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Dr. Dominik Podbielski


Dr. Podbielski is a complex cataract and glaucoma surgeon.


Dr. Podbielski is a complex cataract and glaucoma surgeon.

He spent most of his training at the University of Toronto including fellowship training in Glaucoma and Advanced Anterior Segment Surgery under the supervision of Dr Ahmed, Dr Klein, Dr Tam and Dr Varma.

During his medical training he has been awarded numerous national and international awards, some of which are mentioned below.

Dr Podbielski has a keen interest in medical education. He has supervised many medical trainees, has been a wet lab surgical course instructor at the Canadian Ophthalmological Society Meeting and an examiner for the Medical Council of Canada on numerous occasions.



Toxicology Specialist, University of Toronto

Medical School

University of Toronto


Ophthalmology, University of Toronto

Master’s Degree in Health Technology Assessment

McMaster’s University


Glaucoma and Advanced Anterior Segment Surgery at the University of Toronto


Ontario Graduate Scholarship

Mount Sinai Hospital Dr Sigmund Vaile Award

Kensington Eye Institute Award for best surgical resident

Heed Ophthalmic Foundation Resident Retreat Scholarship

Best Resident Surgical Video Award (Toronto Cataract Course)

Best Resident Paper Award (The Canadian Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons)

Glaucoma Research Society of Canada Research Grant

Dr Kelly Gollish 5T7 Memorial Award

Eye Foundation of Canada Summer Scholar

Campbell’s A.M. Williams Distinguished International Scholar Award


Canadian Ophthalmological Society

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario

Canadian Glaucoma Society

American Glaucoma Society


Dr Podbielski’s research interests include cataract surgery, glaucoma and health economics.

Chapters in Textbooks

Ophthalmology, 4th Edition. Yanoof & Duker. Chapter 5.5 The Pharmacotherapy of Cataract Surgery


Muratov S, Podbielski DW, Jack SM, Ahmed IIK, Levine MAH, Baltaziak M, Xie F. Preference-based disease-specific health-related quality of life instrument for glaucoma – a mixed methods study protocol. Submitted to British Journal of Ophthalmology

Mandelcorn M, Podbielski DW, Mandelcorn E. Fixation stability as a goal in treatment of macular disease. CJO 2013;48:364-7. 

Podbielski DW, Reyes SV, Markowitz SN. The worse seeing eye is not as bad as it seems to be in AMD. CJO 2013;48:381-5.

Podbielski DW, Noble J, Gill HS, Sit M, Lam WC. A comparison of hand- and foot-activated surgical tools in simulated ophthalmic surgery. Can J Ophthalmol 2012;47(5):414-7. 

Podbielski DW, Varma DK, Tam DY, Ahmed IIK. Endocycloplasty: A New Technique for Managing Angle-Closure Glaucoma Secondary to Plateau Iris Syndrome. Glaucoma Today October 2010.

Sturgess JE, Ting-A-Kee RA, Podbielski DW, Sellings LH, Chen JF, van der Kooy D. Adenosine A1 and A2A receptors are not upstream of caffeine’s dopamine D2 receptor-dependent aversive effects and dopamine-independent rewarding effects. Eur J Neurosci. 2010 Jul;32(1):143-54.

Podbielski DW, Bruckel J, Pomeroy E, Inman RD, Warren RW, Savage L, Richardson, J, Gay L, Papachristos A,  Mogg R, Stone MA  Visual Assessment Spinal Mobility -Bruckel Instrument (VASMBI); A Novel Approach to Simplifying Assessment of Spinal Deformity in Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) patients. J Rheumatol. 2010 Mar;37(3):628-32.

Stone MA, White LM, Gladman D, Inman RD, Chhaya S, Lax M, Salonen D, Weber DA, Guthrie JA, Pomeroy E, Podbielski DW, Keystone EC. Significance of Clinical Evaluation of the Metacarpophalangeal Joint in Relation to Synovial/Bone Pathology in Rheumatoid and Psoriatic Arthritis as Detected by Magnetic Resonance ImagingJ Rheumatol 2009;36(12):2751-7.

Podbielski DW, Surkont M, Tehrani NN, Ratnapalan S. Paediatric Eye Injuries in a Canadian Emergency DepartmentCan J Ophthalmol 2009;44:519-22.

Podbielski DW, Tam DY, Naqi A, Ahmed IIK.  Endoscopic Cycloplasty (ECPL) in Angle Closure Glaucoma Secondary to Plateau Iris. Poster presentation at Canadian Ophthalmological Society (COS) meeting, June 2009, Toronto, ON

Podbielski DW, Noble J. Ophthaproblem: Wet-Age Related Macular Degeneration. Can Fam Physician 2008 Oct;54(10):1395-8