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Scientific Advisory Committee

Catherine Birt, MA, MD, FRCSC,
Vice-Chair, Scientific Advisory Committee

Catherine Birt, MA, MD, FRCSC, Vice-Chair, Scientific Advisory Committee


B.A. Honours (Psychology, First Class), Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, 1980-1984
M.A., (Psychology), University of Toronto, 1984-1985
M.D., University of Toronto, 1985-1989
Ophthalmology Residency, University of Toronto, 1990-1993
Glaucoma Fellowship, Kresge Eye Institute, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, 1993-1994

University Appointments

Associate Professor, Department of Ophthalmology & Vision Sciences, University of Toronto, July 2004-present

Hospital Appointments

Staff physician, Department of Ophthalmology and Vision Sciences, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Toronto, 1994-present


  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honour Society, elected 1988
  • Medical Society Honour Award 1989
  • Special Executive Merit Award 2002
  • Peters Boyd Clinical Teaching Award 2003
  • Millennium Mentor Award 2003
  • CGS-Merck Award for Best Publication 2006
  • Clive Mortimer Award, Department of Ophthalmology &Vision Sciences 2007
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology Achievement Award 2010
  • Graduating Residents “Best Teacher Award” 2012
  • Dr. William Dixon Sunnybrook Surgical Teaching Award 2016

Professional Affiliations

  • Canadian Glaucoma Society – President June 2017 – present
  • Canadian Medical Association
  • Canadian Ophthalmological Society
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
  • Toronto Area Glaucoma Society (Founding member)

Research and Publications

Peer reviewed grants 8
Industry sponsored grants 9
Refereed Publications 51
Invited Publications 12
Book Reviews 2
Book Chapters 2
Abstracts & papers at meetings 90
Invited lectures 53
CME sponsored lectures 22
Public education lectures 14