B.Sc. (Med) M.B., B.S. (Hons), M.P.H., M.H.A., P.H.D., F.R.A.N.Z.C.O.
Associate Professor Samantha Fraser-Bell is a Medical Retinal and Uveitis Specialist. Her expertise is in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the macula and retina, particularly age related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, retinal vein occlusion and inflammatory eye disease. After graduating with first class honours from the University of New South Wales Medical School, she completed Ophthalmology training at the Sydney Eye Hospital. Her first exposure to ophthalmic research was working with Paul Mitchell in the Blue Mountains Eye Study. This led to her position as a Postgraduate Research Fellow at the Doheny Eye Institute, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA in the area of Age Related Macular Degeneration. For this work, she was awarded a PhD from the University of Sydney.
Having been awarded the Sydney Hospital Alumni and Novartis/RANZCO foundation Medical Retinal Scholarships, A/Prof Fraser-Bell completed Medical Retinal and Uveitis fellowships at Moorfields’ Eye Hospital, London, UK. While in the UK, SFB designed and conducted a randomised controlled trial with retinal specialist, Mr Hykin, which compared Avastin (bevacizumab) to laser in the management of diabetic macular oedema (DMO). This was the first published randomised clinical trial of Avastin for DMO.
A/Prof Fraser-Bell is chief investigator for many clinical medical retinal trials at the Macular Research Unit, at the Save Sight Institute including trials in macular degeneration, diabetic macular oedema and retinal vein occlusion.
Samantha Fraser-Bell is an Associate Professor in the discipline of Ophthalmology, University of Sydney, and a consultant Medical Retinal subspecialist at the Royal North Shore and Sydney Eye Hospitals. Other significant positions held by SFB include; Medical Retinal Section Editor for the journal Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology, ORIA research Advisory Committee member and Executive Scientific Programme Committee member for the Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists annual conference.