Dr Andrew Thompson BPharm(Hons), BHB, MBChB, FRANZCO Back to About Us
Andrew initially trained as a pharmacist at the University of Otago and worked in New Zealand and the United Kingdom before commencing medical studies at the University of Auckland. He completed ophthalmology specialist training in Dunedin and Christchurch. Andrew undertook subspecialist fellowship training in glaucoma with Professor Anthony Molteno and vitreoretinal surgery with Professor Philip Polkinghorne in Auckland and subsequently at Bristol Eye Hospital in the UK. On returning to NZ, Andrew established a new, state-of-the-art vitreoretinal surgical unit at Dunedin Hospital. He has relocated to Tauranga where he works as a consultant ophthalmologist at Tauranga Eye Specialists.
Andrew has authored several publications and coauthored a book chapter on Molteno implants. He has teaching responsibilities for both under and postgraduate students. Andrew is an Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer at the University of Otago and is involved in preparing registrars from Australia and NZ for their final fellowship examination. He is also a College examiner for the Ocular Pharmacology and Emergency Medicine module of the Basic Sciences examination registrars must take on entering the training programme.
Andrew belongs to the American Society of Retinal Specialists and the Australian and New Zealand Society of Retinal Specialists. He specialises in cataract, glaucoma and medical retinal disease.
Outside of ophthalmology, Andrew is an accomplished pianist, extensively travelled and enjoys tennis, skiing and photography. He is married to Kaasandra who is a talented equestrian sportswoman. Together they have a son, 2 Burmese cats, a dog and a horse.