Dr. Alpins pioneered small-incision cataract surgery in Victoria, Australia, in 1987 and then became a founder and current member of the Excimer Laser & Research Group. He has specialized in cataract and refractive surgery since founding NewVision Clinics in Melbourne, Australia, in 1996. He speaks widely on surgical techniques at national and international meetings and has been a keynote speaker and chair on many occasions.
Dr. Alpins serves on the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO) program committee, and has served as chair for the invited speakers subcommittee since 2008. In 2010, he was the invited Council Lecturer at the RANZCO annual scientific meeting in Adelaide, South Australia, which was established to honor Fellows engaged in original work.
In addition to his many writings and lectures, he continues to investigate the vector analytic approach to astigmatism analysis that he pioneered (the Alpins Method). He is involved in ongoing clinical research in this area. He is also an international council member of the International Society of Refractive Surgery (ISRS) of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO).
Dr. Alpins is on the editorial board of a number of publications, including the Journal of Cataract & Refractive Surgery (official journal of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery and the European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons), the Journal of Refractive Surgery (a publication of the International Society of Refractive Surgery affiliated with the American Academy of Ophthalmology), Ocular Surgery News, EuroTimes, and others. He has contributed over 150 articles in peer-reviewed journals and ophthalmic periodicals as well as more than 20 book chapters. In 2015, he received the Certificate for Outstanding Contribution in Reviewing, awarded by Elsevier.
Dr. Alpins received the 2012 ISRS/AAO Lans Distinguished Award in Chicago, and in 2014 he received the ISRS Lifetime Achievement Award. Dr. Alpins is on the international advisory board for refractive surgery in China.
In January 2017, Dr. Alpins was awarded Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia for “significant service to ophthalmology, particularly to the development of innovative refractive surgery techniques, and to professional associations.” The Order of Australia was established in 1975 by letters patent of Elizabeth II, Queen of Australia, and countersigned by Prime Minister Gough Whitlam. Around 500 prominent Australians receive the award annually. Dr. Alpins is also regularly appointed as an ambassador for the state of Victoria in the government’s annual Australia Day.
Dr. Alpins is the 2017 RANZCO “Norman McAlister Gregg Lecturer” for 2017. The Gregg Lecture was established in 1958 by the Council of the Ophthalmological Society of Australia in recognition of the outstanding contribution made to ophthalmology by Sir Norman Gregg.
Dr. Alpins and his wife, Sylvia, have three daughters: Fiona, Vanessa, and Martine. When Dr. Alpins is not practicing ophthalmology, he enjoys playing golf, skiing, going to live entertainment, and spending time with Sylvia, his daughters, and grandchildren.
His training is summarized below:
Medical degree (MB, BS): University of Melbourne, 1970
Diploma of Ophthalmology: University of Melbourne, 1977
Residency: Alfred Hospital, Australia, 1971-1972
Fellowships and certifications: Ophthalmology Registrar, Royal Victoria Eye & Ear Hospital, Australia, 1974-77; Fellow, RANZCO, 1978; Fellow, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, 1978; Fellow, American College of Surgeons, 1985; Fellow, Royal College of Ophthalmologists (UK), 1989; Fellow, American Board of Eye Surgery, 2005; Honorary Senior Lecturer, Melbourne University Department of Ophthalmology, 2013.
Memberships: International Intra-Ocular Implant Club; American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery; European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons; International Society of Refractive Surgery; American Academy of Ophthalmology; and the Australian Medical Association.