The Eye Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (EPSO) recognizes excellence in Dr. Patricia Teal.
Each year ophthalmologists across Ontario nominate deserving ophthalmologists whose contributions to the profession have been outstanding, and of positive and lasting quality in the provision of healthcare services. On Saturday, February 22, 2020, the Eye Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario at their Annual General Meeting announced that Dr. Patricia Teal is the recipient of the 2019 Lifetime Achievement award in recognition for her distinguished career of service to the specialty of Ophthalmology.
Dr. Patricia Teal obtained her fellowship in Ophthalmology at the University of Toronto in 1974 has led a distinguished career in ophthalmology. A strong leader in ophthalmology, some of her career highlights include serving as president of the Canadian Ophthalmological Society, the Canadian Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgery, a member of EPSO’s Executive and the Ontario Medical Association Board, Chief of Surgery at Douglas Memorial, and Chief of Ophthalmology at Niagara Health.
In 2002 she founded Patricia Teal Cosmetic Laser & Aesthetics located in Fort Erie, Ontario, introducing cosmetic surgery in to her practice. Her cosmetic training has been extensive with mini fellowships in cosmetic eye surgery in Los Angeles, California and Florida, complimenting basic oculoplastic training in Toronto. She is regarded as one of the most experienced blepharoplasty surgeons in Canada.
“Dr. Teal is deserving of this reward secondary to all the contributions she has given to our profession of medicine and section of ophthalmology, but above all, she has led and proved to be a mentor to women and men in ophthalmology by demonstrating a balanced life one can lead by being a leader and giant in her field while also a mother, grandmother and supportive colleague to all of her peers.”
-Dr. Amber Sheikh, Chief of Ophthalmology at Niagara Health, EPSO Member
Dr. Teal is also an active member of her community and in 2015 was inducted in to the Fort Erie Sports Wall of Fame for tennis.
“Dr. Teal has not only been a dedicated and longtime ophthalmologist, but is also an integral part of her community.”
-Dr. Johan Viljoen, Niagara Health’s Chief of Staff and Executive Vice President Medical
Dr. Teal will be presented with her award this spring in the company of her peers.