Sir Norman Gregg Lecture
Dr Noel Alpins AM
Dr Noel Alpins AM, of Melbourne, is a widely recognized clinician, investigator, and speaker, and the developer of a comprehensive approach to astigmatism analysis called the Alpins Method. He was an early adopter of small-incision cataract surgery, and incisional as well as laser refractive surgical techniques. Dr Alpins published the basis of the Alpins Method in a 1993 paper and expanded the approach over the succeeding two decades.
Several peer reviewed journals, as well as the American National Standards Institute, have adopted the method as a standard for reporting astigmatism results. The method is incorporated in a surgical planning and outcomes analysis program called ASSORT. He has written a book called “Practical Astigmatism: Planning and Analysis” which was published by SLACK books this year.
As an honorary senior fellow, Dr Alpins is a clinical senior lecturer at the University of Melbourne. He serves on the editorial board of many peer reviewed publications and ophthalmic periodicals, including the Journal of Cataract & Refractive Surgery, Ocular Surgery News, EuroTimes, Cataract and Refractive Surgery Today and others. He has published more than 150 articles and 20 book chapters, receiving more than 1100 peer-review citations.
In 2015, he received the Certificate for Outstanding Contribution in Reviewing, awarded by Elsevier. Dr Alpins is a recipient of the Lans Distinguished Award from the International Society of Refractive Surgery (ISRS) and American Academy of Ophthalmology(AAO) (2012); the AAO Achievement Award (2013); and the ISRS Lifetime Achievement Award (2014) for his internationally recognized contributions to the advancement of refractive surgery over his career. In 2010, he was the invited Council Lecturer at the RANZCO Annual Scientific Congress.
In 2017 Dr Alpins was awarded membership in the General Division of Order of Australia for significant service to ophthalmology, particularly to the development of innovative refractive surgery techniques, and to professional associations.