Dr George Kong

Glaucoma & Cataract Specialist


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 (London).

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 50 international peer-reviewed journals, 5 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.

Current Affiliations:

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 a 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.

Read more about Dr George Kong: https://www.drgeorgekong.com

  • Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital G
    • Glaucoma Investigation Research Unit
  • Monash Hospital
  • Eastern Health (Box Hill / Lillydale)
  • Totalling $400,000+ research funding
  • 2020: CERA Innovation Fund
  • 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)
  • PhD Supervisor (Uni Melb)
  • Honorary Senior Fellow (Uni Melb)
  • Board Member – Ophthalmic Research Institute of Australia (ORIA)
  • RANZCO Examiner (Ophthalmic Science, Physiology)
  • Clinical Audit Lead – Glaucoma Unit, Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital
  • Australian & New Zealand Glaucoma Society (ANZGS) Committee Member
  • World Glaucoma Association (WGA) Associate Advisory Board (AAB) Member