Skip to main content

Dr. Diamond Tam

Ophthalmologist

Dr. Diamond Tam is an Ophthalmologist specializing in cataract, advanced anterior segment, and glaucoma surgery.

About

A native of Vancouver, BC, Dr. Diamond Tam completed his undergraduate degree in combined biochemistry and chemistry at the University of British Columbia, graduating with honours and receiving numerous academic awards including the Outstanding Student Initiative Scholarship, the President’s Entrance Scholarhip, the Canada Scholar in Science and Technology and the Dean’s Honour List for multiple years.

He then traveled overseas to complete his medical degree from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. After completing his internship in internal medicine, general surgery, and pediatrics year at the Hospital of St. Raphael in New Haven, Connecticut, Dr. Tam completed his ophthalmology residency at the University of California, San Francisco where he was recognized with the Asbury Award for best clinical paper by a resident.

He then completed subspecialty training in cataract, advanced anterior segment, and glaucoma surgery at the University of Toronto with Dr. Ike Ahmed. Upon completion of his fellowship, Dr. Tam served as full-time Assistant Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology at Stanford University in California for two years before returning to Canada and currently holding an appointment of Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto.

He actively participates in medical student, resident and clinical fellow teaching and has given numerous lectures, presentations and invited instructorships at various international ophthalmology conferences and meetings. Dr. Tam is also an accomplished concert pianist holding multiple piano performance diplomas in both Canada and the United Kingdom.

He was winner of the Canadian Music Competition for four consecutive years and has performed and competed in North America as well as Japan, France and the Netherlands. He has also been featured in newspapers, radio and television broadcasts in Canada and Ireland for his piano performance.


Education

Undergrad

University of British Columbia

Residency

University of California, San Francisco

Fellowship

University of Toronto

Faculty Member

University of Toronto


Accomplishments

1994-98 University of British Columbia Outstanding Student Initiative Scholarship 1994-98 University of British Columbia President’s Entrance Scholarship

1994 Selected to the Science One Program at the University of British Columbia 1994-98 Canada Scholar in Science and Technology (Federal Government Scholarship)

1994-96,1998 University of British Columbia Dean’s Honor List

2000-01 Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Scholarship for Outstanding Extracurricular Achievement (inaugural recipient)

2000 Elected member of the Stroke Council by the American Heart Association

2007 University of California, San Francisco, Dept. of Ophthalmology Asbury Award for Best Clinical Paper by a Resident

2009 American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery Best Paper of Session, Session 2-I Glaucoma – Shunts, Canaloplasty, and Trabectome “Combined Cataract Surgery with Canaloplasty versus Phacotrabeculectomy: AvHead-to-Head Comparison”

2009 American Society of Cataract and Refractive SurgeryvRunner-up prize, Film Festivalv“Out with the Old, In with the New: The Iris Claw IOL”vCategory: Cataract/Implant Surgery

2009 American Academy of Ophthalmology O.N.E. Network Editor’s Choice June 2009 “Canaloplasty may offer the same results as filtering surgery but with fewer complications”


Memberships

Dr. Tam is a fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, a Diplomate of the American Board of Ophthalmology, and an active member of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery.


Research

Tam D, Tam M, Maynard KI. Nicotinamide Modulates Energy Utilization and Improves Functional Recovery from Ischemia in the in vitro rabbit retina. Ann. N.Y. Acad. Sci 2005 1053:258-268

Tam DY, Vagefi R, Naseri A. The Clear Corneal Tongue: A Potential Mechanism for Wound Incompetence Following Phacoemulsification. Am J Ophthal 2007 Mar;143(3):526-8

Kavanagh M, Tam D, Diehn JJ, Agadzi A, Howes EL, Fredrick DR. Detection of a Congenital Cystic Eyeball by Prenatal Ultrasound in a Newborn with Turner’s Syndrome. Br J Ophthal 2007 Apr;91(4):559-60

Ahmed II, Tam DY. February Consultation #4 . J Cataract Refract Surg 2008 Feb;34(2):188-9

Naqi A, Tam DY, Teichman JC, Ahmed IK. Use of Capsular Tension Devices during Phacoemulsification. Ophthalmology Management 2008 January

Tam DY, Ahmed IK, Visual Performace of Patients with Bilateral vs Combination Crystalens, ReZoom, and ReSTOR Intraocular Lens Implants. Evidence Based Ophthalmology April 2008, pp. 82-3

Tam DY, Ahmed IK. New Micro-Shunt Facilitates Aqueous Outflow. Ocular Surgery News 2008 October 25th , Vol. 26, No. 20. p. 36

Calafati J, Tam DY, Ahmed IK. Microinstrumentation in IOL Exchange. Cataract and Refractive Surgery Today 2008 October, pp. 25-9

Tam DY, Ahmed IK. SOLX ® DeepLight Gold Micro Shunt for Glaucoma. European Ophthalmic Review 2008, Vol. 2, pp. 39-41

Tam DY, Martow J, Ahmed IK. Biomechanics of the Cornea in Glaucoma. Personal Learning Project Module Slide Set (Sponsored by Alcon) 2008

Tam DY, Klein TB, Ahmed IK. Corneal Toxicity in Glaucoma. Personal Learning Project Module Slide Set (Sponsored by Alcon) 2008

Calafati J, Tam DY, Ahmed IK. Pseudoexfolation and Cataract Surgery. EyeNet Ophthalmic Pearls, April 2009

Tam DY, Ahmed IK. Iris Claw Intraocular Lens in Complex Cases. Techniques in Ophthalmology 2009 Jun;7(2):64-71.

Ahmed II, Tam DY. Cataract Surgical Problem: October Consultation #4. J Cataract Refract Surg 2009 Oct;35(10):1838-9.

Miller G, Tam DY, Ahmed IK. Late bleb leak management with trabeculectomy shutdown, Baerveldt glaucoma device implantation, and titratable tube lumen size. J of Glaucoma 2011 Jan;20(1):51-6.

Tam DY, Ahmed IK. The Phaco Hemi-Flip: A Method of Lens Removal in Nuclei of Soft to Moderate Density. Ophth Surg Lasers Imag 2011 Mar-Apr;42(3):170-4

Tam DY. Cataract Surgical Problem: March Consultation. J Cataract Refract Surg 2013 May;39(5):810-5.

Tam DY, Barnebey HS, Ahmed II. Nd:YAG Laser Goniopuncture: Indications and Procedure. J Glaucoma 2013 Oct-Nov;22(8):620-5.

Varma DK, Belovay GW, Tam DY, Ahmed II. Malignant Glaucoma After Cataract Surgery. J Cataract Refract Surg 2014 Nov;40(11):1943-9.

Berk TA, Tam DY, Werner L, Mamalis N, Ahmed II. Electron Microscopic Evaluation of a Gold Glaucoma Micro Shunt After Explantation. J Cataract Refract Surg 2015 Mar;41(3): 674-80.

Book Chapters

Shapiro B, Tam DY, Naseri A. Wound Construction. In Essentials of Cataract Surgery (Henderson B, ed.), SLACK Inc. 2007

Tam DY, Ahmed IK. New Glaucoma Devices. In Essentials in Ophthalmology: Glaucoma, 2nd edition. (Grehn F, Stamper RL, ed.) Springer 2009

Tam DY, Ahmed IK. Intraocular Lens Complications and Management. In Essentials in Ophthalmology: Cataract and Refractive Surgery Progress III , 2nd edition. (Kohnen T, Koch DD, ed.) Springer 2009

Tam DY, Ahmed IK. Approach to Cataract Extraction Combined with New Glaucoma Devices. In Cataract Surgery in the Glaucoma Patient (Johnson SM, ed.) Springer 2009

Calafati J, Tam DY, Ahmed IK. Microinstrumentation in IOL Exchange. In Cataract Surgery Today (Chang DF, ed.) Bryn Mawr Communications 2009

Tam DY, Ahmed IK. Incisional Therapies: Canaloplasty and New Implant Devices. In The Glaucoma Book (Samples JR, Schacknow PN, ed.) Springer 2010

Tam DY, Ahmed IK. New Advances in Glaucoma Surgery. In Ophthalmic Surgery , 4th edition. (Spaeth G, Danesh-Meyer H, Kampik A, ed.) Elsevier 2011

Tam DY. Lens Extraction for Angle Closure Glaucoma. In Surgical Innovations in Glaucoma (Samples JR, Ahmed IIK, ed.) Springer 2014