Dr Polya is a vitreoretinal surgeon and a medical retina specialist. He graduated from the Melbourne University Medical School, and completed ophthalmology training at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital in Melbourne. He completed a Master of Public Heath at the University of NSW with a thesis in Clinical Risk Management and Patient Safety.
Dr Polya completed the two year Michael Shae Fellowship in Diseases and Surgery of the Retina and Vitreous at St Michael’s Hospital, affiliated with the University of Toronto in Canada, where he was chief fellow of the Department of Ophthalmology. During this fellowship, at Canada’s busiest retinal service, he also received further subspecialist experience in uveitis and ocular oncology.
Dan commenced private practice as the only vitreoretinal surgeon in the province of New Brunswick, Canada in 2007 and was appointed as a clinical lecturer in the Department of Ophthalmology at Dalhousie University. He has performed thousands of surgeries for cataract and retinal disorders, and has performed many thousands of intravitreal injections and laser procedures. He has been involved in the teaching and training of ophthalmology residents, medical students, general practitioners, optometrists and optometry students.
Dan has been involved in clinical trials for macular degeneration and has been active in research into diabetic retinopathy, retinal vein occlusion, macular degeneration and sutureless vitrectomy surgery. He has authored and co-authored multiple published manuscripts in international journals and a book chapter on sutureless vitrectomy. He has presented at several international ophthalmic meetings, and has been an invited speaker at other professional meetings.
He is a fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. He is a member of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Retina Specialists, Oceania Retina Association, American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Society of Retina Specialists, Canadian Ophthalmological Society, Canadian Retina Society, and Australian Medical Association.
His special clinical interests are in small-gauge vitrectomy surgery for retinal detachment, vitreous hemorrhage, macular hole and epiretinal membrane; and intravitreal and laser therapy for age related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and retinal vascular occlusions.
He operates privately at Central Coast Day Hospital.