Paul Mitchell is the Director of the Centre For Vision Research at The Westmead Institute for Medical Research. He has a full-time academic appointment as Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Sydney (Westmead Hospital). He works clinically as a medical retina specialist and is Ophthalmology Director for the Sydney West Local Health Network covering 1 million residents. His clinical focus is on management of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), diabetic retinopathy and other vascular retinopathies and on systemic diseases effects on the eye. 


Ophthalmology, Retinal Vascular Disease, Age Related Eye Disease, Diabetic Eye Disease, Macular Degeneration


Healthy Ageing, Lifespan

Clinical Specialty


Research Focus

Paul has made significant contributions in the fields of public health and ophthalmic epidemiology via the landmark Blue Mountains Eye Study (BMES), with papers in all major eye journals, as well as leading medical journals, including NEJM and Lancet. He has also conducted considerable research into childhood eye conditions via the Sydney Childhood Eye Study (SCES).

He has co-authored over 920 papers in peer-reviewed journals and 75 books, chapters or letters. To date he has supervised 24 completed PhD students as supervisor and a further 11 as associate supervisor. For the first 9 months of this year, he has been the most cited ophthalmologist for 3 of these months. He currently has 39,000 citations to his work. Total career research funding exceeds $27 million. He is involved in many Australian and International collaborative studies, including large-scale genetic and population pooling projects.

Other Affiliations

Faculty of Medicine and Health > Westmead Clinical School > Westmead Clinical School

Awards and Recognition

  • 2013: Achievement Award,  Association for Research in Vision & Ophthalmology (ARVO) 
  • 2010: Norman Gregg medal, Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO)
  • 2009: Achievement Award, American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) 
  • 2007:  Medal of the Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO)
  • 2004: Association of International Glaucoma Societies (AIGS) award for research in glaucoma epidemiology