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RANZCO Fellow Dr Samarawickrama named one of ABC's Top 5 Young Scientists of the Year

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The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO) is delighted at the announcement that RANZCO Fellow Dr Chameen Samarawickrama has been announced as one of the ABC and UNSW Top Five Young Scientists of the Year.

Dr Samarawickrama is a dedicated ophthalmologist, delivering high quality care for his patients at both Westmead Hospital and Liverpool Hospital. His commitment to ensuring patients have access to the best possible care is demonstrated through his work teaching the next generation of doctors, as a senior lecturer at both the University of Sydney and the University of New South Wales. Dr Samarawickrama is also an avid promoter of the role of research in delivering better care and better outcomes for patients and he sits on the Board of the Ophthalmic Research Institute of Australia (ORIA). Dr Samarawickrama is an active and committed member of RANZCO and is Chair of RANZCO’s Younger Fellows’ Advisory Group.

"I congratulate Dr Samarawickrama on being recognised as one of the ABC and UNSW Top Five Young Scientists of the Year. Dr Samarawickrama is an excellent choice for this honour, given his dedication to ophthalmology, ophthalmic science and patient care. As a young ophthalmologist he has already demonstrated his commitment to his field and his patients. He advocates strongly for the role that research plays in bringing new and innovative treatments to patients, helping to save their sight and improve their lives." A/Prof Heather Mack, RANZCO President.

"I am honoured to have been included on the ABC and UNSW Top Five Young Scientists list. I am particularly honoured to be included alongside such dedicated and visionary young scientists as Drs Hannah Kirk, Alex Russell, Dominique Tanner and Lila Landowski. I believe that science is the bedrock of excellent patient care and the future of medical innovation, while scientific communication is essential to help patients understand their diseases and the treatments available to them. In ophthalmology this means being better able to help people to keep their sight, their wellbeing and, often, their independence." Dr Chameen Samarawickrama

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