The Power List 2019 – Emerging Leaders
Assistant Professor, University of Toronto; Clinical Professor, University of Utah; Division Head of Ophthalmology at Trillium Health Partners, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.
A true mover and shaker of the ophthalmic field, Ike Ahmed has developed many novel therapeutic approaches for glaucoma, cataract and lens implant surgery, and designed innovative microsurgical instruments, devices, implants and techniques for the management of the dislocated cataract, iris reconstruction, and even a diamond scalpel for use in glaucoma. He’s rightly acknowledged as “The Father of MIGS”; after all, he coined the term, and ushered in this new generation of surgical devices into glaucoma. His award list is long, and the highlights include the Binkhorst medal, the AGS Surgery Day Lecture, the UKISCRS Pearse Medal Lecture, and he was selected as one of Canada’s “Top 40 Under 40” – and this recognition pertained not to medicine, but Canadian society as a whole. He has won five film festival awards, six best papers of session, and a poster award at ASCRS, as well as an ESCRS first place video award and AAO “Best of Show” award. He has given over 750 scientific presentations to date, including 40 visiting professor’s lectures around the world.
What drives you day-to-day?
To inspire and be inspired.
What has helped you to achieve your accomplishments?
Honestly, it’s been growing up knowing I’m different, looking at things differently, and challenging the status quo.
What are your goals for the future?
I don’t think so far ahead into the future… Every day, I want to make a difference in some way to every person I come in contact with and beyond.