Meet Your Laser Eye Surgery Team
Ontario Laser Eye Surgeons
Dr. Nick Nianiaris has been performing laser vision correction procedures since 1994. Specializing in refractive surgery and LASIK he has performed over 30,000 laser procedures at TLC. Dr. Nianiaris served as TLC's Medical Director in Toronto for nearly 20 years. He now serves on TLC’s National Clinical Advisory Group where he advises and consults with other world class surgeons on clinical guidelines and protocols.
Dr. Nianiaris acquired his medical degree in 1988 from the University of Toronto. His Ophthalmology residency followed at the University of Toronto. He chose to continue training, completing a Fellowship in Ophthalmic Research (including excimer laser studies) at Mt. Sinai Hospital. He is Ophthalmology certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and he is a Diplomat of the American Board of Ophthalmology. He has trained extensively in laser procedures with some of the world’s foremost authorities in refractive surgery. Dr. Nianiaris is also an expert in small incision cataract surgery with extensive experience using several phacoemulsification platforms and intraocular lenses. He has performed many thousands of cataract procedures over the past 20 years.
As a leading authority in laser vision procedures, Dr. Nianiaris has corrected the vision of eye doctors and surgeons, pilots, professional athletes, police and firefighting recruits and patients from all vocations and backgrounds. He has lectured to hundreds of eye doctors and continues to train other ophthalmic surgeons in refractive surgery techniques. Patients travel from around the world to have him perform their surgery.
Dr. Nianiaris has experience with some of the most advanced lasers in the world. These include the VISX, Wavelight, Lasersight, Technolas and Ladar lasers to name a few. He has been a pioneer in performing custom, abberometry and wavefront guided laser surgery long before the majority of North American refractive surgeons adopted this technique. He was one of the first surgeons in the world to be certified to use the INTRALASE femtosecond laser to make LASIK flaps.
Dr. Nianiaris has been the chair of the Ethics Review Board of TLC Toronto. He is a Lecturer at the University of Toronto Department of Ophthalmology and Vision Science and is the former Chief of Ophthalmology at Toronto East General Hospital where he continues to perform ocular surgery.
Dr. Nianiaris is a member of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons, the Canadian Ophthalmologic Society, College of Physician and Surgeons of Ontario, the Ontario Medical Association and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
As Medical Director of the TLC Yonge Eglinton Laser Eye Centre, Dr. David Rootman has extensive qualifications that put him within an elite circle comprising the top corneal specialist surgeons in Canada. His exceedingly distinguished career in Ophthalmology began at the University of Toronto. As a resident and physician, Dr. Rootman was identified as an outstanding prospect for the University of Toronto teaching staff and was sent for two additional years of training at the Louisiana State University. Under the direction of world famous Drs. Kaufman and McDonald, Dr. Rootman had the opportunity to study with true pioneers and leaders of refractive surgery. Louisiana State University was the first North American Institution to perform laser refractive surgery.
Since returning to practice in Toronto in 1988, Dr. Rootman has been a board member of the Cornea Society (until 2008) and on staff at the University Health Network and the Hospital for Sick Children. At the Toronto Western Hospital, he performs over 150 cornea transplants annually and deals with only the most complex surgical problems. He was the first Canadian surgeon to perform Deep Lamellar Endothelial Keratoplasty (DLEK), Femtosecond laser Enabled Keratoplasty (IEK) and Femtosecond laser Enabled Astigmatic Keratotomy (IEAK). In addition, he was the first Ontario surgeon to perform Intracorneal ring segment for Keratoconus. Also an expert in corneal conditions affecting children, Dr. Rootman is pleased to have restored vision in children from across Canada and around the world at Sick Kids. He finds this to be one of the most rewarding aspects of his well-rounded practice.
As a Professor at the University of Toronto, Dr. Rootman has made significant contributions to the education of ophthalmologists from across Canada and around the world. A true leader in his field, Dr. Rootman has trained corneal specialist surgeons from over 10 different countries, is the author of over 100 research papers and has lectured throughout the world on all topics related to his subspecialty. Dr. Rootman also served as Medical Director of the Eye Bank of Canada for over 12 years.
Refractive surgery is a major part of Dr. Rootman’s practice, and has been for over a decade. He has taken a leading role in the specialty, both through the education of other surgeons and through the advancement of his practice. Dr. Rootman is committed to ensuring patients of his Center will always be given optimal care by utilizing only the latest and most advanced technologies and procedures available. He has developed a true passion for enhancing lives through reduced dependence on eye glasses and contact lenses and looks forward to continued excellence in this field.
Building on the foundation of a top tier education and exceptional experience, Dr. Neera Singal has established herself as a renowned surgeon and expert in the field of Cornea and Refractive Surgery. “The eye has a number of interesting components; however, I have been attracted to the cornea as it is here that surgeons have the greatest impact on improving, maintaining and restoring eyesight”, she says.
Since joining the surgical team at the TLC Yonge Eglinton Laser Eye Centre in 2003 when it opened, Dr. Singal has consistently developed a strong rapport with both her patients and colleagues while pursuing her passion: improving her patients’ quality of life. Today, she is considered to be a part of the elite handful of corneal specialist surgeons who treat the most complex cases in her field with often the most challenging surgeries. Dr. Singal’s impressive background and expertise has resulted in her being one of the few surgeons in Toronto performing corneal transplant surgery and one of the first surgeons in Toronto to perform Intracorneal ring segment, IEK and collagen cross linking surgeries.
Throughout her career, Dr. Singal has maintained an active role in the medical community, serving as a staff member at the Toronto East General Hospital, the University Health Network and the Kensington Eye Institute. Dr. Singal also lectures at the University of Toronto where she completed her medical and ophthalmology training. In addition, she stays atop the latest and most advanced information in the industry through her membership in the Canadian Ophthalmological Society, the Ontario Medical Association, the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery.
Dr. Singal’s commitment to restoring her patients’ vision is complemented by her knowledge, surgical skills and nurturing personality. Therefore, it is no wonder that Dr. Singal is at the leading edge of her field and undeniably a strong asset to the TLC Yonge Eglinton Laser Eye Centre.
If you are interested in receiving laser eye surgery, contact our Toronto centre today.
"I believe that LASIK is not just a procedure. It is truly a life changing event! Every patient deserves an individualized approach to care. I look forward to seeing my patients and sharing in their excitement of having an improved quality of life after refractive surgery."
Dr. Clara Chan is a specialist in laser vision correction, corneal and cataract surgery. She attended Stanford University in California for her undergraduate studies and received her medical degree from Queen’s University, School of Medicine, Canada. During her ophthalmology residency at the University of Toronto, her surgical expertise was recognized with awards for exceptional performance in cataract surgery by Mount Sinai Hospital and the Kensington Eye Institute. She was also acknowledged by awards for clinical excellence from St. Michael’s Hospital and the Hospital for Sick Children. The CNIB recognized Dr. Chan as one of the top five ophthalmology residents in Canada and awarded her the E. A. Baker Scholarship to pursue post-doctoral fellowship studies.
Dr. Chan was selected among ophthalmologists across the world for a prestigious surgical fellowship in refractive surgery and corneal transplantation at the Cincinnati Eye Institute. Dr. Chan has extensive experience in the latest refractive surgery techniques and the most advanced treatments for Keratoconus including Intacs and femtosecond laser corneal surgery.
Dr. Chan is a faculty member of the University of Toronto and serves as the Assistant Director of Surgical Teaching for the Department of Ophthalmology. She is on staff at St. Michael’s Hospital and the Toronto Western Hospital where she trains cornea specialist surgeons from around the world to manage the most complicated cases and to perform the most challenging surgeries. She has served as a volunteer providing surgical care to underprivileged patients in the Philippines as part of the St. Michael’s Hospital Urban Angels annual mission.
Dr. Chan has published widely in the ophthalmic literature and has presented and taught courses to ophthalmologists at major national and international meetings. She is also active with the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery and serves on the EyeWorld Editorial Board.
In addition to Dr. Chan’s stellar credentials and experience, she possesses a calm and caring manner, placing a priority on ensuring that her patients feel completely at ease when making the life changing decision to undergo laser vision correction.
Dr. Ahmed has become world renowned for his skills and groundbreaking work in the diagnosis and surgical treatment of highly complex eye diseases including cataract, 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 advanced surgical techniques. Furthermore, he has been at the leading edge of innovative treatments for cataract surgery and the latest designs in intraocular lens implants.
Dr. Ike Ahmed received his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Toronto, Faculty of Medicine and completed his Ophthalmology Residency at the University of Toronto Hospitals. Dr. Ahmed also completed a Glaucoma and Anterior Segment Fellowship at the John Moran Eye Center at the University of Utah.
He sits on the editorial boards of Ophthalmology, Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, Clinical and Surgical Ophthalmology, Ocular Surgery News, Cataract and Refractive Surgery Today, Glaucoma Today and is a reviewer for numerous journals. He has given over 550 scientific presentations thus far in his career, including 19 visiting professor’s lectures 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.
He is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto, Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Utah. He is the Research Fellowship Director, Department of Ophthalmology, University of Toronto and Director of the Glaucoma and Advanced Anterior Surgical fellowship at the University of Toronto.
Dr. Smith studied Human Biology at University of Guelph, and then went on to complete a Doctorate of Medicine at the University of Toronto. Still in Toronto, he completed his residency in ophthalmology and was named fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada in 1989. Dr. Smith was initially trained in Laser Vision Correction in 1994 and has trained with some of the leading refractive surgeons in the world since that time. TLC affiliated surgeons have performed more than 600,000 LASIK procedures. Dr. Smith has personally performed more than 15,000 refractive surgery procedures to date. These include PRK, LASIK, Lensectomy, Astigmatic Keratotomy, Implantable Contact Lenses and Epi-LASIK. He has had extensive experience with six different excimer laser platforms, including custom ablation, and a variety of microkeratomes used to create LASIK flaps. Dr. Smith currently is one of a handful of surgeons around the world certified to use the INTRALASE femtosecond laser to make Lasik flaps.
Aside from being a member of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada and the Ontario College of Physicians and Surgeons, Dr. Smith is a member in good standing of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery and the European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery. Dr. Smith is past chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology, Trillium Health Centre (formerly Queensway General and Mississauga General Hospitals), and has served on the Laser Safety Committee. Dr. Smith has worked extensively with companies that manufacture excimer lasers and corrective implants he was the first surgeon in Canada to insert an astigmatism correcting implant. Aside from treating many close friends and family members, Dr. Smith has performed LASIK on several eye doctors and VIPs, including news anchors, restauranteurs, and CEOs.
Dr. Jellie is a cum laude graduate of the University of Western Ontario, 1980. He interned at the University of Toronto and completed his ophthalmology residency at the University of Western Ontario. He holds a Fellowship in Corneal and Anterior Segment Surgery from Duke University in North Carolina. Dr.Jellie has an ophthalmic practice in Kitchener-Waterloo and he has been performing corneal and refractive surgical procedures since 1986. In addition,Dr.Jellie performs Implantable Contact Lenses and has been doing LASIK since 1999. Dr.Jellie had the LASIK procedure to correct his astigmatism and nearsightedness at TLC Waterloo in July,1999.
Dr.Jellie is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology. Dr.Jellie is a member of various medical societies,including the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery and the Castroviejo Corneal Society and Alpha Omega Alpha.
"I will continually provide my best surgical advice and experience combined with quality of care to ensure your best surgical outcome."
Dr. McCuaig has practiced surgical and medical ophthalmology in Kitchener-Waterloo since July of 1996. He performed his first LASIK procedures in 1999 and is a certified IntraLase surgeon.
Dr. McCuaig received his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Western Ontario in 1992 after undergraduate studies in Biology from the University of Western Ontario. He was one of the top medical graduates in his class receiving numerous awards at graduation including the Horner Medal in Ophthalmology. He went on to complete a residency in Ophthalmology at the University of Western Ontario and affiliated hospitals and was named a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada in 1996. He has been in practice in Kitchener-Waterloo since 1996 specializing in Cataract and Refractive Surgery. In this time, Dr. McCuaig has performed over 10,000 refractive surgical procedures including PRK, LASIK, and intraocular lens implants. His Excimer Laser experience dates from 1999 and he is a certified IntraLase surgeon. His own myopic astigmatism was treated with LASIK in 1999.
Bruce Nichols, MD - Medical Director
Dr. Nichols received his Medical Degree (MD) from McMaster University in 1980 after completion of an Honours Biology Degree at the University of Waterloo. He completed his residency in Ophthalmology at the University of Saskatchewan after a two year residency in Family Medicine at The University of Western Ontario. He then trained with a world leader in LASIK surgery undertaking a Fellowship in Cataract and Refractive Surgery at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Nichols is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. In practice since 1987, Dr. Nichols has performed 20,000 refractive surgical procedures to date. These include PRK, LASIK, and Intraocular lens implants. His Excimer Laser experience dates from 1995 using a variety of laser platforms including VISX, Bausch and Lomb Technolas, Autonomous LADAR Vision and Sunrise.
Dr. Nichols is an Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at The University of Western Ontario and is the Head of the Cornea and External Disease Unit. He is a faculty member at The Ivey Institute of Ophthalmology, St. Joseph's Health Center in London specializing in Cornea, Cataract and Refractive Surgery. Dr. Nichols is the President of The Canadian Cataract and Refractive Surgery Society and a member of The International Society of Refractive Surgery. Other memberships include The American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, The Canadian Ophthalmological Society, and The American Academy of Ophthalmology. Dr. Nichols received the American Academy of Ophthalmology Achievement Award in 1999 for his teaching and dedication within that society. He received the E.A. Baker Fellowship; is a Melvin Jones Fellow of the Lion's Clubs International and is a Canadian National Research Council Scholar.