Dr. Katherine Smallcombe MB BS (Hons) BSc FRANZCO is a Queensland-trained Ophthalmic Surgeon specialising in diseases of the aging eye, including cataracts, macular degeneration and glaucoma, as well as diabetic eye disease and pterygium surgery. She currently practices at The Australian Pterygium Centre.
In 1999, Dr Smallcombe graduated with Honours from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MB BS).
In her final year of Ophthalmology registrar training under the auspices of The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO), she was awarded the prestigious ‘K.G. Howsam Medal’ for academic excellence.
She was selected as the inaugural Fellow of The Fred Hollows Foundation, working in their programs in Central Australia, the South Pacific, Nepal and China. She continues to serve on The Foundation’s Medical Advisory Committee. Through Indigenous and Remote Eye Services (IRIS) program, Dr Smallcombe has participated in a number of outreach trips to the Northern Territory.
As part of her commitment to ongoing professional development, Dr Smallcombe has completed Fellowship training in pterygium surgery with Professor Lawrence Hirst, a world renowned expert in the field and pioneer of ‘P.E.R.F.E.C.T. for PTERYGIUM’®. In addition, she is currently studying for her Masters’ Degree in Cataract and Refractive Surgery through the University of Sydney.