Dr Ike Ahmed
Innovator of the Year
Dr. Iqbal K. Ahmed, affectionately known as Dr. “Ike” Ahmed, is the recipient of the 2017 Innovator of the Year Award by the Eye Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (EPSO) in recognition of his groundbreaking work in the diagnosis and surgical treatment of highly complex eye diseases, including glaucoma and anterior segment surgical complications.
Dr. Ahmed is a fellowship-trained glaucoma, cataract, and anterior segment surgeon with a practice focus on the surgical management of glaucoma, complex cataract and intraocular lens complications. He is board certified in ophthalmology in Canada and the USA, and is an active member of the Canadian Ophthalmological Society (COS), American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS), Association for Vision and Research in Ophthalmology (ARVO), International Society of Glaucoma Surgery (ISGS), Canadian Glaucoma Society (CGS), and the American Glaucoma Society (AGS).
Dr. Ahmed has become world renowned for his skills and groundbreaking work in the diagnosis and surgical treatment of highly complex eye diseases including glaucoma and surgical complications. He is recognized as being one of the most experienced complex eye surgeons in the world and has trained numerous surgeons in innovative surgical techniques. Furthermore, he has been at the leading edge of novel treatments for cataract surgery and the latest designs in intraocular lens implants. Patients are referred to him locally, nationally, and from around the world. In 2010, Dr. Ahmed was selected as one of Canada’s “Top 40 Under 40” – a prestigious national award recognizing significant achievements at a young age. Dr. Ahmed has a keen interest in the development of advanced microsurgical techniques in glaucoma surgery and complicated cataract extraction, and is actively involved in research and medical education at a national and international level. He has received research grants to study glaucoma medications, glaucoma laser and surgical devices/techniques, angle closure glaucoma, anterior segment and retinal/optic nerve imaging in glaucoma, cataract surgical techniques and devices, and intraocular lens designs. Dr. Ahmed has designed innovative glaucoma diamond scalpels for surgery, microsurgical instrumentation, and devices, implants, and techniques for the management of the dislocated cataract, iris reconstruction, and glaucoma implant devices. As a result of his innovative expertise, Dr. Ahmed has been asked to consult for a variety ofcompanies and manufacturers, especially pertaining to the development of new devices and technologies.
Course directorships include The Toronto Cataract Course, COS Surgical Teaching Series, University of Toronto Resident Phaco Course, and AAO and ASCRS Non- Penetrating Glaucoma Surgery and Cataract/IOL Courses. He directed the third International Congress on Glaucoma Surgery in May 2006 in Toronto. He sits on the editorial boards of Ophthalmology (Associated Editor, Multimedia), Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, Clinical and Surgical Ophthalmology, Ocular Surgery News, Cataract and Refractive Surgery Today, and Glaucoma Today, and is a reviewer for numerous journals.
Dr. Ahmed has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, and has won five film festival awards, three best papers of session, and a poster award at ASCRS, as well as an ESCRS first place video award and AAO “Best of Show” award. He has given over 550 scientific presentations thus far in his career, including 19 visiting professor’s lectures around the world. He is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto, and a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Utah. He is the Research Fellowship Director, Department of Ophthalmology, University of Toronto, and is the Director of the Glaucoma and Advanced Anterior Surgical (GAASS) fellowship at the University of Toronto. He has trained glaucoma specialists who are now practicing in Canada and around the world, as well as residents and medical students. Dr. Ahmed has a large tertiary glaucoma/cataract practice at Credit Valley EyeCare and Osler EyeCare in the Greater Toronto Area, and primarily performs surgery at the Credit Valley Hospital, Mississauga, Ontario and the Kensington Eye Institute, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario.
“Dr. Ahmed is likely the most influential anterior segment surgeon in the world; we are fortunate to have him here in Ontario.”
– Dr. Jordan Cheskes, President of the Eye Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario