The Power List 2018
Maurice Paykel Professor and Chair of Ophthalmology, University of Auckland; Director, New Zealand Eye Centre, Auckland, New Zealand
What are your goals for the next 10 years?
“To continue a world-class series of clinical research fellowships and grow the New Zealand National Eye Centre. Completion of a number of advanced clinical and laboratory trials on modifying, reshaping and replacing the human cornea including biological corneal substitutes, patented topical agents and stem cell therapies. To complete a series of risk stratification and outcome studies for cataract surgery (commenced in 2014) and introduce a validated, uniform, simple risk stratification system to the New Zealand public health system that will significantly reduce the complication rate of cataract surgery.”
Who inspires you?
“I am continually inspired by our undergraduate students, postgraduate students and clinical fellows who continually bring enthusiasm, fresh ideas and determination to clinical and laboratory problems. In many cases, they have followed initial clinical and research interests through ophthalmology training and PhD studies to become peers and great colleagues!”