Dr Basil Crayford

Dr Basil Crayford is an ophthalmic surgeon who has a clinical appointment at Orange Base Hospital while performing his private surgery at Orange Day Surgery Centre and Dudley Private Hospital in Orange, New South Wales.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists as well as Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and the College of Medicine of South Africa. He has a Masters Degree in Medicine. This was awarded for work in the field of glaucoma surgery.

His clinical interests and areas of expertise include minimally invasive cataract surgery, glaucoma management (including the use of laser and surgical procedures), anterior segment disease generally and oculoplastic surgery. He also has a wide interest in all aspects of comprehensive ophthalmology.

Dr Crayford resides in Orange providing the bulk of services locally. He visits Cowra and Parkes on a monthly basis to provide access of services to patients who have difficulty travelling to the regional city of Orange.

Dr Thomas J Atkins

Dr Tom Atkins is a consultant ophthalmologist with a long experience of general rural ophthalmology involving primary eye care and appropriate referrals to sub-specialty visiting ophthalmic surgeons.

He was born in Cowra, NSW with primary schooling at Cowra Public School. Secondary schooling was at The Kings School, Parramatta, followed by his tertiary education in medicine at The University of Sydney. He resided at St. Andrews College for six years becoming senior student in 1972.

Post-graduate intern duties were performed at Royal Newcastle Hospital with ophthalmic training following this a Sydney Eye Hospital.

He has been the sole residential eye care provider at Dubbo for over 25 years including 15 years of permanent Dubbo Base Hospital availability. He now only keeps an ophthalmic appointment at Dubbo Private Hospital.

His wide exposure to the unique conditions and concerns of rural people has allowed him to help busy colleagues at Orange and to perform sub-speciality surgical assisting at Dubbo.

Dr Chris Qureshi

Dr Chris Qureshi is a consultant ophthalmologist at Westmead Hospital, Sydney, and a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists. He completed his ophthalmic training at Sydney Eye Hospital with secondments to Newcastle and Wagga Wagga. He also completed a fellowship in vitreoretinal surgery at Westmead Hospital and has been accepted to the Oxford University Eye Hospital, UK for further fellowship training later this year. He consults and operates at Orange, Dubbo, Penrith, Westmead and the Central Coast.
Dr Qureshi graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery from the University of New South Wales and went on to obtain a Masters in Medicine (Ophthalmic Science) from the University of Sydney. His treatise was in Indigenous eye health and he continues to provide ophthalmic care to Indigenous patients in Dubbo.

Dr Freny Kalapesi
Dr Freny Kalapesi is an oculoplastic and ophthalmic surgeon who visits Orange on a regular basis, with operating rights at both Orange Day Surgery and the Dudley Private hospital in Orange, New South Wales.

She completed her training based in Sydney and is a fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists. She has a PhD for her work in neuroprotection in glaucoma based at the University of New South Wales and presented her research both locally and internationally.

She underwent 2 years of further fellowship training in the UK in 2010-2012 at the Royal United Hospital, Bath and the Bristol Eye Hospital, Bristol. Her second year was an advanced oculoplastics, lacrimal and orbital fellowship. During this period she gained vast surgical experience in the management of lid, lacrimal and orbital conditions. She was an investigator for the CIRTED trial investigating the role of immunosuppression and radiotherapy in thyroid eye disease. She was able to attend and present at many European and British conferences and courses during her time away.

Dr Brighu Swamy
MBBS (Hons), MMed (Clin Epi), MMed (Oph Sci), FRANZCO

Brighu Swamy is a medical retina and macula subspecialist. His expertise is in the diagnosis, treatment and care of patients with retinal conditions. His particular interests are macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and vein occlusions.

Dr Swamy graduated in medicine from the University of New South Wales with Honours, before completing both a Master of Medicine in Ophthalmic Science and a Master of Medicine with merit in Clinical Epidemiology at the University of Sydney. He undertook ophthalmology training at The Sydney Eye Hospital. Dr Swamy subsequently completed the Medical Retina and Uveitis fellowship at the prestigious Moorfields Eye Hospital in London.

He has the co-author of the Eye Emergency Manual, which has been distributed across all the hospitals in New South Wales. He has numerous publications in major international ophthalmology journals and is a reviewer for the RANZCO college journal. He has presented at international ophthalmic meetings, and is a member of RANZCO, ANZSRS, AAO and ARVO. He regularly attends international meetings to keep up to date with developments in Medical Retina.

He has been involved in a number of international clinical trials investigating the latest treatments for macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and uveitis and is able to bring this knowledge to his patients. He is a clinical lecturer at the University of Sydney and enjoys being involved in teaching.