIA)

- RANZCO Examiner (Physiology)

- GIRU Glaucoma Unit Audit Lead (Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital)

- Australian & New Zealand Glaucoma Society (ANZGS) Committee Member

- World Glaucoma Association (WGA) Associate Advisory Board (AAB) Member

Hospital Appointments

  Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital G

    - Glaucoma Investigation Research Unit

  Monash Hospital

  Eastern Health (Box Hill / Lillydale)


Awards and Grants

Totalling $400,000+ research funding

2022 Gerard Crock Trophy (RANZCO)

2020 CERA Innovation Fund

2020 Best surgical video at International Congress for Glaucoma Surgery (London) XEN stent implantation

2020 Glaucoma Australia Research Grant

2019 Perpetual Mutual Charitable Fund

2018 Early Career Clinician Research Grant (Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital)

2017 Ophthalmic Research Institute of Australia (ORIA) Grant

2017 Hector Maclean Scholarship (University of Melbourne)

2017 Bayer Research Grant

2017 HealthTech Innovation Challenge (University of Melbourne) Winner 

2016 Addenbrooke's Charitable Trust Award (Cambridge, UK)

2016 Cambridge University health Partnership (UK)

2016 MRC (Medical Research Council): Confidence in Concepts grant (UK)

2016 Finalist in MedTech's Got Talent (Victorian Government Initiative)

2015 AMP Tomorrow Maker Award

2011 Best Presentation from Trainee, Glaucoma Interest Group Annual Meeting

2010 Eberhard Dodt Memorial Award, International Society for Clinical Electrophysiology of Vision (ISCEV)

2010 James McBride White Prize Melbourne Ophthalmic Alumni


2022 Glaukos Preserflo stent training

2019 RANZCO Leadership Development Program Graduate

2018 Allergan XEN stent training

2017 Glaukos iStent training

2016  Fellowship in Complex Cataract & Glaucoma, Cambridge, UK 

2015  Fellowship in Glaucoma, Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, Melbourne

2011-2014  RANZCO Accredited Training, Melbourne

2008 - 2011 Doctor of Philosophy (The  University of Melbourne)

2006 - 2007 St Vincent's Hospital, Melbourne

2000 - 2005 MBBS BMedSci, (The University of Melbourne)




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