The Council of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO) has appointed Clinical Professor Nitin Verma AM as President-elect. He will formally take up the role of President on 10 October 2020.
While not currently a RANZCO Director, Clin/Prof Verma has been a long time member of the RANZCO Board and was Vice President over the period 2018–19. He currently chairs the RANZCO Future of Ophthalmology Taskforce and has been a member of many RANZCO committees.
Clin/Prof Verma has been part of Hobart Eye Surgeons for 15 years and is actively engaged in management of, and research into, macular degeneration as well as diabetic macular oedema. He was awarded the Meritorious Service Award for Prevention of Blindness (Asia Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology) in 2009.
Clin/Prof Verma is a Professor at the University of Tasmania School of Medicine, Head of Ophthalmology at the Royal Hobart Hospital and a Clinical Professor in Ophthalmology at the University of Sydney.
His work leading the East Timor Eye Project was recognised with the Order of Timor Leste in 2010, and his appointment as Honorary Consul to East Timor in 2006. He was awarded Hobart’s Citizen of the Year, 2013 and was a finalist in Tasmania’s Australian of the Year, 2013.
Clinical Professor Nitin Verma AM is on several Academic committees and boards of philanthropic organisations including Macular Disease Foundation Australia.