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Bachelors of Health Science Honors 

McMaster University

Hamilton, Ontario

Doctor of Medicine (MD)

Queens University

Kingston, Ontario

Residency in Ophthalmology

University of Toronto

Toronto, Ontario

Dr. Jason Kwok, MD, FRCSC

Dr. Jason Kwok is a comprehensive ophthalmologist and cataract surgeon.

He completed his ophthalmology residency training at the University of Toronto where he served as the chief resident. Throughout his training, Dr. Kwok was recognized for his excellence in patient and clinical care. He was the recipient of many prestigious awards including but not limited to the John Speakman Award (best surgical resident at Sunnybrook Hospital), the Hurwitz-Vaile Sinai Health Award (best surgical resident at Mount Sinai Hospital), the Duncan M. Jamieson Award (resident with the highest academic standing at the University of Toronto), and the ASCRS Residence Excellence Award, which is awarded annually to ten ophthalmology residents in North America who excel in patient care, research, and medical education.

Dr. Kwok has a strong interest in cataract surgery and has extensive surgical experience with complex cataract cases. He is an innovator in cataract surgery, having helped create a new surgical technique in tackling intumescent cataracts. He also helped develop artificial intelligence tools to enhance learning in cataract surgery.

In addition to his surgical practice, Dr. Kwok is also actively involved in medical education. He is the creator of www.OCTcases.com, a medical education website on optical coherence tomography (OCT), the main imaging modality used in diagnosis of retinal disease. Through this, Dr. Kwok has gained experience in the diagnosis/treatment of various retinal diseases and works closely with Dr. Choudhry to offer these services to the local community.

Dr. Kwok is also dedicated to giving back to the community. He has worked with the CNIB to provide ophthalmological services to rural Ontario communities through the Eye Van. He is also interested in quality improvement, having worked with the Mount Sinai NICU to improve retinopathy of prematurity screening at their hospital.

Dr. Kwok is currently a lecturer at the University of Toronto. He is a staff ophthalmologist at Mount Sinai Hospital, Kensington Eye Institute, and the Scarborough Health Network. He is fluent in English and Cantonese.

AWARDS AND DISTINCTIONS

 

  • 2022    Duncan Jamieson Award, Woywitka Cup, University of Toronto 

  • 2022    Hurwitz-Vaile Sinai Health Award, University of Toronto 

  • 2021     Heed Ophthalmic Foundation Resident Scholarship

  • 2021     Dr. John Speakman Award, University of Toronto

  • 2021     Carl Zeiss Meditech Educational Grant

  • 2021     ASCRS Resident Excellence Award

  • 2020    Bayer Medical Education Grant

  • 2020    The Chan Award for Excellence in Paediatric Ophthalmology, University of Toronto

  • 2018     Quality Improvement Project Grant, University of Toronto

  • 2016     Dr. and Mrs. Frank D. Newell Scholarship, Queen’s University

  • 2015     Rattray Award in Ophthalmology, Queen’s University

  • 2015     J.D. Hatcher Award, Queen’s University

  • 2015     Award of Merit, Office of Interprofessional Education and Practise, Queen’s University

  • 2015     Adiel Steacy Memorial Scholarship, Queen’s University

  • 2015     1st place team, National Health Care Team Challenge

  • 2013     Murray M. and Ruth S. Fraser Medical Student Award, Queen’s University

PUBLICATIONS

1.  The Cataract Surgery Learning Curve: Quantitatively Tracking a Resident's Operative Actions Throughout Their Training. Balas M, Kwok JM, Miguel A, Rai A, Rai A, Ahmed II, Schlenker MB. American Journal of Ophthalmology. 2022 Dec 26. Co-author.

 

2. Vitrectorhexis for anterior capsulotomy in an intumescent cataract.

Wong BM, Kwok JM, El-Defrawy S, Braga-Mele R. Canadian Journal of Ophthalmology. 2022 Nov 2. Co-author.

 

3. Anemia and Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis.

Yu CW, Waisberg E, Kwok JM, Micieli JA. Journal of Neuro-ophthalmology: the Official Journal of the North American Neuro-ophthalmology Society. 2021 Nov 18. Co-author.

 

4. Smartphone Compatible versus Conventional Ophthalmoscope: A Randomized Crossover Educational Trial.

Curtis R, Xu M, Liu D, Kwok JM, Hopman W, Irrcher I, Baxter S. Journal of Academic Ophthalmology. 2021 Jul;13(02):e270-6. Co-author.

 

5. Binasal Visual Field Defects Due to Sickle Cell Maculopathy.

Kwok JM, Jeeva-Patel T, Margolin EA. J Neuroophthalmol. 2021 Jul 2. doi: 10.1097/WNO.0000000000001299. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34238888. First author.

 

6. Cytomegalovirus anterior uveitis in consecutive eyes with hypertensive uveitis: a tertiary care centre experience.

Kwok JM, Bakshi NK, Lam VW, Fattouh R, Kaplan AJ, Derzko-Dzulynsky LA. Canadian Journal of Ophthalmology. 2021 May 25. First author.

 

7. Retinal crystalline lesions in pseudoxanthoma elasticum.

Kwok JM, VandenHoven C, Muni RH. Canadian Journal of Ophthalmology. 2021 May 6. First author.

 

8. New onset partial ptosis and double vision.

Kwok JM, Micieli JA. Emergency Medicine Journal. 2021 January. First author.

 

9. Papilledema in a Patient With Intracranial Hypotension.

Kwok JM, Mandell DM, Margolin EA. Journal of neuro-ophthalmology. 2020 Oct 28. First author.

 

10. Bilateral cilioretinal artery occlusions in giant cell arteritis.

Kwok JM, Sundaram AN. Canadian Journal of Ophthalmology. 2020 Aug 18. First author.

 

11. Retinal detachment.

Kwok JM, Yu CW, Christakis PG. CMAJ. 2020 Mar 23;192(12):E312-. First author.

 

12. Resolution of papilledema associated with cyclosporine use after change to tacrolimus.

Yu CW, Kwok JM, Micieli JA. BMJ Case Reports CP. 2019 Nov 1;12(11). Co-author.

 

13. Chemical injuries of the eye.

Kwok JM, Chew HF. CMAJ. 2019 Sep 16;191(37):E1028-. First author.

 

14. Assessing a novel approach to teaching ophthalmoscopy to medical students.

Benard-Seguin, Kwok JM, Liao W, Baxter S. Ann Eye Sci 2018;3:AB038. Co-author.

 

15. Use of a fundus photograph matching program in imparting proficiency in ophthalmoscopy.

Bénard-Séguin É, Kwok JM, Liao W, Baxter S. Canadian Journal of Ophthalmology. 2018 Oct 1;53(5):480-5. Co-author.

 

16. Evaluation of an online peer fundus photograph matching program in teaching direct ophthalmoscopy to medical students.

Kwok JM, Liao W, Baxter S. Canadian Journal of Ophthalmology. 2017 Oct 1;52(5):441-6. First author.

 

17. Examining the impact of early longitudinal patient exposure on medical students’ career choices.

Kwok JM, Wu V, Sanfilippo A, Bowes K, Pinchin S. Canadian medical education journal. 2017 Feb;8(1):e101. First author.

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