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The Association of Canadian University Professors of Ophthalmology gathered in a room with a red circle.

Who are we

The Association of Canadian University Professors of Ophthalmology (ACUPO) advocates for educators, researchers, clinicians and students, setting the highest standards and innovative frameworks for ophthalmic education.

OUR PURPOSE

We promote, assist and facilitate the advancement of learning and research in the domain of ophthalmology in Canada in all its forms.

THE ACUPO

 

Serves as a forum for the exchange of information and discussion of all and any matters of interest to Departments of Ophthalmology in Canada relating to medical education, research and patient care.

Presents lectures and other public events in relation to ophthalmology.

Encourages and provides assistance, monetary and otherwise to activities and organizations interested in academic ophthalmology.

Fosters the exchange of ideas, information and experience in the realm of ophthalmology.

Establishes relationships and maintains communications with other organizations interested in academic ophthalmology, in particular, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the Canadian Ophthalmological Society and any similar organizations.

 

Mentor, recognize and encourage the next generation of leaders in academic ophthalmology in Canada

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Insights & foresight

A long-standing history

The ACUPO was founded in the 1980’s. The Department heads in Ophthalmology were also meeting as part of the Royal College Committee on Ophthalmology at COS gatherings. Becoming aware that the university professors in medicine had joined forces to further the education of their respective fields, Dr. Ray Leblanc, Department head at Dalhousie University at that time, initiated a discussion among several ophthalmology professors. Early adopters of the idea that an association could be created for ophthalmology In Canada included Dr. Stephen Drance, Department head at the University of British Columbia at the time, Alain Rousseau, Department head at Laval University at the time, among others.  The first ACUPO meeting was held to develop the association’s “raison d’être” and explore how ophthalmology professors could fulfill a valuable role in academics and research in Canada.

The Association of Canadian University Professors of Ophthalmology endorsed a woman using a device to examine her eyes.

The ACUPO’s current members

Eventually, all department heads of ophthalmology from academic institutions in Canada joined to form ACUPO, with regular meetings and frequent communications among its members. The current department members from ACUPO are :

Dalhousie University, Halifax

Dalhousie University, Halifax

Marcelo Nicolela, MD, FRCSC, PhD
Department Head

Contact :

Jennifer Milligan

+1 902 473-7155

Jenn.Milligan@nshealth.ca

McGill University, Montréal

McGill University, Montréal

Guillermo Rocha, MD, FRCSC

Chair of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

Riva and Thomas O. Hecht Family Chair in Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences

Contact :

Emily Hurtubise

+1 514 843-1544

eye.med@mcgill.ca

McMaster University, Hamilton

McMaster University, Hamilton

Varun Chaudhary, MD, FRCSC

Academic Division Head

Contact :

Holly Hammell

hammell@mcmaster.ca

University of Alberta, Edmonton

University of Alberta, Edmonton

Edsel Ing  MD PhD FRCSC DABO MPH CPH MIAD MEd MBA

Department Head

Contact :

Brandy McNish

ovsadmin@ualberta.ca

University of British Columbia, Vancouver

University of British Columbia, Vancouver

Neeru Gupta, MD, PhD, MBA, FRCSC, DABO, FARVO

Department Head

Contact :

Jacqui Moolenbeek

+1 604 875-4199

jacqui.moolenbeek@vch.ca

University of Calgary, Calgary

University of Calgary, Calgary

Andrew Crichton, MD, FRCSC

Division Head

Contact :

Maria Petrosyants

+1 403-943-3932

ophthoadmincalgary@albertahealthservices.ca

Université Laval, Québec

Université Laval, Québec

Serge Bourgault, MD, FRCSC

Division Head 
 

Contact :

Serge Zagout générique 
+1 418 656-2131, poste 407974

orlo@orlo.ulaval.ca

University of Manitoba, Winnipeg

University of Manitoba, Winnipeg

John van der Zweep, MD, FRCSC
Department Head

Contact :

Dana McMillan

+1 204 788-8446

dana.mcmillan@umanitoba.ca

Université de Montréal, Montréal

Université de Montréal, Montréal

Isabelle Hardy, MD, FRCSC

Department Head


​Suzanne-Veronneau Troutman, Chair of Ophthalmology Department

Contact :

Benjamin Pellacani

+1 514 343-7094

benjamin.pellacani@umontreal.ca

University of Ottawa, Ottawa

University of Ottawa, Ottawa

David A. L. Maberley, MD, FRCSC, MSc (Epid)

Department Head

Contact :

Biljana (Ana) Savcic

+1 613 739-6677

bsavcic@toh.ca

University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon

University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon

Paul H Murphy, MD, FRCSC

Department Head 

Université de Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke

Université de Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke

Anne Faucher, MD, FRCSC
Division Head 

Contact :

Suzie Bergeron

+1 819 821-8000 #73005

OphtalmoProgramme-fmss@USherbrooke.ca

University of Toronto, Toronto

University of Toronto, Toronto

Peter Kertes, MD, FRCSC 

Department Head

Contact :

Ashiya Chawala

+1 416 978-7931

ashiya.chawala@utoronto.ca

Queen's University, Kingston

Queen's University, Kingston

Stephanie Baxter, MD, FRCSC, MBA

Department Head

Contact :

Amanda McIntosh

+1 613 533-2559

Amanda.McIntosh@kingstonhsc.ca

Western University, London

Western University, London

Cindy Hutnik, MD, PhD, FRCSC

Department Head

Contact :

Glenda Kobe

+1 519 646-6382

Glenda.Kobe@sjhc.london.on.ca

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