Dr.Agnes Wong Laboratory
 
Dr. Agnes Wong Laboratory
 

Dr.Wong

Dr. Agnes Wong, MD, PhD, FRCSC
John and Melinda Thompson Chair in Vision Neurosciences
Hospital for Sick Children and University of Toronto

Professor of Ophthalmology & Vision Sciences, Neurology, Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery, and Psychology
University of Toronto

Vice Chair, Research and Faculty Development Department of Ophthalmology and Vision Sciences
University of Toronto

Staff Ophthalmologist and Senior Scientist Hospital for Sick Children and Toronto Western Hospital
 

Address:
Department of Ophthalmology and Vision Sciences
The Hospital for Sick Children
555 University Avenue
Toronto, Ontario
CANADA  M5G 1X8

Tel: (416) 813-7654 x2642
Fax: (416) 813-5159
Lab Website: http://www.eyeresearch.ca

 
Areas of Specialty:
Neuroophthalmology
Strabismus
Brief Biography     

Dr. Agnes Wong, MD, PhD, received her undergraduate degree from Boston University. She then obtained her MD degree from McGill University and completed her residency in Ophthalmology at the University of Toronto, where she also completed a PhD in Neuroscience and clinical fellowship in Neuro-Ophthalmology under the supervision of Drs. James Sharpe and Douglas Tweed. Dr. Wong then completed a combined research and clinical fellowship in Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.

Dr. Wong is currently Professor of Ophthalmology and Vision Science, Neurology, and Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Toronto. She is also the inaugural recipient of the John and Melinda Thompson Chair in Vision Neurosciences at the The Hospital for Sick Children and University of Toronto. She is a senior scientist, as well as an active staff physician, at both The Hospital for Sick Children and the Toronto Western Hospital. Her research focus is on understanding the neural mechanisms of different forms of strabismus, abnormal eye movements, and amblyopia. Dr. Wong currently holds four peer-reviewed grants (including two from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, one from the Canada Foundation for Innovation, and one from the National Institutes of Health of the USA). She has published over 70 peer-reviewed papers and she has single-authored a textbook entitled “Eye Movement Disorders”. Her work has been recognized by a number of organizations, including a New Investigator Award from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, an inaugural Young Investigator Award from the American Association of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, a Young Investigator Award from the North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society, as well as an Early Researcher Award from the Ontario’s Ministry of Research and Innovation. She is a much sought-after speaker who has delivered over 110 named lectureships/visiting professorships.

Dr. Wong maintains an active clinical practice, specializing in Neuro-Ophthalmology and Strabismus. Neuro-ophthalmology deals with neurologic disorders of the visual system. Since approximately 45 per cent of the brain is dedicated to visual functions, many brain abnormalities cause visual disturbances. These brain abnormalities, if left undetected or untreated, often deteriorate and cause severe disability or become life-threatening. Dr. Wong applies her specialized training to help these patients. In addition, Dr. Wong offers medical and surgical therapy for patients with strabismus.

Despite her busy research and clinical activities, Dr. Wong also dedicates herself to the training and mentoring of future generations of physicians and scientists. She has received numerous prestigious awards in recognition of the high quality of her clinical teaching and research supervision.
 
 
Achievements and Awards
Research Awards:
  • Early Researcher Award – from the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation (2006)

  • Young Investigator Award – from the North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society (2003)

  • Young Investigator Award (Inaugural) – from the American Association of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (2003)

  • New Investigator Award – from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (2002)

Clinical Teaching Awards (from University of Toronto):

  • The J.S. Crawford Award (2012)

  • Distinguished Teacher Award (2010)

  • Resident Teaching Award (2005, 2006, and 2007)

  • Dr. Fred Feldman Teaching Award (2005, 2007, 2010 and 2012)

  • PAIRO Excellence in Clinical Teaching Award (Nominee) (2005)

  • J.D. Morin Award (2003)

Awards for Research Supervision:
  • Best Vision Science Research Program (VSRP) Student Paper, Annual Ophthalmology Research Day, University of Toronto (2012)

  • Award for Excellence in Ophthalmic Research (First Prize), Canadian Ophthalmological Society (2009)

  • Third Prize (Clinical Research Section), The 2nd Canadian National Medical Student Research Symposium (2010)

  • Best Student Paper, Annual Ophthalmology Research Day, University of Toronto (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011)

  • Best Fellow Paper, Annual Ophthalmology Research Day, University of Toronto (2009)

  • George Brown Award (Best paper in Clinical Science), The 21st Medical Students Research Day, University of Toronto (2007)

  • Best Student Paper, North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society Meeting (2006, 2008)

  • Best Research Paper, Annual Meeting of the Canadian Association of Pediatric Ophthalmologists (2006)

  • Gold Award – Pfizer Film Festival for surgical technique and medical cases, Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists Meeting (2005)

  • Best Fellow Award (Inaugural), Frank B. Walsh Session of the 30th Annual North American Neuro-ophthalmology Society Meeting (2004)

  • Best Research Paper, Canadian Neuro-Ophthalmology Society Meeting (2004)

  • Alumni Award (for Best Fellow Paper), Annual Ophthalmology Research Day, University of Toronto (2003)

 
Dr. Agnes Wong’s CV [pdf]

 

 
 

Last updated on March 7, 2013
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