Division of Pediatric Ophthalmology

The division of Pediatric Ophthalmology at the Children's Vision Centre is part of the Department of Pediatric Surgery and the Department of Ophthalmology both at the McGill University Health Centre. Our mission is to prevent, diagnose, probe, understand, treat and manage all pediatric eye diseases. We provide an exciting teaching atmosphere for medical students, orthoptists, residents, fellows and graduate students. In addition, we have active research laboratories, funded by CIHR, FFB and FRSQ, where we perform electrophysiological and molecular biological studies to investigate retinal diseases in animals and man. We have particular areas of expertise in eye trauma, uveitis, strabismus, amblyopia, pediatric cataracts, electrophysiology of the developing and diseased eye, retinoblastoma tumor management and genetic and molecular biology of blindness due to retinal degenerations like Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA) and retinitis pigmentosa (RP). We are participating in the first human clinical trial test the safety and efficacy of a new oral retinoid in the treatment of childhood blindness (LCA) due to RPE65 or LRAT mutations.

List of staff members:

Staff doctors:
Dr. Robert Koenekoop, Chief
Dr. Michael Flanders
Dr. Conrad Kavalec
Dr. John Little
Dr. Robert Polomeno

Retinoblastoma Clinic:
Dr. Patrick Hamel
Dr. John Little
Dr. Rosanne Superstein
Diane Corbeil-Coordinator

Retinitis pigmentosa lab and clinic:
Dr. Robert Koenekoop
Dr Irma Lopez-Research Associate
Ms Jinny Conte-Research technician

Dr. Pierre Lachapelle
Dr. Julie Racine

Support Staff:
Claudine Robert, Administrative Secretary
Diane Corbeil, Medical Secretary
Renée Pigeon, Medical Secretary
Gilda Giancristofaro, Clinic Receptionist
Joanne Pavelak, Clinic Receptionist
Raquel Beneish, Orthoptist
Josée Navratil, Orthoptist
Stéphanie Oglietti, Orthoptist
Nicole Sarkis, Orthoptist
Alcira Vieira, Nurse