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Ian McIlraith MD, FRCSC

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Dr. Ian McIlraithIan McIlraith, MD, FRCSC
Assistant Professor, University of Western Ontario
Ivey Eye Institute
St. Joseph’s Health Care Centre
268 Grosvenor Street
London, ON N6A 4V2

phone (519) 646-6208
fax (519) 646-6412



2006-present Assistant Professor
University of Western Ontario
2005-2006 Glaucoma Fellowship
Drs. Trope and Buys
The University of Toronto and the Toronto Western Hospital
2000-2005 Ophthalmology Residency
Ivey Institute of Ophthalmology
The University of Western Ontario, London
2004 International Glaucoma Subspecialty Electives
Western Eye Hospital, London, England (July)
Moorfields Eye Hospital, London, England (August)
University of California, San Francisco (September)
2003-2004 Chief Resident
Ivey Institute of Ophthalmology
The University of Western Ontario, London
2002 Lancaster Ophthalmology Course
Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, held at Colby College, Maine
1996-2000 Doctor of Medicine
University of Western Ontario, London
1992-1996 Bachelor of Science
Combined Honours Biology and Philosophy Summa Cum Laude, McMaster University, Hamilton




Surgical Teaching Award – 2008 and 2009 – awarded by residents to staff judged as best surgical teacher


Merck Best Paper Award – 2007 – best glaucoma publication as judged by the Canadian Glaucoma Society


E.A. Baker Foundation Fellowship Award – 2005-2006


  • PSI Resident Research Award – 2004 – university-wide award for excellence in research
  • D.W. Mills Award for Best Grand Rounds Presentation – 2003-2004, 2004-2005
  • Class of Meds ’49 Award for Excellence in Teaching – 2001-2002 – university award for teaching of medical students
  • PAIRO Resident Teaching Award – 2002 and 2003 – nominated for province-wide award
  • SARS Commendation – 2003 – recognized for providing exemplary service and leadership
  • Letters of Recognition – 2002 – recognized as an “outstanding teacher” of medical students

Medical School and Undergraduate

  • Dean’s Honour List – 1996-1997 – Faculty of Medicine
  • Dean’s Honour List – 1992-1996 – B.Sc
  • Dr. Jakob Michaltshenko Scholarship – 1996 – awarded for “best overall performance in pre-medical education”
  • The A.G. Reilly Scholarship – 1992 – McMaster University Entrance Scholarship


Glaucoma Research Society of Canada – 2009 – ~$7000 for ongoing research


  • Contributing Editor, Canadian Journal of Ophthalmology
  • Glaucoma Review Board, Canadian Journal of Ophthalmology
  • Author of regular feature column “F.Y.Eye”, Canadian Journal of Ophthalmology
  • Canadian Ophthalmological Society, Member
  • Ontario Medical Association, Member
  • Canadian Medical Association, Member


  • Director of Undergraduate Medical Education Committee 2006-present
  • Executive Committee, Ophthalmology Department 2006-present
  • Clerkship and Electives Committee 2006-present
  • Continuing Education Committee 2003-2004
  • Residency Program Committee 2003-2004
  • Residency Selection Committee 2003-2004
  • Internal Review Committee 2004
  • Undergraduate Medical Education Committee 2002-2003
  • Research Committee 2001-2002


  • McIlraith I, Giroux J. “Comparison of clinical bleb morphology grading scales using visante OCT”, in progress
  • Tingey D, McIlraith I, Motolko M, Sheidow T. “Tele-glaucoma screening”, in progress
  • McIlraith I, Hutnik CML. “Cataract Waiting List Reduction Through Prioritisation Project: Survey of Pertinent Criteria and Development of Office Implementation Database.”; Ivey Eye Institute, The University of Western Ontario and St. Joseph’s Health Care Centre
  • McIlraith I, Harnish D. “Correlation of N-myc RNA level with N-myc gene amplification in neuroblastoma.” McMaster University, Neuroblastoma Research Laboratory. BSc. Senior Thesis


  • McIlraith I. FYEye. CJO. 2005 — present. Regular feature column
  • Campbell RJ, Buys YM, McIlraith IP, Trope GE Internal glaucoma drainage device tube fenestration for uncontrolled postoperative intraocular pressure. J Glaucoma. 2008 Sep;17(6):494-6
  • Mao AJ, Pan XJ, McIlraith I, Strasfeld M, Colev G, Hutnik C.Development of a prediction rule to estimate the probability of acceptable intraocular pressure reduction after selective laser trabeculoplasty in open-angle glaucoma and ocular hypertension. J Glaucoma. 2008 Sep;17(6):449-54
  • McIlraith I, Buys Y, Campbell RJ, Trope GE.Ocular massage for intraocular pressure control after Ahmed valve insertion. Can J Ophthalmol. 2008 Feb;43(1):48-52
  • McIlraith I, Strasfeld M, Colev G, Hutnik CM.Selective laser trabeculoplasty as initial and adjunctive treatment for open-angle glaucoma. J Glaucoma. 2006 Apr;15(2):124-30