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 on iPad – 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 speaks Mandarin and Cantonese fluently.
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 and Monash 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
Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital G
- Glaucoma Investigation Research Unit
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)