Dr George Kong
MBBS(Melb) BMedSci PhD (Melb) FRANZCO
Dr George Kong is a comprehensive ophthalmologist and Glaucoma subspecialist with a particular interest in comprehensive glaucoma management, minimally invasive glaucoma surgery, and complex glaucoma caused by angle closure and inflammatory eye diseases. He received the prestigious Best Surgical Prize for his innovative XEN implant technique at International Congress for Glaucoma Surgery 2020.
Dr 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 Ophthalmic Science 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.
Dr 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 cataract 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.
Dr Kong published over 40 international peer-reviewed journals, 2 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. Dr Kong received research funding from Ophthalmic Research Institute of Australia to conduct visual field home monitoring trial.
Dr Kong also speaks Mandarin and Cantonese fluently.
Dr Kong is a consultant ophthalmologist at the Glaucoma Research and Investigation Unit at Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital.
He also has appointments as Consultant ophthalmologist at glaucoma subspecialty and general ophthalmology clinics at The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, Eastern Health and Monash Health.
He has an Honorary Clinical Lecturer position at The University of Melbourne.
My passion is providing the best quality evidence-based care for my patients.
Glaucoma specialist - Dry eye treatment -Cataract & Pterygium surgeon - Children's Eye Diseases - General Eyelids - General Ophthalmologist
PhD Supervisor (Uni Melb)
Honorary Clinical Lecturer (Uni Melb)
Board Member Ophthalmic Research Institute of Australia (ORIA)
RANZCO Examiner (Physiology)
Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital G
- Glaucoma Investigation Research Unit
Eastern Health (Box Hill / Lillydale)
Awards and Grants
Totalling $400,000+ research funding
2020 Winner of Best Surgical Video (XEN implant technique) at International Congress for Glaucoma Surgery
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
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)