Clinical Advisors

Prof Jonathan G Crowston


Jonathan is the Ringland Anderson Professor of Ophthalmology, University of Melbourne and Managing Director of the Centre for Eye Research Australia (CERA). He is a practising glaucoma specialist clinician at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital.

He gained his ophthalmology training at Moorfields Eye Hospital, London and was awarded a PhD for work on ocular fibrosis at the Institute of Ophthalmology, University College London (2000). He subsequently completed Glaucoma Fellowships at the University of Sydney and UC San Diego where he then joined the glaucoma faculty, prior to moving to Australia in 2006.

Jonathan serves as a director on a number of boards including the Centre for Eye Research Australia (CERA), ORIA (2008+), World Glaucoma Association , CERA Technologies Pty Ltd (2015+), Et al Research Pty Ltd (2015+), Oculo and Sight for All (2016).

Jonathan’s research is focussed on understanding why ageing predisposes to optic nerve disease and in particular focussing on neuroplasticity and the potential for retinal ganglion cell recovery.

He has published over 160 peer-reviewed manuscripts and co-authored three books. Jonathan has received a number of awards for his research and training. He is the recipient of the 2016 Peter Watson Medal from Cambridge Ophthalmology Society and the inaugural recipient of 2016 ARVO David L Epstein Award recognising outstanding research in Glaucoma and for mentoring young clinical investigators.

Dr Francis S. Mah

Francis S. Mah, MD, has practiced ophthalmology since 2000 with an emphasis in laser and cataract surgery.

After undergraduate studies at Cornell University and Dartmouth College, he attended the Medical College of Ohio, graduating at the top of his class. As a resident at the University of Pittsburgh, he earned a fellowship in cornea, external disease and refractive surgery and went on to participate in the clinical research training program. Throughout his academic career, Dr. Mah received numerous awards, such as the Pharmacia and Upjohn Outstanding Resident Award and the American Academy of Ophthalmology Senior Achievement Award.

Upon completion of his training at Pittsburgh, he joined the school’s faculty, serving as director of the Clinical Vision Research Center and the Charles T. Campbell Ophthalmic Microbiology Laboratory, co-director of the Cornea, External Disease and Refractive Surgery Service, and director of the Cornea and Refractive Surgery Fellowship. Dr. Mah also served as medical director of the CORE Eye Bank and as team ophthalmologist for the NFL Pittsburgh Steelers.

Dr. Mah is the author of numerous peer reviewed articles ranging from LASIK surgery to viral diseases of the external eye. He has published numerous abstracts and delivered a wide range of presentations on 6 continents. Dr. Mah serves in several leadership positions, including Chair of the Cornea Clinical Committee, and as a member of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Committee for American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, and as Co-Chair of the Cornea Preferred Practice Patterns for the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

Currently, Dr. Mah is the Director of the Cornea and External Disease Service, and Co-Director of the Refractive Surgery Service at Scripps Clinic Medical Group in La Jolla, California.