Dr Lawlor has skills in managing glaucoma in all its forms, but has particular interest in normal tension glaucoma, the role of cataract surgery in angle closure, and the surgical management of complex secondary glaucomas using glaucoma tube implants.
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After completing 4 years of ophthalmology training at Sydney Eye Hospital, he undertook a further 3 years of sub-specialty training. This began with 4 months in India and Timor Leste performing cataract surgery, followed by an observership at the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. He then moved to London for 3 years to complete dual fellowships in neuro-ophthalmology and surgical glaucoma. These were both undertaken at Moorfields Eye Hospital, which is the largest eye hospital in Europe. The experience provided unparalleled exposure to dealing with the medical and surgical management of complex eye disease.
Mitchell has a PhD in bioethics from the University of Sydney, and still has an active research program with a clinical academic position at the University of Sydney. He supervises a number students undertaking higher degrees, and his current research looks at the underlying mechanism of glaucoma as an optic neuropathy, novel methods of sub-classifying the glaucomas, and methods of distinguishing glaucoma from other diseases of the optic nerve.
Mitchell has received peer reviewed research funding from groups such as the Ophthalmic Research Institute of Australia and the Sydney Eye Hospital Foundation. He has over 30 original research publications in peer-reviewed journals including IOVS, Ophthalmology, Survey of Ophthalmology and the British Journal of Ophthalmology.
Mitchell has skills in managing glaucoma in all its forms, but has particular interest in normal tension glaucoma, the role of cataract surgery in angle closure, and the surgical management of complex secondary glaucomas using glaucoma tube implants.
Mitchell has a longstanding commitment to development work in low-resource settings in the Asia-Pacific region, and currently serves as a director for the eye health foundation Foresight Australia (http://www.foresight.org.au).
Since 2013 he has been working alongside Cambodian ophthalmologists to develop the ophthalmology training program in Phnom Penh, supported by RANZCO and the Fred Hollows Foundation. He is a visiting lecturer in neuro-ophthalmology and glaucoma, and teaches glaucoma surgery to the local trainees. He has also built a relationship with the East Timor Eye Program, having worked in Timor Leste for 4 months, with regular return visits for teaching and surgery.