Dr Black has been working solely from Sunshine Eye Clinic Birtinya since 2006, originally having commenced practice in Maroochydore and Caloundra.
Dr. Black was born in Sydney and moved to the Gold Coast with his family in his teenage years. He graduated from medicine at the University of Queensland in 1986. His medical resident training was completed at the Repatriation General Hospital, Greenslopes (now the Greenslopes Private Hospital). Dr Black went on to train in Ophthalmology in Brisbane working at the Greenslopes Repatriation Hospital, Princess Alexandra Hospital, Royal Brisbane Hospital and the Mater Misercordiae Hospital.
In 1995 he completed fellowship training in Ophthalmology at the Birmingham Eye Hospital in England covering glaucoma, cataract surgery, and retinal diseases. He then completed a refractive surgery fellowship with Dr Peter Stewart in 1996.
Dr Black was admitted as a fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists in 1995 and in the following year to the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. Dr. Black’s specialty is cataract surgery. In 2001 he pioneered ultra small incision cataract surgery and was the first in Australia to perform cataract surgery through a 1.3 mm incision. He has been asked to lecture and demonstrate this technique throughout Australia and Asia.
Over the years, Dr Black has delivered hundreds of presentations at scientific meetings on 4 continents around the world in particular frequenting meetings of the Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons, whether in America, Europe, Asia, or here at home in Australia. He served for many years in the executive committee of the Australian Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons and as a Councillor for the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists. Dr. Black works extensively with leaders in the ophthalmic industry on the development of new technology for cataract surgery. He has been extensively involved in the research on intraocular lens implants and has participated with leading ophthalmic companies such as Johnson & Johnson and Zeiss.
A desire to participate in community service led Dr Black to join the Royal Australian Air Force as a Reserve Officer in 1998. He holds the rank of Squadron Leader and is attached to 1st Expeditionary Health Squadron at RAAF Base Amberley, consulting once a month at the Base to bring specialist eye care to our Defence Force. He has led a team to evacuate a casualty with eye injuries from the Middle East Area of Operations during the Iraq War and provides specialist advice to the military as required. Dr Black is currently the Chair of the Australian Defence Force Joint Consultative Ophthalmology Committee.
The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) has designated Dr Black as an Aviation Ophthalmologist. He is also a member of the Australasian Society of Aerospace Medicine and is a past committee member.
Although Dr Black’s special interest is cataract surgery, he provides services in general adult ophthalmology which includes glaucoma, pterygium, retinal disease, diabetic eye disease, and general eye health. Dr Black performs surgery at the Kawana Private Hospital and has a satellite clinic at Nambour.