Frank Martin, MD

2022 Parks Silver Medalist

Frank Martin, MD

Frank Martin, admired for his sound clinical knowledge, unwavering respect and compassion, his unlimited capacity for astute mentorship and his overarching kindness.

Frank Joseph Martin was born in Budapest, Hungary. His family migrated to Sydney, Australia in 1949. He studied Medicine at the University of Sydney and trained in Ophthalmology at the Prince of Wales Hospital and the Sydney Eye Hospital. In 1971-1972 he undertook a fellowship at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia under the mentorship of Harold Scheie MD and David Schaffer MD.

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He returned to Sydney after his fellowship and was appointed to the visiting medical staff at the Sydney Eye Hospital and the Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children (Sydney Children’s Hospital Network).

Frank is the founding partner of Sydney Ophthalmic Specialists from where he conducts his private practice. Frank also holds an appointment at the University of Sydney as clinical professor in ophthalmology and in paediatrics and child health. He chairs the board of the Children’s Medical Research Institute at Westmead.

Frank has contributed to paediatric ophthalmology nationally and internationally. He is chairman of APSPOS, a past president of the ISA and of IPOS. He has been involved in a number of AAPOS committees and he currently serves as vice chairman of the recruitment taskforce. He has been president of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO) in 1997 and a member of the board of the AAO. 

His main area of clinical interest has been in strabismus and amblyopia. He has been a strong advocate for preschool vision screening and was part of the pivotal group that initiated the successful StEPS preschool vision screening program in NSW. Over his career, he has enjoyed watching his paediatric patients grow up and has had the honour of looking after the children of some of his patients, which brings him much joy. 

Frank has been involved in teaching medical students, orthoptists, ophthalmology trainees and fellows as well as mentoring his younger colleagues in paediatric ophthalmology and strabismus. Frank has had a fundamental impact on many within the professions of ophthalmology and orthoptics within Australia and beyond. 

Frank has authored and co-authored over 60 journal articles and six textbook chapters. He has delivered eight named lectures and has been awarded a number of honours including a Member of the Order of Australia, the RANZCO College Medal, the LINKSZ Medal, the Mark Tso Golden Apple Award for teaching as well as a Secretariat award from the AAO and an honour award from AAPOS. Many would agree that if there was a prize for kindness and humility, he would have been awarded this one as well.

Frank spends his leisure time reading, playing tennis, coping with the frustrations of golf and entertaining people with his mischievous personality. He resides with his loving wife Moya in the leafy harbourside suburbs of Sydney and their greatest joy and enduring interest are their family, son Jeremy and daughter Alison and their 6 adoring grandchildren.